Value Chain Coordinator – West Coast

sweetgreen – San Francisco, CA

The Value Chain Coordinator has four main responsibilities:

  1. Manage the Direct Relationships with our Growers in our Western Regions
  2. Assess Growers by Using our Food & Grower Ethos to Improve the Supply Chain
  3. Build a Comprehensive Seasonality-Based Model of Product Availability
  4. Crop Plan with Growers to Ensure Future Supply

How to Build our Supply Network

Manage the Direct Relationships with our Growers in all Regions

  • Become the main point of contact with regional small to midsize produce growers and food producers
  • Build new relationships with growers and figure out how sweetgreen can best support them beyond purchases
  • Estimate FOB & freight costs to distribution centers by ingredient
  • Support any food safety related issues connected to our growers/producers
  • Understand local regulations that affect farmers
  • Fight for regional growers in your region that you believe in!

Assess Growers by Using our Ethos Continuously to Improve the Supply Chain

  • Assess new growers using the Grower Ethos rating system
  • Support the migration of our current grower base to implement better sustainability practices
  • Onboard new growers who improve our Grower Ethos scoring
  • Align sweetgreen with the appropriate certifications

Build a Comprehensive Seasonality-Based Model of Product Availability

  • By region, provide the Food Team with usable produce items… 8 months in advance
  • Identify potential growers with an established track record

Crop Plan with Growers to Ensure Future Supply

  • Confirm long-term ingredients with the Culinary team based on a dynamic regional produce availability list
  • Negotiate the specifications of the desired vegetable with the farmer
  • Translate sales forecasts into appropriate seed counts
  • Track the vegetable from planting to harvest to delivery into distribution centers
  • Aggregate ingredients by region when necessary

Desired Traits

  • Desire to build an unparalleled food supply chain that supports farmers, sweetgreen, and our customers
  • Demonstrate a willingness to relentlessly pursue the mission
  • Place the team’s success before individual accolades
  • Ability to connect with farmers, growers, and producers of all types
  • Become a steward of the soil

Desired Experience

  • Experience working on a polycrop vegetable farm, or for a regional aggregator of local food products
  • Bachelor's degree with technical background in Environmental Health, Food Science, Agriculture, or Supply Chain related course of study or equivalent experience
  • Experience moving perishable product through distribution channels
  • Familiarity with food-related certifications and the requirements for a grower to achieve various certifications
  • General knowledge of manufacturing and agricultural practices
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