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Director of Food Procurement

Director of Food Procurement

Date: September 2022
Department: Food Procurement 
Reports to: Vice President, Food Rescue 
Status: Permanent Full-Time
Salary: $100,000 Per Annum Plus Benefits
Location: Toronto
Time Required on-site: 50% (approximate)

We Are:

Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue organization and expert in perishable food recovery. We rescue surplus, unsold food from across the supply chain and distribute it to charities and not-for-profits across the country to feed communities. Demonstrating our values of community, environment, integrity, and collaboration, we strive for No Waste. No Hunger.

The Director of Food Procurement will apply their strong understanding of the food supply chain to develop and implement successful procurement strategies that will grow our national food donor network and deliver supply assurance of rescued product to our community partners. This position will ensure procurement strategies, processes, and program executions are fully integrated to support the organization’s business plans and core objectives. This role will establish national business development plans, develop strategic partnerships, continuously drive improved donor engagement levels, and oversee the management of the Food Procurement department, enabling the team to meet and exceed annual foodraising targets for the organization.

You Will:

  • Lead the Food Procurement department and develop and implement long and short-term foodraising strategies, objectives, and KPIs across the food supply chain designed to maximize business growth and opportunities for Second Harvest.
  • Research and identify new sources of food and actively recruit new donors with a goal to increase the quantity, quality, and efficiency of food donations.
  • Ensure donor engagement and supply assurance of rescued food for our agency network from across the food supply chain through in-house fleet and warehouse operations, national third-party logistics, and the Second Harvest Food Rescue App platform.
  • Manage staff, establishing a positive team dynamic and monitoring performance and development goals; mentor success, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, evaluate results, and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Analyze data and trends on rescued food, build on partnership success, and identify opportunities for improvement and collaboration.
  • Develop and maintain an annual budget and monitor expenditures against the approved budget.
  • Work with Development and Marketing & Communications divisions to develop and implement a food donor retention plan that celebrates and retains food donors by ensuring appropriate stewardship and recognition.
  • Deliver presentations and participate in speaking engagements with businesses with the goal of increasing food donor acquisition and retention; track outreach activities, record touchpoints, and collect donor feedback.
  • Implement ongoing quality and efficiency improvements.
  • Create various reports on food procurement as requested.
  • Attend food industry trade shows/conferences and network with potential corporate partners.
  • Perform other related duties as required or assigned to support the overall goals of the organization.

You Are:

  • Leader: you can motivate and lead a high-performing team in a fast-paced environment; you have shown a demonstrated commitment to accountability, measuring outcomes, and a results-oriented culture.
  • Strategic: you recognize key opportunities that can build and enhance our operational capacity.
  • Partnership-Minded: you are a people person who makes connections easily and can leverage existing relationships to build program success; you can build trust and elicit confidence with prospects, donors, and stakeholders.
  • Client-Focused: slightly obsessive when it comes to the customer/donor experience and strive to deliver an experience that is second-to-none.
  • Problem Solver: you have a knack for planning and are a critical thinker who uses logic to identify alternatives and present solutions to complex problems while thinking in terms of contingency plans.
  • Communicator: you have exceptional communication and diplomacy skills coupled with experience in cross-functional collaboration, partnering, and managing interpersonal relationships; you have a knack for making complex ideas seem clear and simple; team members and peers always know what you are up to.
  • Analytical: data is your friend; you can translate numbers into action and pave the way for efficiency.
  • Extensive experience within the food industry with demonstrated success in sourcing, procurement, or sales preferred. Minimum 5 years of demonstrated success in a leadership role.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the non-profit sector is an asset.
  • Able to travel across Canada and have a Valid Class G driver’s license (mileage compensated).
  • *Bilingualism is an asset.

Second Harvest requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by Health Canada. The Organization will comply with its obligations pursuant to the applicable human rights legislation and accommodate any prospective or current employee who is unable to be vaccinated for substantiated reasons, such as medical or religious reasons. Second Harvest’s vaccination policy is available upon request.

For more information about Second Harvest, visit:

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume on or before October 2, 2022, via email, with “DIRECTOR OF FOOD PROCUREMENT” in the subject line, to

We encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as belonging to equity-seeking groups such as (but not limited to): racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

We would like to thank all applicants for applying for this position, however you will only be contacted if your candidacy is being considered. Second Harvest is committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment and selection process. Please let us know if you require any accommodations.