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Strategic Sourcing Manager

Strategic Sourcing Manager

Date: September 2022
Department: Food Procurement
Reports to: Senior Manager, Food Procurement 
Status: Permanent Full-Time
Salary: $55,000+ 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.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Food Procurement, the Strategic Sourcing Manager is responsible for sourcing surplus, unsold food for donation from midstream and upstream suppliers, including producers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers. This new position within the Food Procurement team will develop, implement, and maintain a strategic food donor acquisition and retention plan and foster strong relationships with food donors and work closely with the Ontario Operations team to arrange the redistribution of food products to our non-profit network.

We are looking for an adaptive, strategic, and charismatic team player who can hit the ground running and work efficiently and collaboratively to build and maintain strong relationships with food donors to help meet our annual food-raising goals.

You Will:

  • Research and identify new sources of food and actively recruit new donors with the goal to increase the quantity, quality, and efficiency of food donations.
  • Continuously improve on Second Harvest’s food donor landscape by developing and implementing strategies for attracting and retaining food donors.
  • Develop and manage a food donation acquisition program that effectively incorporates the motivators and needs of food suppliers to participate in surplus food rescue programs.
  • Conduct cold calls and follow-up on referrals.
  • Engage lapsed donors as well as donors who are decreasing their food donation support to ensure consistent food donations.
  • Help develop and implement a food donor retention plan that celebrates and retains food donors by ensuring appropriate donor 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.
  • Participate in the development of overall food sourcing and food distribution strategies and policies.
  • Implement ongoing quality and efficiency improvements.
  • Create various reports on food procurement as requested.
  • Attend food industry trade shows/conferences and network with potential food donors.
  • Perform other related duties as required or assigned to support the overall goals of the organization.

You Are:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meticulous: you have a very keen attention to detail, coupled with the ability to navigate easily between projects and priorities.
  • Enterprising: you have the initiative and drive to get the job done and can find or build the resources needed for any task.
  • Analytical: data is your friend; you can translate numbers into action and pave the way for efficiency.
  • Minimum 3 years experience within the food industry. Sourcing, procurement, or sales experience preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the non-profit sector is an asset.
  • Interest in sustainability, food rescue, and hunger relief.
  • Outstanding ability to work independently with exceptional time management skills.
  • Capacity to work flexible hours and travel across Canada. Valid Class G driver’s license and able to travel for long distance meetings (mileage compensated if using own vehicle).
  • *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 “Strategic Sourcing Manager” 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.