Procurement Manager, New Products and Innovations

The Farmer's Dog

The Farmer's Dog

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Who We Are

The Farmer’s Dog is the fastest growing pet health service company in the US, and was born from a mission to change the landscape of pet health, providing dogs and their humans with honest, smart, and simple care – a fresh proposition in an industry riddled with manipulative and misleading marketing. We’re starting by radically improving the $100 billion pet food market, replacing bulk bags of highly-processed pellets with a personalized subscription service that sends healthy, freshly-made dog food, balanced by top veterinary nutritionists, directly to customers’ doors. Our ultimate goal is to create innovative, honest, and delightful experiences across all aspects of pet care, and we believe our direct-to-consumer business model, holistic approach to growth, and dynamic and forward-thinking culture uniquely position us to shepherd this backwards industry into the future.

To date, The Farmer’s Dog has delivered hundreds of millions of meals nationwide and raised over $150M in funding to help us build a company as healthy as the dogs who are eating those meals. Join us as we continue to develop ways of bringing peace of mind to our customers, health to their companions, and much-needed change to the way people feed and care for their pets.


Where You'll Come In

As the Procurement Manager for New Products and Innovations, you will oversee all sourcing and ingredient needs related to new product development, trials, and renovation projects. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with Acquisition, Retention, FSQR, R&D, and other cross-functional partners to ensure the seamless execution of these initiatives.

This position requires a strategic thinker with strong leadership skills, excellent written & verbal communication, and a deep understanding of supply chains. We’re looking for a highly analytical, organized, and action-oriented individual to collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure successful execution of strategic projects that align with the organization’s long term goals. You’ll have the opportunity to take the foundational understanding we have today to the next level, surfacing new ways of managing projects and making data driven decisions to optimize operational efficiency. This position reports to the Procurement Director.

How You'll Make An Impact

  • Develop and implement procurement strategies to support innovation initiatives and drive cost savings.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify innovative procurement opportunities and drive continuous improvement.
  • Lead supplier identification, evaluation, and selection processes to ensure alignment with innovation objectives and quality standards.
  • Work closely with TFD procurement and material experts to identify improvement opportunities and develop detailed project plans outlining objectives, requirements, and deliverables.
  • Generate and maintain project documentation, including project plans, status reports, contingency plans and lessons learned. Provide updates to leadership on project progress.
  • Facilitate regular meetings with documented agendas to ensure alignment and understanding among all project participants.
  • Utilize data analysis tools to identify trends, root causes, and opportunities for cost and process improvements in the procurement and materials space.
  • Develop and maintain key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor project success.
  • Implement a well thought out change management process, assessing the impact of changes and ensuring successful adoption of process improvements.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and market dynamics to inform procurement strategies and drive innovation; conduct Ingredient Risk Evaluations to inform development and sourcing strategies.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement within the organization by providing ​​continuous improvement methodologies to employees at all levels.

We're Excited About You Because

  • You have 5+ years of experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, or Manufacturing roles.
  • In-depth knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies and tools.
  • You have excellent analytics skills and a proven track record of translating data-driven insight into action and consumer-facing impact.
  • You have clear, confident and persuasive verbal & written communication skills when working with a diverse group of cross-stakeholders
  • You have project management experience and the ability to drive initiatives from concept to implementation.
  • You are a strong problem-solver and take a proactive approach to overcoming operational challenges.
  • You are adaptable and resilient in a dynamic and rapidly evolving business environment.
  • You’re experienced in leveraging vendor relationships, project management, and conflict resolution.
  • You develop strategies and take them through implementation and have a strong understanding of economics and analysis of value engineering.
  • You’re willing to travel up to 25% of the time.

Office guidelines

The office is open and available for all Monday through Friday. We ask all team members to be in office a minimum of 2-3 days a week to build a collaborative and invested environment to foster our unique in-person culture we are proud to have. This office policy is subject to change at company discretion.

Our DEI Philosophy:

Our company’s mission is rooted in deep, genuine care for dogs – and for the people who love them. As an organization we are full of individuals who are unique in many ways, but all united in a mission of providing true peace of mind to dog lovers everywhere. Fixing this industry and improving the lives of pets and their people will be a difficult, decades-long endeavor. We believe the best use of our time, energy, and resources as a collective team is to focus on this mission, and on supporting our team to do their best work and be their best selves. In support of this we’re committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce, and investing in internal structures, opportunities, hiring/promotions processes, and training that create and sustain an inclusive team. We strive to provide an experience at TFD that will be invested, meaningful and memorable as we progress on the journey to reimagine how we feed and care for our pets.

A Few of Our Best Benefits

  • Dog-friendly office in Greenwich Village
  • Market-competitive compensation and equity packages
  • Comprehensive Healthcare, Dental, and Vision
  • Company sponsored mental health benefit and coaching through Modern Health
  • 12 week paid parental leave
  • Competitive 401k plan with company match
  • Flexible PTO
  • Discounted fresh food for your pup
  • Your pet interrupting video calls (and in-person meetings) is now a feature, not a bug

We commit to building a competitive compensation package and company environment for all individuals to thrive. We believe in competitive base compensation rooted in location specific market data and performance along with equity ownership in the company that allows every team member to build their personal wealth as the company grows, just as much as we believe in fostering a culture that supports our team members personally, professionally, and holistically. For this role the anticipated hiring base compensation range is $100,000 - $130,000 USD Annual and the compensation offered will include a robust market competitive package of base and equity. In addition to your base compensation offer you will also receive equity ownership in the company. More information about the value of this equity will be shared at the time of offer. This range is representative of NYC Market Data if you are applying to this role outside of the NYC area the range may change.