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Director of Commodities Sourcing and Quality

Company: Westrock Coffee
Location: Concord
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description The Director of Commodities Sourcing and Quality will play a critical role in sourcing of raw materials for the company and will lead and develop all aspects of commodities quality management for Westrock Coffee's global green coffee and tea supply chains. This position will also be responsible for strategic planning and management of vendor relationships, sustainable supply chains, origin travel evaluating supplier capabilities (including capacity, reliability, and product quality), managing key customer relationships, and developing and maintaining internal processes and procedures that will enable Westrock to streamline while meeting internal and external customer demand. This position will hold a key role in interfacing cross functionally with sales, marketing, operations, product development, accounting, and with key customer accounts as necessary.Reporting to the VP of Commodities Sourcing and Risk Management, this position will help develop the green coffee and tea quality teams and will assist with management of supply chain strategies with cross-functional and external customers. Primary Responsibilities: Play a key role in the planning and executing of raw material purchases for global operations, ensuring timely supply while managing inventory.
Be a key link to external partners (suppliers and customers) and internal teams for coffee knowledge, market information, and product and blend development assistance, etc.Understand the market and trends and be able to make relevant buying decisions and recommendations to sales and customers.Participate in strategic development of Westrock's supply chains with focus on cross-functional collaboration and helping Westrock become a recognized leader in sustainability.Work with key cross-functional teams for the development and optimization of raw materials, new product development and sales support (coffee and tea), to educate and facilitate the growth of Westrock's product lines and customer relationships as well as monitoring the external environment for market and regulatory changes that could impact our supply chain.Lead inbound Commodities quality team developing system management and training platforms; looking to establish/maintain Westrock as a recognized quality leader.Serve as Westrock's "lead cupper" for green coffee and tea managing raw material quality and conformance to specifications. Contribute to establishing the strategic vision and objectives of the commodities quality organization while promoting & incorporating goals in all organization areas.Participate on behalf of the company at industry events (SCAA, NCA, Barista Guild, Roasters Guild, others).Work cross-functionally on blend development and optimization and knowledge transfer across the entire supply chain
Qualification Qualifications:7 years or more coffee and tea supply chain experience, preferably with food or beverage products.Relevant 4-year university degreeExperience and understanding of coffee agronomic systems, coffee quality parameters, and coffee cupping / sensory evaluation capability. Experience with country of origin, export operations and international logistics.Cross functional project management experience.Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, Netsuite or other similar ERP systems)Ability to work in fast paced high pressure environment where change is constant and needs to be managed with internal and external customersDemonstrated professional communication skills.Strong process orientationEqual Opportunity Employer / Vets / Disabled

Keywords: Westrock Coffee, Kannapolis , Director of Commodities Sourcing and Quality, Professions , Concord, North Carolina

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