Procurement and Planning Manager

Posted on 3/22/2024

Chef Robotics

Chef Robotics

51-200 employees

Utilizes robotics and AI for food production

AI & Machine Learning
Consumer Goods
Robotics & Automation


San Francisco, CA, USA

Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain management, or related field
  • 3+ years of experience in purchasing, buying, and/or planning preferred but not required
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong knowledge of purchasing principles and procedures
  • Experience in ERP tools like NetSuite, First Resonance
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Source, negotiate, and select vendors that meet the company’s quality, price, and delivery requirements
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with vendors and suppliers
  • Monitor supplier performance in terms of quality, cost, and delivery
  • Review and analyze purchase requisitions and generate purchase orders
  • Monitor inventory levels to ensure minimum stock levels are maintained
  • Receive inventory and ensure it’s checked into MES
  • Do initial quality inspections and ensure that parts are to quality spec. If not, work with supplier to fix
  • Create processes with the company to checkout inventory and ensure inventory is tracked
  • Ensure timely delivery of items and follow up with vendors on late orders
  • Do planning and forecasting based on build slots and order various parts on time to meet schedule
  • Negotiate volume discounts and key timelines with vendors
  • Build strategic relationships with key vendors to unlock better pricing and opportunities like co-marketing
  • Help reduce BOM to target goals
  • Source alternative parts to reduce cost (e.g., alternative to McMaster)
  • Ensure that each part has 3+ vendors to enable a more robust supply chain
  • Resolve invoice discrepancies with vendors
  • Maintain accurate records of purchases, pricing, and other important data
  • Prepare reports on purchase activity and supplier performance
  • Develop company procurement strategies
  • Travel to supplier’s factories to inspect and ensure quality

Chef Robotics specializes in truly intelligent food automation, utilizing robotics and AI to increase production volume and reduce costs for food companies. Their robots are designed to address the labor crisis in the food industry and are already deployed at multiple customer sites, empowering humans to do what they do best.

Company Stage


Total Funding



San Francisco, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth