Director of Procurement
Posted on 9/26/2023

51-200 employees

Smart oven and meal kit delivery service
Company Overview
Tovala stands out as a food-tech company that seamlessly integrates hardware, software, and culinary expertise to deliver healthy, delicious meals, saving customers valuable time. The company's commitment to a strong, inclusive culture and its core values, such as teamwork, directness, and customer focus, have earned it recognition as a 'Best Workplace for Innovators' twice by Fast Company. With a unique business model that offers a 100-day risk-free trial, Tovala has rapidly grown a loyal customer base, demonstrating its industry leadership and competitive edge.
Consumer Software

Company Stage

Series C

Total Funding





Chicago, Illinois

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Experience Level
Desired Skills
Sales & Account Management
  • 8+ years in a food procurement role, experience with meal kits or prepared meal industry or managing a large portfolio of ingredients with changing menus preferred
  • 4+ years effectively managing a team and coaching team members for significant career development
  • Excellent time management skills and strong follow-through and follow-up skills, supported by professional references
  • Ability to think and act critically about processes and supply chain systems with a focus on continuous improvement and staying ahead of market trends
  • Ability to collaborate, challenge and find solutions when working cross-functionally with other teams - a can do attitude and an ability to accept and drive change
  • Strong project management, problem solving and planning skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills- Bachelor's degree in Logistics, Supply Chain, Food Science or related field preferred
  • Ability to use MSOffice, Google Suites (Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc.) to create useful and transparent electronic tools for demand planning on materials and packaging
  • Responsible for developing food and packaging procurement strategy that's aligned with overall company goals and objectives
  • Effectively manage and guide a team of buyers across multiple facilities and specialties, focussing on their professional development and opportunities for growth
  • Lead food and packaging purchasing processes from end to end - create and refine tools that align demand for materials with production and sales forecasts
  • Manage and refine procurement process to improve quality, reduce waste, and limit other related costs such as freight and storage
  • Partner with Finance to ensure costs are within goal and report and explain variances as needed, lead the annual planning process on these components and reforecast as needed. Comfortable with diving into details of costs and working cross functionally on reconciliation
  • Lead negotiations for contracts to mitigate volatility in pricing and other market conditions
  • Secure secondary and tertiary options for all key ingredients and packaging to mitigate interruptions of production due to shortages or quality issue and ensure competitive pricing
  • Maintain and improve a vendor onboarding process, ongoing approval process reviews to ensure product specifications, terminate and change vendors as needed
  • Implement and execute a vendor performance rating system
  • Create metrics as required to monitor and evaluate vendor performance. to key attributes (on-time/ complete delivery, adherence to specifications, accurate pricing, etc)
  • Collaborate with R&D, menu and culinary teams on new procurement; once agreed to, ensuring that timeline deliverables for sourcing products can be met
  • Respond to requests and identify improvement opportunities from the production team, as an internal customer, and provide solutions and efficiencies to allow them to succeed
Desired Qualifications
  • Familiarity with food packaging required, specific experience with packaging procurement is a plus
  • Familiarity with NetSuite is a plus