ARAMARK Strategic Sourcing Manager (National Seafood and Dairy) - Avendra in Rockville, Maryland


About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at at or connect with us on Facebook at and Twitter at .


What new associate should know:

Knowledgeable and skilled associates are the backbone of industry leaders like Aramark and Avendra. With our collaborative culture, associates are encouraged to learn, ask questions, take on new challenges, and understand different perspectives. Our associates take pride in their work and endeavor to provide the best solutions. Our team of smart and motivated associates has been our true key to success.

Once selected to be a part of the team, associates go through a thorough onboarding process to learn their job and about Avendra and Aramark. All associates are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to develop current skills and learn. Internal and external training opportunities as well as tuition reimbursement are available. We have a focus on internal growth and an excellent track record of moving people throughout the organization.

The Strategic Sourcing Manager (National Seafood and Dairy) is responsible for the planning and execution of contracting initiatives that result in successful contracts that support the needs of our customers. The Manager will develop a plan to conduct the initiative that leverages best practices and sound processes. Also, the role requires judgment to adjust the process to enable creating a successful contract in an efficient manner. Additionally, the Manager will oversee a portfolio of contracts in which s/he will ensure the supplier meets their contract commitments and that customers’ needs are being met.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Author Initiative Strategy Worksheets (ISWs) by thoughtfully planning initiatives; manages annual plan by creating realistic timelines and meeting milestones, communicates initiative status; leads effective supplier negotiation and pricing strategy development efforts which integrates Avendra’s principles and value proposition

  • Implements all aspects of client Development teams for initiatives, i.e., identify the correct participants, solicit input at the appropriate times, lead meetings, etc.

  • Lead Business Ownership activity for his/her portfolio of contracts

  • Build and maintain supplier relationships; hold suppliers accountable to deliver contractual commitments


Role Requirements

  • Significant procurement experience, preferably in food distribution, hotel or food service

  • Solid business judgment

  • Strong technical sourcing process knowledge

  • Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Ability to build strong relationships with suppliers

  • Ability to perform analysis and interpret results into actionable steps

  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives at once

  • Strong attention to detail and process orientation

  • At a minimum intermediate Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Overnight Travel Requirements. Type: All modes of transportation , percentage up to 10% length: 1-2 nights

Years of Relevant Experience. 7-10 years of experience in business management (operational or management consulting) with an understanding of procurement, contracting, supply chain optimization and/or category management

Education Requirements. BS/BA in relevant field or equivalent years' experience with education in supply chain, business, economics, or related field highly desired

Aramark is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran