Griffith Foods Inc.

Griffith Foods is a family owned, global organization comprised of three business operations:  Griffith Foods, Custom Culinary and Innova Flavors.  The common goal of these three operations is to collaborate with food companies to deliver new and exciting food products to consumers.  This is achieved by applying superior food science and technology expertise, creative innovation and worldwide presence to create and manufacture unique and customized food ingredient systems, which take Food Beyond Boundaries!

Griffith understands our people make it happen!  We strive to hire, develop and retain top talent.  Our total compensation is a combination of base pay, incentives and benefits.  Benefits include:  BC/BS medical PPO 1st day, MetLife dental PPO 1st day, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Retirement Plans, Education Assistance, Telemedicine, FSA, EAP,10 Paid Holidays, Wellness Reimbursement and much more including Weight Watchers, walking path outside for walk the talk meetings, work/life balance, etc.  We made the exclusive list of the Top 100 places to work by the Chicago Tribune, which I am VERY proud of!

Mar 19, 2019
For more than half a century, we’ve focused on a single mission at Custom Culinary®: to create the finest-quality, most authentic bases, sauces and gravies for our foodservice and food processing customers. Developed by our culinary specialists to deliver made-from-scratch taste and inspired results in just minutes, our products bring exceptional aroma, flavor and consistency to all your signature dishes. True Taste begins with Custom Culinary®. Purpose of the Position Executes Custom Culinary ® Product Development projects and technical initiatives to develop new and optimized products for Branded and key accounts that support the overall Custom Culinary ® business strategy.   Major Duties & Responsibilities Functions as a scientist to develop new and optimized products in execution of technical activities that support Branded and customized products for key accounts that align with the overall Custom Culinary ® business strategy. Applies science, culinary and engineering knowledge to deliver the highest quality products that are based in research, production technology, ease of manufacturing, financial parameters, quality control, packaging, nutritional requirements, regulatory requirement, USDA and FDA applications. Works with some independence, exercising ingenuity and judgement in the approach to tasks. Responsible for the design, planning, execution, and reporting of experiments and commercialization of projects with intermediate complexity. Works within multiple priorities, projects and timelines concurrently. Uses scientific theory, technical understanding and creative problem-solving skills to approach projects. Communicates project progress internally to manager and externally as directed. Completes new product development and product formula maintenance activities to drive efficient production of safe and regulatory compliant food products. Follows Product Development processes to ensure efficiencies and effectiveness of function. Maintains GLP's, GMP's, and all required laboratory records, using electronic systems and written protocols. Supports department activities including product maintenance, cost savings initiatives and innovation as defined by the organizations long range plans. Supports departmental objectives around continuous improvement and cost savings opportunities Acts as a consultant to colleagues on appropriate current materials and vendors to use to meet technical and commercial requirements.May approve new raw materials, aid in definition of raw material status and rationalization of category and consult in Quality related issues. Represents Product Development in professional business relationships with Custom Culinary ® customers and suppliers, academics, government and corporations in the food industry. Responsible for maintaining the security of all information regarding product formulas and related confidential information.   Problem Solving/Decision Making: Understanding project parameters including customer procedures, product development processes, internal manufacturing capabilities and technical resources to meet project objectives. Interacting with cross-functional teams to provide technical information required to effectively respond to internal and external customer needs.   Knowledge and Experience: Minimum level of education:BS in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Chemistry, Culinology or related technical degree.  Culinary experience is beneficial Experience minimum would be 2-4 years of Research & Product Development experience within the food industry. Experience in working directly with customers and manufacturing facilities.   Work Environment Describe the working conditions related to the job including physical requirements, equipment used, time constraints, public contact, etc. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is required to taste or smell. The employee will be required to use industrial and residential cooking appliances and analytical equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
Griffith Foods Inc. Medina, OH, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Purpose of the Position To support Custom Culinary® R&D in food sample preparation, raw material inventory management, customer shipment, general housekeeping, maintenance and calibration of analytical laboratory equipment within a test kitchen setting.   Major Duties & Responsibilities Works with direct supervision to prepare formulas for continued product development needs. Ensures that samples are sent out accurately and on time for customer evaluations. Prepares samples for product presentations to other departments (e.g., Sales, Marketing) and to customers. Ensures test kitchens are supplied with standard raw material for product development needs. Ensures appropriate inventory levels are on hand for restock of standard ingredient, maintains ingredient tracking system and works with vendor partners to reorder as needed. Prepares customer sample box for shipment with accurate completion of contents and shipping documentation for daily pickup as directed. Maintains general cleanliness of food preparation areas, small wares, utensils and trash receptacles. Has ability to accurately use common computer systems to update general data entry and document generation. Maintains good laboratory records. Communicates internally and externally with colleagues or vendors to fulfill job requirements. Works with other technicians, scientists or plant personnel in a cooperative manner. Accurately maintains and enters data in to formula development and manufacturing systems. Assists Food Scientist and operations with production trials of new products. Complete sample request in a timely, error free manner May support specific projects required by the business that may expand beyond the scope of the team Works in a team environment supporting samples department and other labs as needed   Knowledge and Experience: Minimum of High School Diploma, Associates degree preferred 1-2 years of experience in food preparation, food manufacturing or foodservice establishment Ability to carry out detailed oral or written instructions Ability to analyze and solve problems Ability to communicate, read, and comprehend instructions in English Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure Basic working knowledge of MS Office Lab experience a plus    Work Environment   Physical demands; Perform various lab and warehouse duties including lifting up to 60 Lbs., Operating equipment in the pilot plant.  Will be standing and in motion most of the time. Will use computer programs for batching of raw materials and shipping purposes.   Work Environment; Need to be able to work in an environment where chemicals, allergens and irritants are used, should not have a known health restriction (allergies, respiratory restrictions etc.). Environment can be noisy and/or odorous conditions
Griffith Foods Inc. Medina, OH, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
To provide support to the sales team at existing accounts through Account Director and Segment VP interactions by managing information, forms, and documentation from Commercial development to Manufacturing/Delivery (new products and optimizations). Will communicate between Sales, PD, Regulatory, Purchasing, Operations, Pricing, Supply Chain and Quality.To lead & manage growth of specific house account customers.To provide business support for the Account Directors by aligning with LRP and Operating plan strategies to support customer growth.       Duties & Responsibilities:       Supports and manages existing customer needs directed via Account Directors and SVPs.Support includes, but is not limited to request for: samples, pricing, product development, marketing, culinary, sensory, purchasing, regulatory, and other areas as required by the position. Facilitates customer interactions and plant visits. Coordinates customer needs through complete understanding of business systems, data entry, and management of (CRM). Enters documentation needed to support customer needs including BORS, Regulatory requests, Sample Requests, NPC, and other forms. Provides centralized coordination to enable the efficient scale up of new products and optimizations from the point of Customer Approval.Provides ideas and opportunities for process improvement. Routes documentation to functional leaders and customers including specifications, packaging specifications, and other key customer specific requirements to sell a product. Manages overall projects and business analytics aligned with core segment business needs. Works within assigned priorities, projects and timelines concurrently. Communicates project progress internally to sales and other commercial team members. Has Sales leadership and management of targeted House Accounts, with guidance from Segment VP.Responsibilities include: day to day management of the account sales, orders, financials, relationship development, project management, defense & growth of business, pricing management & increases and the general details of ensuring meeting of customer expectations.   Schedules and meets with customers face to face, communicates effectively with customer to ensure a solid relationship and identities opportunities to continue strengthening our position within the account.     Knowledge & Experience:       Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent industry experience. Demonstrates proficiency in: Microsoft Dynamics, Logility, Sales Reporting, Excel, Power Point, and Basic Microsoft Office, others as needed. Ability to assess and apply business analytics and/or desire to learn and apply.   Strong written and verbal communication skills and business writing aptitude.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
The Customer Service Representative has the responsibility of interfacing directly with all external and internal Griffith customers regarding order placement and status, changes, and any potential delays to sales orders.  The Customer Service Representative is accountable for all activities encompassing their clients and orders.  This includes the accuracy of information entered, the timeliness of manufacturing and testing, communication to customers of potential delays and the safe and timely delivery of product.  The Customer Service Representative is part of the Supply Chain team and collaborates to increase efficiency, determine inventories and maximize effectiveness throughout our internal processes.   Essential Duties & Responsibilities:   Manages all aspects of the customer relationship from Order placement to delivery.  Creatively works with Scheduling, Planning and Operations to solve problems as they occur. Uses Root Cause analysis to put in place solutions to problems with customer orders, shipments, and documentation. Builds and maintains customer relationships, as well as, department rapport. Communicates in a professional manner with external and internal customers by phone, e-mail, and in person.  Receives and enters orders for products and services by phone, fax, e-mail or mail using predetermined company guidelines. Understand basic Supply Chain concepts & applications. Works in conjunction with our Sales team and keeps them informed of critical order delays. Negotiates lead-times for sales orders using approved Supply Chain guidelines. Coordinates authorized returns and adjustments, as well as, customer credits. Monitors and communicates order status to internal and external customers. Maintains impeccable records of orders, products, & client information. Maintains customer databases including documentation and certificate requirements. Contacts Transportation partners directly for shipment tracing and damage information. Obtains Specification Sheets, Kosher & Halal Certificates, MSDS’s via Regulatory Request forms. Enters and coordinates customer complaints for service and quality issues via our CAPA system. Additional responsibilities include:  Generating internal and customer reports and the maintenance of client history files. Involves the following teams: Quality Systems, Transportation, Shipping, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Pricing, as needed. Initiates New Parts according to current process and procedure. Responsible for invoicing customer shipments.   Education & Experience:                   Bachelor’s Degree. 2+ years manufacturing Customer Service experience with a proven record of success with top level clients. Familiarity with ERP systems and their unique functionality is a plus. Professional verbal and written communication skills. Able to analyze data and problem solve. Proficient in MS Office skills; such as Word and Excel.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
The Information Security Analyst is someone who takes measures to protect a company’s sensitive and mission-critical data, staying one step ahead of cyber attackers.  This is accomplished by coming up with innovative solutions to prevent critical information from being stolen, damaged or compromised.  Information Security Analysts focus on three main areas: Risk Assessment – identifying problems an organization might face. Vulnerability assessment – determine an organizations weakness. Defense planning – installing and managing protection systems/solutions.   Essential Duties & Responsibilities:   Research the latest information technology security trends. Develop security standards and best practices for the organization globally. Recommend security enhancements to management. Work with other IT teams to ensure security best practices are being implemented and maintained. Coordinate Disaster Recovery Testing. Implement and coordinate penetration testing. Implement and coordinate vulnerability testing. Provide design and architectural documentation associated to Griffith’s security standard solutions. Help to ensure a smooth transition from initial solutioning through implementation, transformation and steady state. Assist Global IT to define standard tooling and architectures associated to best security practices. Assist Global IT to identify any solutions gaps, requirements, automation opportunities etc. Assist Griffith’s IT organization to identify and develop roadmaps, requirements and architectures. Provide level 2 & 3 support to security related issues that are reported by end user community. Problem-solves for all aspects of the given services and solutions, creates highly useful and usable architectures. Takes ownership and manages business and IT projects that vary in size and scope depending on requirements. Performs cross training for business and IT team members as needed. Also, responsible for providing documentation on processes and best practices to be followed by the Service Desk Team. Regularly communicates with manager work progress, concerns and questions. Provides IT management reporting for performance and system utilization across all managed systems. Collaborates and supports Service Desk other IT teams on cross team projects. Provides guidance to team on project capacity and timelines. Ensures team is meeting project deadlines. Ensure team is collaborating with internal and external IT Teams.    Knowledge & Requirements:    Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Security Technology. 3-5 years as a security team member, lead or supervisor. Experience with internal consulting with diverse business teams. Experience with working with and managing a SIEM and/or SIEM tools. Identity and Access Management: Active Directory Forests, Active Directory Federation Services, Security Permissions & Authentication, Certificates, Tenants, & Interworking of DNS record types. Basic Networking and Windows Server operational fundamentals. VMWare and NSX operational fundamentals. Knowledge/Experience in working with a team in a business continuity/disaster recovery program. Experience with vulnerability and log analysis tools such as Splunk, Retrace, LogRhythms. Experience with virtual machine replication technology such as VMWare Site Recovery Manager and/or Zerto. Business acumen to understand the impact IT technology has on business outcome and success. Has experience with security products and services and can recommend logical transformation Roadmaps. Strong influence skills to direct client change and business success. Highly Proficient in features and functions based on Microsoft products such as Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Services, Azure Cloud, Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange and Windows 10. Demonstrate initiative and strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with IT staff and all levels of the organization. Maintain established performance levels to achieve individual and team goals. Provide knowledge transfer to team members. Ability to adjust schedule to meet business needs.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Griffith Foods is a global manufacturer of food products.  We provide a wide range of taste and texture components for food industry customers throughout the world.  Our products include seasoning blends, dry mixes, coating systems, dough blends, crumbs, flavors, sauces and food bases that are used in an extensive variety of application from snack foods and processed meat and poultry to ready meals. Our customers include food processors, restaurant operators and grocery retailers.  While our name may not be familiar to consumers, our products are key components of foods offered by many of the world’s best-known companies. The senior accountant is responsible for the preparation of actual, budget and forecast financials for the corporate food group. This includes but not limited to: review/coding of invoices for payment, journal entries, account reconciliations, SG & A reports and various analyses to communicate results. This position also has responsibilities for global customer reporting and weekly net sales reporting to executive management teams. This role will also be a secondary administrator of BPC, the software used to report various consolidated worldwide financial information.   Essential Duties & Responsibilities:   Corporate Food Accounting Reporting of actual, budget and forecast financials. Preparation and review of invoices for payment, journal entries, account reconciliation and SG&A reports to communicate results. Compilation of annual budget and forecast. Global Customer & Weekly Net Sales Reporting   Responsible for collection of actual and budget global customer reports and weekly net sales performance from subsidiaries. Review & validate information to BPC and follow up on any discrepancies. Distribution of monthly reports to executive leadership. Compilation of product detail quarterly to executive sales team & additional reports as requested. Secondary BPC Administrator   Responsible for basic administrator functions of BPC (Global consolidated financial reporting system). Add new users to the system. Maintenance of conversion files on a monthly basis. Receive requests for new mappings from foreign units and update conversion files. Create input templates and reports. Assist with troubleshooting issues as they arise. Work on testing new SAP patches/version upgrades as needed.     Knowledge & Requirements:    Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in Accounting from a four-year college or university.  MBA a plus. 3-5 years related experience. Experience with Microsoft DAX or SAP is a plus. Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Outlook.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Purpose of Position: This position is responsible for initiating, developing and coordinating volume with assigned customers within specified territories. This position sells the Company’s products and services using technical, organizational, and customer knowledge to influence customers and assist them in applying the products to their needs resulting in revenue generation. In addition, this position provides input and participates in the marketing, market planning and technical development of products and services.  Ideal candidate for this position will reside on the West Coast.     Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  Strategic Planning   Provides input in development and implementation of strategic plans to meet organizational goals.Develop and implement marketing strategy and tactics to achieve company objectives. Active involvement in sales forecasting activities and set personal performance goals accordingly.   Sales/Volume & Market Planning  Manage chain operator accounts, volume, pricing and meet established sales revenue objectives. Evaluates product & service marketability in terms of customers’ needs. Represents company at trade association meetings to promote product. Delivers sales presentations to key clients           Trade Spending & Budget Control     Penetrate key national accounts and regional chain customers by strategically selling and aligning company resources to clients’ needs and aspirations. Develops strategic initiatives to achieve and maintain competitive advantage. Determine market strategies & goals for each product and service. Work with R&D and Culinary to broaden product line for propriety products. Evaluate product and service marketability in terms of customers’ needs. Make regular sales calls to develop and maintain relationships. Act to negotiate and close deals. Active involvement and communication with product research activities. Work with marketing, sales support, culinary and others to establish a communication path with the customer to ensure sales opportunities for products and services(Resource Deployment).Embrace team selling environment. Complete all training defined and made available for the current assigned role. Responsible for attending all training made available assuring full understanding of the training and have the ability to perform trained activities.   Administration Analyze, recommend and control expenditures to conform to budgetary requirements. Prepares account plans showing sales volume, potential sales, and areas of proposed client base expansion. Manages administrative functions including, information request, competitive intelligence, results tracking and analysis, deduction management, sales reports.     Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university. 7 or more years’ experience. Proven experience in building and maintaining business relationships. Computer skills such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook.Work in CRM System. Must have excellent oral & written communication skills. Must be able to travel 50 percent of the time. Must have large account management planning experience.
Griffith Foods Inc. Lombard, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Griffith Foods is a global manufacturer of food products.  We provide a wide range of taste and texture components for food industry customers throughout the world.  Our products include seasoning blends, dry mixes, coating systems, dough blends, crumbs, flavors, sauces and food bases that are used in an extensive variety of application from snack foods and processed meat and poultry to ready meals. Our customers include food processors, restaurant operators and grocery retailers.  While our name may not be familiar to consumers, our products are key components of foods offered by many of the world’s best-known companies. To drive new business opportunities through culinary leadership and expertise for the development of differentiating food products that support our Customers' success.  Be a role model to the Company Culture by living the Company Values and strive each day to explore, create, and develop new food product concepts to support our Customers’ brands success in the marketplace while strengthening our communities.    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:   Lead the Culinary Account Management of Focused Accounts to identify and execute new business opportunities through collaboration with key functions and other Supplier partners. Culinary Consultation: Use culinary techniques, creativity and innovation in flavor, texture, and practical demonstration of production to plan, guide, and support R&D Scientists in development of concepts and products (for example, Gold standard prototype development, plate presentation, product preparation, ingredient selection, paper concept development) based on daily requests and/or Account initiatives. Cultivate a Culinary network across companies, Customer and Supplier Partners, to strengthen Griffith Foods position and deliver value. Presentations:  Working as part of a multi-functional team, leads the development, coordination and execution of product-based presentations that showcase culinary products and business solutions. Innovation: work closely with the Innovation team to support the commercialization of Innovative technologies as part of the product and concept development process. Trends: Identify, apply and communicate culinary trends to daily business activities. Supports and/or leads targeted company culinary-based activities which require coordination with chefs from other Griffith business units and/or customer chefs.  Activities may include training, cuisine presentations, product demonstrations, etc. Responsible for organizing &/or assisting and executing targeted industry/company culinary luncheons/charity/Executive requested activities including development of menu, organization with outside resources, alignment of resources (internal & external), training resources to execute at required level of excellence and expectations, demonstration of culinary savvy and excellence in the food prepared and offered.     Requirements:    Minimum (2) year AOS degree of Culinary Arts from an accredited institution or graduated from a 3-year cooking apprenticeship. Minimum 5 years’ professional experience in a commercial kitchen of a food service operation and/or industrial organization specializing in the development of new concepts and menu items for commercial production. Optional: Minimum 2 years responsibility for supervision of a culinary operations and decision-making as a Sous Chef, Saucier or Chef de Cuisine or in an equal position within an industrial organization.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Job Title:  Purchasing Director                                                                                         Location:  Alsip, IL Reports To :  Ryan Schuering, VP Purchasing Summary:   The Purchasing Director - Responsibility for strategic purchasing for Spices & Vegetables for North America.  The position will lead/oversee the spice & vegetable category sourcing, negotiations, supplier relationship management, raw material inventory (working capital), contract management for GFUS, Griffith Canada, Griffith Mexico, Innova, and Custom Culinary and oversee the purchasing professionals responsible for specific categories. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Specific Responsibilities: Developing and managing supplier relationships in conjunction with internal stakeholders (Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Research & Development, Finance, and Customer Service).  Negotiating and managing strategic contracts that include an emphasis on quality, service and continuous improvement.  Development and management of the budgetary process and the associated Purchase Price Variance (PPV). Lead and/or support cross functional teams that impact Griffith’s Strategic Positioning. Work closely with several internal stakeholders to assure an optimized cost of use for all raw materials. Communicate with internal and external customers on raw material topics, issues, and variances to the Operating Plan. Drive process solutions and have strong project management skills. Specific Accountabilities: Manage and develop direct reports across regions. Supplier Relationship Management (SRM):  Execution of supplier scorecard process, supplier audit process as it relates to purchasing, and the rating of suppliers. Develop partnerships with the supply community. Manage/oversight of risk associated with Spice & Vegetable. Establish, monitor, and impact the Operating Plan budget through various tools: Raw Material Forecasting, GCI, $ wtd Lead Time, $ Wtd DPO, etc. Develop or support the Purchasing team in setting supplier and/or category strategies.  Lead or assist in negotiating strategic contracts for specific Global Griffith entities. Lower cost of use (and breakeven point) for purchasing responsibilities. Ensure proactive communication of supply chain issues to proper internal and external stakeholders and coordination of solution implementation. Customer interaction along with direct reports to facilitate market recommendations or as an information source. Purchasing representative/lead on cross functional projects. Apply legal and ethical behavior to negotiations and supplier relationships. Ensure compliance of suppliers to Griffith's quality, regulatory, and legal documentation expectations. Education & Experience:  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Purchasing or Supply Chain. Master’s (MBA) degree a plus. Professional certification a plus (CPM/CPIM). 10+ years’ experience in Food or Beverage Purchasing. 10+ years’ progressive Purchasing supervisory background. Strong knowledge of commodities and risk management. In depth understanding of MRP/ERP systems. Strong process and analytical mindset. Proven, strong negotiation experience. Contract development and management. Supplier Relationship Management. Global sourcing. Cross functional project management. Proven cost savings and continuous improvement approach. Demonstrated communication and presentation skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook. Bilingual (English & Spanish) is a plus.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
For more than half a century, we’ve focused on a single mission at Custom Culinary®: to create the finest-quality, most authentic bases, sauces and gravies for our foodservice and food processing customers. Developed by our culinary specialists to deliver made-from-scratch taste and inspired results in just minutes, our products bring exceptional aroma, flavor and consistency to all your signature dishes. True Taste begins with Custom Culinary®. Develop and execute strategic sales plans and activities aligned with the Purpose-Driven strategy.  Execute long range planning goals that will drive business growth and contribute to overall customer satisfaction.  Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Directs and coordinates activities of the Sales departments to ensure the attainment of goals and objectives. Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine the Sales & department’s progress toward stated goals and objectives. Serves as a member of the CCLT team developing and executing overall unit strategies and operating plans. Communicate and align strategic business plans with Marketing, Product Development, Finance and Supply Chain Peers to maximize resources driving segment profitability and increased share. Achieve planned revenue, operating profit, working capital and related objectives. Ability to plan and manage at the strategic and tactical levels. Lead in the development and execution of the Sales infrastructures; manage the overall talent management process including development of individual sales personnel plans, ongoing evaluation of talent aligned with required responsibilities, implementation of change when required based on performance. Lead in the development and execution of pricing increases and contribution margin improvement strategies across all segments. Using targeted BI and Sales tools, manage the sales process which includes overall sales financial management, Sales training, Account plan development/execution, segment performance measurement and management. Develop and maintain strong customer relationships by being involved through top level contact at current and potential new customers. Leverage customer insights to identify business opportunities and strategies. Support in the organization and strategic management of solutions aligned with complex sales presentations, proposals, RFPs, contracts and negotiations. In the event of a crisis, serve as the sales leader on the crisis management team; in collaboration with key team personnel lead all direct communication and organization of activities aligned with managing customer needs and requirements. Manage and ensure achievement of the overall Sales function annual budget. Create collaboration with Marketing, Product Development, Finance and Supply Chain Peers to ensure that segments are effectively managing their overall performance, using tools (P&L, Scorecard, BI) to ensure achievement of goals. Education & Experience:  Bachelor’s degree, MBA preferred. 7+years of sales & marketing management experience. Key relationships with Sysco, US Foods, Performance Foods, IMA, Shamrock Foods, FS of America, Gordon Foodservice, Reinhart Foodservice + balance of top 20 Distribution Accounts. Broad & Deep Relationships with Key GPO's; Select Top 250 Chain Accounts and Key Regional Chain Accounts. In depth knowledge and contacts within Foodservice Data Service providers. Ability to travel 40% +. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications; such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook.
Griffith Foods Inc. Lombard, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
The Purchasing Director - Responsibility for strategic purchasing for Spices & Vegetables for North America.  The position will lead/oversee the spice & vegetable category sourcing, negotiations, supplier relationship management, raw material inventory (working capital), contract management for GFUS, Griffith Canada, Griffith Mexico, Innova, and Custom Culinary and oversee the purchasing professionals responsible for specific categories. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Specific Responsibilities: Developing and managing supplier relationships in conjunction with internal stakeholders (Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Research & Development, Finance, and Customer Service).  Negotiating and managing strategic contracts that include an emphasis on quality, service and continuous improvement.  Development and management of the budgetary process and the associated Purchase Price Variance (PPV). Lead and/or support cross functional teams that impact Griffith’s Strategic Positioning. Work closely with several internal stakeholders to assure an optimized cost of use for all raw materials. Communicate with internal and external customers on raw material topics, issues, and variances to the Operating Plan. Drive process solutions and have strong project management skills. Specific Accountabilities: Manage and develop direct reports across regions. Supplier Relationship Management (SRM):  Execution of supplier scorecard process, supplier audit process as it relates to purchasing, and the rating of suppliers. Develop partnerships with the supply community. Manage/oversight of risk associated with Spice & Vegetable. Establish, monitor, and impact the Operating Plan budget through various tools: Raw Material Forecasting, GCI, $ wtd Lead Time, $ Wtd DPO, etc. Develop or support the Purchasing team in setting supplier and/or category strategies.  Lead or assist in negotiating strategic contracts for specific Global Griffith entities. Lower cost of use (and breakeven point) for purchasing responsibilities. Ensure proactive communication of supply chain issues to proper internal and external stakeholders and coordination of solution implementation. Customer interaction along with direct reports to facilitate market recommendations or as an information source. Purchasing representative/lead on cross functional projects. Apply legal and ethical behavior to negotiations and supplier relationships. Ensure compliance of suppliers to Griffith's quality, regulatory, and legal documentation expectations. Education & Experience:  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Purchasing or Supply Chain. Master’s (MBA) degree a plus. Professional certification a plus (CPM/CPIM). 10+ years’ experience in Food or Beverage Purchasing. 10+ years’ progressive Purchasing supervisory background. Strong knowledge of commodities and risk management. In depth understanding of MRP/ERP systems. Strong process and analytical mindset. Proven, strong negotiation experience. Contract development and management. Supplier Relationship Management. Global sourcing. Cross functional project management. Proven cost savings and continuous improvement approach. Demonstrated communication and presentation skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook. Bilingual (English & Spanish) is a plus.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
This position can be based from any location and remotely from anywhere.  We are seeking a candidate who will lead the development and execution of global category strategies, following a step by step sourcing process. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Following a sourcing process that includes industry and supplier analysis, supplier development, negotiation strategy, sustainability strategies, and ongoing supplier relationship and contract management for the designated global categories in conjunction with the regional business units to ensure global, regional, and local alignment with the strategies.  The person will be responsible for overseeing and working with the local teams on the execution of the strategies agreed to.  Primary responsibilities include leadership on supplier management, strategy development, negotiation, risk management, and the execution of contracting as directed by the strategies agreed to. The candidate will be the primary contact for market expertise in designated categories; the candidate will develop costs for budgeting purposes in conjunction with each region. Providing thought leadership on improving the current global and regional sourcing processes and tools, including the development of tools for the improved tracking, managing, and execution of global/regional sourcing practices. Developing, preparing, and executing global sourcing events in conjunction with Global Purchasing Council Members. Communicate with internal and external customers on raw material topics, issues, and market developments that could impact global or regional P&Ls. Apply legal and ethical behavior to negotiations and supplier relationships. Requirements:                                        Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree a plus. Professional certification a plus (CPIM/APICS). Bi-Lingual a plus (English and Spanish/Mandarin). 5-10 years in Purchasing, Sourcing or Category Management. Knowledge of sourcing processes and sourcing practices. Knowledge of sourcing strategy and best-practices. Demonstrated ability to work effectively across geography and functions to influence from the top to the bottom of an organization. Proven negotiation experience. Proven cross functional project management skills. Ability to effectively work remotely and travel to other regions.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:   Aligns customers with Griffith Foods efforts to provide healthy and nutritious foods for their customer base.  Develops a proactive strategy to grow targeted accounts within the current territory and selected prospects within the current account base each fiscal year and long term. Develops strong top-level multi-functional relationships within territory’s customer base and creates linkages between team members and their customer peers to understand customer value and deliver. Consistently delivers the territory’s sales revenue and contribution margin targets through negotiation, product optimization and pricing. Leads customer specific processor strategy and customer development while determining key areas of focus. Ensures appropriate return on investment and actively prospects within customer set to grow sales and margin within the territory. Leads and communicates territory’s resource needs based on assessment and direct feedback from the customer base.  Utilizes Miller Heiman strategic and conceptual selling to effectively plan and communicate account strategy. Lives within the business segment, participating in relevant shows and associations to build credibility for themselves and Griffith Foods.  Develops unique insights to help drive sales at key clients working with cross functional partners.  Develops and utilizes a system to track and communicate key projects to team members and the clients, with the main purpose gaining movement on sales and defense projects.  Participates in company initiatives and task forces based on personal desires and motivations. Manages budgets, forecasts and spending within requirements.  Monitors and evaluates the activities and products of the competition. Travels throughout assigned territory to provide customers with value.  Education & Experience:      Bachelor’s degree from four year college or university. Bachelor’s degree in Food Science preferred, but not required. Demonstrable technical acumen in Food Science and comfort with the Culinary Arts is required. A minimum of seven years of account management experience with demonstrated success. Willingness and ability to travel 50% of the time to customer locations. Experience in dealing with or within the Protein Manufacturing industry. Comfortable with the use of standard business technology and ability to learn new software. Demonstrable comfort in leading groups and presenting business material to others. Position requires outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; Excel, PowerPoint, Word & Outlook.
Griffith Foods Inc. Alsip, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
For more than half a century, we’ve focused on a single mission at Custom Culinary®: to create the finest-quality, most authentic bases, sauces and gravies for our foodservice and food processing customers. Developed by our culinary specialists to deliver made-from-scratch taste and inspired results in just minutes, our products bring exceptional aroma, flavor and consistency to all your signature dishes. True Taste begins with Custom Culinary®. Position Summary:   The Corporate Executive Chef provides culinary leadership, support and expertise for the development of differentiating food products for the National Account Segment of the business to ensure success for our customers and the company. This position is responsible for a territory that includes the following states: TX, CA, AZ, CO, NV, and WA.      Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Customer Development Assists in identifying strategic projects with new and current customers           Assists in identifying strategic new customer targets Leads in creating and presenting products/ideas/applications that meet key customer needs and fit within Custom Culinary’s ® capability portfolio Personally plans, prepares and executes hands on culinary presentations Possesses strong presentation skills Possesses strong organizational skills to keep projects on track Possesses ability to translate customer needs to internal resources Communicates Custom Culinary’s ® points of differentiation Responsible for customer interaction and development of key relationships within customer’s culinary group Brand Development Understands and promotes attributes of branded portfolio Incorporates branded products, where applicable, into menu ideation development Assists organization in identifying ways to improve branded portfolio Recommends products that have potential for branded execution Understands our manufacturing capabilities and is able to translate customer needs into manufactured products Business Development Assists in continually defining the Custom Culinary ® differentiation platform Understands and works within identified financial parameters for product development Works with NAM to identify products that meet volume parameters Actively develops contacts and lines of communication with networks such as; ACF, RCA, COEX and other professional groups Understands strategic direction of Segment Group and promotes projects/customers that fit within set strategy Assists in translating authentic global products and applications to customers via interaction with Griffith network of Culinarians Education & Requirements:     Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in commercial kitchens and foodservice operations    Minimum of 6 years responsibility for supervision of culinary operations and decision making as an Executive Chef,  Executive Sous Chef Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Research Chef in a commercial foodservice, processor or industrial organization specializing in development of new concepts and menu items for commercial production Minimum of 5 years of experience in working with or for National Chain Accounts? Has current ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC) certification or meets certification at this level Demonstrated knowledge of culinary techniques with ability to creatively support innovation in taste, flavor and texture Proven ability to present new products and concepts to customer audience Culinary Ambassadorship          Member of ACF and RCA, Certified Executive Chef (CEC Proactively participates in ACF, RCA and other industry organizations professionally representing Custom Culinary® Communicates, builds and maintains customer relationships in a professional manner Minimum (2) year AOS degree of Culinary Arts
Griffith Foods Inc. Lombard, IL, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
Job Title:   Product Development Manager                                                      Location:  Springdale, Arkansas                     Reports To :  Lisa Sprang, Director Product Development Summary:  GFUS Product Development implementation of technical and talent management programs to support the overall business strategy.  Directs product development activities by performing the following duties personally, through a designate, or through subordinate supervisors. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Functions as a manager in execution of technical activities that support key clients and the overall Griffith Foods business strategy. Applies scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing and utilization of foods. Collaborates with Supply Chain to link product formulation activities to commercial fulfillment efficiencies and production of safe and regulatory compliant food products. Collaborates with Sales and Marketing peers to assign, manage, and prioritize projects for key accounts. Defines, implements and drive metrics to monitor Product Development effectiveness and efficiency. Implements Product Development processes to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of function. Supports Innovation activities that support the long-term strategy of the organization. Establishes goals, appraises performance, recommends training and provides input into final review for all direct reports. Coaches staff on job performance. Communicates progress of all products under development. Leverages methods and procedures for monitoring project success, such as metrics, resource investment, research findings, progress reports and staff conferences. Represents Product Development in professional business relationships with GFUS client and supplier base, academia, government, and corporations in the food industry. Responsible for maintaining and enhancing the security of all information regarding product formulas and related confidential information. Implements contingency plans for Product Development roles in the event that an associate is unable to perform their assigned duties. Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Chemistry or related technical degree. 5-8 years’ experience in Research & Product Development within the food industry. Experience with retail or foodservice manufacturer. Extensive experience in working directly with customers and manufacturing facilities.
Griffith Foods Inc. Arkansas, USA Full time
Mar 05, 2019
For more than half a century, we’ve focused on a single mission at Custom Culinary®: to create the finest-quality, most authentic bases, sauces and gravies for our foodservice and food processing customers. Developed by our culinary specialists to deliver made-from-scratch taste and inspired results in just minutes, our products bring exceptional aroma, flavor and consistency to all your signature dishes. True Taste begins with Custom Culinary®. Purpose of the Position Executes Custom Culinary ® Product Development projects and technical initiatives to develop new and optimized products for Branded and key accounts that support the overall Custom Culinary ® business strategy.   Major Duties & Responsibilities Functions as a scientist to develop new and optimized products in execution of technical activities that support Branded and customized products for key accounts that align with the overall Custom Culinary ® business strategy. Applies science, culinary and engineering knowledge to deliver the highest quality products that are based in research, production technology, ease of manufacturing, financial parameters, quality control, packaging, nutritional requirements, regulatory requirement, USDA and FDA applications. Works with some independence, exercising ingenuity and judgement in the approach to tasks. Responsible for the design, planning, execution, and reporting of experiments and commercialization of projects with intermediate complexity. Works within multiple priorities, projects and timelines concurrently. Uses scientific theory, technical understanding and creative problem-solving skills to approach projects. Communicates project progress internally to manager and externally as directed. Completes new product development and product formula maintenance activities to drive efficient production of safe and regulatory compliant food products. Follows Product Development processes to ensure efficiencies and effectiveness of function. Maintains GLP's, GMP's, and all required laboratory records, using electronic systems and written protocols. Supports department activities including product maintenance, cost savings initiatives and innovation as defined by the organizations long range plans. Supports departmental objectives around continuous improvement and cost savings opportunities Acts as a consultant to colleagues on appropriate current materials and vendors to use to meet technical and commercial requirements.May approve new raw materials, aid in definition of raw material status and rationalization of category and consult in Quality related issues. Represents Product Development in professional business relationships with Custom Culinary ® customers and suppliers, academics, government and corporations in the food industry. Responsible for maintaining the security of all information regarding product formulas and related confidential information.   Problem Solving/Decision Making: Understanding project parameters including customer procedures, product development processes, internal manufacturing capabilities and technical resources to meet project objectives. Interacting with cross-functional teams to provide technical information required to effectively respond to internal and external customer needs.   Knowledge and Experience: Minimum level of education:BS in Food Science, Food Technology, Food Chemistry, Culinology or related technical degree.  Culinary experience is beneficial Experience minimum would be 2-4 years of Research & Product Development experience within the food industry. Experience in working directly with customers and manufacturing facilities.   Work Environment Describe the working conditions related to the job including physical requirements, equipment used, time constraints, public contact, etc. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is required to taste or smell. The employee will be required to use industrial and residential cooking appliances and analytical equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
Griffith Foods Inc. Medina, OH, USA Full time