Deputy Chief Supply Chain Officer

Deputy Chief Supply Chain Officer

Feeding America

Location Flexible; Chicago, IL Preferred   |   May 27, 2021

About Feeding America

As the nation’s 2nd largest nonprofit and largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America is at the forefront of the fight to end hunger. With an annual revenue of $2.7 billion, which includes 3.5 billion pounds of donated food, Feeding America fights hunger through innovative initiatives to feed, nourish, empower, unite and connect with communities in need. Through it all, Feeding America keeps the people it serves at the center of its vision of a hunger-free America.

Feeding America engages our country and communities in the fight to end hunger on an unprecedented scale. It serves as a catalyst at both the national and local levels, reaching every county in the United States. It moves nourishing food – from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers – to people in need. At the same time, Feeding America helps the people it serves build a path to a brighter, food-secure future.

In 2020, the COVID crisis hit the country and surged. It devastated individuals and families as food insecurity grew. The average increase in the number of clients reported by food banks grew by an astounding 60%. Feeding America and its partners were able to move quickly and decisively to implement multi prong strategies that included new systems, distribution and supply chain, leveraging and expanding partnerships, and tapping into new sources such as cafeterias and restaurants. The result was that Feeding America’s partners provided one billion more meals in 2020 versus 2019.

Inspired by this success, Feeding America continues firmly on the march to solve hunger.

The organization is a nationwide network of 200 food banks, which distribute food through 60,000 partner food pantries and meals programs. Together, the Feeding America network provides more than 4 billion meals to more than 40 million people across the United States and supports programs that improve food security for the families they serve. Feeding America reached this milestone by investing in creative food sourcing strategies and expanding partnerships.

Feeding America is deeply committed to meeting the unique nutritional and health needs of individuals and their communities by leveraging an approach that is people-centered, responsive and adaptive. The work is not just about providing meals. On the journey to achieving its mission, Feeding America addresses barriers so everyone can thrive.

In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it is almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet, there are 40 million people who don’t have enough to eat. That is 40 million too many. Each year, more than 12 million children and 5 million seniors struggle with hunger.

Hunger is not a partisan issue. To reduce our nation’s meal gap, Feeding America partners with lawmakers from both parties to educate Congress and the Administration about policies that will reduce hunger.

By 2025, Feeding America will meet ambitious goals tied to capturing more nutritious food to feed more families and helping to save the planet along the way; improving equitable access to nutritious food for individuals and families, particularly people from vulnerable communities and populations; and most importantly, building greater public will and action to end hunger by driving innovation and expanding access.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Feeding America will continue to broaden its impact in the pursuit of ending hunger in America. As it enters this next chapter, Feeding America will continue to serve as a thought leader and pioneer, filling the gap left by federal nutrition programs unable to meet the needs of people facing hunger each day.

For more information on Feeding America, please visit www.feedingamerica.org.

The Opportunity

At this critical moment in its history, Feeding America is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven executive to serve as the Deputy Chief Supply Chain Officer (“DCSCO”).

Partnering closely with the Chief Supply Chain Officer, the DCSCO will define, develop and execute strategies that enable Feeding America and its network of members to source and distribute enough nutritious food for people facing hunger in America. This leader will direct the operation of the supply chain function including food industry partnerships, agricultural partnerships, logistics and purchasing. The DCSCO will maximize existing food donor partnerships and develop new channels and categories. Working with the Chief Supply Chain Officer, the DCSCO will strengthen the network’s capability and culture to seize new strategic opportunities and to be good hunger-relief partners to national donors and to each other. The DCSCO will serve as a member of the Supply Chain Department’s Leadership Team.

The current Chief Supply Chain Officer at Feeding America has announced his retirement in 2021. It is fully expected that the Deputy Chief Supply Chain Officer will transition to lead several key functions within the first three to six months and assume the role within twelve, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and leading a team of ~45.

Key responsibilities of the DCSCO include:

  • Work with the Chief Supply Chain Officer to lead the development of food sourcing strategies that enable continued progress towards closing the meal gap and increasing the availability of nutritious food in the Feeding America network by diversifying food sourcing by channel (i.e. agricultural production, retail, manufacturing, purchased, and small format) and category (i.e. produce, protein and dairy products).
  • Work with the Chief Supply Chain Officer to create and pursue a shared supply chain innovation agenda by working with network members in consultation with the National Council to develop, test and scale new capabilities designed to open new channels and product categories of high value to people facing hunger.
  • Partner with the Chief Supply Chain Officer, the Innovation Team and the Equity, Access and Opportunity team to evolve traditional food distribution models in order to increase access to nutritious food in high-need communities and populations.
  • Build strategic relationships within food and broader grocery produce industries, positioning the Feeding America network as a food-waste solution and hunger-relief partner.
  • Work with the Chief Supply Chain Officer to align members to leverage collective strengths and abilities for securing additional products at lowest possible costs across channels.
  • Partner with the Chief Supply Chain Officer, SVP IT, CFO and Member Business Solutions Council to identify and implement technologies that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the network’s supply chain and logistics processes.
  • Guide the development and execution of a national food procurement program that helps members access at the lowest-possible cost those high-demand products that are rarely donated.
  • Create a team-based, continuous improvement-oriented work environment that is focused on providing excellent customer service to donors and network members while keeping people facing hunger at the center of Feeding America’s decisions.
  • Lead change both internally and across Feeding America’s 200+ member food banks via extensive information sharing and advisory services related to food sourcing, logistics and distribution working collaboratively with the strategic network capacity and government relations teams.
  • Partner with the Chief Development Officer and Development Team to raise funds for Supply Chain initiatives and innovation. As appropriate, serve as a spokesperson for Feeding America to help raise awareness of Feeding America’s mission to various key stakeholder audiences.
  • Work with the Chief Supply Chain Officer to define, set, track and report on measurable departmental goals aligned with board outcomes and supporting strategies, while maintaining costs within departmental budget.
  • Ensure activities comply with all federal, state and local laws and that no action will jeopardize the organization’s tax-exempt status or compromise the organization’s high ethical standards.
  • Invest in and develop the professional capabilities of Supply Chain Department staff to create a best-in-class organization.
  • Maintain inter-departmental communications and relationships and participate on projects and special task forces as needed.
Foundational Principles

Candidates must meet the following foundational requirements:

A Passion for the Mission

The DCSCO will have a passion for the mission of Feeding America and a commitment to ending hunger. This leader will embrace the core values of the organization and its commitment to transforming the lives of those in need. The DCSCO will flourish in a mission-driven, business environment. This leader will be energized working in a national organization while continually innovating to help expand the reach of Feeding America. This executive will have a collaborative spirit and will be an empathic leader, treating others with respect. This leader will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The DCSCO will play a critical role in prioritizing equity as a driver for Feeding America. This leader will embrace principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in word and action, including hiring, mentorship, teambuilding, network activities and stakeholder engagement. The DCSCO will actively focus on building equity into structures, systems, operating goals and processes for employees and the communities Feeding America serves. The DCSCO will bring expertise, an innovative and open mindset, and a commitment to inclusive practices that value different backgrounds and life experiences and allows everyone to bring their authentic self to work.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

Strategic & Visionary Leadership

The DCSCO will have a proven record of developing a vision and strategy and converting that into effective execution. This leader will have the ability to engage diverse stakeholders, including the Feeding America team and key network stakeholders, around a vision and plan and ensure everyone understands their role in execution. The DCSCO will be skilled at building plans and goals to solve complex problems and address long term challenges/opportunities. This leader will be an innovative and enthusiastic self-starter who can position Feeding America for the future.  The DCSCO will be a visionary and naturally elevate ideas to the next level.

A Transformational & Inspirational Leader

The DCSCO will have a proven track record leading and elevating a team and function through a period of growth and transformation. With a hands-on approach, the DCSCO will bring an approachable, transparent and consistent style of leadership. This leader will build authentic and meaningful connections with staff, food bank members, donors and other key stakeholders, with a strong ability to lead through influence. This executive will be successful at orchestrating strategic processes and leading a team to execute on organizational goals and to ensure accountability and high standards for staff deliverables, while providing staff with a mission-driven work environment and professional growth opportunities. Confident yet humble, this executive will be a strong leader, communicator and collaborator. This leader will have the ability to develop a powerful sense of shared purpose in others and motivate them to engage on the opportunities ahead.

Operational Acumen & Results Orientation

The DCSCO will bring experience running and scaling operations in a complex, geographically dispersed context. The DCSCO will also bring a broad functional understanding and apply that knowledge to shape strategic and operational decisions and ensure that Feeding America’s supply chain and operations are run efficiently and effectively, proactively identifying opportunities and potential challenges and threats for Feeding America. This executive will have the ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and solutions in a proactive, constructive and creative manner that will result in improved performance across the organization. The DCSCO will bring a strong understanding of technology and be comfortable working closely with technology teams and a highly technical staff. This leader will leverage data and analytics to measure outcomes and support the achievement of evolving business strategies.

Additional Information

The successful DCSCO candidate will be willing and able to do a significant amount of domestic travel.

Feeding America embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Its goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Cheryl Stevens, Michele Ybarra, Alison Salisbury and Alison Ranney are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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Feeding America is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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