Director of Procurement at sweetgreen

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About sweetgreen:

sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 3,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means. 

The Director of Procurement is part of the site development team, primarily responsible for vendor negotiations and procurement activities supporting our physical new restaurant growth and format expansion(s) while working with counterparts throughout the extended store development team including Design, Construction, and Facilities Management. This position will also provide cross-functional procurement support for additional teams within sweetgreen not including food service/supply chain and IT.  The Director of Procurement position will start out as a “player coach” capable of  leading a team of 1-2 direct reports responsible for handling and executing upon all store development-related and company-related material purchases while also including the ability to personally execute upon purchasing requirements for up to 50% of the sweetgreen pipeline and internal demand.  This position will report to the Director of Site Development, with the expectation over time that you will build out a scalable, best-in-class procurement team capable of managing the end-to-end procurement process while driving the most favorable business terms for Sweetgreen. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop a companywide procurement program, purchasing, contracts, negotiations & vendor selection, including frameworks for vendor evaluation, engagement and RFP ownership.
  • Conduct capital spend analysis, identify and prioritize strategic sourcing, cost-reduction opportunities and execute corresponding RFIs/RFPs and supplier negotiations as necessary.
  • Develop, direct, and manage overall cost reduction targets for New Restaurant Openings (NRO) and Facilities Maintenance capital spend, achieve contracted savings on supplied materials.
  • Establish cross-functional internal procurement organization process and develop internal partnerships with cross-functional SG teams, including Finance, IT, etc.  
  • Implement and/or leverage existing/upcoming SG enterprise systems to establish automated procurement request, invoicing and payment process.
  • Establish enterprise reporting standards on procurement volume by unit, spend and category/types.
  • Lead a team of 1-2 procurement resources to handle and execute all store development and company purchasing decisions (excluding food-related supply chain & IT), including the ability to execute upon purchasing requirements for up to 50% of the sweetgreen NRO pipeline and/or internal company demand. 

About you:

  • 10+ years of strong procurement and strategic sourcing experience in a high growth environment
  • Demonstrated contract and agreement negotiation experience, including development of negotiating plans and strategies.
  • Experience selecting and implementing ERP procurement systems at the enterprise level.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to create financial reports, model out total cost of ownership, and conduct cost analyses
  • 10-25% travel, depending on business needs
  • BS Degree required 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA preferred
  • Strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Prior experience with Ariba or Coupa
  • In-depth knowledge of sourcing and procurement principles and best practices
  • Ability to work effectively and cultivate strong relationships across all levels of the organization and with external parties
  • Demonstrated ability to lead difficult conversations and collaborate, facilitate, and achieve consensus amongst key stakeholders
  • Strong operational management and general business skills 

What you'll get:

  • Competitive pay + bonus plan granted based on performance 
  • Health, dental + vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO, because we respect the need for work/life harmony
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Free sweetgreen swag
  • Complimentary sweetgreen

Come join the sweetlife!

sweetgreen provides equal opportunities for everyone that works for us and everyone that applies to join our team, without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law.

sweetgreen participates in the federal government's E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility. To learn more about the E-Verify program, please click here.

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Our office is positioned in the centerpiece for LA's newest creative generation, PLATFORM and directly across the street from the Metro Station.

What are sweetgreen Perks + Benefits

sweetgreen Benefits Overview

sweetgreen is committed to offering a benefit package with flexibility and options to help you live your sweetlife. Our suite of benefits includes the core options of medical, dental, and vision as well as other voluntary benefit options to help you create the benefit package that best meets the needs of you and your family.

We believe that our employees are the most important ingredients in our restaurants and aim to support you throughout your journey at sweetgreen. FAMILY FUND

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 5 months of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We believe in fully supporting new parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
sweetgreen provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times. Do what you love on *and* off the clock.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees Give back with 5 paid volunteering hours per year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Sweetgreen has partnered with Classpass to offer a different kind of gym membership. All benefits-eligible employees receive a subsidy per month to use towards your membership.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
sweetgreen hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits


The family fund provides emergency financial aid to employees experiencing financial hardship caused by catastrophic events outside of your control, like a natural disaster or life altering personal crisis.

Every person in the sweetgreen family can elect to donate part of their paycheck to the family fund pool of money. This is the money that will be distributed to individuals who apply for funds that will help them cope with an unfortunate situation.

With your continued support, we can truly make an impact in the lives of our sweetgreen family members who are experiencing hardship.

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