Procurement Manager, Ingredients

Kiva Manufacturing Inc. – Operations /
Full-time /
Kiva Confections ( is a world-class cannabis-infused edibles company in California, the largest cannabis market in the world. Kiva's line includes Kiva Chocolate Bars, Terra Bites, Petra Mints, Lost Farms Gummies & Chews, and Camino Gummies. Our products are crafted from premium ingredients and thoughtfully combined with California cannabis. Since our beginning in 2010, our goal has been to create confections that redefine what a cannabis confection ought to be. By applying art and science, we ensure a deliciously consistent experience.

We have high-reaching growth plans as the legal market and consumer adoption expand. Key growth initiatives include ambitious platform innovation, outstanding marketing, geographic expansion, strategic partnerships, and more. We are resourced for this spectacular growth and looking for great people to help take us to the next level.

The Category Manager will report into the Director of Supply Chain & Procurement and will play a critical role in the sourcing of ingredients and while ensuring a source of supply is in place to meet rapidly growing sales demand.  This individual will work cross functionally to identify new and alternative supply, negotiate agreements with suppliers, facilitate the qualification of suppliers, and develop and implement procurement tactical plans and procedures to support the business growth.

MUST reside in California!

This job is for you if...

    • You’re interested in a meaningful job at a growing Cannabis company in Oakland where you’ll work on a variety of projects at once and be appreciated daily for doing your job well.
    • You’ve been told (more than once) that you’re scrappy, a progressive, a roll-up-the-sleeves, get stuff done type of person that is organized, honest and thoughtful.
    • Ability to use rigorous logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, and have aptitude to learn technical applications quickly
    • A persistent attention to detail and a high level of comfort in working with numbers
    • You’re not afraid of tactical work as a means to a more organized structure and can play comfortably and efficiently in both spaces. 

As a Kiva Category Manager , you’ll...

    • Manage raw material contracts with suppliers to ensure compliance of terms, safety stocks, lead-times, and usage. Facilitates discussion with suppliers to enable supply assurance.
    • Develop deep category knowledge and regularly leverages industry experts, associations, peers, and stakeholders to identify and benchmark best practices.
    • Proactively seek out new ingredient sourcing and continually develops secondary supplier network.  Lead RFPs for new suppliers, engaging cross-functional teams as needed to ensure all qualifications are met.
    • Participate in the development of supply strategies, to mitigate risk, ensure current and future supply and manage cost.
    • Negotiate pricing and agreements with key suppliers to ensure a continuous source of supply to support the overall business needs.
    • Identify cost savings opportunities and develop recommendations to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

What we're looking for...

    • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Strategic Sourcing or Procurement for a food or beverage manufacturing
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to effectively engage others as necessary to resolve issues
    • Advanced knowledge of supply chain/procurement processes.
    • Intermediate to expert level user of Microsoft Office Suite – Excel and Google Suite.
    • Intermediate to expert proficiency in manufacturing MRP and distribution systems and processes
    • Bachelor's Degree with 5+ Years of Experience OR 10+ Years of Experience
    • Extensive experience in spreadsheet and data analysis
    • Knowledge in Supply Chain ERP systems
    • Strong analytical skills with proficiency for analysis and modeling and creative thinking.
    • Ability to perform a number of routine tasks quickly, efficiently and accurately
$96,000 - $118,800 a year
Kiva Confections provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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