An initiative of REV Birmingham, The Urban Food Project buys, processes and delivers Alabama-grown produce and goods to corner stores in low-income communities and Birmingham restaurants. They’re seeking a systems-thinker with strong relationship and organizational skills to support weekly operations.
The Urban Food Project’s local food hub and distribution system launched in 2012 to meet the need for fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income populations – particularly those lacking transportation access. At REV, they work with entrepreneurs every day, and that’s how UFP operates too - with an entrepreneurial viewpoint. What began as a small start-up with a few farmers and a team member's personal vehicle has grown to a state-wide network of 40 farmers, 35 restaurants and 7 corner stores, and a 16-ft refrigerated truck.
Running a distribution system means coordinating many moving parts, troubleshooting, and daily problem solving in a fast-paced work environment. The team is ridiculously passionate about local food, works hard and eats well. UFP aims to double its sales in 2016, and they’re looking for a detail-oriented, entrepreneurially-spirited, solutions-driven candidate to spearhead daily operations.
Strengthen the daily operations of the produce distribution system by:
· Collecting local product availability from UFP’s 40+ member farmer network
· Soliciting weekly orders from existing and prospective produce buyers
· Supporting administrative processes including purchasing, receiving, invoicing and delivery logistics
· Implementing and managing improved operational procedures related to purchasing, warehouse organization and delivery
Expand and strengthen the Urban Food Project farmer network by assisting and supporting the Urban Food team in:
· Recruiting additional farmers through Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, Alabama Department of Agriculture, Alabama Cooperative Extension Services, and metro-Birmingham farmers markets
· Clearly communicating crop standards that ensure quality, volume and packaging needs are met
· Identifying technical assistance opportunities to strengthen and expand producer business operations
· Implementing food safety protocols to support expansion goals
· Conceptualizing and implementing consignment and inventory models to expand restaurant operations
· Spearheading product diversity to incorporate more grains, baked goods, dairy and protein
· Contributing to long-term planning efforts, including a potential incubation kitchen
· Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, public health or relevant field
· Minimum of 2 years work experience – preferably in customer service, account management, or project management
· Proven experience with detail-oriented tasks and projects - an absolute must
· Experience with Quickbooks and data entry preferable, but not required
· A positive attitude under pressure, ability to adapt as processes are tested and refined, and the ability to self-motivate
· Punctuality, reliability are mandatory
· A strong desire to support the mission of The Urban Food Project and REV Birmingham
This position is compensated at $35,000 - $38,000 based on experience.