Director of Strategic Sourcing

Aroma Joe's Franchising South Portland, ME, USA

Benefits Offered

Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Why Work Here?

“This is a fast growing brand with a culture of positive energy!”

Department: Supply Chain

Leader: CEO

Status: Full-Time, Salary Exempt

Work Location: South Portland, ME

Company Values: Caring, Passion, Commitment to Excellence


The Director of Strategic Sourcing is a critical role for Aroma Joe’s. This position is responsible for the development and execution of category sourcing strategies to assure supply, quality, and cost competitiveness for Aroma Joe’s Restaurants. Ultimately responsible for providing end to end supply chain support for Aroma Joes® shops. The position reports to the CEO.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below are required to be successful in this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

  • Develop and support strategies, programs, and policies for both commodities and finished products that meet short- and long-term operational requirements of the Company.
  • Communicate performance against category strategies and goals to key stakeholders on a regular basis.
  • Negotiate and execute key contracts in alignment with sourcing strategies to create the best value for the products being sourced.
  • Foster effective relationships and collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to build alignment on strategic initiatives and projects.
  • Lead and facilitate the evaluation of suppliers and product categories to assure supply, reduce risk and ensure compliance with government regulations
  • Collaborate with Research and Development team on supplier issues to ensure they are communicated, reviewed, and addressed adequately or provide alternative solutions
  • Engage with key Aroma Joe’s stakeholders to manage supply chain, demand planning, supply planning, distribution and logistics, to support organizational goals to maximize value and efficiency
  • Lead the online store function for the Aroma Joe’s brand including vendor sourcing and management.
  • Manage a future retail product division within the company with an eye on quality assurance and distribution.
  • Source equipment for Aroma Joe’s shops, negotiating pricing and managing vendor relationships
  • Perform all other job functions in support of business needs as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Able to be a leader and team player that excels at working with cross-functional stakeholders from concept to finished product
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex strategies or topics
  • Ability to analyze problems and identify resolution at both a strategic and functional level
  • Demonstrated ability to influence other and affect change
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior
  • Ability to be solutions oriented, proactive, results driven and a self-starter that can work with little supervision.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to shift gears quickly


Leading People: Builds teams of diverse, motivated people to pursue and collaboratively achieve shared goals; develops others through coaching and feedback; takes personal responsibility for decisions, and setbacks.

Gain consensus: Proactively understands, shapes, and influences stakeholders’ expectations and aligns multiple stakeholders to and agreed-upon solution. Convinces others to take action, even if those actions are costly. Negotiates skillfully and creates minimal noise while finding common ground and alternatives that satisfy the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Influencing Others: Persuades others toward desired outcomes through effective, multi-channel, multi-directional communication.

Thinking Broadly: Articulates a vision in a way everyone can relate to; formulates clear strategies and roadmaps to accelerate the organization to achieve its strategic objectives.

Building Effective Teams: Forms teams with appropriate and diverse mix of styles, perspectives, and experience. Leverages each team member’s unique background and perspective to achieve team goals. Establishes common objectives and a shared mindset, fosters open dialogue and collaboration amongst team members to create a sense of belonging.

Building Connections: Builds and maintains relationships across a variety of functions and locations; draws upon multiple relationships to exchange ideas, resources, and know-how.

Managing Resources: Make implementation plans that allocate resources accurately; sees around corners and makes adjustments; takes calculated risks.

Getting Along: Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared goals; gains trust and support from people and groups; expresses disagreement with dignity and respect.

Following Process: Follows through on organizational commitments and policies; demonstrates consistency between words and actions; communicates unpopular messages without scapegoating.

Standing Out: Recognizes individual contributions (including their own) and communicates contributions clearly; tackles difficult assignments with optimism and confidence.

Making Quality Decisions: Relies on a mixture of analysis, knowledge, and experience to make sound decisions, even when the complete picture is still unclear. Actively seeks inputs from the right sources to make timely and well-informed decisions; considers all relevant factors and uses appropriate decision-making criteria and principles. Skillfully separates opinions from facts.

Customer Focus: Understands and anticipates customer needs and provides services that meet and/or go beyond customer expectations; serves as a strategic partner to build, grow, and maintain long-lasting relationships with key customers. Uses customer insights to drive the development of new services.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Food Science, or related field required.
  • Minimum five plus (5+) of experience in strategic sourcing / procurement required.
  • Demonstrated track record of building and driving high performance teams; outstanding track record of hiring, coaching, and retaining top talent; relentlessly fosters a high-performance culture.
  • Proven track record of success in developing and executing sourcing strategies.
  • Prior large organization management experience in the food services industry a plus.
  • Proven success as an effective communicator throughout the organization and across multi-level personnel both internally and externally .
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and negotiation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and maintain a high attention to detail.

Leadership Responsibility: Yes

Travel: Local domestic travel and international travel may be required.

Work Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly sitting for long periods of time. Compliant with the ADA, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Hours of Operation

This is a full-time position. Standard office hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST. This position may require additional work hours outside these work hours, including weekends to complete job requirements.


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position. Team Members may be required to perform other duties as requested by their leader(s) in compliance with Federal and State laws.

About Aroma Joe's Franchising:

Aroma Joe’s is one of the nation’s leading handcrafted beverage chains and is headquartered in Portland, Maine. This rapidly growing brand currently has 77 locations across Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida. Aroma Joe’s is a local destination for hand crafted coffee and espresso drinks, unique infused blends, signature AJ's RUSH Energy Drinks and a variety of all-day food offerings. Aroma Joe’s serves positive energy in a friendly and upbeat environment by focusing daily on the customer, the community and the cup.

The same passion and upbeat attitude can be found at our corporate offices. The Aroma Joe's family is a group of hardworking and experienced professionals who are driven by the excitement of building our brand. Our team enjoys comprehensive employee benefits, a pet-friendly workplace and company-sponsored social outings. Giving back to the community is a key part of our corporate culture and we participate in community and charitable events throughout the year.