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Manager Category

Consumer Products
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The Blue Apron Grocery Team diligently and passionately identifies, evaluates, and sources the highest quality ingredients included in our recipes in order to provide our customers with an amazing cooking experience, and ultimately, a delicious meal. The ongoing development of strong partnerships with our teammates and suppliers is our core recipe for success, as we constantly seek out new, innovative solutions that will allow us to offer our customers more value in every Blue Apron meal kit they receive.


As a Category Manager, you will be responsible for the national procurement of a designated portfolio of grocery ingredients. Your goal will be to provide our Meal Experience and Culinary Teams with the highest quality ingredients to choose from at the greatest overall value. This position reports to the Senior Category Manager – Grocery.

  • Lead the procurement (entire source-to-pay process) of assigned grocery ingredients used in Blue Apron's recipes

  • Strategically develop and optimize your supplier network country-wide for category development and execution of competitive sourcing strategies with the goal of driving incremental value

  • Responsible for key performance indicators including supplier compliance with all safety / quality / regulatory specifications, on-time delivery of inbound supply shipments, and food cost per meal as well as service level, quality, cost, and sustainability metrics

  • Partner with Regulatory and Food Safety & Quality Assurance Leadership Teams to ensure all grocery suppliers are operating in compliance with all applicable regulations and Blue Apron policies

  • Partner with Culinary and Fulfillment Operations Leadership Teams to perform ongoing SKU rationalization / management efforts, to ensure Blue Apron operates with maximum efficiency, while also effectively fulfilling our customers' demand for variety


  • 3+ years purchasing or category management experience

  • Food industry experience

  • Proven track record of success in purchasing, pricing, and financial management

  • Outstanding negotiation skills

  • Comfortable making quick decisions with broad consequences

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively influence all levels of the organization

  • Proven track record of leadership experience, including effective management of multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong attention to detail, organization and time management skills

  • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

  • Self-motivated, innovative thinker with a passion for food!

  • Excited to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time

Blue Apron provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Blue Apron complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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