Supply Chain Category Specialist | Portillo's

Supply Chain Category Specialist

Job Category: Restaurant Support Center
Schedule: Full Time

Job Details


Enable our Purpose to create lifelong memories by igniting the senses with unrivaled food and experiences:


Family:  Work together to make everyone feel at home, and we step up when someone needs help

·       Support the Sr Manager, Strategic Sourcing in achieving cost reductions in assigned categories

·       Collaborate directly with stakeholders (internal and external) to develop optimization strategies and improvement plans


Greatness:  We’re obsessed with being the best and work hard to continuously improve.  Our greatness is rooted in Quality, Service, Attitude and Cleanliness

·       Conduct Supplier and Distributor price audits to ensure reporting measures consistent with contract price negotiations.

·       Measuring and tracking performance of suppliers

·       Develop knowledge and best practices in the categories within areas of responsibility


Energy:  We move with urgency and passion, while maintaining attention to detail

·       Analyzing supplier performance data to provide input to category sourcing strategy

·       Ensuring execution of strategies within user area


Fun:  We entertain our guests, we connect authentically, and we make each other smile

·       Development and support of presentation materials for key stakeholders

·       Develop strategic plans for contracting and improving managed categories





This position reports to the Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing and supports the work of the Supply Chain and Food Safety Team, a group of approximately 5+ people.  The Supply Chain Category Specialist interacts extensively with cross functional departments in support of organizational initiatives. 



Minimum Educational Level/Certifications

·       Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration or related field

·       OR, High School or equivalent and 5-8 years related work experience is required.  Related work experience includes supply chain/sourcing work experience.

Minimum Work Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • 2+ Years Supply Chain

·       Experience in Supply Chain product / packaging sourcing

·       Experience in distribution and/or logistics

·       Strong presentation and engagement skills.

·       Strong analytical and problem solving skill.

·       Aptitude for balancing multiple priorities with strong organization and prioritization capability.

·       Exceptional ability to build consensus across a wide range of constituents.


Travel Requirement

  • Occasional travel may be required 5%




Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

·       Small/Medium group presentation skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Strong communication skills.

·       Strong team player

Educational Level/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business Administration or related field preferred
  • Supply Chain Professional Certification preferred

Work Experience and Qualification

  • Experience working in restaurant business management, food distribution, supply chain, inventory management, or similar role.