Job: Food Systems Administrator, Canada

McGill Food & Dining Services Position Title: Food System Administrator Reports to: Executive Chef MFDS, MT6729 Reference #: MT7026 (9 months) Position Context A dedicated purchasing agent is an essential part of the future of McGill Food and Dining Services. This position has been created in partnership with the Sustainability Projects Fund to help McGill Food and Dining Services (MFDS) attain their recent commitments for Sustainability. By combining the responsibilities of a purchasing agent with that of a sustainability agent, this position will have significant opportunity to connect the campus community to a food system from which they can be proud to eat. This position will work with department chefs to identify daily purchasing needs and actualize the most sustainable (ecologically sound, economically responsible, socially equitable) ways to meet those needs. Concurrently, it will increase communication throughout the universities’ food system by developing ties with local producers and other stakeholders throughout the supply chain, and benchmarking these relationships. As these commitments have been the result of collaboration between student research and McGill Food and Dining Services, this position will continue to build capacity for academic student involvement in the development of sustainable purchasing standards and initiatives.

Key Roles
Contribute to the optimal use of the University’s financial and material resources through effective management of the procurement process, while respecting the users’ requirements and obtaining the best value for the University. Perform and/or organize activities related to the procurement of commodities for the University community in accordance with the unit’s established policies and guidelines and the University’s purchasing regulations and procedures. Maintain good rapport with students and staff and the University community. Build strong relations by identifying needs and providing support in the delivery of services. Implement administrative procedures or systems that are moderately complex in support of the department/unit’s operations and to ensure that services meet or exceed established quality requirements. Act as advisor to unit members regarding policies and procedures.

Education & Experience
Three (3) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities
Proven track record in food purchasing, institutional dining, seasonal and sustainable food practices. Knowledge about sustainable food issues and Quebec agriculture. Ability to conduct research in sustainable purchasing, to implement best practices and to stay aware of efforts made by various institutions in the Montreal region. Ability to work with students and professors to build capacity for academic involvement in the development of sustainable purchasing standards and initiatives. Must be able to develop strong interpersonal relationships with stakeholders. Ability to develop feedback mechanisms to incorporate evaluations of the system throughout the food supply chain. Must be able to work independently and within a group context and to manage/develop multiple projects concurrently. Strong computing skills including internet research and Microsoft Office. Access to transportation.

Languages: English (written and spoken), French (written and spoken).

How to Apply
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McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

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