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Company: Medifast
Location: Baltimore, MD
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


About The Opportunity

At Medifast, our team members are relentless in our mission of driving Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®. When you join Medifast, you become part of a dynamic, fast-growing community of highly motivated, like-hearted people who share a passion for promoting health and wellness. Just as OPTAVIA Coaches inspire Clients to reach their personal wellness goals, at Medifast, we inspire each other to bring our best to work each day to further our shared mission. If you want to build a rewarding career that makes lives better on a daily basis, Medifast may be the perfect place for you.

Overview Of Position

This position will lead the development and execution of category strategy for the Co-Manufacturer. The Category Manager will have responsibility for leading & managing direct material sourcing and supply risk management to support the Company's production, Procurement-related product change management, and support flawless and timely implementation of the project plan and internal stakeholder expectations.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Maintains effective links with global stakeholders, manufacturing sites and core suppliers
  2. Provides strategic sourcing services and leads specific category projects related to raw materials/ingredients, execute specific cost reduction targets and strategies
  3. Rationalize and business continuity planning reducing risk with secondary suppliers qualified and under contract
  4. Understands the impact of strategies on the future requirements of the category areas, and ensure the strategy delivers ‘best value' based on a combination of quality, service and cost, and that the strategic sourcing process is applied consistently and appropriately
  5. Supports periodic supplier business reviews that includes criteria to measure supplier performance in terms of cost, risk, stakeholder satisfaction, technical support, supplier delivery/quality performance, investment, and continuous improvement
  6. Perform market analysis in identifying best cost country sourcing of said category, provide guidance to technical sourcing and engineering with supplier innovations, and proactively develop forward buy agreements where appropriate
  7. Uses consistent strategic sourcing processes and e-procurement tools (such as reverse auctioning) and understands the best applications for the use of specific tools.
  8. Support improvement to existing processes, systems, practices, and procedures.
  9. Leads cross-functional teams in the identification of alternative materials and suppliers, facilitate qualification trials
  10. Responsible for ensuring compliance with FDA and adhering to cGMP from a procurement standpoint and ensuring import compliance with all materials imported. Establish trade compliance as it pertains to transportation and import of goods with logistics leads from Medifast and the vendor.
  11. Leads business improvement initiatives across programs of work to ensure that the strategic goals of the business and Procurement are met.
  12. Provide information and impact assessments to the Dir. of Procurement & Finance department.
  13. Supports, coaches and involves team members in implementing SQF improvements and driving attainment of sustainability/responsible sourcing goals.
  14. Support new and on-going supplier quality audit activities to ensure the supply base has robust process controls and capabilities to meet existing and future business requirements
  15. Additional duties as assigned


Travel up to 30%

Knowledge, Education, Skills & Abilities

  • BS/BA degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Business Administration, or other relevant degree program. Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of procurement/sourcing experience, preferably in ingredient or raw materials. 
  • Experience in commodities hedging, raw material management and ingredient categories
  • Proven background in supplier management, category strategy development/execution, contract negotiations and manufacturing operations with demonstrated success
  • Broad-based understanding of logistics operations and practices and core Procurement areas of focus (Strategic Sourcing, Spend Management / Pricing / Benchmarking, Category Management and Supplier Management). 
  • Knowledge of value chain mapping, sourcing flow from ideation, to qualification process to consumer launch.
  • Multi-country and Multi-sector experience preferred with experience across geographies of varied sizes and businesses.
  • Strong Leadership, Influencing, Collaboration and Communication/Presentation skills are required.
  • Able to prioritize requests and propose cost effective/customer focused alternatives when necessary.
  • Pro-active with the ability to show creativity/innovation in developing new approaches and resolving issues.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and facilitate coordination of large matrixed and/or virtual teams.
  • Well organized, highly numerate with strong attention to detail and project management skills.
  • Strong analytical and data management skills. Highly proficient in Excel/Knowledge or Sourcing Tools (e.g. Coupa).
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) with excellent communication & negotiation skills (written and verbal).
  • Change management and process/continuous improvement expertise
  • Excellent presentation skills: Six Sigma or Lean Certification preferred.


At Medifast, Relationships Are At The Center Of What We Do! 

We thrive by elevating our connections with one another as well as with our Coaches & Clients. We believe that everyone has the potential to be OUTSTANDING. The Medifast culture is built on seven core values: integrity, courage, teaming, accountability, empowerment, partnership and diversity. These values aren't just words on a page – they are celebrated as a core part of the company's philosophy.


We Lead By…

Mastering Relationships: We build trust, promote collaboration and we are reliable.

Being innovative: We strive to improve things in our areas of influence; test, refine and expand within the business strategy; and reach beyond real and perceived boundaries.

Simplifying: We are committed to making things measurable, repeatable and scalable; focusing on outcomes not activities; and eliminating complexity to increase focus.

Anticipating: We predict long-term business and organizational needs; challenge assumptions; and expect and prepare for the unexpected.


More About Medifast

Medifast (NYSE: MED) is the global company behind one of the fastest-growing health and wellness communities, OPTAVIA®, which offers scientifically developed products, clinically proven plans and the support of Coaches and a Community to help Clients achieve Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®. Based on nearly 40 years of experience, Medifast has redefined direct selling by combining the best aspects of the model. Its community of thousands of independent OPTAVIA Coaches teach Clients to develop holistic healthy habits through the proprietary Habits of Health® Transformational System. Medifast is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and ranked second on Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list in 2020 and Forbes' 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America list in 2017. For more information, visit or

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