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Product Development Specialist



Imperfect Produce



San Francisco, CA, US


About Imperfect
Imperfect is a produce delivery startup on a mission to reduce food waste and to make fresh produce more affordable, accessible, and convenient. We source produce directly from farms, which would otherwise go to waste, and deliver it to customers' doors for an average of 30% less than grocery store prices. Since our start in 2015, our customers have saved millions of pounds of produce from going to waste.
Imperfect is more than just a produce box! In everything we do, we bring an appetite, lead with heart, embrace imperfection, and work to grow the movement. We aim to cultivate sustainable environments everywhere we go–whether in the office, warehouse, or field. By working at Imperfect, you’re helping build a more sustainable and effective food system. You’re helping fight food waste. You’re ensuring farmers are rewarded for their full harvest. You’re improving access to healthy food in food deserts. With each curvy cucumber and misshapen potato, you’re helping shape our world for the better.
We're headquartered in San Francisco with operations all over the country. Check our website to see if there is an Imperfect near you!
We're looking for folks who are positive, motivated, and ready to change the world. If that sounds like you, drop us a line!
About the Role
We are seeking a Product Development Specialist to source the food products that Imperfect customers love. You will go “treasure hunting” across the globe to find products that would go to waste or be devalued by our current food system (think broken nuts, cracked pasta, etc). You’ll also manage a large number of vendor relationships to ensure we have consistent supply across all of our categories, as well as manage the process of getting your products from idea all the way to the shelf.


    • Identify manufacturers, co-packers, and other sources of “Imperfect” product
    • Onboard vendors and ensure all compliance needs are met
    • Work with cross-functional teams (Marketing, Packaging, Food Safety) to develop packaging and labeling for each product
    • Work with our Director of Food Safety and Compliance team to ensure all products meet regulatory and food safety criteria
    • Capture the unique “stories” of these products to tell share with our customers
    • Develop processes and business rules to ensure we have a consistent supply of product
    • Conduct site visits to ensure quality standards are being met
    • Plan and execute purchase orders and coordinate with suppliers
    • Plan and execute logistics plans for purchase orders and expedite as necessary
    • Liaise with marketing and products team to incorporate customer feedback, buying patterns, and trends

Skills and Qualifications

    • 2+ years as a Buyer or Product Developer in Grocery
    • Experience with private label strongly preferred
    • Ability to work independently
    • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities - people love you and you love people
    • Impeccable attention to detail

About You

    • You have a love for food
    • You have a passion for creating
    • You’re pumped about our mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all!

Details of Position

    • Full-time exempt position reporting to the Director of Sourcing - Grocery
    • The position is based out of our Bayview headquarters in San Francisco
    • Frequent travel required
    • Salary and stock options commensurate with experience
    • Competitive benefits package includes health care, vacation days, 401k, and weekly Imperfect box!
    • Paid parental leave available up to 8 weeks

Physical Requirements

    • Sedentary work; predominantly involves sitting most of the time
    • Standing desks and/or other ergonomic accommodation available upon request
    • Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens
    • Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, also required
Individuals seeking employment at Imperfect Foods are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
U.S. E-Verify Notice: Imperfect Foods participates in E-Verify in the United States. Imperfect will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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