Procurement Category Manager

About LOS TACOS No. 1

LOS TACOS No. 1 is an expanding restaurant group with multiple locations in Manhattan serving Mexican tacos in a vibrant atmosphere. The company started after three close friends from Tijuana, Mexico and Brawley, CA realized the need for truly authentic Mexican tacos on the East Coast. The company is passionate about making every guest at LOS TACOS No. 1 feel like they have been transported to Mexico when they step into our restaurants. For more information, please visit:

Position Overview:

We are seeking a detail-oriented and experienced Purchasing Manager to join our team. The Purchasing Manager will play a critical role in ensuring the smooth operation of our restaurants by managing all aspects of procurement, including sourcing, purchasing, inventory management, and vendor relationships. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in food and beverage purchasing, excellent negotiation skills, and a passion for delivering high-quality products to our customers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement procurement strategies to ensure cost-effective sourcing of high-quality ingredients and supplies.
  • Source and evaluate suppliers/vendors based on quality, price, reliability, and service.
  • Negotiate contracts and terms with suppliers to secure favorable pricing and terms.
  • Manage inventory levels to optimize stock levels while minimizing waste and excess inventory.
  • Communicate with kitchen staff and management on systems and processes that should be followed.
  • Monitor market trends and industry developments to identify opportunities for cost savings and product innovation.
  • Ensure compliance with food safety regulations and company policies in all purchasing activities.
  • Maintain accurate records of purchases, contracts, and vendor communications.
  • Oversee the receiving process to ensure accuracy and quality control of incoming goods.
  • Resolve any purchasing-related issues or discrepancies in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Highly organized with files, documents, and projects.
  • Strong vendor communication skills addressing issues and concerns of the organization.
  • Being proactive with addressing internal and external discrepancies.
  • Detail oriented with reviewing invoices, Purchase Orders and vendor agreements
  • Understanding of basic culinary concepts that are applicable to the business.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Business Management, Supply Chain Management, Category Management or a related field preferred.
  • Proven experience as a Purchasing Manager, Buyer, Category Manager, Food and Beverage Manager or similar role in the food and beverage industry.
  • Strong knowledge of food and beverage products, suppliers, and market trends.
  • Experience in using Inventory Management Platforms. Xtrachef, Craftables, Restaurant365, Crunchtime, MarketMan, Netsuite, etc.
  • Excellent writing skills in composing internal and external communications.
  • Great Interpersonal skills, and a handful of negotiation tactics and strategies.
  • Ability to analyze data and make informed purchasing decisions.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Available to work a Sunday to Thursday schedule, or Monday to Friday schedule.
  • NYC DOH Food Handler certificate preferred.

Pay: $80K – $100K Depending on Experience

Compensation & Benefits

This position will have a base annual salary in the range of $80K to $100K. In addition, this position will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • Paid time off
  • Transit and commuter benefits
  • Free meals at all location


  • Every weekend
  • Tuesday to Saturday


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • Spanish (Required)

Los Tacos #1 provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. If you require reasonable accommodation to view or apply for this position, please contact us via [email protected]

Job Type: Full-time

Job Details

Posted By

Nicholas Fratto


New York City Metropolitan Area

Company Name


Company Website

Company LinkedIn:

Company Twitter