receiving/inventory specialist


Food Services


Food Service Department Manager/Food Program Director






High school diploma or GED
Training in commercial kitchen or warehouse environment


The primary focus of this position is to work with the Food Service Department Manager / Food Program Director to develop and maintain an organized, sanitary and safe inventory system.


  • Plan and maintain space configuration in freezer, refrigerator, dry food, paper and chemical storage.
  • Prepare spaces prior to deliveries from vendors and donation pick-ups so that product is properly rotated.
  • Receive, sort, and store food, paper and chemical products in appropriate spaces.
  • Properly dispose of food waste and product containers in designated recycling containers.
  • Monitor food storage areas and products received for proper temperatures, recording in proper logs.
  • Monitor prepared products in cold-storage areas ensuring proper placement, covering, dating & duration of holding periods.
  • Monitor and maintain cleanliness and sanitation of all storage areas.
  • Work with Coordinators, Production Specialist and Chef Associates to ensure product is removed from freezer and properly organized in cooler with adequate thaw time for preparation.
  • Maintain inventory paperwork system including invoices and inventory spreadsheets.
  • Maintain communication with Administrative Assistant as to inventory levels and ordering needs.
  • Assist in completing tasks on Planned Maintenance calendar, backs up Utility Associates as needed.
  • Works with Maintenance Department to remove excess product for secondary donation.
  • Performs additional duties as designated by Food Services Manager/Program Director/Chef
  • Enforces rules of People Serving People.


Task manage and train Utility Associates on space configuration, product placement and rotation. This position does not have formal supervisory responsibilities but provides input to performance management.


Trauma Informed Care – Commits to serving our guests in a manner that acknowledges their prevalence of traumatic experiences and responses; Strives to avoid inadvertently re-traumatizing others; Seeks to address and ultimately lessen the secondary trauma and stress experienced by staff serving highly traumatized parents and children by developing self-care plans for coping with vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.

Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things. Has the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with a wide variety of people including staff, clients and service providers.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Tolerance – Has the ability to work with a diverse population.

Independence – Has ability to follow instructions and work efficiently without constant supervision.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps attendance commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; can schedule tasks several days ahead of time.

Communication – Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed. Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Shares expertise with others.

Adaptability – Is able to adapt to changes in the work environment.  Manages competing demands.  Changes approach or method to best fit the situation.  Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Stress Management – Possesses the capacity to maintain personal control and a balanced approach to stressful conditions.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

Project Management – Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget


  • Proficient with pallet jack
  • Ability to work in a cold environment 30–40 percent of the time.
  • Ability to be on feet for long periods of time
  • Ability to push or pull 500+ pounds
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds
  • Have or obtain within 6 months sanitation certification

Computer skills: Ability to communicate through email, basic work with Excel spreadsheets


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

People Serving People is an EEO employer fully committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting the most qualified individual without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing and maintaining an inclusive work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity.


Please mail or email cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources
614 3rd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415