Jess Hayden

Director of Procurement

Life is not about the things we buy; it’s about the company we keep, the experiences we have, and the memories we make along the way.

Jess believes there’s no such thing as a “small” interaction — every conversation you have with another person, whether in business or in everyday life, is an opportunity to put your best self forward. It’s a philosophy that has helped this industry veteran cultivate a diverse network of valuable business relationships. And as Director of Procurement for McKibbon, these relationships, together with her hands-on experience in supply chain management, negotiation and sales, play an invaluable role in developing and implementing our overall supply chain strategy.

Both on and off the clock, the Virginia Tech graduate loves exploring new cities one meal at a time. Even at home, Jess, her husband and their two children end every day with a family meal. And while she always makes restaurant reservations when she travels, she had no reservations whatsoever when it came to joining the McKibbon family. Before becoming an official McKibbon team member, Jess spent more than 10 years at Avendra, working closely alongside our team. The transition to McKibbon was practically a natural fit.

In her spare time, Jess and her husband run an NFL youth flag football league, which they started in 2004. Every day, she’s inspired by the dedication and creativity of her fellow colleagues and watching her kids become their own people.

Experience

Avendra, LLC, 2006-2017

  • Manager, Field Support and Customer Relations

Cargill, Inc., 2005-2006

  • Sales Account Manager, Cargill Animal Nutrition

Smithfield Foods, 2003-2005

  • Food Science Technologist
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
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