Head of Procurement (Food & Beverage)

England, London
£75,000 - £80,000 per annum + Car Allowance, Bonus, Fleixble Working
19 Aug 2019
02 Sep 2019
Jordan Collins
Department Head
Procurement, Strategy
FMCG / Retail
Contract Type

This role would be to create, drive and implement strategy behind all food and beverage purchasing within the UK. With a high spend level (over £205m) and a large team to manage, this was role will be a real test for anyone and a strong procurement skill set is required. - The business cater to some of the most well known event's that the UK, including famous Sporting matches, Government functions and business conferences.

Client Details

Our client is one of the UK & world leading catering businesses, with a portfolio of events that any other would be jealous of. They have catered for a range of events, from the national sports events to hundreds of UK hospitals. Only using the finest and most sustainable products, their food and beverages are to the industries highest standard and ensure that all customer service is always quality. The business culture is fast, dynamic and entrepreneurial. This role would require UK wide travel, but also offer a high level of home-working.


  • Flexible working location, with UK travel
  • Over £205m spend on meats, produce, fish, alcohol and soft drinks
  • Managing a team of 7 categories managers and indirectly managing all buyers in each category
  • Develop the strategy & long range income growth plan for all food & beverage categories
  • Developing key relationships with suppliers, which are maximised through conducting business reviews in line with supplier positioning and responsible for owning overall relationship
  • Using continuous improvement tools and processes to effectively drive sustainable business growth opportunities and maximise the overall commercial value from through the category development process
  • Ensure a strong market knowledge within the food & drinks industry and keep up-to-date on new products/methods/innovations within the hospitality industry
  • To review and manage the continual development of Preferred Supplier product baskets on a quarterly basis


Ideal Profile:

  • Adaptability - Able to adapt dependent on what is presented in front of them, changes in environment or needs of key stakeholders
  • Client / Consumer Focus - Able to provide excellent customer service that builds lasting business relationships
  • Competitiveness - Know the competition and aspire to deliver competitive advantage
  • Leadership Qualities - Ability to provide strategic leadership to the function as well as contributing at the operational level
  • Organised - Is able to priorities when demands of the individual is high and time is crucial.
  • Passion - Looks to replicate success, learn from mistakes and develop the ideas, innovation and practices that will help us improve and lead our market
  • Relationship focused - Is able build key relationships with internal and external stakeholders, therefore getting the best result from each scenario


  • Significant Experience within the multiple food purchasing categories within the food service, hospitality or catering industry
  • Experience managing teams
  • CIPS Qualified

Job Offer:

  • Up to £75,000 (there may be some stretch for the perfect candidate)
  • + Bonus
  • + Car allowance
  • + Healthcare
  • + Flexible working (Offices in London and all over the UK)

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