Procurement Category Manager - Food
This fantastic opportunity is to be a vital part of the food & beverage buying across the UK business for all events (sport, education, business). This role would be to create, drive and implement strategy behind the food and beverage purchasing. Buying a range of frozen, chilled, ambient & branded foods, whilst negotiating the best deals or the business and keeping quality high.
Our client is one of the UK & world leading facilities management and catering businesses. They have catered for a range of events, from the national sports events to global corporate functions. NHS Hospitals to Music festivals. 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.
DescriptionResponsible for effective procurement of Meats, Produce, Seafood, branded food and drinks (circa up to £25m)Develop the strategy & long range income growth plan for all categories.Developing key relationships with supplier and internal stakeholders.Work closely with NPD and Chefs to ensure a diverse and modern menu.Ensure all products have a sustainable supply chain and are high quality.Using continuous improvement tools to effectively drive sustainable business growth opportunities and maximise the overall commercial value.To review and manage the continual development of Preferred Supplier product baskets on a quarterly basis.To provide monthly data for the Procurement Director in preparation for Operations and Board Meetings.
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.
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
Experience within multiple food purchasing categories
Experience with FMCG / Food Services / Restaurant Retail
Proven track recorded in supplier negotiations
An opportunity to work within a fast paced contract catering and hospitality business, where they give a large level of autonomy and the ability to drive your own career.
Flexible working, 1-2 days in the office pw. London / Hertfordshire offices.
Up to £55,000 plus car allowance, bonus and other benefits.