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Category Buyer

Job Type
19 Apr 2024
Foodbuy is a leading food procurement organisation based in the UK. With over £1bn of managed spend, we bring together the widest range of foodservice and hospitality clients on the planet to buy food, and everything associated with it. We work closely with our clients to deliver expert procurement services saving them both time and money and enabling them to focus on what really matters to their businesses.
We're looking for a Buyer to join our SES team on a 12 Month Fixed term contract to cover a Maternity leave. You will support the entire end to end procurement process for your category and be responsible for planning and executing key contract renewals and new business requirements as per the sourcing pipeline.
The Category encompasses all our Consumable spend and includes having range responsibility for Chemicals, Stationary, Paper, and Coffee cups of which are crucial categories for Foodbuy with significant category growth opportunities.
You will also help develop a sourcing pipeline with the objective of driving out cost while maximizing quality. The role holder must importantly secure buy-in and be able to communicate and ensure compliance of our Consumables Procurement strategy across the group.
Key responsibilities:
Plan, develop and execute a procurement strategy that delivers sustainable purchasing income & robust contracts with year-over-year improvements.
Working with our clients and suppliers on key sustainability projects in line with Legislations along with aspirations and client goals to remove and reduce singe use plastics from our waste stream
Engage with senior level stakeholders across Foodbuy and Compass Group to jointly execute strategic projects.
Adapts quickly to change, capacity to handle multiple change agendas yet to stay in control.
Able to influence all levels of the organization.
Acquires and maintains understanding of category trends, market forces, cost data and supplier intelligence.
Manage the timely delivery of the procurement and sourcing initiatives and report accordingly
Skills required:

  • Ideally you will have experience as a Buyer in a commercial environment. 
  • Natural and articulate around management. Good listening skills. Can deliver communication concisely and steer conversation to influence decisions needed.
  • Working independently to solve challenging problems. 
  • Strong decision maker, with good commercial acumen who is comfortable working under pressure 
  • Proven ability to reduce cost against tough market backdrops 
  • Demonstration of strategic procurement, which extends beyond tactical tenders 
  • Confident presenter 
  • Versatile influencer, not afraid to challenge across all levels of seniority 
  • Evidence of an ability to work cross-functionally 
  • Advanced computer skills including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
We ensure you're rewarded for all your hard work, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Grow your career with our Career Pathways and MyLearning programmes
  • Quick access for you and your immediate family to a Digital GP, and wider healthcare benefits
  • Exclusive travel discounts with TUI, Expedia, and many more
  • Save money on your food shop with discounts on Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and many more
  • Up to 44% off cinema tickets to enjoy your favourite blockbuster
  • Receive cash rewards every time you spend and use them on a wide range of brands
  • Un-wind with us with free wellness, mindfulness and exercise classes
  • You can share all discounts and offers with your friends and families
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