Category Buyer - Cold beverages

  • Job Reference: compass/TP/1407741/106077/RB
  • Date Posted: 4 May 2022
  • Employer: Compass Group Plc
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  • Location: Chertsey
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Competitive
  • Sector: Hospitality & Tourism
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

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 have an exciting opportunity for an experienced buying professional to join the Category development team and take accountability for the management of the Cold Beverages category. 

You will develop the category development strategy & long range income growth plan for Cold Beverages utilising continuous improvement tools and processes to effectively drive sustainable business volume growth opportunities.

What we'll give:
  • £Competitive salary per annum depending on experience
  • Compass exclusive offers on PerksAtWork
  • Access to a wide range of programs to train and develop you
  • Pension contribution
More about the role:
  • The primary responsibility of the role is to ensure a safe supply chain for our employees, clients and consumers
  • All category development strategies are aligned to Compass UK Sourcing, Sustainable and Health and Safety commitments and Standards
  • Identify and own end to end business needs process to determine product and service requirements to be sourced
  • End to end category management responsibility pre and post sourcing process:
  • Range management and continuous improvement processes
  • Supplier contract management - own conversion into approved contract (products and supply chains)
  • Manage category working capital through management of rebate / purchasing income targets by category
  • Manage all supplier relationships for value creation
  • Manage inbound supplier performance into approved distribution platforms
  • Manage product and service QA performance to agreed specifications / service criteria
  • Accountable for the optimisation of category performance across core financial and non financial metrics (cost, quality, service)
Who you are:
  • CIPS professional qualification or equivalent
  • Category buying  experience (FMCG / retail / Foodservice )
  • Previous experience in a large company with a diverse customer base and wide service offering
  • Procurement knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience of change programmes to deliver benefits
  • Understands the principles of category management
  • Knowledge of Compass Group UK & I & Foodbuy
Who we are:

As part of Compass, you have the opportunity to work behind the scenes at sports and leisure events, oilrigs and military bases, and in the heart of schools, hospitals, care homes, client offices and boardrooms - some 6,000+ locations across the UK and Ireland.

We do it all and so could you. Apply now and join the family!

We are an equal opportunity employer, we celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees.

Please note that we reserve the right to remove this advert prior to the advertised date, dependent on the level of response received.  You are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.