Category Lead

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're looking to hire a Category Lead to join our FM & Indirect categories team. (Services) You will be solely responsible for a cluster of Categories within the team while helping to lead the development & execution of the wider SES category plans to deliver category growth through working collaboratively with suppliers & key stakeholders to meet & exceed our client needs.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the Head of SES to create long-term strategies & solutions to enable Foodbuy programs to external clients 
  • Deliver best in class supplier management strategies to maximise the value of Foodbuy to Compass Group clients and external clients.  
  • Engage regularly with sourcing to ensure governance against the Foodbuy Procurement Framework and maximise resources of both teams to successfully execute planned sourcing projects.  
  • Will support the Head of SES for the successful execution of finance activities across the category and supplier portfolios. This includes PI budget creation, forecasting, pipeline management, balance sheet and collections. This also includes continuous planning and execution of working capital improvements for Compass Group. 
  • Energise, inspire and develop a large and diverse team to operate with pace, passion and resilience. 
  • Build a high performing team culture and position Foodbuy as a destination for talent both internally and externally. Represent Foodbuy at influential market events to develop the Foodbuy brand proposition and awareness.
  • Help Coach, develop & lead a high performing team of Category Managers and Buyers
  • Participate in raising the profile of the SES Category through expertise and creative knowledge sharing activities.
Skills required:

  • Strategic thinker who can demonstrate impact and influence across an organisation.
  • An infectious Can Do attitude and strong interpersonal skills is a must.
  • Experience of coaching, developing and leading procurement professionals.
  • Knowledge in running Key Categories within Foodbuy.
  • High expertise in Food Purchasing outside incumbent Category.
  • Proven track record of high value projects on the Foodbuy Pipeline.
  • Existing involvement outside the running of Category would be preferential. 
  • Strong decision maker, with good commercial acumen who is comfortable working under pressure
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, Booking.com 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
Job Reference: com/0403/427700/52626517/SU
Compass Group UK&I wants everyone in our business to feel able to be themselves at work and to have an equal opportunity to progress their career. We want to create a culture where we respect and embrace everyone's talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and abilities. Where our colleagues feel valued, can reach their full potential, and thrive - Diversity is Our Strength!