Sourcing Buyer

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South East
Salary Description:
Compass Group
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Foodbuy Group is a leading food procurement organisation based in the UK. With over £1.5B of managed spend, we bring together a wide range of foodservice and hospitality clients 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. Proudly part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, who are our parent company and largest client, we purchase directly from manufacturers and growers and our suppliers range from the most recognised brands in the industry to regional and local providers. With a team of 200 procurement professionals driving us forward, our combination of unrivalled scale and outstanding data analysis sets us apart in our markets. We are looking to hire a Sourcing Buyer who will represent Foodbuy on a key client project, ensuring innovative & fit for purpose products & services are sourced that deliver competitive advantage for Compass & excellent value for money for the client. You will also support with the creation of bid materials, presenting to clients & mobilisation after contract award. You will work very closely with the Category Management teams, particularly the Supplies, Equipment & Services (SES) team & will have a ‘dotted line’ into the Head of SES to ensure alignment on approach & to receive support through the sourcing/procurement process. • Day to day management of the end-to-end procurement process & related tasks within the client project • Full understanding of the client pricing model in combination with product/service comparisons • Procurement of products & services – more complex and challenging than product sourcing • Co-ordination of RFQs/RFPs for products & services across various categories via multiple vendors. To include research, understanding of the supplier landscape, engagement of suppliers & running competitive tenders via the Foodbuy Procurement Framework (FPF) where applicable • Cross category working – food, retail and non-food. • Working as part of a wider cross-sector project team, developing positive working relationships with internal & external stakeholders including alignment on approach with the Operations and Sales teams • Procurement with a client focus (MAP1) – creating custom client solutions with a focus on innovation. • Client facing – site tours, client engagement & presenting through process. • Bid support – provision of information to support the technical responses in the bid. • Management of financials – details of all deals maintained & provided to the bid finance team. • Mobilisation support following contract award • 2+ years working in a procurement team. • Results oriented & analytical. • Understanding of the FPF • Experience of participation in sourcing events • Good negotiation & influencing skills. • Good understanding of the end-to-end supply chain • Working understanding of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) standards • Excellent team player with an infectious ‘Can Do’ attitude. • Strong people skills & able to listen/communicate/present effectively at all levels of an organisation. • Comfortable working in a pressurised, fast paced, cross-functional and deadline driven environment. • Able to effectively plan & manage multiple workstreams concurrently. • Looking to further procurement skills in a role that also offers ‘sharp end’ operational experience. • High level of Excel skills would be advantageous as would the ability to organize & analyse complex data sets.

Contact Details:
Compass Group
Tel: 0121 457 5566
Contact: Jaskaran Bika

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