Category Development Manager

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Chertsey, Surrey
£55,000 to £60,000 per annum
Salary Description:
Competitive salary plus package
Compass Group
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Are you an experienced Category Manager seeking a diverse new opportunity? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Category Manager to join our Food team at  Foodbuy.

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.

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.

Regardless of what stage in your career you are at, we have an opportunity for you. With clearly defined career pathways and short steps to the top, we can support you with your long term career aspirations. For further information about Foodbuy, please visit
Package descriptionCompetitive salary plus package 
Main responsibilitiesAs a Category Manager for Food, you will ensure that we deliver value to all Foodbuy clients as well as ensuring we deliver growth to our supplier partners. You will create and execute category strategies showcasing your product expertise, identify value growth opportunities, build strong and sustainable relationships with our category partners, stakeholders and clients and ensure the consumer needs are understood and delivered against for both our internal and external clients.

Accountable for circa. £70M of category spend, you will lead the category through the key steps in the Foodbuy Procurement Framework focusing on start-up, strategy and continuous improvement
Ideal candidateAs a category manager already or a senior buyer looking to make the steps on their career path, you will be a commercial and passionate procurement professional ideally with experience of food procurement and/or buying and category management.

As a confident communicator, you will be comfortable selling this category to our third-party clients and look at their needs as a source of inspiration. Proven experience working, and negotiating, with food manufacturers is key along with the ability to influence, engage and challenge at all levels. Ideally, you will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and hold a relevant CIPS qualification.

This is a great opportunity for an individual to split their time within our Head Office in Chertsey and out visiting clients and suppliers.

You will receive a competitive salary and package and be given the opportunity to develop and make the most out of your career. We believe that our people are our business, so along with the tools and support you need to get to here you want to go, we’ll make sure you have fun along the way. We are dedicated to creating a positive place where the best people want to work.

Contact Details:
Compass Group
Tel: 0121 457 5000
Contact: Anwen John

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