Category Buyer - Dairy

What we'll give:
  • 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
  • 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 Wow Points 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
More about the role:
  • You will support the Dairy Category team to execute a long-term food vision to deliver sustainable improvements in terms of cost, quality, service, and innovation, in collaboration with the Foodbuy procurement team & other relevant business stakeholders.
  • Identifying potential new suppliers, visiting, and meeting existing suppliers, build supplier relationships
  • You will support the dairy category teams by submitting monthly insight on industry trends
  • Support upload of monthly price files for our external clients onto our procurement systems
  • You will liaise with our supply chain team and report to category any concerns, SLA issues, distributor, and supplier challenges.
  • Support contingency planning
  • Benchmark pricing and prepare for sourcing and tender activity.
  • Work with cross functional teams to support the compliance tracking of CSR requirements, sourcing standards, Compass global CSR commitments, government buying standards, Natasha's law
  • Regularly review supplier performance to support category growth
  • Manage category related queries from internal and external stakeholders
  • Support our sales and bid teams with content
Who you are:
  • Results Oriented - comfortable to support the dairy category to deliver against bold and stretching targets
  • Experience in food procurement/sourcing
  • Has the desire to become a subject matter expert across a category of choice
  • Competent with procurement systems, ideally having used these in current/previous employment
  • Demonstrated ability to develop credible business relationships
  • Passion for Food or Dairy
  • Able to make decisions and able to work under pressure
  • Good communicator
  • Personable
  • Good analytical skills with good knowledge of Excel
  • Problem solving - a self-starter with the ability to work independently to solve challenging problems
  • Competent presenter
  • Evidence of an ability to work cross-functionally
  • Ambitious with excess enthusiasm, energy, passion, and resilience
  • High sensitivity to deadlines and providing information in a timely manner
What you'll be doing:
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 are looking for a Category Buyer to support the category manager with their development of the end-to-end procurement process for the core food Dairy category team.

You will support the Dairy category with planning, preparing for negotiation and writing contract renewals as well as supporting and scheduling supplier relationships. Commercially you will be expected to support our overarching Foodbuy strategy to drive volume growth, negotiate sustainable terms & provide value and benefit to our Compass and External clients. You will be key to supporting our CSR commitments and will also engage with our culinary teams and development chefs and support their client food strategies by providing products meeting their requirements.

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