Account Director

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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:
This role shapes the strategic supply chain requirements of the sector, working with stakeholders to ensure delivery. Interfacing with both the sector executive team and the wider functions within Foodbuy, the role holder acts as the lead for their sectors strategic supply chain requirements, holding Foodbuy teams to account on delivery and development required to meet these needs.

This role will be responsible for helping set and owning delivery of clear commercial KPI's agreed between Foodbuy & Sector executive team, alongside delivery of critical projects, initially, key projects will include delivery of Range reset and Ipsum.

You will direct the commercial activity within Chartwells across several key focus areas and underpinned by consistent ways of working:

1. Compliance and Optimisation

a. Understand the Sector business structure to identify strategies for commercial improvement (i.e. cost structure, pence per meal)

b. Deliver commercial improvement within Sector through ensuring an agreed vendor and product range (across Food, Beverage and Non Food)

c. Drive, measure and maximise compliance to achieve agreed KPI's

d. Manage the data and insight requirements required to support supply chain and COGs improvement

2. Inflation and Cost Control

a. In conjunction with Sector Finance Director, understand and manage the impact of budgeted vs forecasted and actual inflation

b. Work with Foodbuy & Sector teams to identify and implement opportunities to manage COGs and mitigate inflation

c. Ensure collateral and toolkit is in place to support client conversations

3. Joint Business Plan (JBP)

a. As a member of the Sector Executive/Senior Leadership Team define and agree a joint commercial strategy, as agreed with Sector MD

b. Drive the delivery of both strategic and tactical commercial projects, track progress and drive execution of the JBP to set timescales

c. Drive Sector requirements for Retail, Food and SES Innovation, working with wider Foodbuy teams to deliver supplier innovation as part of the joint commercial strategy
Who you are:
key skills, knowledge and experience required:
  • Strong decision maker, with great commercial acumen and the ability to calmly weigh up options
  • even perhaps in an ambiguous and constantly changing business environment
  • Resilient leader who works well under pressure
  • Proven experiencing of guiding others to resolve complex issues across the supply chain, influencing cross functional teams to deliver business processes improvement and desired outcomes
  • An infectious "Can Do" attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • A great influencer who is comfortable engaging and where appropriate, challenging senior stakeholders, winning ‘hearts and minds' and able to hold people to account
  • Leads teams and projects with broad reach and across multiple complex workstreams
  • Previous experience identifying internal and external issues with ability to shape, implement and deliver a strategy to solve these business issues
  • Proven track record of delivering projects and change across complex organisations
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data to help inform decisions and to influence stakeholders
  • Comfortable working in a pressurised, fast paced and deadline driven environment
  • Ability to effectively plan and manage multiple workstreams to a project timeline
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 to deliver procurement excellence.

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 over 200 procurement professionals driving us forward, our combination of unrivalled scale and outstanding data analysis sets us apart in our markets.

We're looking to hire an Account Director. This is a great opportunity for someone to support the Chartwells Executive team and ensure their business has an optimised, compliant, and well serviced supply chain, which is aligned and supports their wider strategy and commercial KPI's.

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