Category Manager - Food

JPS Supply Chain Recruitment
£60,000 per annum
04 Oct 2016
02 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Are you a Regional Category Manager with a proven track record in consistent and world-class procurement? Do you want to work for a dynamic business who recognise and reward achievement? If so, then JPS has just the job for you Job Summary: Part of the EMEA Retail & Brand Procurement team responsible to provide a pan-european sourcing & procurement category management function and service for the Sandwich category for a spend in excess of £35m of the regions expenditure with external suppliers. Main Duties and Responsibilities: •Define & manage Procurement in a total cost management approach for the Sandwich product groups across all brands for the EMEA region, managing a spend of up to £35m •Define & deliver the regional procurement category strategy including sourcing activities which generate benefits and achieve financial savings targets through insight and analysis of the category and sub category areas including: Procurement spend and supply base analysis Supply market positioning Supply base profiles Supplier assessments Supplier financial analysis RFI/RFP/RFQ Service Level Agreements E-auctions Cost analysis Strategic options & objective decision making Identification of internal and external cost drivers in the categories Understands all cost drivers and key providers within all markets to define best solution for business and its customers Negotiation & drafting of contractual agreements with suppliers to ensure that service, quality, added value, total cost, security of supply and deployment of the supplier’s capabilities in innovation are secured. •Development & deliver of savings opportunities and benchmarking of industry standards & practices to identify quick win opportunities reporting actuals versus budget monthly and on a year on year basis. •Leads all supplier negotiations for assigned categories and manages ongoing strategic supply partnerships •Lead cross-functional teams to manage the development and implementation of the procurement category strategy agreeing the strategy with the VP Procurement & EMEA leadership •Report category performance monthly accurately by project performance against budget versus actuals •Participate in group, centre of excellence or Group Procurement projects as assigned •Provides subject matter expertise in their given sector and is a trusted advisor to the business Qualifications Education: •Degree or Secondary education in business or equivalent work experience •Procurement qualification (eg: CPIS or equivalent or to be at an advanced stage of pre-qualification) Work Experience: •Experience of working to deliver a new Procurement strategy is desirable •Significant previous procurement experience with responsibility for delivery of a procurement category strategy and procurement category benefits including financial savings •Demonstrated experience in the specific procurement category •Experience of working with a fragmented user base in multiple locates •Experienced negotiator with excellent communication skills •Experience in purchasing of food, beverage & consumable products (desirable) •Understanding of relevant strategic sourcing and demand levers and cross-functional approaches and ability to adapt levers to cope with specific challenges •Experienced in complex stakeholder management •Good experience in managing and delivering projects on time in international and cross-entity settings •Ability to motivate and manage cross-functional and cross-entity teams, securing resources, redirecting team efforts as focus shifts •Skillful in handling all stakeholder groups and creating networks Technical Skills: (Certification, Licenses and Registration) •Microsoft Office Language / Communication Skills: •Experienced negotiator •Fluent in English (oral and written), and one other European language desirable 10% travel will be involved. In return you will be rewarded with a high profile position with huge opportunity for growth and global progression within this worldwide business. This job was originally posted as

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