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Category Buying Manager

Be part of an global leading food organisation as Category Buying Manager.
  • Home Counties, London, South East
  • Permanent, Full time
  • 63,000 - 68,000
  • 20% bonus, pension & health
  • Food & Drink, Non-food, Retail, Buying, Buying & Procurement, Category & Insights
  • 1/17057/7

Our client:

  • Leading global food organisation focused on supplying the out of home sector
  • Fantastic culture focused on personal development and entrepreneurial thinking
  • Clear strategy focused on sales and profit growth.
  • This Category Buying Manager role is ideal for forward thinking individual, who has excellent experience in managing negotiations and developing category strategies within food or non-food
  • The role is 2 days in the office in Weybridge and 3 days at home (must live a reasonable commute from the office which is close to the train station)


The role:

  • The successful Category Buying Manager will lead a small team of buyers to deliver range reviews, rebates, pricing and promotional strategies that deliver the commercial KPI’s for the business.
  • The Category Buying Manager will lead negotiations to develop the category strategic plan to deliver maximum value for the business whilst delivering on sustainability objectives
  • As Category Buying Manager you will keep aware of supplier, market and competitor trends and activity to develop a strategic plan that will deliver long term growth
  • Leading, coaching and developing the team you will lead multiple projects that deliver continuous improvement to drive best in class ways of working and category excellence.
  • In the role the Category Buying Manager will successfully negotiate category projects that will drive sales, profit and margin
  • The Category Buying Manager will work cross functionally with multiple teams across the business to drive execution and delivery.


Ideal candidate:

  • You will currently be working within food or non-food buyer either within food retail or wholesale, foodservice or contract catering or blue chip FMCG within the UK
  • It is essential that you can demonstrate a proven track record in running tenders, bids and RFQ’s along with fantastic negotiation experience
  • As the Category Buying Manager you will have managed at least 1 team member
  • Working as part of a team you must have excellent relationship building skills you will be able to communicate and influence with stakeholders.
  • As Category Buying Manager you must have good insight and data analysis skills and be able to action opportunities to drive profit
  • You will have excellent planning and organization skills and will be able to work independently on your own initiative, a self-starter with can-do attitude. You will also be a team player and will be able to lead and be a contributor to projects and work streams
  • You will thrive in a growth focused entrepreneurial environment with a focus on continuous improvement and a passion for sustainability


Benefits & details:

  • Salary up to £68, excellent bonus and benefits
  • Fantastic culture with genuine focus on personal development, will support CIPS
  • Role is split between the office in Weybridge (2 days and is close to train station) and home (3 days)


Please send your CV using the form on this page, quoting reference 1/17057/7. Confidentiality assured.


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Gabby Rosenberg
Director - Retail, eCommerce & Hospitality
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Director - Retail, eCommerce & Hospitality
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