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Experienced Purchasing Category Manager Fresh Produce

Closing Date for Applications - January 18th 

A hands-on role, responsible for implementing the procurement strategies set by the Purchasing Director and other business Directors to deliver tangible results for the organisation. Supported by Purchasing Administrators, primary responsibility will be to manage the supply base, negotiating competitive pricing, monitoring KPI’s and ensure adherence to contractual terms.

Duties include:

  • Oversee the supply base monitoring ongoing contractual and KPI compliance
  • Identifying procurement opportunities to increase business effectiveness, efficiency, productivity and to reduce costs
  • To leverage maximum benefit from the supply base through the application of negotiation and competitive tendering processes
  • To manage the product costs on behalf of the client stakeholders putting in place cost mitigation strategies where appropriate
  • To ensure the price lists are accurate and sent out in a timely manner resolving queries as they arise
  • Liaise with and actively manage suppliers undertaking quarterly scorecards with key suppliers
  • Sourcing new products and services as required putting in place contractual terms that can be used by the sales team to extend the current business base
  • Putting in place and managing promotional activity at an organisational and client level
  • Write and review contractual terms to ensure maximum commercial benefit to the organisation and its clients
  • Ensuring knowledge is up to date with marketplace information, (costs, innovations, suppliers) 
  • Scoping and defining purchasing projects, then assuming end-to-end responsibility for their execution (including benefits realisation)
  • Producing and maintaining formal activity plans and managing assigned resources (both internal and external) to ensure successful delivery to agreed budget and timescales
  • Development of the ideology for social diversification and environmental awareness within the supply chain 
  • Managing the production of management reports for both internal and external use, ensuring they are fit for purpose, accurate and delivered in a timely way
  • Managing the Purchasing Administrators to ensure systems are maintained and accurate at all times

Knowledge and key skills:

  • Analytical, numerical and fact based
  • Influencing skills and commercial negotiation
  • Strategic sourcing knowledge
  • Good contract and supplier management skills
  • High-energy, enthusiastic self-starter capable of autonomous working
  • Business focussed, process led, benefits driven, results orientated
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship/team building skills
  • Strong influencing, facilitation skills
  • Willing to adopt a flexible, hands-on, common-sense, ‘lead from the front’, ‘can do’ approach to ensure (and be accountable for) benefits realisation

Desireable Skills:

  • CIPS qualified (full or part)
  • Experiance of catering and retail procurement

Critical Success Factors:

  • Development and optimisation of long term supplier relationships
  • Consolidation and reduction of the cost base

Reports to:

Puchasing Director

Salary: Depending on experience

Working hours: Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm

Benefits: Pension, Free car parking, 20 days holiday per year plus bank holidays, Healthcare Scheme, Life Assurance

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