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Bramwith Consulting
GBP80000 - GBP100000 per annum +
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Specialist Area
Purchasing, supply (main)
Job Level
Director / Head / VP / CPO
Catering, Retail
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member

Job Details


If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Oskar at

My client is a Market Leading Food Procurement organisation which procures food for a vast portfolio of reputable and distinguished brands within the hospitality and FMCG industry. This firm manages a spend of over £1.5 Billion and they excel in saving both time & money for their clients. This dynamic and exciting firm who is looking to acquire a Head of Category to help drive the business forward across the Retail portfolio (Hot beverages,Cold Beverages, Impulse, Alcohol, Food to Go & Convenience ) covering £330m+ in spend with a diverse range of clients.

This is a standout opportunity for a Senior Food / Retail Procurement Professional to join a steadfast business which surpasses their competition through their unrivalled scale and outstanding data analysis. This firm possesses a wealth of industry experience and act as a positive disruptor in the market by reshaping the food procurement industry. This client has won multiple awards including; Food Procurement Business of the Year and winner of the CIPS' Excellence in Procurement.

This £Multi-Billion Food Giant based in Surrey are offering hybrid working and a lucrative package of £80 - 100k, as well as a variety of enticing benefits in addition.

Role Purpose & Accountabilities:

  • Accountable for the management Retail portfolio (Hot beverages,Cold Beverages, Impulse, Alcohol, Food to Go & Convenience ) covering £330m+ in spend. The Head of Category will play an integral role in defining and implementing category strategies whilst collaborating with the Procurement Director to deliver against the 2 strategic priorities; volume growth & value creation.
  • Accountable for meeting financial & commercial KPI's, as well as managing the category pipeline which entails both identifying and executing opportunities to improve business activity and spend.
  • Lead the category development team to execute procurement activities which deliver consistent and sustainable purchasing income.
  • Create long term strategies and solutions to deliver programs to external clients. Create and develop a promotional plan to implement and drive income into the business.
  • Deliver best in class supplier management strategies - Collaborate, develop & maintain prosperous supplier relationships which promote innovation - ensuring contract negotiations maximise commercial metrics and maintain strong relationships.
  • Maintain high levels of commercial awareness, market knowledge and fulfil business requirements aligned with the category strategies.
  • Ensure compliance and governance against the associated internal frameworks. Maximise resources of internal teams to successfully execute sourcing projects.
  • Responsible for the successful execution of finance activities across the category and supplier portfolios. This includes PI budget creation, forecasting, pipeline management, balance sheet and collections.
  • Energise, inspire and develop a large and diverse team of c.8 individuals to operate with pace, passion and resilience. Build a high performing team culture and position. Represent the firm at influential market events to develop the brand proposition and awareness.

Personal Skills:

  • Looking for a self-starter who is delivery, achievement and customer focussed with both a propensity to exceed expectations and the ability to thrive independently with a high degree of professionalism and integrity.
  • The Head of Category should possess extensive knowledge and experience of the food retail industry and a proven track record of delivering on category strategy, initiatives and cost savings.
  • The procurement manager should effectively prioritise multiple demands and the ability to adapt quickly to change. Extensive experience of complex supplier and client management.
  • Confident leader, communicator, influencer, negotiator & relationship builder. A professional who is detail orientated by nature and possesses the ability to problem solve.
  • Collaboratively develop plans with senior stakeholders to ensure alignment of targets, improve supplier performance, and implement continuous improvement plans across spend.
  • Solid analytical skills, with an ability to manage and interpret data to make effective decisions
  • A dynamic & creative leader that can define a long term vision for success whilst delivering tangible progress short, medium & long term

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Oskar at

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Award-winning recruitment specialist with an exclusive global pool of procurement, operations and supply chain talent.

Working with a wide range of small start-ups through to large FTSE 100 businesses, Bramwith Consulting has established a reputation for excellence, delivery and market knowledge.

Our expert consultants, work on both contingency and retained search mandates with clients, advising and assisting them in hiring niche Procurement staff. Our experienced recruiters have proven track records establishing and developing relationships with clients and candidates alike, allowing us to provide the highest calibre of candidates and job opportunities.

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