Category Manager – Proteins

Category Manager, Proteins

Leading Food Services Company

£55k – £60k per annum + bonus + pension + Private healthcare, 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays. Surrey



An outstanding opportunity has come up working for this well recognised Food business who are growing their Procurement team and looking for a commercially driven category manager with extensive experience in the food industry. You will be managing c.£90M annual spend across Proteins & Meats, along with a small team of Category Buyers.


This is a highly strategic category and a brand new role within the Food category team, where you will be given the autonomy to shape, develop and deliver the category strategy. With the support of your team of Category Buyers, you will direct all procurement and supplier management strategies across Meat & Poultry, Fish & Seafood and Meat Free categories.


What the role involves:

Lead your team to develop and execute a long-term category strategy to deliver sustainable improvements in terms of cost, quality, service and innovation, in collaboration with the Foodbuy procurement team & other relevant business stakeholders

Identify potential suppliers, visiting, and meeting existing suppliers, building, and maintaining relationships

Understand future trends ensuring we are market leading and be able to affect change as needed

Deliver financial targets including inflation mitigation, cash collection, aged debt, new commercial value

Develop and maintain long term pricing mechanisms/cost models across subcategories & supply base to drive sustainable competitive advantage and ensure seasonal supply procured at optimum period

Ensure your product range is compliant to food safety regulations & CSR requirements, assuring high quality standards always, optimise as necessary


The person we hope to find:

Already operating as a Category, Sourcing or Sales Manager looking to develop and progress your career at a more strategic level or looking to use your expertise and experience to shape and define this newly created role

Experience in meat and poultry and or fish procurement/sourcing is essential

Results Oriented – comfortable delivering against bold and stretching targets

Can be recognised as a subject matter expert

Competent with procurement systems, ideally having used these in current/previous employment

Demonstrated ability to develop credible business relationships

Passion for animal welfare


Salary and Benefits:

£55k – £60k per annum + bonus + pension + Private healthcare, 25 days holiday + Bank Holidays.


If you are a Category Manager with an extensive food purchasing background looking for a new challenge and have a passion for making a difference, then this could be a great role for you!

For more information please apply directly, or by emailing the latest copy of your CV and contact details to


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