Sr Category Development Manager - Grocery

Compass   •  

Charlotte, NC

Industry: Real Estate & Construction


8 - 10 years

Posted 28 days ago

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Who is Foodbuy?

We are the industry leader in procurement and supply chain solutions. We are the subsidiary to the 6th largest company in the world (Compass Group PLC), yet Foodbuy has the feel of a small entrepreneurial Company. We pride ourselves on our ability to source and provide a variety of products and services that help our customers more easily, and cost effectively, run their businesses. We work with clients in the Hospitality, Restaurant, Healthcare, Education, Entertainment, and Gaming industries, and of course we support Compass Group-- which is the world's largest contract food and support services provider.

Why Foodbuy?

We care about our associates, our clients, and our community. We think big, encourage innovation and debate, and seek out game changers. Our benefits and PTO offerings are strong. Our compensation packages are competitive. And we are constantly growing, and we want our associates' careers to grow along with us. We have an open and modern work environment, believe in flexibility, and promote a collaborative open door environment.

Additionally, we follow a value system called FORT, which stands for Flexibility, Optimistic, Resourceful, and Transparent. FORT is the foundation for everything we do at Foodbuy. It is how we behave and interact with our clients, business partners and fellow associates.

Job Summary

The Senior Category Development Manager, Grocery is an exciting position within an important category area that is growing rapidly year on year. In this role you will be responsible for strategic development and execution of category strategy to deliver financial results across a broad range of customers and channels. Categories include sauces, soups, canned tomatoes & breakfast condiments. The suppliers that you will be responsible for maintaining partnerships with are some of the largest global foodservice organizations. There is plenty of new opportunity that we want you to be able to quickly uncover using data analysis and you will apply your procurement expertise including negotiation, budgeting and forecasting, aligning customer needs with program opportunities, fostering supplier relationships and engaging cross-functional resources to deliver your strategies for growth. You will also focus on developing and motivating others in this high paced, high-opportunity environment.

What You'll Do:

  • Lead, motivate and develop a small team of Category Development Managers and Specialists to deliver successful commercial results.
  • Achieve annual financial targets and take ownership for budget setting, ongoing management and monthly re-forecasting of income at a detailed supplier level.
  • Proactively execute cost reduction initiatives and create new value for customers with differing needs.
  • Maintain and utilize a robust understanding of supply market dynamics and present opportunities to derive new commercial advantage and mitigate risks.
  • Work effectively with customers, culinarians and chefs to meet evolving customer needs
  • Extract new value from supplier relationships through contract optimization, joint business planning and partnership activities.
  • Build strong partnerships at all levels of large CPG company partners
  • Turn ideas into action by creating plans, influencing others and communicating effectively.
  • Use market insights and data to ensure competitive market pricing.
  • Work cross-functionally to manage the implementation process for new contracts or program changes.
  • Draw conclusions and insights from large data sets, quickly and accurately.

What You'll Need:

  • 7+ years' experience in procurement / category management within grocery or other food categories.
  • Proven record in developing strategic business plans, creating annual budgets and managing cross functional projects.
  • Leadership skills and management experience.
  • Strong business acumen and analytical mind.
  • Experience negotiating and building relationships with large CPG company partners.
  • Ability to get things done on your own and working with others.
  • A great attitude –flexibility, optimism, resourcefulness and transparency.
  • Energy to operate at pace in a rapidly changing environment and manage multiple agendas.
  • Strong presentation and influencing skills.

Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer. At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Req ID: 289467


Miranda Carteret