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Category Buyer - Food & Drinks

Category Buyer - Food & Drinks

Posted 7 September by Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain

This unique opportunity will be to work for one of the world's leading hotel brands, managing spend across a range of food and beverage buying categories.

Client Details

With thousands of hotels globally, they have a presence in 100 countries and has developed an image of putting the customer first and delivering above and beyond expectation. With a number of well known brands, they encourage innovation and have an environment where people who take a chance can excel and advance.


This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced buyer from a hotel, retail, FMCG or food services background to manage £10 to £15m spend. This role will entail working on major tenders, negotiating deals and maintaining significant supplier relationship management for a number of categories, including ambient, fresh, chilled and frozen food, along with a number of drinks buying contracts .

You will manage the commercial, sourcing and overall supplier relationship including creating partnership plans, savings pipeline & product/food innovation for key spend categories.



  • Highly numerate, IT literate and analytical.
  • Honesty and willing to drive personal development

  • Strategic and problem solver.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills both verbal and written

  • Flexible to changing working priorities.

  • Confident to challenge standard ways of purchasing.

  • Ability to multi-task

Requirements for the Role:

  • Minimum 2 years' experience within food services, hotels, retail or FMCG industry
  • Preferably CIPS qualified.

  • Purchasing experience, various categories, preferably BWS or food.

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Proven track record of purchasing .

  • Self-driven for personal development.

  • Flexible, willing to learn and able to work within a fast moving environment

Job Offer

up to £40,000 plus 10% bonus

- flexible working

- 25% discount off hotels

Required skills

  • Buying
  • Catering
  • FMCG
  • Food
  • Hotel
  • Procurement
  • Purchasing
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Ingredients
  • Buyer
  • Drinks
  • Food Services
  • Drink

Reference: 36057013

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