Food Buyer

Posted 8 March by SF Group

I am recruiting for an experienced Food Buyer to join a leading business in Warwickshire on a permanent basis.


Sourcing Strategy

- Lead sourcing strategy for assigned categories
- Autonomously manage assigned categories under cope of responsibility
- Build in-depth knowledge of assigned categories, both in terms of products and suppliers
- Design and implement category strategies which improve commercial performance for clients and meet client requirements for range and quality
- Collaborate with Sodexo Buying and Analyst teams to develop cohesive supplier strategies that harness the benefits of collective buying power yet satisfy specific client requirements
- Build strong supplier network for assigned categories, ensuring that their strategic direction and capabilities are reviewed in line to meet client needs and ensure ongoing competitiveness

Price and Negotiation

- Continuously benchmark supplier pricing against competitors, taking into account market influences
- Generate savings through bench marking, negotiation and tender activity and improve commercial terms for the overall benefit of the business
- Ensure pricing from suppliers remains 'best in class'
- Implement relevant matrix baskets and negotiate commodity pricing
- Check baskets regularly to ensure volume lines remain relevant for comparison
- Work with suppliers to review ranges, reduce costs and add value e.g. range rationalisation
- Review ghosting analyses expediently to advise on most fitting suppliers and help achieve best pricing comparisons
- Conduct full tenders where clients are willing to commit to contract term and where significant savings opportunities exist

Supplier Relationship Management and Performance

- Hold supplier meetings with appropriate regularity to keep close to their business and to achieve specific value-adding initiatives
- Develop incumbent suppliers and review alternative suppliers
- Ensure that suppliers adhere to service level agreements and/or terms of engagement
- Identify innovations or technological developments from the supplier base and promote these to support client retention and business efficiency
- Rectify major supplier issues (those that cannot be resolved locally) to the satisfaction of the client
- Ensure that suppliers hold the required standard of food accreditation (with the support of the Purchasing Secretary)
- Ensure that suppliers comply to the evolving technological requirements in order to increase efficiency and data accuracy

Reference: 34643038

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