Interim Category Manager - Food Service

Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
12 Jan 2018
13 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This fantastic opportunity is to be a vital part of the food buying across the UK business for all events (sport, education, business). You will work on a 3 month contract for a leading food service business, covering an individual who is on secondment.

Client Details

Our client is one of the UK & world leading facilities management and catering businesses. They have catered for a range of events, from the national sports events to global corporate functions. NHS Hospitals to Music festivals. Only using the finest and most sustainable products, their food and beverages are to the industries highest standard and ensure that all customer service is always quality.


  • Responsible for effective procurement of Meats, Produce, Seafood, branded food and drinks (circa up to £25m)
  • Develop the strategy & long range income growth plan for all categories. - Using continuous improvement tools and processes to effectively drive sustainable business growth opportunities and maximise the overall commercial value from through the category development process.
  • Responsible for day to day supplier relationships are maximised through conducting business reviews in line with supplier positioning and responsible for owning overall relationship.
  • Develop relationships with all key suppliers and conduct regular meetings and ensure all opportunities are suitable tracked and reported on.
  • Develop and maintain a strong market knowledge within the Industry and support team development using this knowledge. Keep up-to-date on new products/methods/innovations within the hospitality industry
  • To review and manage the continual development of Preferred Supplier product baskets on a quarterly basis.

To provide monthly data for the Procurement Director in preparation for Operations and Board Meetings.


Ideal Profile

Skill set:

Adaptability - Able to adapt dependent on what is presented in front of them, changes in environment or needs of key stakeholders

Client / Consumer Focus - Able to provide excellent customer service that builds lasting business relationships.

Competitiveness - Know the competition and aspire to deliver competitive advantage

Leadership Qualities - Ability to provide strategic leadership to the function as well as contributing at the operational level.

Organised - Is able to priorities when demands of the individual is high and time is crucial.

Passion - Looks to replicate success, learn from mistakes and develop the ideas, innovation and practices that will help us improve and lead our market.

Relationship focused - Is able build key relationships with internal and external stakeholders, therefore getting the best result from each scenario


Experience within multiple food purchasing categories

Experience with FMCG / Food Services / Restaurant Retail

Proven track recorded in supplier negotiations

Job Offer