Home Based

Job reference: 016812

Location: Home Based

Closing date: 17/10/2021

Department: Procurement

Hours per week: 39

We have an exciting opportunity to join our newly formed Group Procurement team, working in partnership with our suppliers to strengthen our supply. You will be joining at a time when our business is focused on achieving our bold growth plans 

Whilst the role is currently homebased, once we return to the office you will need to be in our Bicester or Corby office on a weekly basis, so you will need to live in a commutable distance to one of these sites.

About us:

The Speciality Group is one of the largest suppliers of fresh and speciality food to the UK foodservice industry and is made up of five specialist brands; Fresh Direct, M&J Seafood, Wild Harvest, Fresh Fayre and KFF. Together, our Group has more than 1,400 dedicated colleagues that ensure we pick, pack and deliver thousands of orders every day out of 9 sites across the country. 

Our mission is to be the undisputed market leader that customers want to work with and people want to work for, whilst our vision is to be our customers’ most valued and trusted business partner. 

Our Core Values: Integrity, Inclusiveness, Excellence, Teamwork, Responsibility

Scope of the role

You will be managing specific categories in the produce area, ultimately responsible for reducing cost of goods, you will build strong supplier partnerships to ensure sustainability, service and high product quality.

Key Responsibilities

  • Regular review of supplier performance and strategy
  • Identifying potential suppliers, visiting and meeting existing suppliers, building and maintaining relationships
  • Negotiating and agreeing contracts and monitoring their progress. Checking the quality of service provided
  • Evaluating bids and making recommendations based on commercial, technical, supply and quality requirements.
  • Forecasting cost trends and their impact on activity. Acting on these trends.
  • Engage and utilise key technical experts within the business to ensure product quality, consistency and safety. Working across all areas of the business, including commercial to support growth plans
  • To be industry expert for relevant category(s), ensuring industry knowledge and market trends are captured and cascaded to relevant stakeholders.

Key Attributes

  • Must have previous experience of buying produce categories directly
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels both internally and externally
  • Examples of negotiation and delivery of cost savings combined with a strong and logical commercial problem solving abilities
  • Strong planning and organisational skills with excellent time management and the ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Resilience under pressure, adapting quickly to deliver commercial results when confronted with unforeseen demands
  • Acting on your own initiative and the ability to influence senior management team and key stakeholders the value and logic of business proposals
  • The highest possible professional and ethical standards at all times
  • Willingness to travel across the UK and overseas where required
  • Passion for our customers and reacting quickly to meet their needs

We have a passion for excellence and for individuals that are keen to drive their future success with fresh thinking and solid work ethics. In return we offer a competitive salary and staff benefits, with the chance to develop a career within Fresh Direct and the wider Group

Our Core Values: Integrity, Inclusiveness, Excellence, Teamwork, Responsibility

We aim to represent the diversity of our local communities and positively encourage applications regardless of age, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief

Sysco Speciality Group uses a third party to undertake a number of checks. Any offer of employment made by Sysco Speciality Group would be conditional upon receiving a satisfactory; reference, identity document(s) and basic DBS certificate


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