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Leicester
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Procurement
Advertising Salary
Competitive salary + benefits
Vacancy Type
Permanent
Normal Working Days:
Monday to Friday
Normal Start & Finish Time:
8:30am - 5:00pm

About The Role

Join the Samworth Brothers Team and become part of our dynamic family!

At Samworth Brothers, we genuinely care about our colleagues and strive to create an engaging environment that values your unique contributions. We are committed to your success and offer a range of exceptional benefits that we believe supports your life and personal aspirations: -

  • Enhanced pension scheme
  • Private health scheme
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Experience annual pay reviews
  • Profit related pay
  • Unlock your potential through training and growth opportunities
The Opportunity
 
This is a multi-site role (2/3 days on average split between site and suppliers) with an element of flexible working

We have the opportunity for you to join our team as a Category Manager within our Procurement function heading up Indirects. You will work in partnership with the Bakeries, Suppliers and Customers to accelerate financial delivery, protect the business from risk and transform supplier led innovation, whilst developing a world class team. Having an in depth understanding of all bakery needs will allow you to work hand in hand with the Business Procurement Managers/Coordinators and set the Category Strategy based on a full understanding of bakery needs.  In this role you will be:

  • Negotiate overall best terms; ensuring that the supply base and product meet the necessary business objectives [financial, technical, customer]. Have a deep understanding of supply base costs.
  • Develop robust, long, medium and short term plans and provide the group with an accurate financial forecast to enable businesses to forecast effectively and to work closely with the business procurement manager to execute implementation plans.
  • Develop formal category strategies that demonstrate complete understanding of the spend cube, a deep knowledge of the needs of the business and a robust understanding of the total supply market.
  • Ensure documented and vigorous risk management strategies are in place, with a supporting action plan to minimise the likelihood and/or impact of negative events or maximise the realisation of opportunities.
  • Undertake quality market intelligence gathering to enable group procurement to build a stronger position in negotiations, managing risks and making better informed sourcing decisions in key category areas. This intelligence obtained will support Samworth Brothers in maintaining a competitive advantage and will enable us to become partners of choice to our customers with whom this intelligence will be shared.
  • Constantly challenge the business with the latest external thinking on responsible, environmental and ethical best practice. To ensure that the category is procured from appropriate sources and there is an understanding of the impact of environmental, economic and social factors along with price and quality.
  • Ensure the supply base are proactive in their approach to total quality [service, product and processes] and have plans in place to ensure Samworth Brothers remain leaders within the market and maintain the highest reputation within the industry.
  • Coach, train and motivate direct reports, to ensure individuals are stretched to their full potential. Ensure individual development within the team is designed, structured and achieved in line with functional guidelines. 

The Ideal Candidate

We believe that success is built upon collaboration and diverse perspectives. At Samworth Brothers, we welcome candidates who are passionate about working together to achieve greatness. As a valued member of our team, you will bring the following skills and experience: -

  • Previous experience working within a procurement function [food industry experience preferred]
  • CIPS Qualification preferred
  • Need to demonstrate the ability to deliver the highest performance standards for self and team.
  • The ability to effectively lead a team, to challenge, to praise and to confront poor performance
  • The ability to make difficult decisions and to take a calm & measured approach in an often pressured environment which often involves working to tight deadlines to overcome and achieve results.
  • The desire to succeed; and a positive “can do” attitude that positively influences the wider peer group and senior manager.
 
We also want you to thrive in an engaging and inclusive work culture where you will have the opportunity to take on personal accountability and take pride in your work. We encourage positive communication, and the building of strong collaborative relationships is essential to every role. 
 
Join us at Samworth Brothers, where you'll be more than just a team member – you'll be an integral part of our thriving family. Apply today and embark on an exciting journey with us!

About Us

We are a fourth-generation family business producing high quality own-label products for many of the UK’s best-known retailers along with our own brands including Ginsters, Soreen, Higgidy, Dickinson & Morris and Walker & Son. We employ over 10,000 people in well-invested modern food manufacturing sites around the country.

At Samworth Brothers we take pride in our family feel within our businesses and work together to make things happen. We can offer you the stability of a wider group as well as the opportunities that that offers if you wish to progress your career with us. We are family and we would like to invite you to be part of that and support our teams in delivering great products to all of our customers.


Samworth Brothers do not engage with unlicensed gangmasters or third parties. Samworth Brothers will NEVER ask you for money in order to provide you with employment. If you are in any doubt, please contact an official Samworth Brothers representative.

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