Pod Talent London, UK
This super exciting, fast growing food business has a unique opportunity for an experienced meat buyer and people manager to head up a key category in this agile organisation. Strong knowledge of the meat/protein supplier base is key and candidates on the upward curve in their career will have the opportunity to take ownership over their category, work autonomously and deliver results without super-corporate constraints. The more food categories you have under your belt, the better, as the product range changes frequently and the NPD team are constantly delivering new and updated briefs that the purchasing team must translate into robust sourcing strategies. Key Responsibilities Own and develop the sourcing strategy for Food Have a deep understanding of who the customers are and what the core product offering is, so you can develop and source ingredients that 'fit the brief' Be able to negotiate agreements that deliver competitive advantage but don't compromise quality Understand, predict and manage commodity price movements Work closely with the Food and Product teams to understand their requirements and come with an innovative mind-set Requirements Be a food fanatic- experience in Fresh Food, Protein and Meat categories. Come with c.6 years' experience in the food manufacturing or retail industry Degree educated, CIPS advantageous, high level of commercial acumen and excellent analytical skills Be able to communicate effectively with various internal stakeholders- there's no hiding in this business! Be creative in your approach, able to find solutions to the challenges the unique business model presents Independent right to work in the UK Pod Talent are independent specialist recruiters in the Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics, Manufacturing and R&D space covering roles internationally from entry to board level. We recruit for roles including Supply Chain, Demand Planning, Inventory Management, Direct and Indirect Procurement, Category Management, Logistics, Distribution, Warehousing, Production, Packaging, NPD and Quality Assurance. Please visit our website for all of our vacancies.