Person, Plant, Produce, Food, Vegetable, Lunch, Meal, Bean

Category Buyer - Food

  • 599650
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
  • Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Full Time
  • Permanent role based in Perth, WA or Adelaide, SA
  • Procurement & Supply Chain

Compass Group is the global market leader in providing food and beverage to customers in a range of food service environments. Compass Group operates in over 50 countries, employs over 508,000 people, and is a recognised top 10 employer worldwide.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Category Buyer to join Foodbuy Australia, the largest national foodservice and hospitality procurement and supply chain organisation in Australia on a full-time basis. As part of Compass Group Australia, Foodbuy offers an unmatched advantage through our economies of scale and dedicated procurement, contracting and supply management capability. You will be responsible for the direction and growth of a food portfolio nationally. Working with both local and international suppliers, you will be required to monitor and report domestic and global market trends, implement negotiation strategies and secure profitable deals.

In this role, you will report to the Senior Procurement Manager – Centre of Plate and work with a tightly knit team. Ideally from a Food & Beverage procurement background, you will have a good understanding of stakeholder engagement as well as sourcing procedures.

Key Duties

  • Support a portfolio of food categories
  • Oversee end-to-end sourcing activities
  • Prepare and run sourcing events including RFQ/RFP/RFI, online auction, collaborative sourcing, multi-event negotiations, etc.
  • Conduct market analysis to identify savings opportunities and support business customers
  • Manage supplier relationships at varying levels including supplier executives
  • Assist in implementing category plans nationally
  • Implement and execute best sourcing procurement process
  • Support Contract Management
  • Support Client and Operation Teams on status of products, sourcing activities, quality, market insights and product availability

The Person

  • Tertiary education is highly desirable, with a Procurement & Supply Chain focus: CIPS, IFPSM or AAPCM qualification an added advantage
  • Intermediate/excellent level of MS Office including advanced excel Skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills – demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positive relationship with business customers
  • Procurement knowledge gained through category assistant or buying experience
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in large organisations with complex operating environments
  • Strong procurement knowledge gained through relevant experience


Why work at Foodbuy Australia?

Our passion for procurement is led by our Supply Chain talent. We seek to establish true partnerships with our Clients and Supply Partners delivering growth and innovation for all. Our Values represent the cornerstone of how we achieve this together.

You will join us at a really exciting time as we continue to invest in our people, our capability and in the core systems and processes that ensure we deliver great service to our Member Clients. As the sole sourcing partner for our parent company, Compass Group Australia, you will be offered an attractive benefits program including a competitive salary and incentive scheme, recognition programs and company discounts.

If you are looking for a career where you set the standard for personal advancement, then Foodbuy Australia is for you.

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