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Category Manager / Category Specialist

Category Manager / Category Specialist

  • 642218
  • All of Australia, Australia
  • North Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2060
  • Cannon Hill, QLD, Australia, 4170
  • Adelaide, SA, Australia
  • CBD, Melbourne CBD, VIC, Australia, 3000
  • Parkville, VIC, Australia, 3052
  • Northbridge, WA, Australia, 6003
  • Perth, WA, Australia
  • Full Time

We are currently on the lookout for an experienced professional Category Manager or Category Specialist to join our Foodbuy business. Foodbuy is the largest national foodservice and hospitality procurement and supply chain organisation in Australia.

As part of Compass Group Australia, Foodbuy offers an unmatched advantage through our economies of scale and dedicated procurement, contracting and supply management capability. Our expectation is that you are already an experienced & highly regarded professional of your craft who will be responsible for the strategic sourcing & execution of end-to-end procurement practices, working with both local and international suppliers. You will be required to monitor and report domestic and global market trends, negotiate and advise on price movements and the impact, including mitigation opportunities. Ideally from a Food and Beverage background, you will have a good understanding and experience of stakeholder engagement as well as experience and knowledge of the  recognised end-to-end procurement framework.

You will report directly to the Senior Procurement Manager of the Café & Broadline portfolio and be expected to be a passionate & supportive team player who thrives in a process driven environment, but also knows how to steer through times of uncertainty & the ‘grey’.

This role requires an autonomous self-starter who can maintain and develop successful relationships with numerous stakeholders who are geographically dispersed.

Some key tasks and deliverables:

  • Create, prepare and run end-to-end sourcing events including RFQ/RFP/RFI, online auction, collaborative sourcing, multi-event negotiations, etc.
  • Support the Senior Procurement Manager in building and executing Sourcing, Contracting and Supplier Relationship Management strategies that enable Foodbuy to optimise its buying power across all markets
  • Performing opportunity analysis to identify projects that will deliver significant hard and soft savings
  • Build and support a portfolio of categories
  • Conduct industry analysis supporting business stakeholders with a commercial understanding of the market-place
  • Execute best sourcing procurement process

For a copy of the full Position Description, please email:

A bit about you:

  • Tertiary education is highly desirable, with a Procurement & Supply Chain focus: CIPS, IFPSM or AAPCM qualification an added advantage
  • Proven experience in a Category Manager or Category Specialist role having delivered strong strategic category, contracting and SRM plans relevant to your portfolio responsibilities
  • A strong negotiator and proven procurement professional who can manage supplier relationships at varying levels including supplier executives
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritise, work at pace and be able to handle multiple tasks at one time.
  • Intermediate/excellent level of MS Office including advanced excel Skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills – demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positive relationship with business stakeholders

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.

We embrace equal opportunity and promote diversity. We actively encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, men and women of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation and People with Disability to apply.


Our people’s unique backgrounds, experience, and abilities are at the heart of our vibrant workforce. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the diverse communities that we serve, where everyone feels empowered and valued. By building diverse teams means we are creating inclusive environments for all our people and also those we connect with through our day to day operation. We welcome & encourage applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, gender expressions, gender identity and people with disability.


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