Posted Date: Jul 17, 2019

Who is Foodbuy?

We are the industry leader in procurement and supply chain solutions. We are the subsidiary to the 6th largest company in the world (Compass Group PLC), yet Foodbuy has the feel of a small entrepreneurial Company. We pride ourselves on our ability to source and provide a variety of products and services that help our customers more easily, and cost effectively, run their businesses. We work with clients in the Hospitality, Restaurant, Healthcare, Education, Entertainment, and Gaming industries, and of course we support Compass Group-- which is the world’s largest contract food and support services provider.


Why Foodbuy?

We care about our associates, our clients, and our community. We think big, encourage innovation and debate, and seek out game changers. Our benefits and PTO offerings are strong. Our compensation packages are competitive. And we are constantly growing, and we want our associates’ careers to grow along with us. We have an open and modern work environment, believe in flexibility, and promote a collaborative open door environment.

Additionally, we follow a value system called FORT, which stands for Flexibility, Optimistic, Resourceful, and Transparent. FORT is the foundation for everything we do at Foodbuy. It is how we behave and interact with our clients, business partners and fellow associates.


Job Summary

Foodbuy is the foodservice industry’s leading Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) focused on lowering purchasing and product costs for foodservice organizations.  Verticals that we service include acute and long term Healthcare, Hospitality and Gaming and Restaurants.


This Category Development Manager – Facilities Management and Hospitality Services will manage the growth and development of Non-Food categories for the different channels we support. Primarily responsible and accountable for vendor management including implementation of tactics and managing processes that create competitive advantage in the marketplace for customers of Foodbuy.


The Category Development Manager has responsibility for strategic oversight/management of assigned category business plans. In this role, Foodbuy's Category Development Managers are expected to own the categories to drive end to end value for internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Develop category management strategy in conjunction with key internal business partners to meet/exceed company and customer business needs
  • In conjunction with the key business stakeholders, support all activities related to negotiating, evaluating, selecting and executing preferred supplier contracts
  • Conduct industry analysis to provide proactive insight in order to develop a 3 year category strategy
  • Provide industry expertise to assist customers for each assigned category 
  • Develop long-term relationships with strategic suppliers and distributors
  • Establish & maintain a master contact management system for all vendors within scope:
  • Identify preferred supplier/distributor pool
  • Key contact information
  • Quality Assurance personnel
  • Performance  evaluations
  • Responsible for development of comprehensive strategy reports to present to Senior Management
  • Identify, design and execute cost savings projects within assigned categories
  • Provide operational support to the category procurement initiatives and seek to add value to local procurement activities by developing processes which support the overall strategy
  • Proactively research and communicate market intelligence to our customers for each assigned category 
  • Proven leader with excellent management and communication skills. Ability to build and maintain senior level relationships both internally and externally
  • 3+ years of category management experience required in several of the following categories: MRO, Janitorial and Building Maintenance Contractors, Security Services, Equipment Rental and Waste Management
  • Category management experience preferred in Hospitality/Lodging Products and Services and/or Medical Equipment Repair and Services
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Broad Supply Chain experience a plus, including project management, cost containment, cost avoidance, risk mitigation and logistics
  • Proven track record of ability to influence in a cross functional organization including conflict resolution
  • Strong networking skills, ability to influence and get things done through informal as well as formal channels
  • Proven experience in managing a P&L or budget, and delivering on plan results.
  • Outstanding presentation skills and selling skills to manage implementation of key programs
  • High proficiency level with MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel up to 10% annually

Apply to Foodbuy today!

Foodbuy is a member of Compass Group USA

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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.  At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Req ID: 298422


Miranda Carteret 


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