Strategic Sourcing Manager (Food) | Award Nominated Procurement Team | Surrey

A business delivering procurement excellence, driving value and pushing boundaries is seeking a Strategic Sourcing Manager to join their established team. Working in an award-nominated team, you will sit alongside procurement professionals with gravitas, commercial acumen and entrepreneurial flair.

As Strategic Sourcing Manager you will be responsible for food-based categories. You will contribute to sourcing in a way that extends far beyond the realms of just turning a profit. The purpose of your role is to be at the forefront of all sourcing strategies. You will oversee various smaller projects as well as independently owning larger procurement work streams.

With your experience in procurement, you will be central to developing and championing innovative ways to extract supplier value all the while cultivating industry leading policies and process for procurement.

You will take management responsibility for a team of Buyers; and a managers’ role is never just about one person, you will be central to your team’s motivation, development and progression whilst fostering fluid relationships with your colleagues and decision makers.

Does this sound like the challenge you’ve been looking for? Take a look below to get further insight into the role of Strategic Sourcing Manager.

For the role of Strategic Sourcing Manager (Food), your key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing a number of food tenders, both through your team of buyers and independently (depending on category complexity). Ensuring projects you work on deliver against/surpass set targets though best practice
  • Horizon scanning, reviewing upcoming projects, contract expirations, market movements to ensure sourcing team are on the front foot and always have their finger on the pulse      
  • Commodity and business risk management, document and demonstrate risk management strategies in line with your supply base and category development teams’ input
  • Research and monitor commodity markets and macro trends
  • Team management, development, coaching to ensure buyers are performing to their optimum ability
  • Support the organisations wider sustainable sourcing challenges

Skills and experience required:

We are looking for candidates who have previously worked in a management role, have experience of food categories and can demonstrate the ability to create and deliver strategic procurement plans.

We are looking for the following skills and capabilities:

  • Demonstration of strategic procurement, which extends beyond tactical tenders
  • Effective negotiation, facilitation and conflict management skills
  • Experience managing/mentoring a team of buyers and ability to improve performance across the team
  • Strong work ethic and confident collegiality
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and meet challenging deadlines
  • Proven ability to reduce cost against tough market backdrops
  • 5+ years working in procurement, ideally within the food industry
  • Excellent ability to lead through influence and build consensus
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of market economics, cost drivers, value chains etc. (ideally within the food industry)
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of contract writing
  • Team-orientated leadership dedicated to continuous improvement, maximising productivity and effectiveness in the organisation, and promoting best practices

If you feel your experience aligns to the above, we would love to hear from you and tell you more about the company, the role and the team you would be working alongside.

In securing the Strategic Sourcing Manager role you will be embarking on a great opportunity to develop yourself, but not only this, you’ll receive a range of fantastic benefits too.

Take a look:

  • Bonus of up to 20%
  • Private healthcare
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Company pension scheme
  • Excellent training, learning and development
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Positive and supportive working environment

To discuss this role in more depth please contact Sophie Cook at Procurement Heads by emailing your CV to or call +44 (0) 7387103143 | +44 (0) 1962 869838. Enquiries are all handled confidentially.

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