Category Procurement Manager (Indirects)

Location: Spalding – Lincolnshire

Contract Type: Permanent

Business Area: Bakkavor Ltd

Working Hours: Monday to Friday – 37.5 hours


We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food- you just didn't realise it. Because as global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry with over 19,000 employees, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and bread for customers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK. Our customers include Harris Teeter and Home Chef in the US, and in China, we make food for Starbucks, Yum! and Pret. We're ambitious. We're full of ideas. And we're ready for more people who share our passion for quality to join us.


Category Procurement Manager (Indirects)


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Category Procurement Manager to join us and lead the procurement category management process - ensuring maximum commercial value and expenditure.


In this key role, you will influence internal, external and customer stakeholders throughout the sourcing process to successfully deliver agreed category plans, group goals and business needs – whilst ensuring all risks are managed and commercial advantage is maximised.


This post will focus upon Engineering & Capital categories amongst others.


Main Duties


  • Leading allocated category using your expert market and product knowledge, which is recognised both internally and externally within the value chain and the customer
  • Leading, developing and delivering the medium to long term procurement strategy - maximising value to Bakkavor and its customer base by ensuring business and customer needs are understood and managed to deliver long term sustainability
  • Ensuring that all category areas have a clear and robust risk management strategy and operational plan in place, encompassing all Bakkavor business needs
  • Presenting and agreeing risk plans with the appropriate stakeholders, to ensure full implementation and effective contracting
  • Owning any crisis management issues across designated category, ensuring stakeholders are fully informed and internal teams are supported
  • Undertaking full ownership for all category prices within the group’s financial forecasts and tracking ongoing performance, ensuring the live tracker is updated accordingly
  • Developing senior relationships with all suppliers and ensuring performance measures are in place which are reviewed regularly. Using these measures to ensure that key suppliers are meeting continuous improvement targets relating to value, quality, service, risk management and innovation
  • Developing and leading robust Category Improvement Plans (CIP) for expenditure which is aligned and approved by the relevant stakeholders - maintaining as a live and evolving document and holding regular reviews to drive delivery
  • To be recognised as the Category expert for Bakkavor within the value chain, managing and influencing on procurement matters to meet our strategic objectives – maintaining strong relationships across the group and with customers, demonstrating effective leadership to deliver category plans and strategy
  • Coaching, training and motivating direct reports to support their development needs ensuring Bakkavor leadership behaviours are always demonstrated
  • Utilising a deep knowledge of the technical risks for allocated category and working closely with the Technical function to proactively manage change to products or suppliers in order to deliver sourcing strategies
  • Ensuring the agenda is fully embedded and that all category sourcing strategies / plans take into account the Bakkavor Responsible Sourcing Policy


Qualification, skills, knowledge and experience:


  • CIPs or relevant demonstrable experience
  • Strong negotiation skills and commercial expertise
  • Strong presentation skills including the ability to present complex information clearly
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and relationship building capability across all levels
  • Solid understanding of Procurement processes
  • Experience within category, contract law and commodity or base raw material tracking methods
  • Sound understanding of financial accounts
  • Full understanding of the principles of ETI base codes
  • Comprehensive MS office including excel
  • Sound understanding of food safety
  • The ability to challenge effectively whilst maintaining relationships
  • Strong analytical and operational execution skills with a high degree of attention to detail
  • Strategic and operational mindset with a focus on collaborative working to share knowledge and expertise to drive the performance of others
  • Solid leadership skills with the ability to achieve results through others


What you can expect from us


When joining us you can expect a highly competitive rewards package including group pension, bonus, private medical insurance, and other flexible benefits - alongside excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group.




Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Our customers include every major UK grocery retailer, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, and some of the world’s best-known food brands. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.


Category:  Procurement

Spalding, GB

Date:  25-Jan-2023