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Title:  Category Lead

City:  Market Drayton
Department:  Procurement

Market Drayton, GB, TF9 3SQ

Muller are looking for a new Category Lead to join their Indirect Procurement team. You would join a team of procurement professionals with strong business relationships and a very clear set of objectives that see us developing the function further towards our new category based procurement model. It’s an exciting time to be in Procurement at Muller as we can help the business to be even more successful in these challenging times. The role itself will lead new and exciting projects that support the business in its continued investment in capital equipment and infrastructure across the UK.


You will own several categories and be responsible for understanding what the business needs and how we can best deliver goods and services to support them. You will do this by formulating category and sourcing strategies to procure fit for purpose materials, services and capital equipment that deliver value to the business and meet our expectations around quality and delivery.


Müller has been a loved brand in the UK for over 30 years. It’s a household name – and it continues to grow as we invest to make and market an ever-great range of fantastic dairy products. We are currently the 7th most chosen FMCG brand, picked from supermarket shelves over 208 million times each year.


Müller pride ourselves on offering support to help develop your knowledge and skills. In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful European business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.


In this role the key responsibilities will include:


Business Partnering / Stakeholder management


  • Engage and work closely with defined stakeholders to understand their needs / requirements and draft Category Strategies
  • Advise the business on commercial issues/opportunities
  • Assist the forecasting & budget process with comments and market rationale, identifying key drivers and potential measures to mitigate
  • Create Customer engagement within BUs where Procurement is an integral contact for the defined stakeholders.
  • Support synergy across BUs with the aim of driving value


Managing Spend Area / Category Strategy Development Support


  • Ensure continuous observation, analysis and evaluation of the procurement market (suppliers, prices, capacity, etc.)
  • Develop category strategies, carry out tenders, analysis and create negotiation plans to ensure a competitive environment which challenges the supply base and ensures we achieve the best commercial position whilst maintaining the levels of quality and service required for the business.
  • Support new product launches within the BUs ensuring sourcing of new suppliers and contracts are placed for defined materials / new requirements in the responsible spend area.
  • Through innovative thinking, consistently improve our approach
  • Work with shared services to create and maintain information records & material contracts, purchase orders on the SAP system.


Supplier Management


  • Engage with and understand the supply chain, become an expert - the go to person for the business
  • Proactively manage supplier performance
  • Develop innovative ways in which to cooperate with suppliers to develop sustainable added value potential.
  • Support and deliver value creation opportunities from market intelligence and the supply base managing performance against target and implementation timelines (through savings trackers reported to the business).
  • Ensure that our suppliers share the same ESG aspirations as Muller and our customers


Key skills & experience


  • Proven experience as category buyer or similar role that requires commercial expertise
  • Must have an understanding of category management
  • Capex or engineering consumables/spares category management is preferable but not essential
  • Good understanding of data analysis and associated tools
  • An analytical mind with the ability to think and act strategically
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Knowledge of SAP or Ariba is beneficial
  • MCIPS or a Degree level qualification is preferable but not essential (you can continue training for or start on the MCIPS journey at Muller)


If you have the skills and experience in the above areas with a proactive and “can-do” attitude and would like to be considered for the role of Category Lead then we’d love to hear from you.  Please apply at


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