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Title:  Procurement Category Manager

City:  Market Drayton
Department:  Procurement

Market Drayton, GB, TF9 3SQ

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 in the UK, 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.


We are currently recruiting for a Category Manager to join our friendly team at Market Drayton. We are looking for an experienced individual to support the Group Procurement Function to manage and take ownership of the defined area of spend, to increase the profitability of The Theo Müller Group by procuring fit for purpose materials, services and capital equipment at the most competitive cost.


 In this role the key responsibilities will include:


  • Create and present recommendations to the BUs, taking into consideration the requirements, challenging where necessary and ensuring alignment to guarantee the decision-making process is followed.
  • Deliver value/procurement performance targets as per team and personal targets.
  • Ensure input into budget planning and the reforecasting process with detailed process data, considering the operational budget process and material planning, before consolidating and reviewing the % changes by category.
  • Create Customer engagement within Business Units where Procurement is an integral member of the Business Unit.
  • Develop and communicate reporting packs for external market evaluation & to increase category expertise and business knowledge.
  • Support synergy and Business Unit key projects for spend reduction.
  • Act as an escalation point and manage resolution for continuity of supply chain / quality issues for the Business Units.
  • Ensure the forecast and budget process is managed accurately and verify comments / market rationale, identifying key drivers and potential measures to mitigate.
  • Present key insight / updates to the key stakeholders covering market insight to ensure effective planning and decision making.
  • Ensure continuous observation, analysis and evaluation of the procurement market (suppliers, prices, capacity, etc.), providing expertise to recommend the appropriate operational and strategic decisions to align with agreed objectives with the Business Units, Service functions and Group Executive Board.
  • Support new product launches within the Business Units.
  • Ensure procurement policy, processes and spend compliance rules are in place for the categories.
  • Manage the Category strategy to ensure that we achieve the BEST quality, service and cost.
  • Create and implement category strategies for key spend areas aligned with the Business Units and Group service functions.
  • Carry out detailed spend analysis; understand the requirements of the business to identify priorities for our strategic plans which feed into the budget.
  • Develop and strategically manage a robust international supply base to ensure they deliver best quality, service, cost; creating new initiatives to drive competitiveness and continual improvement.
  • Search, selection and qualification of suppliers
  • Conduct contracts, framework agreements or contract appendices (with key performance indicators & service level agreements) based on defined GPR standards and Business needs, with support of GLC.
  • Support the Balanced Supplier Scorecard programme to analyse supplier performance and ensure we have in place key metrics alongside action plans with suppliers to improve performance.
  • Utilize Category expertise to identify and recommend innovation / continual improvement opportunities alongside key stakeholders.
  • Identify and drive value creation opportunities from market intelligence and the supply base, managing performance against target and implementation timelines (through savings trackers reported to the business).
  • Support GPR with specialist knowledge for process and system improvements.


 Key skills & experience


  • Customer Procurement Category management experience essential
  • Experience of fast paced FMCG manufacturing and retail desirable
  • Experience of Group Procurement
  • Degree qualified in appropriate discipline or equivalent experience
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills & problem-solving capability
  • Strong team player
  • High level of accuracy, numeracy & attention to detail
  • Keen desire to support change & to drive improvement
  • Flexible, resilient & challenging



The Process

If you have the skills and experience in the above areas and would like to be considered for this role, please apply at www.mullercareers.co.uk



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