Category Buyer - Food

Category Buyer - Food

Category Buyer - Food

Grade 10 – £33,799 to £36,876 per annum | Full time 37 hrs per week | 12 Month Fixed Term Contract | Closing Date: 19 February 2020

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Category Buyer to join the Food team for a period of 12 months. Working within a team to establish and re-new contracts across the food sector; working closely with customers and suppliers to ensure that YPO has a competitive, cost effective and customer focused food service offer from our stock and framework offers.


As a Category Buyer within the business the post holder will work closely with the National Account Manager for Food and colleagues in the development of procuring products and services, through market research to ensure that they are fit for purpose and easily accessible by both customers and suppliers.


The post will focus on continuous development and growth through proactive management of key stakeholder groups including a very varied customer and supplier base.


The post-holder will ensure that the food procurement activities are aligned with the business needs and category strategy – engaging with the food marketplace to deliver our various offers – on time and with clear benefits to YPO and our customer base.


In addition, the post-holder will have excellent communication skills and possess drive and enthusiasm to deliver best value within the category and can think on their feet when challenging situations arise.


The post-holder will be a studying member or a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply or appropriate professional institute or have relevant experience.


Key Benefits of this Role & YPO

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

  • An extremely generous holiday package: minimum 207.2 hours (28 days) annual leave per year + 8 statutory holidays + 3 discretionary close down days (subject to Board approval)

  • Flexi scheme and flexible working arrangements

  • Free parking (subject to availability)

  • A ‘Disability Confident’ accredited employer with a robust CSR policy and a real commitment to staff development

  • Member of the Institute of Customer Service

  • Public sector organisation that operates very commercially

  • A strong family feel

  • Subsidised canteen

  • Family friendly policies

  • Extensive offer of employee benefits including Cycle2Work, CSSC Membership, Discounted Travel Cards and many more

The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on 19 February 2020 and interviews will be held week commencing 2 March 2020.


YPO is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best.

Disability Confident

Disability Confident Employer