KFC Employment – European Category Manager

Website KFC

Job Description:

The Western Europe Supply Chain Team is made up of three pillars: Procurement; Product Integrity and SCM (Supply Chain Management). Collectively, they are responsible for managing the end-to-end supply chain for Western Europe which is comprised of 1700 Restaurants across six Business Units and is growing 20% year on year.

The European Regional Category Manager reports into the European Category Lead within the Procurement function and is responsible for the management of various categories across the food & pack and indirect spend.

This is a strategic role owning the commercial relationship for all suppliers. price negotiation; performance to contract; risk management; corporate governance. The role is ultimately responsible for creating and executing the category strategy that delivers the short and long-term goals of the 6 European Business Units, following the TPWY (Taking people with you) principle to manage a complex matrix of internal and external relationships.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Protect the brand through robust supplier chain assurance, risk management and continuity planning
  • Lead best in class cost of goods (COGS) to help support brand growth
  • Create value through creating and executing margin improvement projects
  • Drive supplier performance
  • Build supply chains to support out long term growth and deliver against our sustainability and brand reputation agenda
  • Responsible for mitigating annual inflation and improving franchise margin through the execution of category strategy, negotiation and margin improvement projects
  • Collaborate with the Head of Supplier QA to Develop the Category Strategy.
  • Own and Implement strategic and tactical procurement actions as set out in category strategy including spend smarter and risk management strategy for the category.
  • Own the E2E performance management of suppliers to ensure uninterrupted supply, right first-time quality and contractual compliance.

Job Requirements:

  • A self-starter who over-indexes on ownership and accountability
  • You’ll have an understanding of the balance between the external pressures and demands of stakeholders – and the internal pressures of a commercial business.
  • The ability to bring people together and foster a one team mentality
  • Commercial minded
  • Strong team player with a positive can-do attitude
  • Proven experience in leading projects and driving value
  • Proven track record in Procurement and negotiation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to defectively influence key stakeholders both internally and externally
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good team focus – creating collaborative cross functional working relationships across the business
  • Strong attention to detail with an analytical and diligent approach
  • Senior stakeholder engagement

Job Details:

Company:  KFC

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Oxford, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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