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Category Buyer - Drinks

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Procurement Supply Chain and Logistics

Location: Dunstable

Role:  Category Buyer  – Drinks Salary: Excellent salary + bonus + benefits Employment Type:   Full-Time, Permanent Location: Whitbread Court, Dunstable (hybrid working with working from office twice ...

Role:  Category Buyer  – Drinks

Salary: Excellent salary + bonus + benefits

Employment Type:   Full-Time, Permanent

Location: Whitbread Court, Dunstable (hybrid working with working from office twice a week)

This role isn’t just about getting the right product and the right price by working closely with our Brand and Development teams but also working with our Technical and Force for Good teams to ensure we are sourcing sustainable food for our hotels and restaurants. You will be Accountable for the Sourcing and Category management of Soft Drinks, Wine & Hot drinks categories – including Coffee and Breakfast Juice. This includes the sourcing, selection, appointment and management of key suppliers. The creation and delivery of the commercial plan for the categories and associated pricing structures.  So, if you have a real passion for negotiation, a commercial mind and an innovate thinker this role could be for you.

Inside the role:

  • Working with the Premier Inn and Restaurant teams to deliver the right product proposition for each of the brands that meet the needs of our customers and grow drinks sales and margin.
  • Responsible for the application of best practice procurement across the breadth & depth of the category including provision of market insight, development of category strategies & associated sourcing plans, tendering, negotiation and supplier management.
  • Working with procurement finance for managing all associated rebates and supplier income.
  • Responsible for developing category sales strategy to deliver category sales targets and margin delivery.
  • Responsible for ranging and stocking policy for each category across brand platforms.
  • Work with suppliers on product and range innovation to create compelling drinks offer for guests.
  • Work with Restaurants commercial team on market segmentation and clustering and associated pricing strategies across brand platforms.
  • Develop Trade plans and promotional campaigns to drive profitable sales and maximise supplier income through activation plans. Secure and agree merchandising and planograms to support.
  • You will manage all equipment contracts associated with category areas. 
  • Responsible for category merchandising and planograms.
  • Develop strong personal relationships with appropriate stakeholders across the business.

Open to you:

  • Proven experience in procurement/drinks category
  • Highly credible in front of key suppliers
  • Conversant with a range of sourcing strategies.
  • Understanding of one or more of the Drinks categories and associated procurement best practice
  • Proven ability to communicate & influence effectively at senior levels
  • Procurement execution (business requirements analysis, market analysis, sourcing strategy, tender, negotiation, contract award, supplier management etc.)
  • CIPS / working towards would be desirable


In return for your commitment, we’ve got some great benefits to offer: 

• A market competitive base salary + annual bonus

• Sharesave scheme

• A collaborative work culture that focuses on supporting your success

• A flexible working policy you can rely on

• Up to Family Cover BUPA healthcare

• Optional contributory pension matched up to 10%

• Up to 25% discount off our brands

Meeting our ambitious goals to expand and reach new locations across the globe requires serious planning. It means analysing every little detail, spotting and overcoming barriers and working towards our ambitious plans. Think decision science, pricing, revenue and sales, and you’re there. With a lot of doing to be done, you can be part of making big change happen across the globe. Bring your drive and enthusiasm, and we’ll welcome you. 

We’re 1,200 hotels and restaurants in the UK, Germany and the UAE, but we’re more than that. We’re the 35,000 people supporting our brands every day. The ones sourcing the nation’s favourite breakfast, plating up family favourites, and the great night’s sleep guaranteed people. We’re also always preparing for new openings, looking ahead and revamping our online presence. We do it for our guests, and it’s the details that keep them returning time and time again. We could be at the end of their road, their trusty choice for business trips, or we could be the place they associate with big celebrations up and down the country. We’re a constant in a changing world, and we’d love you to join us. Bring your energy, ideas and sense of fun, we’re waiting and so are our brands. 

We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation that values diversity and welcome your application whatever your background or situation.

Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQ+ community (those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and non-binary or those who use a different LGBTQ+ term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. We are open to part-time and flexible working and, where possible, will try to support this.

Job ref: 784603-2028
Advertised: 14 Sep 2022

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