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Head of Procurement - Food & Beverage

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Procurement Supply Chain and Logistics

Location: Dunstable

Job Title: Head of Procurement (F&B) Grade: C20 Location : Dunstable (minimum 3 days per week in the office)

Job Overview:   

This role is to manage the Food & Beverage Procurement function for Whitbread (Premier Inn & Restaurants) and to ensure execution of the company’s F&B procurement strategy and wider strategic aims and to maximise value.  

You will be responsible for the sourcing of all Food & Beverage lines for the UK business, including the selection, appointment and management of key suppliers and play a leading role in the definition of and execution of any changes to the buy and supply model.  

You will be accountable for delivering the right costs and specification and you will ensure effective end to end supplier management through your team.  

You will also manage procurement relationship models to ensure lowest reasonable cost of goods and you will have full management and development of a Food & Beverage Procurement team. 

You’ll work with the Force for Good team and to ensure our Responsible Sourcing commitments regarding Food & Beverage are delivered.  

Working with Supply Chain to ensure full availability and managing supplier performance is key to this role.  

*Full information is detailed in the attached job description.  Download File Job Description - Head of Procurement - FB - C20.docx

Minimum Skills/Experience Required:  


  • Significant experience in a senior leadership procurement role 

  • Demonstrable experience of partnering with Executive, senior stakeholders and the executives of key suppliers 

  • Line management experience 

  • Food & Beverage procurement with Hospitality / Retail sector experience 


  • Food & Beverage procurement via direct suppliers or wholesalers 

  • Procurement strategy development and implementation 

  • Sourcing plan development & implementation 

  • Procurement execution (business requirements analysis, market analysis, sourcing strategy, tender, negotiation, contract award, supplier management etc.) 

  • Relationship Management – Able to build strong, value-adding relationships with internal customers. 

  • Influencing – Able to communicate & influence effectively at senior / Executive levels. 



  • Broad understanding of the procurement F&B category and associated procurement best practice 

  • Fully conversant with a broad range of sourcing strategies required for the categories. 

  • Fully conversant with forms of contract prevalent in the category sector 

  • Understanding of food commodity inputs 


  • Bonus: Up to 40% company performance related bonus 

  • Company Car or Allowance: £7,420 

  • Healthcare: Family BUPA healthcare 

  • Discounts: Up to 60% discount on Premier Inn stays and 25% discount on our Restaurant brands 

  • Company Share save Scheme: Share in Whitbread’s continued success. 

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 welcomes your application whatever your background or situation.

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

Job ref: 833209-2028
Advertised: 19 Jun 2024
Application closed: 30 Aug 2024

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