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Who is Foodbuy?

We are the industry leader in procurement and supply chain solutions. We are the subsidiary to the 6th largest company in the world (Compass Group PLC), yet Foodbuy has the feel of a small entrepreneurial Company. We pride ourselves on our ability to source and provide a variety of products and services that help our customers more easily, and cost effectively, run their businesses. We work with clients in the Hospitality, Restaurant, Healthcare, Education, Entertainment, and Gaming industries, and of course we support Compass Group-- which is the world’s largest contract food and support services provider.


Why Foodbuy?

We care about our associates, our clients, and our community. We think big, encourage innovation and debate, and seek out game changers. Our benefits and PTO offerings are strong. Our compensation packages are competitive. And we are constantly growing, and we want our associates’ careers to grow along with us. We have an open and modern work environment, believe in flexibility, and promote a collaborative open door environment.

Additionally, we follow a value system called FORT, which stands for Flexibility, Optimistic, Resourceful, and Transparent. FORT is the foundation for everything we do at Foodbuy. It is how we behave and interact with our clients, business partners and fellow associates.


Job Summary

The Category Manager position is responsible for the management of Foodbuy Distribution Partners.  There will be a focus on establishing and executing against 1, 2, and 3-year FY plans for the management of assigned distributors. This includes gaining a complete understanding of Compass Group and Member purchasing, and identifying opportunities to increase the value-add of Foodbuy.  The Category Manager will also create distributor business plans and facilitate quarterly strategic planning meetings with assigned distributors.



  • Extract new value from distributor relationships through contract optimization, joint business planning and partnership activities.
  • Collaborate with Compliance to optimize availability of products and propose the most effective route to market.
  • Oversee department BuySmart inquiries and work with department to improve distributor reporting and service levels.
  • Seek to reduce logistic costs and improve supply chain efficiencies.
  • Work with distribution team in developing and monitoring all distributor 12-month Business Plans as well as the Quarterly Business reviews.
  • Evaluate on-going service level requirements, maintain distributor scorecards.
  • Act as key liaison for customer/sector service level issues and improvements.
  • Manage monthly forecast activities work with supervisor to ensure accurate and timely forecast activities and reporting.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of management experience in foodservice distribution, category management, or purchasing preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; Supply Chain or related field of study preferred; significant related experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.
  • Experience negotiating and building relationships at senior levels.
  • Proven record in developing strategic business plans, creating annual budgets and managing cross functional projects.
  • Strong financial and forecast experience with strong business acumen and analytical mind.
  • Strong professional presentation and interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • A great attitude –flexibility, optimism, resourcefulness and transparency.
  • Energy to operate at pace in a rapidly changing environment and manage multiple agendas.



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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.  At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Req ID: 262005


Rena Lydia 


Nearest Major Market: Charlotte

Job Segment: Category Manager, Merchandising, Food Service, Retail, Hospitality