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Manager in Training - Supply Chain


Position Title: MGR, IN TRAINING 

Pay GRADE 10 


A family of companies and experiences

As the leading foodservice and support services company, Compass Group USA is known for our great people, great service and our great results. If you’ve been hungry and away from home, chances are you’ve tasted Compass Group’s delicious food and experienced our outstanding service. Our 225,000 associates work in award-winning restaurants, corporate cafes, hospitals, schools, arenas, museums, and more in all 50 states.  Our reach is constantly expanding to shape the industry and create new opportunities for innovation. Join the Compass family today!


great people. great services. great results.

Each and every individual plays a key role in the growth and legacy of our company. We know the next big idea can come from anyone. We encourage developing and attracting expertise that differentiates us as a company as we continue to raise the bar.



Ready for a career adventure - a chance to add fresh idea and enthusiasm to our growing and dynamic team?  Foodbuy is looking for a Flexible, Optimistic, Resourceful, and Transparent candidate for this rotational program, designed to develop future Foodbuy supply chain leaders by allowing associates to spend time in each functional area of the organization before being placed into a vital role within our organization!


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’s CEO knows all associates by their name.  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 and Entertainment industries, and of course we support Compass Group - which is the world’s largest contract food and support services provider.


What is the Supply Chain Rotational Program?

We have multiple exciting opportunities in our business today for college graduates, which starts with a designed and customized  6-month rotational program to allow you to “get to know our business” before you start your functional role within one of our teams.  The goal of the rotational program is to provide visibility into various aspects and roles within an organization of our size and scale while balancing personal development and interactions within a dynamic work environment.


At the outset of our program you will be allocated a project designed to ensure that you are able to take full advantage of the hands-on experience and assignments as you journey through Foodbuy’s functional areas of:


  • Finance: Evaluate spend data to understand trends in current purchase activity and opportunities for improvement and growth
  • Distribution: Manage distribution partnerships, managing program guides, and tracking compliance to ensure programs deliver expected value
  • Sourcing: Lead supplier selection process through RFI/ RFPs and contract negotiations to deliver optimal value and ensure our programs are competitively priced
  • Category Development: Implement new program and manage day-to-day supplier relationships, keeping ahead of trends within assigned categories
  • Client / Account Management:  Understand the unique qualities of the business and help develop customized programs and portfolios to move the business forward


Through the rotational program, you will have the dedicated one-on-one sponsorship of a senior manager who will guide and support you through the program, helping facilitate knowledge-sharing and best practices within the organization.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to present the outputs of your rotational project to the senior management team! 


We believe this level of investment at the beginning provides a more effective introduction and experience to our business than moving straight into a functional role. More importantly, for those people without a business degree or supply chain experience, it facilitates a learning process to support them in what may be a very unfamiliar setting. Additionally, for those who don’t have PowerPoint or Excel skills or are looking to refine them -we have training modules to support everyone from beginner to expert.


What Will You Do?

You will have the opportunity to engage in various projects to help support Foodbuy clients and members. Activities include conducting spend analysis, providing supply market research, and identifying sourcing value levers and recommendations on how best to leverage the market to help support Sourcing, Category Development, and Distribution in their negotiations with suppliers. Utilizing business models to conduct a thorough analysis of both the internal financial data and external market research, this information will be synthesized to make informed recommendations that will be utilized by the Sourcing team when creating their strategies to deliver competitive advantage for our clients.

  • Provides in-depth analysis of the supply market, utilizing business tools and techniques such as GAP,PESTLE, SWOT, and Porter’s Five Forces, for the Sourcing team to utilize in their negotiations with suppliers
  • Provides rigorous analysis of spend and financial data, market trends, and industry dynamics
  • Develops and presents sound recommendations to Sourcing team in order to build strategy for supplier negotiations
  • Leverages eSourcing technology platforms where appropriate
  • Builds and maintains strong relationship with key internal stakeholders within the divisions and functional areas
  • Ability to quickly collect, assess, and incorporate data into comprehensive, easy to follow presentations
  • Supports supplier selection process and provides data to ensure informed selection decisions


Job Summary

Position: Manager in Training Program (Supply Chain)

This accelerated leadership platform features a 6-month program which includes rotations in multiple Foodbuy positions/functions including but not limited to:

  • Finance
  • Distribution
  • Sourcing
  • Category Development
  • Client/Account Management


MIT Program Overview:
The Manager in Training (MIT) program is an entry level program that helps participants drive their career with Compass Group. The MIT platform is designed with a blend of operational experiences, new manager and leadership skills taught through distance, self-directed, hands-on and live classroom learning. This creates a robust learning opportunity for participants to build the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader while developing a professional network and personal brand. Supporting the MIT participants are their program sponsors, training site managers and training site team. They are there to guide MITs, share best practices and provide support to help MIT’s develop into GREAT Compass managers! This program has three very specific program start dates; January, June and August of each year. When you start, you will be assigned to a temporary training location to complete the on-site/hands-on portion of your experience. Upon successful completion of the Manager in Training program, relocation within your assigned region is required to be considered for placement opportunities. NOTE: Placement or promotional opportunity to a full-time employment position upon completion of the MIT Program is based upon your performance and business need and is not guaranteed.

Charlotte, NC


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Management received by August 2019 or any time prior, with preferred majors to include data analytics, business, finance, supply chain, or similar
  • 1 year of work experience or related internship is preferred
  • This is an entry-level position and no management experience is required
  • Evidence of strong analytical, critical thinking, and project management skills
  • Proficient oral / written communication in order to effectively explain complex ideas and approaches
  • Adaptable to change and able to thrive in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively in a team environment
  • Organized and high attention to detail
  • Technology-savvy to leverage eProcurement and eSourcing tools
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment


Apply to Compass Group today!

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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:  229418




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