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Category Development Manager FM Compass


Are you an experienced Category Development Manager seeking a diverse role covering all FM services? Here at Foodbuy we are currently on the lookout for a Category Development Manager – FM & Site Services to join our non-food category team here in Chertsey. If you are seeking a role including a heavy element of relationship management and of a technical nature then this could be for you!

Foodbuy is a leading food procurement organisation based in the UK.  With over £1bn of managed spend, we bring together the widest range of foodservice and hospitality clients on the planet to buy food, and everything associated with it.  We work closely with our clients to deliver expert procurement services saving them both time and money and enabling them to focus on what really matters to their businesses.

Proudly part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, who are our parent company and largest client, we purchase directly from manufacturers and growers and our suppliers range from the most recognised brands in the industry to regional and local providers. With a team of 200 procurement professionals driving us forward, our combination of unrivalled scale and outstanding data analysis sets us apart in our markets.

Regardless of what stage in your career you are at, we have an opportunity for you. With clearly defined career pathways and short steps to the top, we can support you with your long term career aspirations. For further information about Foodbuy, please visit


As our Category Development Manager for FM and Site Services, you will be reporting in to the Head of Category – Services & Retail Partnerships and be responsible for managing and growing a diverse category covering all FM services in both hard and soft categories, such services include window cleaning, general cleaning, grounds maintenance, HVAC, security systems etc.

You will develop and implement a category strategy whilst building and maintaining effect supplier and client relationships. Accountable for your own category spend, you will work through key steps in the Foodbuy Procurement Framework focussing on start-up, strategy, and continuous improvement. As the expert in your category you will drive relationships with clients maximising the value of these relationships for the business.

Ideal Candidate

To be right for us, you will have previous experience in a Category Management role with a passion for purchasing, ideally you will have direct experience in these categories. This role includes a heavy element of relationship management therefore you will be able to converse with confidence and authority with stakeholders at all levels of the business both internally and externally. You will be resilient and have the ability to juggle multiple priorities at any given time. There is a huge opportunity to grow these categories both with existing internal and external clients as well as new. Proven experience of supplier and client management is key. You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and ideally you will hold a relevant CIPS qualification.

Based in our Chertsey office, you will receive a competitive salary and package and you will be given the opportunity to develop and make the most out of your career.

Package Details

Competitive salary plus package