Procurement Manager

£60,000 - £65,000 + Car Allowance

Job Title: Procurement Manager –  Chilled Food Industry

Location Flexible : Commutable to one of our UK Manufacturing sites (with travel across the UK and some international travel as required – driving licence required)

Company Overview: The Compleat Food Group are leading the way in the the UK Food Industry, innovation and excellence drives our success. We are committed to raising the bar in sourcing the best quality products and ingredients for our customers while ensuring sustainability and profitability. As we continue to expand, we are seeking a dynamic Procurement Manager to lead on buying fats, butters, spreads and oils category.

Position Overview: As a Buyer looking to step up into a Procurement Manager or an experienced Procurement Manager you will report directly to the Procurement Director. This is an opportunity for a strategic thinker with a background in ingredient, chilled food / food buying, potentially in fats/oils/butters/dairy in the retail sector to drive optimisation of expenditure, enhance supplier performance, and contribute to the development of our category buying strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the procurement function for fats, oils, spreads and butters
  • Develop and implement category strategies to optimise Group expenditure and improve profitability.
  • Source products, materials and select suppliers, ensuring alignment with Assurance of Supply, Quality, Service, Cost, and Innovation requirements.
  • Manage supplier performance against agreed measures, implementing corrective actions as necessary.
  • Partner with stakeholder groups to ensure optimal supply base performance and alignment with business objectives.
  • Identify and exploit commercial opportunities through skilled negotiation and supplier relationship management.
  • Lead and manage projects within allocated categories, driving continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Ensure compliance with procurement processes and legal requirements, including contract management and risk mitigation.
  • Provide business forecasts and deliver financial targets in line with budgetary constraints.


  • 2-3 years of experience in a Senior Buyer or Procurement Manager role, within the UK food industry.
  • Background in ingredients or chilled food buying
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to develop and implement category strategies.
  • Experience working with retail and understanding market dynamics.
  • Resilient individual with strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ideally CIPS qualification.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and decision-making skills.
  • Analytical, organisational, and reporting skills
  • Sound Understanding of contract law and procurement processes.


  • Competitive salary, Car Allowance and benefits package.
  • Dynamic work environment with opportunities for learning and development.
  • Online LMS development portal
  • 2 Employee Volunteering Days per year
  • Online and High-street retailer discount scheme and well-being portal
  • Employee well-being and community support groups
  • Charity Initiatives and Team events
  • 24/7 Access to Grocery Aid


The Compleat Food Group are proud to have built an inclusive and respectful culture where our colleagues feel safe, supported and valued. A place where they can bring their whole selves to work to achieve exceptional results and thrive. We value everybody who works in our organisation. Everyone is treated with respect and encouraged to thrive and develop. Together we will become number one for culture.

 We continue to attract diverse talent into our teams, because we know greater diversity leads to exceptional results and provides a better working life. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring Fairness, Equity, Inclusivity, and Respect in all that we do. 

Recruitment Agencies We have an active and trusted Preferred Supplier List to assist us if required. We do not acknowledge any speculative CVs or unsolicited candidate introductions from agencies.

If you are a proactive and strategic Procurement Manager with a passion for the food industry, we invite you to join our team and make a difference. Apply now by submitting your CV. We look forward to hearing from you!