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Category Manager Dairy & Protein


Dublin, IE

Shift Type:  Procurement/Purchasing

Working with Us

ARYZTA is for people who are passionate about what they do and doing it well. We take pride in our high quality, delicious food and in our leading position as the world's number one frozen bakery. Our employees are one of our key ingredients, and together they play a critical role in driving the continued success of our business.

In ARYZTA, every day is different. If you are resilient, ambitious, and a team player, ARYZTA could be the place for you to thrive and grow in your career!


The Role:

Reporting to the Head of Procurement - Direct Materials, the Procurement Category Manager Dairy & Protein will be responsible to develop, align & execute category strategies in the areas of Dairy & Protein in a multi-site, multi-country environment across 20 EU Bakeries. The Dairy & Protein category is made up of a number of subcategories, the main ones being Butter, Cheese, Pork, Chicken and Eggs.


A key member of the Direct Procurement Team, the Category Manager will also be responsible to develop and deliver a pipeline of initiatives, gain broad stakeholder support while acting as a catalyst for change and continuous improvement. They will need to create the supply network of the future in support of ARYZTA’s revenue growth plan by ensuring competitiveness and effective supplier relationship management.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of the strategic sourcing plans for the category and subcategories which take into account both demand and supply-side considerations;
  • Lead procurement initiatives with accountability to deliver savings and financial objectives in line with commitments agreed with internal stakeholders;
  • Collaborate closely with the Commodity Risk Management team to ensure alignment on cover and market views to optimize cover decisions;
  • Engage with internal stakeholders to generate ideas and opportunities and ultimately ensure the category strategy, plans and initiatives are aligned to functional and business targets;
  • Regularly review the impact of macro-economic, and “supply/demand” dynamics on the category, assessing trends and providing insights to the Procurement team and senior management on the impact of underlying cost drivers;
  • Activate advanced sourcing levers and lead negotiations of commercial terms and T&Cs to ensure competitiveness for the bakeries across Europe;
  • Maintain accurate supplier and pricing information in ERP systems as well as our cover position
  • Work with cross-functional stakeholders to reduce complexity and deliver value chain initiatives whilst maintaining or improving quality;
  • Ensure suppliers are compliant with ARYZTA policies and measure compliance;
  • Measure supplier performance and ensure they deliver value beyond price objectives as outlined in the ARYZTA Supplier Relationship Management program;
  • Act as a key point of contact for the category or sub-categories for both internal and external stakeholders.

Education & Experience:

  • 6 - 8 years of experience in Procurement and Category Management;
  • Experience in Dairy&Protein procurement is preferred, ideally across multiple sites;
  • Experience in Category Strategy Development, Category Management and Strategic Sourcing;
  • Experience or exposure to commodity risk management technics (e.g. market fundamentals and technical analysis, futures vs. physical cover techniques);
  • Change management experience is highly desirable;
  • International experience and strong intercultural working experience highly desirable to support Pan European working;
  • Good project management skills;
  • Availability to travel within Europe locations.


Why Work with Us? Examples include:

  • Opportunity to join a leading, dynamic global food Company;
  • Further career & development opportunities;
  • Great company culture & solid company values ;
  • Subsidised canteen / restaurant;
  • Modern Headoffice (working remotely/from home till Jan 2020);
  • Free car parking;
  • Bike to work scheme;
  • Company pension;
  • Gym onsite;
  • Flexible working policy.

Your Application

If you are interested in applying for a position in ARYZTA please submit your complete application documents (CV and motivation letter). We are looking forward to receiving your application.


 ARYZTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer