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Category Manager, Perishables

Company: Delaware North
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Job Description:

Our Exciting Work EnvironmentThis position will be based out of Delaware North's new global headquarters, a state-of-the-art, 12-story, mixed-use building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. The headquarters facility, reflective of our values, integrates the latest advances in environmental, energy conservation and office design.



The OpportunityCategory Manager for Perishables & Specialty is responsible for managing the procurement process as well as serving as subject matter expert for assigned perishable categories (e.g. fresh produce, specialty fresh proteins, dairy and other assigned perishable and non-perishable commodities). As subject matter expert, you will develop and manage categories to achieve organizational goals by; developing category strategies, leveraging scale and building strategic supplier relationships. Select responsibilities include:

Executes category planning process for perishable categories of responsibility, including development and implementation of category plans; leveraging insights in order to formulate key strategies and category initiatives supporting strategies.
Identifies and brings forward differentiated market innovations, helping drive innovation and overall value to the company.
Shares market intelligence, best practices and provides category expertise in improving cost, driving efficiencies and minimizing potential supply chain risks.
Role requires close collaboration with internal stakeholders, culinarians, unit operators and suppliers.
Drives supplier relationship management and manages a supplier network that maintains uninterrupted supply and safety of contracted products at competitive cost.
Delivers financial benefit to Delaware North by implementing category management discipline, while implementing cost saving and cost avoidance initiatives for assigned product categories.
Supports new product development efforts, product launches, and various projects initiated by the culinary/operations teams that involve assigned categories.
Provides management of all assigned categories in the areas of price administration and documentation, contract administration, supply assurance and supplier evaluation.
Proactively assesses and manages commodity market risk to the organization.
Working closely with legal and strategic sourcing team, responsible for negotiating terms & conditions consistent with corporate objectives, standards and ethics, while delivering best overall value to DN operating locations.
Performs ongoing analytics including internal data mining, in-depth category analysis and cost of goods comparisons on Delaware North market basket purchases against internal and external industry benchmarks.
Maximizes contract/program compliance by ensuring suppliers meet required service levels, product quality measures and end-user satisfaction.



Qualifications:



BA/BS degree required in Business Administration/Management, Supply Chain, or related field.
Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or CPSM certification preferred, but not required.
5 years' (minimum) experience in a procurement role with increasing levels of responsibility, along with food industry experience.
Subject Matter Expertise in Foodservice industry and supplier management.Experience and knowledge of foodservice proteins, produce and food related commodity markets preferred.
Strong financial acumen with consultative, analytical and problem solving skills. Familiarity, ability and high level of comfort working with complex technical data.
Solid negotiation skills with experience negotiating commercial terms and service level agreements.
Excellent PC skills, proficient in MS applications with ability to work with, analyze and synthesize large amounts of data and build reports.
Strong inter-personal, organizational, and analytical skills. Ability and comfort interacting with stakeholders at all levels of organization and delivering effective presentations.
Excellent communication skills - oral, written and presentational. Proven ability to facilitate strategic supplier relationships and work with senior business executives.
Proven ability to manage competing agendas and priorities, and translate complex information across internal and external audiences.

Who We AreTake your career beyond the ordinary-to the extraordinary.

At Delaware North, you'll love where you work, who you work with, and how your day unfolds. Whether it's in sporting venues, casinos, airports, national parks, iconic hotels, or premier restaurants, there's no telling where your career can ultimately take you. We empower you to do great work in a company with 100 years of success, stability and growth. If you have drive and enjoy the thrill of making things happen - share our vision, grow with us.

Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of about $3 billion. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality, at www.DelawareNorth.com.

All applicants will be subject to a pre-employment background check and may be subject to a pre-employment drug test depending upon the position and/or client requirements.

Delaware North Companies, Incorporated and its subsidiaries consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Delaware North is an equal opportunity employer.



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