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Procurement Category Leader

Date: 20-Jul-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia Pty Limited (Simplot Australia) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.R. Simplot Company, a family-owned, multi-national food and agriculture business. Simplot Australia is trusted as one of the leading providers of quality, sustainable food for the ever-changing needs of consumers and customers in Australia, New Zealand and select Asia Pacific markets. We have built long term partnerships with Australian farmers and our unique and diverse product portfolio includes vegetable, meals and seafood manufacturing operations that supply chilled, frozen and shelf stable products to Australia's major supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and quick service restaurant customers. Our portfolio includes some of Australias most trusted and well-known brands including Birds Eye, Edgell, Leggos, John West, Chiko, I&J, Chicken Tonight, Five Brothers and Five Tastes.

The role

  • Are you a transformational leader?
  • Can you bring innovation and energy to deliver value within a mature function?
  • Based at our Head Office in Mentone, Victoria

We now have an opportunity for a Procurement Category Leader to join our team.  We are seeking a genuine leader who has demonstrated experience in driving transformational change.


Reporting to the GM Procurement, you will manage a team of 7 responsible for the procurement of Ingredients and Packaging to our manufacturing sites and for managing the supply of a range of our externally manufactured products.

What you will do

  • Develop your team and build Procurement capabilities to support delivery against targets.
  • Create and drive a clear procurement strategy, creating a pipeline of activities that focuses resources on initiatives which deliver the greatest total business value.
  • Ensure supplier performance and supply continuity.
  • Manage supplier risk, including contract negotiation and management and supply contingency.
  • Support new product development and innovation through strategic engagement of the supply base.
  • Develop relationships with key business stakeholders to identify and deliver value.
  • Ensure compliance with documented policies and procedures.

What you will bring

  • Senior level team management experience in a commercial/procurement role.
  • A solid knowledge of best practice procurement and supplier management processes.
  • Industry experience in Top Tier Food / FMCG company.
  • Experienced working in a business or functional unit supported by the category.
  • Diversity of thought - bringing in new ways of thinking.
  • Excellent sales, presentation, negotiation, and market/data analytic skills.
  • Energy and a can-do attitude.
  • A strong customer service focus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Benefits & Culture

  • Join a successful Australian food manufacturer
  • Short Term Incentive Benefits for Employees  
  • Income Protection Insurance (permanent salaried employees)
  • Parental Leave policy for Primary Careers
  • Awards recognising long serving and high achieving employees  


This is a great opportunity to further develop your career within procurement, manage a high performing team and deliver change with a successful Australian food manufacturer.


If this sounds like you, please Apply online today.


Applications close Friday, 6 August 2021

Job Requisition ID: 5457 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): Chifley Business Park Office - Melbourne 

Country: Australia 


Simplot Australia is trusted as one of the leading providers of quality, sustainable food for the ever-changing needs of consumers and customers in Australia, New Zealand and chosen Asia Pacific markets. Simplot Australia is family owned by the J.R. Simplot Company, a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution. Simplot Australia is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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