Procurement Category Manager

Date: 12 Jul 2024

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Company: Simplot

In Australia, the J.R. Simplot Company’s core operations are food manufacturing and agriculture, encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood and sauce operations. We supply a wide range of frozen, shelf-stable and chilled products to Australia and New Zealand’s major retail and foodservice customers and are part of Simplot’s Global Food business. With 17 food manufacturing and processing sites, Simplot Global Food serves retail and foodservice customers in 37 countries, and employs 8,000 people across North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.


In Australia, we are a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, focussed on creating food that maximises value from the best Australian-grown produce and global seafood. Our iconic brands have been an integral part of Australian life for generations, and include Leggo’s, Birds Eye, Edgell, John West and Chiko.

Culture and Benefits

At Simplot, we are fuelled by our purpose: We Contribute to Feeding Our World. We imagine a better future and set goals to reach it. We are committed to working as one Simplot and are guided by our shared values:


  • Respect for Resources
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Passion for People


We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about creating an environment that promotes safety and wellbeing and where our people feel supported, respected and empowered. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all our team members.


Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. We want our team members to build exciting and fulfilling careers with us and offer professional and personal growth opportunities.

The Perks

  • A flexible, family-friendly culture to balance what’s most important to you at work and at home
  • A variety of engaging health and wellbeing programs
  • Competitive salary
  • Diverse leadership development programs and professional development support
  • Learning and development programs to accelerate your long term career at Simplot
  • Employee reward and recognition program
  • Bonus incentives
  • Discounted health insurance and gym memberships
  • Sensory Club Program – Enjoy and taste our new product launches and access to our culinary cooking sessions at our Mentone location
  • Novated car leasing agreements
  • Income protection insurance
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

About our role


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Procurement Category Manager  to join the Seafood focussed team at our Head Office in Mentone.  Reporting to the Procurement Category Leader, you will establish a long-term, 1-3 year category plan for seafood (ambient & frozen) to drive value across the enterprise for the assigned spend area.



What you will do


  • Develop and manage internal/external relationships by providing commercial and technical support to meet business portfolio objectives and goals
  • Manage strategic vendor relationships and performance to ensure delivery of service, quality, cost and supply commitments
  • Lead sourcing projects including RFI, RFP, RFQ and contract development
  • Apply sound project management principles to identify and manage timelines, priorities, milestones, issues and risks
  • Develop category plan with mid to high-level critically and complexity
  • Manage complex cost modelling scenarios including total cost of ownership, and implementation of continuous improvement processes
  • Travel internationally during the year (aligned to fishing seasons).

About you

Leaning into your proven understanding of international seafood trade, our team will benefit from your solid knowledge of best practice international procurement and supplier management expertise. Your connections and established supply base will be an added bonus to help you hit the ground running and ultimately accelerate our strategic 1-3 year seafood plan.


Your brand will be well respected for your pragmatic but compliance oriented approach to sourcing, negotiation and vendor management practices. International logistics, a solid understanding of MRP, product development and JDE would also be well regarded.


If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you. Please apply online today! Please note applicant screening and interviews may commence prior to the closing date.



Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 28th July.



Job Requisition ID: 18913 

Travel Required: Less than 10% 

Pay Grade: Global Grade 4 

Location(s): Chifley Business Park Office - Melbourne 

Country: Australia 


Simplot is an equal opportunity employer and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you feel you would be a great addition to our team please apply online today, we would love to hear from you. If you require technical assistance, please email us at