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Procurement Category Manager - Engineering/Capital Projects


Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply chilled, frozen, and shelf-stable products to Australia's major retail and foodservice markets.


We are home to some of Australia's most loved and trusted food brands, including Birds Eye, Edgell, Leggo's, John West, and Chiko. We have six Australian manufacturing sites and employ more than 2,000 people across Australia and New Zealand.


As a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, we are focussed on bringing to life Aussie grown produce. We embrace sustainable practices that care for our planet's precious resources today and for generations to come. We are an integral part of the global JR Simplot Company.

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

  • Flexible working arrangements and a variety of engaging Health and Wellbeing programs 
  • Diverse Leadership Development Programs and Professional Development Support 
  • 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 
  • Novated Car Leasing Agreements 
  • Income Protection Insurance  
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave 

About our role

  • Indirect Procurement – Capital Projects (Engineering, Equipment, Services)  
  • Successful Australian Food manufacturer  
  • Based at our Head Office in Mentone, Vic 


We now have an opportunity for a Procurement Category Manager to join the global team based at our Head Office in Mentone. Reporting to the Global Procurement Category Leader, you will be responsible for establishing a long term category plan for Indirect spend for Capital Projects (Engineering, Equipment supply and Services), and other assigned categories to drive value across the business.  This will be done in partnership with a range of internal stakeholders and strategies will include: 


  • Spend analytics/mapping. 
  • External market analysis. 
  • Vendor management, and  
  • Managing a multi-year project portfolio for mid to high level criticality, mid to high level complexity, and medium to large sized spend. 


This is a unique opportunity for a talented individual to join our team. 

What you will do

  • Lead sourcing projects based on the category strategy and on demand projects from your stakeholder group. 
  • Capital project procurement for suppliers of equipment, services and project work. 
  • Support the site engineering teams to develop specifications and go-to-market RFI/RFPs. 
  • This is a hands-on role for a dynamic procurement specialist who can manage their stakeholders through effective relationship building and an ability to also challenge the status quo. 
  • This role has multi-site responsibility, and the challenge will be your skill to deliver change improvements to achieve standardisation nationally.  

About you

  • Ideally a degree qualified Engineer or Project Manager experienced with capital project procurement, you ideally also hold MCIPS membership. 
  • You hold strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on engagement. 
  • Analytically minded, you can demonstrate success by achieving savings and pricing benefits. 
  • You are confident with ERP systems and are a strong user of Excel. 
  • Team player and skilled negotiator who holds the ability to successfully collaborate across all organization levels. 
  • Able to travel to our Simplot factories in Australia and possible international travel in support of Simplot business initiatives. 
  • It is your solid knowledge of best practice procurement and supplier management processes that will ensure your success. 

This is a great opportunity to continue your career within procurement, manage strategic supplier relationships and lead strategic sourcing projects with a successful Australian food manufacturer. 
Applications close on Wednesday, 24 August 2022 
If this sounds like you, then please apply online now

Job Requisition ID: 10442 

Travel Required: None 

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