Our client, a National Giant Group in the Manufacturing and Distribution industry is seeking to URGENTLY appoint a suitably qualified and experienced FMCG Category Procurement Manager to be based in their Corporate Johannesburg Head-Office. MAIN PURPOSE FOR THE ROLE : To report directly into the National Procurement Director. To oversee multiple Category Procurement Managers. To deal with specific Suppliers for multiple categories, as well as manage, train, and liaise directly with the allocated Branch Procurement Managers and their Teams of Buyers. KEY COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS: At minimum a Post-matric Procurement qualification, backed by Protein plus Generalist Food Procurement experience is essential. More than 10 years FMCG Procurement environment experience is essential. A Diploma in Procurement will be a distinct advantage. Able to cultivate, build & maintain superior interpersonal relationships with various levels and types of people. Able to adapt to a highly entrepreneurial, very fast paced trading environment in a proactive, assertive yet diplomatic business culture and be exceptionally "hands-on". Able to work both independently and in a team, with mutual concern for other members in the team. Highly honed negotiation skills Strong verbal and written communication ability. Be highly analytical, with an eye for detail, noting that the candidate must have advanced Excel skills. Vibrant, outgoing, deadline driven and willing to go the extra mile. Advanced Excel skills is essential. FMCG experience is a distinct advantage. Retail & Wholesale experience is essential. KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : Category Management - grow each category, report thereon, manage Product Suppliers, maintain Category Product Master (there is a very sophisticated IT software) Deliver Category Growth Targets & Incentives - manage Supplier growth targets & Supplier performance. Advertising and Marketing - actively manage each Supplier''''''''s annual advertising spend & effectiveness, critically analyse all promotions, formulate advertising & marketing plans with Suppliers. Food Safety - ensure all Suppliers comply with regulations & assist in improving their Scorecard. Imports - monitor category imports, liaise & negotiate with overseas Suppliers where applicable, look for overseas food opportunities for suitable products. Manufacturing - identify further manufacturing opportunities. National Travel - travel nationally to the Regions & Branches periodically to train, perform full Category review and report on findings, bring Buying & Sales Teams together. Stock Forecasting & Distribution Models - using sophisticated Excel Spreadsheets, actively build models & assist Branches with holding Model stocks. Supplier Maintenance - negotiate pricing, build & improve relationships, regular reviews with Suppliers & assist them with Branch concerns, facilitate buying, negotiate promotional deals, analyse product sales in volume & value, monitor competitive pricing. APPLY NOW! WIILLINGNESS TO RELOCATE TO JOHANNESBURG IS ESSENTIAL. SHOULD THIS OPPORTUNITY NOT BE ALIGNED WITH YOUR CAREER ASPIRATIONS. KINDLY FORWARD IT TO A FRIEND.