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Category Manager x4 Roles

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Calvin James Recruitment have been trusted with the recruitment of 4 critical newly formed roles for a market leading and growing international company based in Dubai.


X4 Roles

  1. Category Manager – Rice & Pulses
  2. Category Manager – Meat & Poultry
  3. Category Manager – Fruit & Vegetables
  4. Category Manager – Seafood


Responsible for managing, directing, and coordinating end to end category procurement activities, ensuring that all products are reliably sourced and purchased in an accurate, timely, and cost-effective manner and in accordance with agreed specifications to achieve set cost targets whilst maintaining high levels of client satisfaction.



  • Strategically source all products; establishing the true cost of the products and negotiating competitive commercial terms with a robust supply chain.
  • Understand the client specifications and standards of products in order to identify potential suppliers.
  • Locate and review vendors of related materials, equipment, and supplies in order to determine product availability, competitive terms and conditions, and delivery schedules to deliver the best value, high-quality, compliant products.
  • Provide client requirement specifications to the suppliers and evaluate the suppliers based on the compliance checklist and standards.
  • Negotiate agreements with suppliers regarding prices, terms and conditions in order to secure competitive deals.
  • Evaluate proposed specifications from finalized suppliers to ensure it matches with client requirements.
  • Forecast levels of demand for products to meet the business requirements to ensure a consistent supply of products
  • Review current expenditure in order to identify opportunities for process improvement and cost control within the area of responsibility and project budgets.
  • Identify supplier risk areas and quantify risk exposure for regionally and locally managed sub-categories within the category portfolio and executing risk mitigation actions to ensure a robust supply source.
  • Prepare procurement reports on weekly and monthly basis outlining supplier performance and submit to the Head of Procurement for review



  • To adhere to and live the company Vision, Mission, Values and Code of Business Ethics & Conduct at all times
  • To apply and follow the contractual obligations, policies and procedures
  • To follow, apply and maintain all applicable ISO standards and requirements
  • To report health & safety, environmental and food safety hazards and near miss/incident observed in the workplace to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.




  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • CIPS or relevant postgraduate diploma preferred
  • 10 years’ experience in procurement within food retail or food service industry
  • Expertise on intergovernmental organization product requirements for category
  • Excellent product category knowledge within the regional and local market
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of global industry food standards, practices, and guidelines



Category Manager x4 Roles