• Serving independent schools and colleges with since 1990

Senior Category Manager ~ Food Service

Lutherville, Maryland
SAGE Dining Services® is seeking a full-time seasoned Senior Category Manager for our home office in Lutherville, MD. We are looking for a seasoned procurement professional who has the desire to grow with our company.
Join a company whose mission and service are unsurpassed, whose values you can stand behind, and whose dynamic yet relaxed environment offers an authentic work-life balance.

At SAGE, we're known for creating exceptional dining experiences for independent schools and colleges in North America. We write innovative recipes that reflect diverse regional and international cuisines; we use the freshest, highest-quality ingredients on the market; we cook from scratch in small batches; and we work to educate students on healthy food choices.
Our Home Office houses robust teams in accounting, human resources, technology, marketing, nutrition and procurement that support a market of 275 venues and more than 3,300 field staff. SAGE is a privately-owned company whose culinary talent, integrity, and transparency has fueled sustained organic growth.

What you get:
  • Annual Salary commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: health/life/disability/vision/dental/401(k)
  • Flexible work environment
  • Awesome team culture 
  • Career opportunities in growing company
  • Mission based company
You will be responsible for developing and executing Category Management strategies for assigned categories:
  • Leverage Spend
  • Rationalize SKUs
  • Optimize Rebates
  • Drive Standardization
  • Manage Manufacturer Performance
What you will do:
  • Develop the overall category strategy
  • Work collaboratively with Procurement team members overseeing current categories
  • Create processes for analyzing current and future categories that supports growth
  • Develop new category management programs
  • Strategize long-term company category management approach
  • Contract management
  • Vendor Negotiations
  • Reports to Director of Supply Chain
What you need:
  • Bachelor's degree or MBA, required
  • Food product knowledge
  • Minimum 10 years Food service procurement experience including 3 years management experience
  • Experience with category management strategy, vendor evaluation, contracts, supply chain improvement, business management consulting, long term strategic planning
  • Experience with long-term category planning and strategy
  • Diverse purchasing experience with various foodservice sectors including center of the plate, dairy, frozen, produce, non-foods, temp labor, beverage, uniforms, and food commodities and understanding of a national supply chain
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Process oriented
  • Demonstrated Knowledge of Category Management and proven results
  • Ability to communicate effectively regarding category status, observations, and recommendations
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to accurately analyze data and synthesize into strategic category options
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
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This job advertisement should not be misconstrued as an offer of employment or a comprehensive listing of position responsibilities/expectations.

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