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Category Manager

Kansas City, Missouri
  • Responsible for all procurement activities for assigned categories for the Applebee’s and IHOP systems by Centralized Supply Chain Services (CSCS).  Develop strategic contracts and pricing agreements, where appropriate, for all assigned products and services in assigned categories leveraging negotiation strategies and tactics.
  • Accountable to deliver the lowest sustainable prices and ensure continuity of supply of all products for assigned categories that meet specification for the Co-op's Members.  Must coordinate with manufacturers and end-suppliers and Brand innovation and operations teams to identify savings opportunities that can be implemented and realized.
  • Assess and determine opportunities to leverage the combined buying power of the Applebee's and IHOP systems for assigned categories of spend. 
  • Manage the supplier selection process in conjunction with the Brands’ Quality Assurance and Menu Development teams.
  • Maintain and provide on-going forecasts and supply position recommendations regarding all assigned products.  Assist in the development of recommendations for futures positions and hedging strategies as appropriate.
  • Assist the Brands in the development and testing of new products in support of all promotions and menu additions.   
  • Manage projects to develop alternate sources of products or optimize existing projects while maintaining required specifications to effectively deliver cost management benefits to the Co-op's Members.

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