Category Buyer/Segment Supply Manager

Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in Quality of Life Services, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 53 countries, our 422,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day. Sodexo Group stands out for its independence and its founding family shareholding, its sustainable business model and its portfolio of activities including Food Services, Facilities Management Services and Employee Benefit Solutions. We provide quality, multichannel and flexible food experiences, but also design attractive and inclusive workplaces and shared spaces, manage and maintain infrastructure in a safe and environmentally friendly way, offer personalized support for patients or students, or even create programs fostering employee engagement. From Day 1, Sodexo has been focusing on tangible everyday gestures and actions through its services in order to have a positive economic, social and environmental impact over time. For us, growth and social commitment go hand in hand. Our purpose is to create a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all

Our Swedish revenue is >330 million euros and we occupy 4500 employees. This makes us one of the leading Swedish companies within Service Management.

Category Buyer/Segment Supply Manager

Sodexo is looking for a Category Buyer to join our Supply Management team in Sweden. We are on a transformation journey and looking for someone who, just like us, enjoys working in a constantly evolving environment and strives to improve ways of working. Are you a collaborative person with high ambitions, an open personality, and a can-do attitude? Then you might be our next star!

We offer a great opportunity to join a forward-thinking organization, in a global company with strong values and career possibilities in more than 53 different countries across the globe.

About the position:

Being a part of Sodexo Supply Management team in Sweden you will contribute to delivering sustainable sourcing solutions to grow our business. Our goal is to deliver value to all business lines of Sodexo through quality improvements, minimized risk, sustainable sourcing, innovation and cost savings.

You will be part of a team made up of Category Buyers, Segment Supply Managers and Operational buyers focusing on Facility Management and Indirect categories. Engaging with Global/European buyers is also a part of your work.

This role combines both strategic and tactical work and your main responsibilities will involve category management work, locally and globally, as well as supporting our Operations in tactical procurement and client tenders. Internal and external stakeholder management is an important part of your day-to-day work.

To succeed you will build a strong expertise across the categories managed as well as regarding Sodexo’s client base, needs and spend. A natural part of your work will be to initiate and support continuous improvements and contribute to the Supply Management transformation roadmap.

Main Responsibilities

  • Category Management – about 50% of your time – more Strategic work
  • Supporting our Operations with tactical procurement – about 50% of your time

Category Management:

  • Develop and implement category strategies
  • Drive category management activities to improve commercial performance, deliver innovation and support sustainability targets whilst maintaining compliance and mitigating risks
  • Ownership and delivery of category and contract targets in annual Supply Management budget (savings and revenues)

Tactical Procurement:

  • Drive activities to improve efficiency and commercial competitiveness for operations e.g. through local tenders, spend analysis and compliance follow-up
  • Support in selected sales tenders and mobilization projects to minimize risk and ensure best possible leverage of existing preferred suppliers and contracts
  • Educate and support operational stakeholders in local contracting, change requests, complaints etc. 

Who you are

You have a strong business mind, an open personality and strong communication & networking skills. You get motivated by being part of a transformation journey and continuous improvements are a natural part of your work as well as striving to increase profitability and growth.

This will be a challenging role, with ambitious cost savings and efficiencies to be met whilst driving improvements and operational support. Exceptional stakeholder management and influencing skills will be required to be truly effective in this position. You will need to be able to consider the different operational requirements and business needs when prioritizing own work, e.g. category management vs. tactical support.

You have an academic degree or similar, experience from procurement and a proven track record of stakeholder management. Experience in buying/Category Management within FM/Indirect categories is preferable.

Last but not least, you are a team player that likes to combine high ambition and results with having fun at work.


We can offer you:

…an interesting and varied position within a global company with strong values. You will join at an exciting time in the middle of our Supply Management transformation journey. The transformation is taking place at both country and global level. Joining us at this point in time will give you the opportunity to impact the way we work and develop as a professional.

We are a knowledge company seeking employees with different specializations, backgrounds, and experiences. Each individual’s uniqueness is at the heart of our vibrant workforce and truly reflects the communities we serve. We strive to build a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees feel valued and respected as individuals.

We aim to help our colleagues be the best they can be by taking account of the work and personal lives of our employees; supporting them to fulfil their personal career ambitions; providing services that support their health and wellbeing needs, and supporting their commitment to undertaking community citizenship activity such as volunteering.

We apply a hybrid workplace where you can combine working from our modern office in Solna, close to Mall of Scandinavia, with work from home.

Does this role sound interesting? If yes, please do not wait to send your application!

You are welcome to submit your application no later than February 18th 2023. We will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis so please do not wait to send you application.

For questions regarding the position or recruitment process please contact:

Martin Fridolf – Senior Recruiter – EFFSO


Phone: 079 101 39 50