Procurement Manager (Meat)

Permanent employee, Full-time · Dephna Kitchen

KatKin’s Opportunity
Did you know that some cat food contains as little as 4% meat? Cats are carnivores – they need meat to thrive – but cat food companies use powdered animal derivatives because it’s cheaper and easier, and they top it up with grains and fillers that cats find hard to digest. It’s all about shelf life and profit; not what cats really need.
We do things differently at KatKin. We’re changing the cat food industry, with our 100% Fresh-cooked premium meat recipes, delivered to doorsteps everywhere. Each recipe is designed by our in-house vets and nutritionists, to be the very best (and tastiest) nutrition for cats. 

And the results show: we’ve got the highest Trustpilot rating in the cat food industry (4.9 out of 5), and an amazing 93% of cat parents see a health transformation in their cats when they join us. It means we’re saving cat lives, and putting pressure on the rest of our industry to be better – to make cat food that’s good for cats. Ready to help us?
Why You’ll Love Working With Us
If you want to join and grow an ambitious, mission-driven, high-growth startup that’s making a genuine difference to cat’s and their people’s lives, you’ll love working at KatKin.
With a growing audience of cat people, an expanding Fresh meals recipe book, and the science to back it all up, you get the sense that KatKin is a mere whisker away from becoming a household name for helping cat people do the best for their cats.
The Role

As our Procurement Manager, you will be playing a crucial role by owning the meat supply chain and ensuring specifications are at the required and ordered levels. You will be based in our new factory site a few days a week, and outside of that we anticipate travel around the UK to meet with suppliers.


This Hands-On Role Includes Ownership Of
  • Establish and maintain solid working relationships with key suppliers to secure supply on time and in full, and within required cost targets

  • Find new suppliers (UK + Europe) to meet future volume and pricing needs

  • When necessary, solicit Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from suppliers and secure forward volumes and favourable forward pricing

  • Forecast price trends and get in front of any possible supply shortages to mitigate these before they interrupt production or impact inventory levels

  • Perform cost analysis to identify and report on price or volume variances

  • Continuously be evaluating costs and operations in raw material sourcing, buying and storage, to find cost savings and efficiency opportunities

  • Put in place risk management policies and procedures, and ensure adherence to these, to ensure the safe receipt, storage and use of ingredients

  • Coordinate delivery schedules to ensure timely receipt of ingredients for production. 

  • Working with the R&D team, quickly source new meats/cuts to required specifications (e.g. % fat, protein + moisture) for R&D to make samples

  • Interest in sustainability and animal welfare and being able to identify opportunities for the company to use upcycled human-grade ingredients, that would otherwise not be used in the human food supply chain

Who You Are
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a Procurement role

  • A strong understanding of the meat industry

  • Business savvy with good analytical skills

  • Excellent negotiation skills and able to identify commercial opportunities

  • Full driving licence and willingness to travel within the UK

  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Informed and passionate about selling our range of products and services

  • Good interpersonal skills – able to build and manage relationships with colleagues and suppliers

  • Advanced level of Microsoft Excel skills and preferably experienced with ERP systems

  • A communicative team player who is also confident in working independently

  • Proactive, self-motivated, and able to work on different projects in parallel

  • Solution-focused mindset and strong problem-solving thinking to develop innovative and sustainable solutions

What We Offer
  • Competitive salary

  • Career defining opportunity in being instrumental to scaling our brand, fast

  • 25 days holiday every year plus your birthday off

  • Discount for KatKin fresh meals

  • AXA Health Insurance including optical and dental

  • Yearly personal development budget 

  • Company pension

To Apply
Submit your details below, or email ​Jessica@katkin.com
About us
We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. At KatKin we celebrate differences, and everything that makes our colleagues unique, by upholding an inclusive environment in which we can all thrive. 

We want to make our recruitment processes accessible to everyone, so if there is any way that we can support you to be the best you can be, please contact jessica@katkin.com
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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