Job listing

  • Job title: Assistant Procurement Manager
  • Venue: The Fox
  • Address: 28 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A ALB
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contract: Permanent



The Company:

The Foundation Group is a family owned and operated company that was founded in 1973 by Peter Salussolia and is the parent company for Glendola Leisure Group and the Carlton Hotel Collection.  Our philosophy is to provide the best hospitality outlets and to passionately deliver great service in a fun and entertaining environment whether that be in hotels, bars, pubs, coffee roasteries, restaurants or nightclubs.  We are in the people business and have great respect for our customers and staff.  We are committed to understanding and listening to our customers and employees to ensure our brands will always remain outstanding in the communities that they trade.


The family business offers longevity and resilience in unstable markets, is less bureaucratic and offers a family culture of care.  In 2012 Peter Salussolia received an OBE from the Queen for his services to the hospitality industry, including being a founder of the ALMR/UKH.  In the UK Glendola Leisure, which is headed up by Alex Salussolia, operates businesses in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast presenting an eclectic mix including the Worlds End & Underworld in Camden, our coffee roastery Gordon Street Coffee, the Shilling Brewing Company brew pub and the well know Waxy O’Connor’s, a rambling multi-level Irish Bar.  The Carlton Hotel Collection in the UK operate in Glasgow with the Carlton George Hotel and Market Street in Edinburgh.


This procurement role is UK based only and the Group Procurement Manager handles expenditure of around £13-£14 million, £9.5 million of that falling to liquor and £2.5 million of that falling to food with the remainder being made up of sundries, kitchen equipment and service agreements.




Job Role: 

We are looking for an Assistant Procurement Manager to work closely with the Group Procurement Manager to support the supply of products and services in the UK for The Foundation Group of Companies.  The Group Procurement Manager’s responsibility is to strategize to ensure the best quality products or services are purchased at the best price for agreed specification. However, the department ensures an important balance is maintained between consolidating products within the group to increase supplier investment and meeting individual venue needs across the eclectic nature of the group.  Keeping a close eye on customer response to our products, considering selling prices and potential gross profit is where we judge effectiveness of the department; successful management of procurement expenses and services ensures that the company can continue to invest in its growth and people. 


Working as part of the Operations Team you will effectively manage relationships with current suppliers and identify new suppliers to support the Operations Team in terms of reducing costs and ensuring excellent product quality on a continuous improvement basis.  You will work on all supply routes into the company including Beverage, Food, Sundries and Service Contracts; each of these four areas are of equal importance to maintaining commercial viability for company growth and success in the role.


Key Responsibilities:

  • To fully manage several suppliers under the guidance of the Group Procurement Manager, and occasionally deputise for the Group Procurement Manager in senior management meetings.
  • Working collaboratively with the Operations and Finance Team to stay abreast of the fast pace of change in the on-trade, providing informative responses with relevant financial implications to central office budgets.
  • Ongoing supplier rationalisation to identify cost saving opportunities through alternative product and service sourcing.  Seeking to assist the Procurement Manager in mitigating proposed price increases through product or supplier substitution.  Seeking new innovations and cost optimization challenge the supplier base and to provide value for money across the organisation.
  • Supporting the Group Procurement Manager with research and recommendations for new projects or ongoing business development.
  • Support the General Managers with supplier communication to ensure on-time fulfilled deliveries are met to ensure the smooth running of our businesses for our internal stakeholders and customers alike.
  • Working with the Executive Chefs to provide cost comparisons and supplier product line increases to challenge internal stakeholders and suppliers alike, ensuring our food offer is delivered at the right quality and cost.
  • Working with the Group Procurement Manager and IT Systems Manager to manage Acquire, our procurement software that manages orders to our suppliers, delivery notifications and subsequent invoicing and payment.  Managing and answering queries, updating prices and restricting sites to ordering lists on the system in addition to liaising with finance to ensure accurate invoicing will be a key administrative requirement of the role.
  • Assisting the Group Procurement Manager ensuring all suppliers meet high standards of compliance and accountability with health, Safety & food hygiene regulations.
  • Assisting with the day-to-day communication with suppliers to ensure service level agreements and key performance indicators are being achieved
  • Assist in monitoring purchasing practices across the group, ensuring compliance with central office contracts.

Person Specification:

  • You may be asked to travel and represent Glendola Leisure / The Foundation Group, so we require a confident and articulate individual that enjoys building strong, honest relationships with suppliers, colleagues, and internal stakeholders alike.
  • You will be a highly organised, disciplined, and self-motivated individual who is comfortable with prioritising workloads whilst demonstrating an ability to work under pressure.
  • You will possess excellent communication skills with the ability to respectfully challenge suppliers not meeting SLA’s to ensure that mutually beneficial long-lasting business to business working relationships are maintained.
  • Ideally a candidate with experience of working in the hospitality industry who presents a ‘can-do’ attitude with a strong ability to problem solve to help general managers and suppliers alike to meet our customer needs.
  • Strong knowledge of purchasing processes & strategies, with an ability to adapt to change in this fast-paced economic climate.
  • Highly numerate and analytical, with good attention to detail.  Good working knowledge of Microsoft Packages is an expected skill along with the ability to analyse data and produce and summarise reports for senior management.
  • A commercial mindset to inform your decisions and enable you to identify opportunities to demonstrate to excel in your role.
  • Previous experience of procurement software such as Acquire would also be advantageous.

This role is ideal for someone that is enthusiastic to ultimately become a Group Procurement Manager and will be given every opportunity to understand how to use their skills to manage a wide breath of products and suppliers, from buying beverages and food through to cleaning chemicals.


Salary:  Dependant on the experience of the right candidate, to include Salary & Bonus, plus other benefits


Location:  London Based, offering flexible working between a London Office, Home, and the Occasional Day at the Group Support Offices (Hayes & Harlington)



Glendola Leisure operates many different bars, pubs and restaurants across the UK in London, Glasgow, Belfast & Edinburgh. In your City you will be part of a small team supported by our wider group and open to all the opportunities that come with that. What we all share as part of the Glendola Family is a passion for our customers, being experts in our products, providing exceptional service and a commitment to being better every day.

If you can offer friendliness, a ‘can-do’ attitude and willingness to become an expert in your products and want a role that is as individual are you are then you’re the one for us. It is time you stopped going to work and started coming to life.

We are proud to offer:

  • Some of the best Career Growth opportunities in the industry
  • A competitive and progressive salary
  • A share of the Companywide Service Charge through TRONC
  • 28 days paid holiday per annum inclusive of bank holidays
  • Complimentary meals on duty
  • Annual staff events
  • 20% Discount at all Glendola Leisure Venues
  • Opportunities to innovate and contribute to the growth of your business.

Are you ready to be part of one of the hospitality industry’s biggest success stories? It’s time to apply.