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FMCG

Engineering Manager

The Role

You will ensure that plant and equipment is maintained in a timely and efficient manner, establishing priorities and directing/co-ordinating all engineering activities on site, whilst maintaining a constant focus on health, safety, and employee welfare. This includes any external contractor activities carried out on site, purchasing and stock management, as well as working closely with other stakeholders.

You will lead and direct the team who respond to production breakdowns, carry out planned preventative maintenance, prioritise fault finding and carry out general repairs. You will support business growth and change through strong project management, development of continuous improvement and lean ways of working, and demonstrate control of financial budgets and suppliers.

  • Working closely with processing and production to improve production flow, throughput, and productivity on a variety of products and manufacturing processes.
  • Liaising with engineering suppliers to ensure timely and cost-efficient solutions to procurement, spares holding and service contract support.
  • Managing projects including the installation and commissioning of new production lines and manufacturing equipment/ancillaries.
  • Providing expertise, guidance and practical support in the specification, trialing, and introduction of new products into Manufacturing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience of a high care, ready-to-eat food manufacturing environment
  • HACCP, Auditing or Food Safety qualification
  • Experience of managing a team and supporting and developing direct reports.
  • NEBOSH

Specific Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-organised approach and the ability to plan a workload.
  • Resilient with a strong work ethic
  • Flexible approach and willing to adapt ways of working to support team requirements.
  • Ability to manage and motivate an engineering team.
  • Good standard of spoken and written English
  • Ability to work well under pressure and proactively seek win/win solutions.
  • Implemented and operated a planned maintenance system (software based)

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an engineering management role
  • Educated to degree level in Science or Engineering in a relevant subject (Mechanical/Electrical/Manufacturing)
  • Trained and qualified in multiple engineering disciplines (Electrical, Mechanical, Plant)
  • Experienced in working within BRC accredited Food Factories.
  • Ability to work at pace and manage complexity and be a hands-on problem solver.

Category Manager- FMCG

  • Be an expert in monitoring and analysing market performance, identifying gaps and opportunities for category growth
  • Get involved in supporting preparation for customer meetings and NPD sell-in stories, ensuring that we understand the strategy of each of our customers
  • Producing standardised monthly and weekly reports which will be used to make informed decisions for the future of the brand
  • Responding to ad-hoc queries and requests regarding KPIs and category performance from internal colleagues and external customers to enable decisions to be taken regarding the category
  • Manage the range review process for all key retail partners, providing innovative range, promotional and merchandising recommendations
  • Identify current and future dynamics and trends, measuring their impact and sharing these insights with the innovation, marketing and commercial teams

You will have:

  • The ability to sort, interpret and manipulate numbers; including understanding visual trends from charts and other diagnostics
  • Ability to turn data into exciting stories and present to senior stakeholders confidently
  • Enthusiastic, self-starter attitude
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • An interest in the wider consumer market and a desire to develop and progress in this role
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience and understanding of the UK grocery industry
  • Experience of using retailer data and/or accessing customer data sources is vital (i.e. IRI, Nielsen, Kantar, Dunnhumby)

Category Manager- FMCG

  • Be an expert in monitoring and analysing market performance, identifying gaps and opportunities for category growth
  • Get involved in supporting preparation for customer meetings and NPD sell-in stories, ensuring that we understand the strategy of each of our customers
  • Producing standardised monthly and weekly reports which will be used to make informed decisions for the future of the brand
  • Responding to ad-hoc queries and requests regarding KPIs and category performance from internal colleagues and external customers to enable decisions to be taken regarding the category
  • Manage the range review process for all key retail partners, providing innovative range, promotional and merchandising recommendations
  • Identify current and future dynamics and trends, measuring their impact and sharing these insights with the innovation, marketing and commercial teams

You will have:

  • The ability to sort, interpret and manipulate numbers; including understanding visual trends from charts and other diagnostics
  • Ability to turn data into exciting stories and present to senior stakeholders confidently
  • Enthusiastic, self-starter attitude
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • An interest in the wider consumer market and a desire to develop and progress in this role
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience and understanding of the UK grocery industry
  • Experience of using retailer data and/or accessing customer data sources is vital (i.e. IRI, Nielsen, Kantar, Dunnhumby)

Supply Chain Manager

The job holder will be overlooking and organizing operations from EU to UK / UK to EU and Third-Party Countries ensuring that the whole supply chain carried out effectively and efficiently. Supply Chain Manager will focus on importation and exportation of protein commodities and will be up to date on recent customs implications.

Key Responsibilities of Supply Chain Manager

  • Participation in creation of weekly/monthly/quarterly plans and schedules for imported – exported goods from UK, EU and Third-Party Countries.
  • Management of exports-imports flows of protein products.
  • Confirmation of inbound and outband deliveries in SAP (containers, trucks) on daily/weekly basis.
  • Management of import-export transactions, clearance instructions to customs brokers on daily/weekly basis.
  • Management of data flow and accuracy on IPAFFS system.
  • Control of Import / GATT licences, Duty Payments, Levys, Health Certificates, CHED’s.
  • Management of transport, shipping and customs documentation.
  • Liaising with RPA, DEFRA, APHA and HMRC.
  • Understating of Fee Trade Agreements between UK and Rest of World.
  • Leading and Coaching team of 3 specialists.
  • Supplier and Customer relationship management.
  • Following and setting own KPI’s.
  • Stakeholder management (customs agents, warehouses, logistics)

Soft Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • True Team Leader
  • Fast learner and open-minded
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Responsibility and dedication to result

Educational Qualifications and Hard Skills Required:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in the relevant field such as supply chain, customs, logistics
  • Experience in export-import of protein products (Mandatory)
  • To be familiar with Free Trade Agreements and Classification of Commodity Codes
  • Sound knowledge of Customs Procedures
  • Demonstrable leadership and team building skills
  • Higher Education (Business, Economics, Supply Chain, International Trade)
  • SAP or other ERP system
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc)

Head of Operations

To develop and grow the operational team to cope with a turnover growth from £20m to £40m in the next 2-3 years. With an established and well equipped factory and some really good experience in the team like factory manager, head of technical and head of supply. This would be an umbrella covering around 75% of the entire workforce.

The challenge would be integrating best working practices across the factory and supply chain along with improving communication and upgrading systems. This position would form part of the leadership team and sit on the management meetings with current directors and non-exec director.

The Person

  • Experience in Ambient Manufacturing and Supply
  • Analytical and prevalent in enhancing communication,
  • Installing gate stage processes,
  • Handling a phenomenal amount of growth, change and multiple products.
  • Proven experience as Head of Operations, Operations Director or similar leadership role

IT Business Analyst

The Role

This role will hold overall responsibility and accountability for the delivery of IT strategic projects, focusing on business process, application architecture and system functions as well as supporting existing systems and their users.

The remit of the role includes ensuring that processes are well defined and communicated, identifying skills that people require to successfully fulfil their role, identifying and addressing change requirements that ensure there is a supportive management approach, ensuring systems address business requirements and supply the relevant information needed to run the organisation. It also includes providing technical support to ensure the timely resolution of support issues in the live systems environment.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 + years’ experience working as a Business Analyst or similar role(s)
  • Excellent Communication skills, both written and verbal as well as interpersonal, organisational and Presentation skills.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with key business stakeholders
  • Ability to influence peers and senior stakeholders
  • Analytical skills & critical thinking
  • Confident, self-motivated and be able to work unsupervised.
  • Business Systems & Process Modelling.
  • Data Modelling.
  • Managing Business Change.
  • Customer and delivery focused with a problem-solving approach.
  • IT principles and technical understanding.
  • Ability to simplify and standardise solutions.
  • Takes ownership, personal responsibility and leads from the front.
  • Motivates others and performs well in pressurised and stressful situations.
  • Ability to travel and work in locations across UK and Continental Europe.

Commercial Assistant

Key Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that all SAP’s raised in the department have a purchase and sale confirmation in SAP format sent to the seller and the buyer, to keep these confirmations on one master file.
  • To help prepare reports & presentations
  • To help organise industry events (Anuga/SIAL/BFFF)
  • To help with travel where required
  • Ad hoc help where required.

Role Responsibilities;

  • To provide ears and eyes in the office when individuals are out.
  • To raise SAP’s, send purchase confirmations and sales confirmation.
  • To enter correct/relevant information on currency sheets.
  • To prepare and maintain weekly shipment / stock summaries with key suppliers and customers, to keep these up to date, adding in new information and removing old information.
  • Have the ability to receive orders from customers, advise logistics which stock to use for deliveries.
  • Have a professional attitude and appearance.
  • To have an understanding of SAP, training will be provided.
  • To have a good understanding of excel.
  • To have a good basic level of maths including graphs / pie charts.
  • Have attention to detail.
  • Have common sense, and an inquisitive, proactive nature.
  • To be able to communicate with key contacts at both suppliers and customers, and form relationships.
  • To understand key contacts roles within each business.

The ideal person would need to have a basic understanding of;

  • packaging, naked blocks, poly blocks / jumbos, wax lined cartons, poly lined cartons.
  • types of shipment terms, FOB, FCA, C&F, CFA, CIF etc.
  • shipment periods between different regions we move goods between.
  • conversions kgs / Ibs / tonnes etc.

Assistant Management Accountant

Key responsibilities:

  • Support month end tasks including but not limited to; accruals, prepayments and journals
  • Assist with the production of weekly and ad-hoc reporting and analysis
  • Credit control – production of weekly aged debtors reports, cash allocations, chasing debtors and distribution of customer statements
  • Assist with annual audits
  • Balance sheet and bank account reconciliations
  • Maintenance of the fixed assets register
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Import and export customs clearance

Skills, Qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum AAT qualified or equivalent qualification by experience
  • Solid all-round accounts experience
  • Good knowledge and experience of SAGE Line 50 is essential
  • Advanced Ms excel skills essential – VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, Pivot tables and if statements minimum
  • Confident with accounting principles and double entry book-keeping
  • Able to deliver both independently and as part of the team with minimum supervision
  • Good IT skills – ability to pick up new systems quickly and efficiently
  • Able to manage heavy workload and strict deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player with the willingness to support in other areas of the business where necessary

Proactive health and safety is a prerequisite to employment. All roles have a responsibility to demonstrate commitment to the companies’ health and safety goals, and as such it forms an essential component of all job descriptions, at all levels.

Value Stream Manager

Job Purpose

The role is responsible for increasing the ratio of value to non-value activities in the production process and eliminating waste in the overall supply chain whilst ensuring the finished product meets the customer specification. Developing and managing product and information flow within the value stream in accordance with lean methodology to achieve value added.

Strong people leadership and resource management skills are essential to deliver against performance objectives focused on continuous improvement and people development within the value stream.

  • Implementing lean tools and procedures within the value stream to minimise process variation and to maximise value added.
  • Conduct evaluation pertinent to quality process enhancement to achieve value added.
  • Identify improvement opportunities and perform under minimal supervision to attain results as well as process
  • Define and deliver continuous improvement plans for the value stream from future state maps.
  • Motivate their team to engage in lean activity planning as well as the execution of these plans.
  • Accountable for all operational aspects across the value stream defined from raw material through to finished products in compliance with the Company Production Plan (People, Safety, Quality, Stock, Cost, and Delivery).
  • Accountable for reporting and delivering all KPI’s in order to continuously improve, ensuring the line managers maintain all key KPI data and visual management boards.
  • Prioritise and task manage value stream team to perform against KPI’s and budget.
  • Accountable for communication between the value stream and stakeholders in the production process through the Line Managers ensure all employees are fully conversant and compliant with the Company’s Health and Safety policies.
  • Ensure all relevant Health and Safety legislation is effectively implemented and managed.
  • Support the Lean Champion/Lean Leader and Plant Leader/Site Director in all aspects of the business.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Experience with end to end lean value stream.
  • Management experience in a production/lean work environment.
  • Strong people management style. Ability to motivate people in teams to change.
  • Strategic mindset to plan future improvement strategy and execute.
  • Proven experience in setting process and monitoring for future improvement opportunities.
  • Demonstrate customer focus and setting expectation within the teams to meet and exceed business plans.
  • A self-motivated, proactive individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills and good organisational awareness.
  • Ability to influence colleagues.
  • Strong PC literacy (MS word, Excel, Power point).

Finance Manager

  • Managing & motivating a small team which includes credit control, accounts payable and order processing.
  • Preparation of weekly stock reports – including movements and valuation.
  • Weekly payroll analysis leading to KPI analysis and journal posting
  • Produce the monthly operations continuous improvement pack and attend the meeting(s)
  • Monthly management accounts – hands on preparation and posting of a number of key areas including: overriders, GRNI, stock and accruals/prepayments
  • Monthly Balance Sheet reconciliations to ensure balance sheet integrity
  • Submission of monthly VAT return
  • Monthly forecast preparation
  • Commercial reporting
  • Business partnering to support and challenge to other site management, playing an active role in driving the continuous improvement culture
  • Maintaining and improving financial control systems including the factory data capture and yield control system
  • Ad-hoc project work

Skills, qualifications and experience:

  • Qualified accountant or qualified by experience with relevant career history
  • Strong excel skills essential – VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, Pivot tables etc
  • Excellent communicator both written and in verbal form to a wide variety of audiences and can adapt style to suit situations.
  • A willingness to challenge existing performance and practices to drive improvement
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships quickly and effectively with colleagues. Seeks and develops new relationships that will support the Team
  • Able to deliver both independently and as part of the team with minimum supervision
  • Able to manage workloads to deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Team player with the willingness to support in other areas of the business where necessary
  • Consistently motivated and focused on delivery
  • Able to delegate effectively
  • Able to appropriate solutions to problems.