Overview

Branch: Worcester ~ Skills: Far-East, asia, Supply Chain, Inventory ~ Education Levels: Associate Degree/Diploma

Job Start Day: asap

You

Will be responsible for acting as the business contact for all supply matters (in conjunction with the business owners and the Buying Manager); for building and maintaining key relationships; for delivering market leading availability; for supporting an effective new product development road-map and for implementing supply solutions that help deliver the growth expectations in the coming years. Further, you will be expected to develop your team and their capabilities to support you in the objectives of improving availability and reducing overall freight expenditure.

The Role:

  • To work closely with the Sales and Operations Directors to improve availability of the key lines driving the sales top line and margin contributions
  • To provide the focal point for all freight matters and ensure appropriate space is available for all supplier deliveries
  • Ensure all landed costs are accurately assigned to purchases, and that all duties and levies are appropriately accounted for
  • To improve the availability information for all purchases raised and through to the successful delivery to warehouse
  • To manage the day-to-day relationship and contact with the suppliers and to provide a point of escalation for supply issues.
  • Build excellent freight forwarding and agent relationships to help maintain freight costs to the minimum, and at least, in line with market rates.
  • Work closely with Sales to identify the required stocking levels of our retail customers and ensure we maintain service at 98%
  • Review regularly the performance of the team and encourage new ways of working in adapting to our new ERP system – Order wise.
  • Manage our external haulier contracts and improve the relationships with key suppliers in meeting our service and cost objectives.

Skills:

  • A demonstrable track record of managing an extended supply chain, including Far East shipments.
  • Experience of using a stock forecasting system (Slimstock experience advantageous)
  • Ideally 10yrs+ in a supply chain role, ideally incorporating food products.
  • Demonstrable negotiation skills
  • Experience of freight costing and landed cost approaches to product costing.
  • Able to communicate effectively across the business, and be a good team player.
  • Able to influence others effectively to achieve common goals.
  • Good analytical skills
  • Excellent project management and planning / organisational skills
  • Advanced user in Microsoft office packages including Excel
  • Relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
  • CILT or CIPS membership desirable
  • Evidence of on-going professional development