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Head of Technical

Our client is highly respected within the Fresh Produce Trade with several successful divisions making up the Group.

They are now looking for a Head of Technical to lead the Group into the next stage of their development.

The Head of Technical will be very customer focused and concentrate on the efficiency of the operation rather than strategic issues. You will have senior level experience, excellent communicator, manager with your feet firmly on the ground.

Job Purpose:

 

  • To continually improve the technical strategy and its framework which is compliant, meets/exceeds the needs of all stakeholders and aligns to wider business objectives.
  • To drive the CSR and ethical trade agendas, specifically regarding the company’s modern slavery act obligations and ongoing/evolving strategies
  • To support the wider technical operation commercially and to oversee technical delivery across the group
  • To drive innovation and growth

 

Key Accountabilities

 

Product Management

  • Continual development and improvement of a framework that ensures that food quality and safety systems provide assurance that all products supplied by the company are safe, legal and comply with legislative and customer needs
  •  Work with the Technical team in developing an NPD process that generates genuine opportunity for growth

 

Customer Management –

  • Build and maintain strong proactive relationships at senior levels of ethical trade management across the customer base.
  • Be an authority and escalation pointing for complex technical issues

 

Supplier Management

  • Build goodwill, trust and respect with all senior and operational members of our key supply base, both technical and commercial
  • Ensure QC Systems are effective and maintain a commercial focus
  • Ensure appropriate Pre-Season/New Supplier Approval processes are in place within our clients Produce divisions

 

Technical Expertise and Team Management

  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to the Company, Team Members, Customers, and Suppliers
  • Build, develop and maintain skilled technical teams across our clients Produce divisions

 

 Develop, Monitor and report on KPIs

  • Analyse data generated from Technical Managers, relating to internal reports and customer feedback.

 

Ethics

  • Develop and establish processes to ensure that the companies obligations under the MSA, ETI Base Code, ILO regulations and any other relevant legislation or codes of practice
  • Work with external agencies to provide support to the company and associated businesses
  • Align the company with agencies that are policy forming. As a minimum ensure that the company is represented in this arena at retailer level
  • Ensure that risk assessment and supply chain mapping are carried out, providing suitable tools and training for key individuals

 

 

Company Initiatives and Compliance

  • To comply with all legal and statutory obligations applicable to the role.
  • Must be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their job and may be asked to perform other duties which reasonably correspond to the general character of their job and their level of responsibility.
  • To support Company Initiatives and demonstrate Company Values at all times.
  • To take responsibility for the Health and Safety of yourself and others whilst at work and to comply with the Company’s policies and legislation.

 

Qualifications/ Knowledge & Experience

 

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a senior technical role, supplying major retailers
  • A recognised qualification relevant to the position

 

Specific Knowledge, Experience & Skills

Relevant knowledge and experience would include:

  • Extensive, hands on experience in managing a safe supply base, customers and interfacing at a senior technical level
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, running CSR programs in a multifaceted and global business
  • Understanding of all aspects of product flow, from crop to production through to customer delivery.
  • Hands on experience in Ethical Trade and MSA management programs
  • Knowledge of food safety, pesticide & hygiene legislation.
  • Knowledge of growing systems and management techniques such as IPM, ICMS, HACCP, BRC, GLOBAL GAP. Additionally, knowledge of SEDEX (ETI Code) is preferable.
  • Proven people management and development experience

 

Specific Skills & Experience

  • Demonstration of strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence key stakeholders, seeking win-win solutions.
  • Attention to detail and analytical skills. Accustomed to working with and interpreting data.
  • Proven time management and prioritisation skills: Accustomed to working with and meeting time critical deadlines.
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Accustomed to problem solving and working in an organised and structured way to do so.
  • Ability to support and train
  • Self organised and an ability to plan workload.
  • Decisive. Flexible. Resilient. Demonstration of a positive “can-do” attitude
  • IT skills – highly proficient with Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook. Experience working with Navision (desirable).

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Travel to multiple Company or Group Company or off-site meeting locations (UK and Abroad) will be required Company Initiatives and Compliance

  • Take responsibility for the Health and Safety of yourself and others whilst at work
  • Support Company Initiatives and demonstrate Company Values.
  • To comply with all legal and statutory obligations applicable to the role.
  • Participate in training and personal development activities as required
  • Carry out any other reasonable tasks as required by the Company.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive and the Job Holder will be expected to carry out any duties as required by their respective Manager and the needs of the customer.

Please apply by sending me a copy of your CV (and cover letter if you prefer) to georgina@fmkconsulting.co (*not co.uk or com)

Or please feel free to call the office and speak with Georgina or Frank on 01273 720 599 to discuss the role, company and / or your experience.

For more information please call us on 01273 720599 or email us at info@fmkconsulting.co

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