Logistics & Warehouse Operations Manager

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Logistics & Warehouse Operations Manager

Our client is one of the foremost and respected Transport and Warehouse operations in the UK. They are involved in storage and distribution of mainly Fresh Produce under a strict multi temperature regime. This is a dual site operation but the main location for you will be Kent.

This is a new role and joins and consolidates the Warehouse and Logistics teams under your management, ensuring effective direction and Operational control. Our client has already successfully developed their teams and processes to be a highly effective force in their own right.

Your task will be to lead and bring these teams together to achieve greater synergies and consequently wins in efficiencies and productivity.

 It is expected that your background will show a track record of strategic insight with the leadership and gravitas to convert plans to pragmatic solutions and bring on-board peers and stakeholders alike. So, this role will draw on your industry experience and of LEAN and Continuous Improvement practices to bring your Teams to Best in Class status.

This is an exciting opportunity for a career minded individual who enjoys the challenge of working in a fast pace environment.

The Role

  • Reporting to the General Manager.
  • Ensure effective communication throughout the operational leadership team, communicating planned requirements providing information on performance.
  • Ensure that a best in class safety performance is delivered through a behavioural based safety culture.
  • Build and implement an effective employee engagement strategy, resulting in a highly engaged and motivated workforce.
  • To ensure the operation achieves targeted daily and weekly KPIs.
  • To ensure the department provides a quality first class service to each customer.
  • To ensure the department operates within the legal constraints of the operator’s license.
  • Ensure the operation is fully compliant with legislation and company tachograph policy were applicable and the operation complies with the Road Traffic Act;
  • Ensuring financial performance is within budget.
  • Develop a talented team and create robust succession plans for current and future key roles
  • To participate in commercial reviews with the Senior Management Team, Company Finance teams.

The Person

  • Proven experience of working within a fast pace logistics environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating the ability to operate at multiple levels and establish effective communication channels in both customer organisations and internal.
  • Experience using LEAN & Continuous Improvement practices
  • Robust influencing and negotiation skills – proven to deliver successful change in complex customer operational environments.
  • Experienced in developing and deepening customer relationships, resulting in improved commercial performance and growth delivery.
  • Strong Managerial experience is essential – Proven People management skills
  • Ideally, multi-site operational management experience
  • You would have had people report into you in your previous role
  • Proven communication skills are essential – It is important in this role to be able to develop strong relationships with other departments and customers.
  • You will be inquisitive, innovative and deliver an exceptional service to the customer. Excellent commercial acumen – understand the dynamics of both open/ closed book operations
  • Excellent Computer Literacy
  • A CPC holder. (National & International)
  • Able to manage conflict and tough conversations including complex IR issues.
  • The business operates 24/7 therefore it is essential that you are flexible in your approach to work.

Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) 7734 861 080 or +44 (0) 1273 720 599 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV to info@fmkconsulting.co (*not co.uk or com) and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company.

Warehouse Manager (Fresh Produce)

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Our client is a well-known company in the fresh produce industry supplying a variety of UK retail and food service clients. Due to continued expansion and success they are looking for a experienced and highly capable Warehouse Manager to join their buzzing and thriving team in Kent

The successful candidate will be accountable for the end to end management of your business unit including managing efficiency, productivity, people planning and budget management.

Main Job Responsibilities:-

  • Receive daily supermarket orders
  • Ensure they have been inputted into the system correctly
  • Oversee all dispatch of packed product
  • Produce all tickets and load plans for dispatched fruit
  • Ensure all stores are set at right temperature
  • Manage all incoming / outgoing storage work
  • Ensure a very high level of cleanliness at all times
  • Manage the temperature of the dispatch area
  • Help plan weekly rotas of all staff to cater for the production needs / Dispatch needs
  • Liaise with QC team, Spot checks on packed & out graded product
  • Source correct raw material
  • Liaise with growers/ transport agents
  • Rotate stock & ensure all product out loaded from chiller
  • Instruct fork lift personnel and ensure stock stored and rotated correctly
  • Record stocks of processing fruit so it can be out loaded regularly
  • Promote high standards of hygiene
  • Ensure regular cleaning carried out
  • Ensure all breakages are dealt with properly, adhering to the relevant procedures
  • Ensure good practices adopted to provide safe and healthy workplace
  • Assist with implementing HACCP
  • All staff to be trained as required to carry out their duties
  • Yard to be a tidy and safe environment
  • Waste disposal managed
  • All machinery including fork lifts, roller & pallet trucks, overwrap machine etc to be maintained regularly.
  • Preventative action to be taken to avoid possible breakdowns
  • Machinery repaired as cost effectively and quickly as possible

Please apply if you have similar experience:-

  • Fresh Produce or Similar Industry Experience is desirable
  • You would have experience working in a similar role within a FMCG company
  • Ideally you would have a established background in a Fresh Produce or Food company within a Warehouse Management role
  • Strong Managerial experience is essential
  • Previous experience working with major multiple retailers and other food outlets
  • Proven communication skills are essential – It is important in this role to be able to develop strong relationships with other departments and customers.
  • Must have strong experience of working in a Warehouse
  • Excellent Computer Literacy

Please contact Georgina on +44 (0) 1273 720 599 or Frank on +44 (0) 7734 861 080 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company.

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