Technical Compliance Manager

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FMK Consulting are looking for a Technical Compliance Manager to join a highly successful and thriving Fresh Produce Operation… We are looking for someone who has a strong career in a Technical role with particular focus on internal auditing, BRC and Compliance.

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

To coordinate and develop the Quality Management System for our client and support the Quality Management function of the Company.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Assisting the Head of Quality and Compliance in the management and development of the Quality Management System ensuring it meets the expectations of customers and appropriate third party food standards, such as BRC, F2F,Organic & Customer Policies.

Off-site facilities in UK must also be operating at the same standards.

Food safety in production and warehousing areas of the Company’s sites is ensured through appropriate application of HACCP principles and leading the Internal auditing functions.

All Due Diligence system requirements for procurement, production and supply of safe, legal and ethical products by the Company, or its subsidiaries, are satisfied to meet UK/EU legislation.

  • Requirements according to UK/EU pesticide legislation.
  • Requirements described by the Food Safety Act 1990.
  • Evidence of Good Agricultural Practice by suppliers.
  • Evidence of Good Manufacturing Practice by suppliers.
  • Evidence of Ethical Trading by suppliers.
  • Etc.

A QA budget will be managed and costs of services to the business negotiated & agreed to ensure best value for money. Invoices monitored and recorded against the agreed budget.

Quality KPI’s for the successful application of the QMS, food safety and Due Diligence processes are to be produced at appropriate frequency and required actions taken.

The company is kept up-to-date on changes to all relevant legislation, industry practice or customer standards that may affect its activities in respect to food safety, pesticides, and hygiene.

Support the Quality Management function of the Company as required.

  • Work with the FL functions to deliver category targets
  • Customer complaint processing and rejection analysis and the subsequent circulation as required
  • Specification management and communication, including management of customer databases as required
  • Sample preparation & produce benchmark sampling as required
  • Quality KPI updates as required
  • Collation and management of the Due Diligence process, ensuring that suppliers are compliant with Fruit Logic and specific customer’s requirements eg Global Gap, SEDEX, BRC, Fairtrade, Organic import authorisation etc.
  • Maintain supplier/grower database
  • Maintain Internal Auditing schedule
  • Management of residue testing schedule
  • Managing QA Equipment and Calibration, internal & external
  • Maintaining internal Document control

General

  • Communication to customers, suppliers and internally
  • Support Operational team project work
  • Cover for other Quality roles during periods of absence/holidays
  • Any other ad hoc duties

RELATIONSHIPS

Service/Consultative relationships with:

Quality & Production Teams / Product Managers/ Champions, Operational Teams, External Production Sites plus others as appropriate.

We are looking for someone with the following experience:

  • Fresh Produce / Fruit Technical knowledge  would be advantageous
  • A strong track record in a Technical Compliance role, focusing on Audits, BRC and compliance throughout their career.
  • Strong experience with internal audits and the auditing process
  • You would possess all the relevant skills such as IT Skills, Strong numeracy skills and excellent communications skills that would be required for this position

Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) 1273 720599 or +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

Warehouse Operative (Fresh Produce / Fruit)

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JOB TITLE: Warehouse Operative

REPORTS TO: Warehouse Supervisor/ Manager

RELATIONSHIPS: Quality Control staff, warehouse staff, packhouse staff, transport staff, external customers

ACCOUNTABILITY:     To work as a team and ensure all warehouse and administration processes are completed correctly, and to ensure that all customer orders are accurately picked and dispatched in accordance with the company specification.

KEY OBJECTIVES:

To ensure that all Operational process in the warehouse is completed in a safe and timely manner to meet our customers’ requirements and always to ensure that all areas are clean and tidy and to the companies standard

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

  • To ensure that all appropriate documentation is completed and accurate to the companies’ requirement.
  • To ensure that all customers specifications and internal procedures are followed to the highest standard.
  • To consistently work to Company Quality Standards, ensuring maximum output is achieved on your shift.
  • Complete any training course needed to complete to perform job role.
  • To be fully compliant of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • To ensure pallets are stacked correctly in a safe manner with in the facility.
  • To endure that we stack Bails of Cardboard in a safe manner in the facility.
  • To handle product in accordance with instructions, ensuring quality is not impaired by poor handling.
  • To load vehicles with pallets and equipment in a safe and timely manner.
  • To ensure that loading procedures are followed correctly and all relevant documentation is completed.
  • Ensure the vehicle is clean and tidy and free from any taints, chemicals and foreign bodies that could affect Food safety.
  • Check and record Temperatures of products in and on vehicle, if reading too high or low product, advise the Quality control management.
  • Ensure that all arrivals are booked in correctly via the companies requirements.
  • Ensure that all orders are picked according to the correct procedure.
  • To apply box end labels to product with in the Warehouse.
  • Use the RDT scanners on the Prophet system.
  • Ensure that MHE batteries are filled with distilled water to correct level.
  • Ensure that MHE equipment is placed on charge if and when required or at the end of each shift.
  • Ensure that all arrears within the depot are kept clean and tidy at all times.
  • Collect rubbish and place in the compactor/Skip in a safe manner.Loading Supermarket / Market vehicles  and unloading vehicles incoming  arrivals of stock on vehicles
  • Booking fruit in accurately
  • Taking Temperatures
  • Completing Documentation accurately for loading and unloading
  • Uses RDT scanners
  • MHE filling of batteries ( once trained)
  • Completing Daily MHE Checks
  • General Cleaning
  • Any other duties that may fall within the capabilities of the job holder

SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

  • Must be trained to operate an electric pallet truck and fork lift (Must have current Counter balance and PPT Trained)
  • Must have experience in a FMCG environment (Ideally in a Food, Fresh produce or Chilled Warehouse / Packhouse)
  • Must be aware of and fully compliant with Health and Safety requirements.
  • Must adhere to hygiene regulations at all times.
  • Must wear appropriate protective clothing, footwear and headgear; jewellery and wrist watches are not allowed.
  • Able to communicate with your Supervisors/ Managers.
  • Methodical thinker.
  • Ability to priorities and adapt in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Self-motivated work as a team player
  • Great attention for detail
  • Work on your own initiative

Shifts:- 6 days  a week working  on a variable shift pattern either 6.00am – 7.00am to 16.00 pm -or 17.00pm or 12- finish either shift

Please send over a CV to apply, only if you have the above experience – info@fmkconsulting.co (*this is just.co)

Head of Operations

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Head of Operations

We have been appointed exclusively to find their Head of Operations, a new position reporting directly to the MD. Our client is in the top four Fruit Service Providers in the UK with major investment in Packing Technology (Robotics, state of the art graders etc) handling over 4m cases a year. Over the last five years it has benefited from significant levels of investment in robotics, storage, infra structure and staff development, all of which are underpinned by robust business systems and processes.

The Company is now well positioned to build upon its already high levels of Customer satisfaction and profitable business growth.

The Best are now looking for the Best!

This is a senior role to join a company well respected in the Industry with a strong business, loyal staff, single site and state of the art technology to get the job done in the most efficient way

The Opportunity

To continue the successful growth of the business, the Company wish to appoint a Head of Operations that has the capability to manage and lead a team that can deliver the true production potential of this site. Reporting directly to the MD you will be responsible for the entire day to day production function which will include warehouse, storage, stock, grading, fulfilment, packing, quality, technical, productivity and financials.

You will have several direct reports that currently manage specific functions and you will manage them in a style and manner that creates a top performing team.

You will liaise and work closely with the Head of Operations Support to ensure the business objectives and goals are consistently achieved and delivered; this includes, but not limited to , financial performance, customers satisfaction, audit compliance, standards and quality.

The Candidate

The Successful candidate will have the correct balance of hard and soft skills that will have been developed and applied to a production facility in recent years.

You will have a proven track record in identifying and implementing sustainable incremental business improvement initiatives that have been delivered financial and productivity benefits to the business and customers.

You will be able to demonstrate how your team building, managing and shaping has moulded team working of the highest level

You will be a excellent communicator and be able to use your skills across different communications methods to ensure your team is fully engaged with the business objectives, values, ethos and culture.

Requirements:

  • Relevant experience in a Production environment
  • Fresh Produce, Chilled or Food Industry experience would be advantageous
  • Degree educated
  • A recognised management qualification and / or experience and progression
  • Leadership and Management experience – We would want to see a proven track record in Versatile and proactive leadership styles with the ability to engage and motivate teams. In this role you would be committed to continuous development of teams.
  • Financial Management and excellent financial awareness are essential
  • Commercial acumen
  • Compliance knowledge & Technical and Quality knowledge are essential for this position
  • Administrative and IT skills

Your Profile

* Numbers.  Figures, Data, analysis should be the foundation block, the tools for understanding, interpreting and implementing the Commercial and Financial World you are driving, both for today and the future.

*Management Style.  We would expect to see a proven track record of successfully leading, inspiring and energising your Team, from Direct reports to the Shop floor.

*Talent.  It would be obvious from your background you have the talent to manage talent. This maybe through innate soft skills or measurable techniques to ensure your Team are fulfilled and producing their best.

*Attitude.  Your background will show a Virtuous Circle of achievement. You strive, you learn, you achieve, you progress. Your take on the World :- If the answer is in the Left Field then that’s where you will find it.

*Pragmatic.  85% of the role is ensuring day-to-day customer fulfilment. This should be evident in your career to date and the practical short- and long-term paths you have chosen to achieve this.

*Tomorrow.  As a Senior Manager we would expect to see how you have included Development and Strategy into your Business plans and how effective this has been.

*Face to Face.  Your personal and Career development to date has relied on ‘Peak’ communication at all levels of interaction. You have left the clichés and Rhetoric in the business books!

* Captain.  Throughout your career it has become obvious you are a natural leader and can initiate strong and informed moves and decisive decision making. When you have said ‘follow me’ there is absolutely no doubt the Team are right behind you.

*Industry Insider or outsider.  If the prospect of change and a different industry to your current situation worries you – please don’t apply. If a new challenge fires up your curiosity and ambition and you have the business and personal skills, we have highlighted -please apply. If you have a Fresh Produce background and the skills, we have outlined – please apply

 

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.

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.

Trading Manager

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Our Client is a successful Fresh Produce Importer and Distributor who have developed their business from niche Fresh Produce products over the years to mainstream brands. After a period of rapid growth in these areas they have created distinct Business Units to further concentrate and grow particular categories. The majority of this business is with Non-Retail clients throughout the UK.

They are looking to develop existing and new business with the appointment of a Trading Manager,  with an emphasis on Sales and any Fresh Produce sourcing skills would be a distinct advantage. Excellent negotiation and communication skills with growers and clients alike would be key to this position.

You will be a fast learner, Team player ,enthusiastic with a healthy product knowledge, excellent communication skills and an insatiable drive to succeed.

The company is quickly expanding and they are looking for an individual to hit the ground running. Are you that individual?

The Role

  • As a successful Trading / Sales Manager, you would be motivated to cold call and bring in new customers and business as well as proactively sell and grow their existing accounts.
  • As a trader you will be marketing the company’s own fresh produce to customers around the country and abroad and also utilise your experience to introduce other products as opportunities arise.
  • Building strong relationships with the markets and developing new contacts where possible.
  • Working with international sources, ensuring good value and good quality produce is always sent.

Please apply if you have the following experience / skills

  • Minimum 4+ years’ experience in Fresh Produce trading (sales/purchasing)
  • Current knowledge of the Fresh Produce Industry
  • You would have had experience in a focused role
  • You would be a team player mentality
  • Have excellent negotiation and organisational abilities.
  • Language skills would be an advantage but not essential.
  • Self-driven and positive, as an Account Manager, you must have brilliant interpersonal, numerical and communication skills, both over the phone for day to day trading and face-to-face for visiting.
  • Previous experience in a trader/account manager role is essential as is the ability to bring trading experience and skills with you.
  • A appetite to grow your career in a sales / trading role

Salary will reflect Industry experience and Knowledge

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.

Sales Executive

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Our Client is a successful Fresh Produce Importer and Distributor who have developed their business from niche Fresh Produce products over the years to mainstream brands. After a period of rapid growth in these areas they have created distinct Business Units to further concentrate and grow particular categories. The majority of this business is with Non-Retail clients throughout the UK.

They are looking to develop existing and new business with the appointment of a Junior Sales / Trading Manager, Sales and Procurement of product utilising negotiation and communication skills with growers and clients alike.

You will be assisting with the growth of existing business, developing new business accounts to include new product areas and new customers within the UK Retail and Non retail markets.

You will be working closely with the business, constantly ensuring the actions that are being taken are in their best interest.
This is a opportunity for a person currently in a junior position in Sales or similar or even looking to change directions or looking for their next career step.

Guidance in the role and Training will be provided if / when needed.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • You will need to have excellent negotiation skills with a resilient and “can do” attitude.
  • You will need natural trading ability with a good commercial insight.
  • Experience in fresh produce will be a bonus (doesn’t matter if it is fruit, veg or salad) but it’s not essential.
  • You must have a passion and basic knowledge of the produce industry.
  • Language skills are advantageous
  • You would have proven Sales or Business Development experience ideally in a similar Industry

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.

Marketing Manager

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Job Title: Marketing Manager                   

A exciting position has opened with a well known and highly successful Fresh Produce / Fruit company in Kent – Please get in touch if you are looking for your next big career move.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

  • Management of the company’s branded Fruit offer supporting the sales function in driving growth across all customer channels
  • Develop the plan for the product and trade/consumer activation to support
  • Work with internal teams and customers to scope and identify Branded opportunities for the brands within the UK
  • Management of marketing budget spend to deliver the best return on investment, brand exposure and equity
  • Support the business in gaining a premium for its growers with added value to our price proposition
  • Manage all commercial communication for the business to external sources
  • Management of agency relationships for external PR/Comms/Events

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

DAILY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Development and roll out of the companies branded proposition
  • Management of social media communications and PR (Internal and outsourced)
  • Co-ordinate customer specific marketing plans to support planned activity and support growth in in new distribution. Work with commercial function and customer plans to ensure timing and nature of activation fits with the commercial agendas
  • Support all opening branded opportunities within the UK market

KEY STRATEGIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Define and manage annual marketing and communication budget
  • Support Sales director and senior sales leads in developing customer/channel plans
  • Work with and present marketing and communications plans to the grower board at least quarterly
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Evidence of extensive experience working in a comparable role, ideally with direct experience of working on start-up branded projects
  • Experienced in utilising the key marketing tools (Social media/ trade press/ consumer events…) that support successful brand development
  • Strong appreciation of our business needs and resourcefulness in coming up with solutions to their challenges
  • Ability to relate to key client personnel in a professional and credible fashion
  • Well-developed personal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a wide range of employees
  • Good interpersonal skills and well developed leadership and management skills
  • Ability to network cross functionally to ensure marketing efforts feed into/ and support core business goals
  • Ability to work as part of a team with colleagues across professional, operational and cultural boundaries
  • Proactive approach and prompt responses to all service requests
  • Ability to identify needs and issues and recommend suitable and pragmatic courses of action and solutions, adopting a risk aware approach
  • Good time management and organisational skills with the ability to handle a number of tasks at once and meeting deadlines as required
  • Very good organisational skills
  • Good IT skills

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to:          Sales Director

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.

Packhouse Manager

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We are looking for a highly experienced and ambitious Packhouse Manager !!!

Operating from a modern, state of the art facility in Kent, the Company is one of the top four service providers of fresh produce, handling in excess of four million cases per year.  Over the last five years it has benefited from significant levels of investment in robotics, storage, infra structure and staff development, all of which are underpinned by robust business systems and processes.

The Company is now well positioned to build upon its already high levels of Customer satisfaction and profitable business growth.

The opportunity

To continue the drive for efficiencies and the overall growth of the business, the company wishes to appoint a Packhouse Manager that has the capability to manage and lead the packhouse team to achieve additional efficiencies. Reporting directly to the production manager you will be responsible for the day to day running of the packhouse, this will include staffing, planning, machine use and order fulfilment. Your team of 30 – 55 staff will be managed in a style and manner that ensures a top performing team. You will work closely with Technical, Warehouse and order planning departments in order to achieve the company business objectives and goals.

The candidate

The successful candidate will have the correct hard and soft skills that have been gained from experience within a production facility in recent years. You will be able to prove delivery of production line efficiencies, management of teams and how you have motivated your team to the highest levels.

Communication with your team and our customers is key, you will be able to demonstrate these skills whether working with your line team or senior management.

Attention to detail and interest in new solutions to enhance our service to our customers.

Requirements:

  • Relevant experience in a production environment – A proven track record in Fresh produce or Chilled production management is essential
  • Fresh Produce or similar Industry experience would be expected
  • Knowledge of robotic line machines
  • BRC Compliance knowledge
  • Staff production planning
  • Production/warehouse stock systems.
  • LEAN thinking
  • Communication & interpersonal skills are essential for this position
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution skills

 

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.

Technical Compliance Coordinator

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FMK Consulting are looking for a Technical Compliance Coordinator to join a highly successful and thriving Fresh Produce Operation… We are looking for someone who has a strong career in a Technical role with particular focus on internal auditing, BRC and Compliance.

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

To coordinate and develop the Quality Management System for our client and support the Quality Management function of the Company.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Assisting the Head of Quality and Compliance in the management and development of the Quality Management System ensuring it meets the expectations of customers and appropriate third party food standards, such as BRC, F2F,Organic & Customer Policies.

Off-site facilities in UK must also be operating at the same standards.

Food safety in production and warehousing areas of the Company’s sites is ensured through appropriate application of HACCP principles and leading the Internal auditing functions.

All Due Diligence system requirements for procurement, production and supply of safe, legal and ethical products by the Company, or its subsidiaries, are satisfied to meet UK/EU legislation.

  • Requirements according to UK/EU pesticide legislation.
  • Requirements described by the Food Safety Act 1990.
  • Evidence of Good Agricultural Practice by suppliers.
  • Evidence of Good Manufacturing Practice by suppliers.
  • Evidence of Ethical Trading by suppliers.
  • Etc.

A QA budget will be managed and costs of services to the business negotiated & agreed to ensure best value for money. Invoices monitored and recorded against the agreed budget.

Quality KPI’s for the successful application of the QMS, food safety and Due Diligence processes are to be produced at appropriate frequency and required actions taken.

The company is kept up-to-date on changes to all relevant legislation, industry practice or customer standards that may affect its activities in respect to food safety, pesticides, and hygiene.

Support the Quality Management function of the Company as required.

  • Work with the FL functions to deliver category targets
  • Customer complaint processing and rejection analysis and the subsequent circulation as required
  • Specification management and communication, including management of customer databases as required
  • Sample preparation & produce benchmark sampling as required
  • Quality KPI updates as required
  • Collation and management of the Due Diligence process, ensuring that suppliers are compliant with Fruit Logic and specific customer’s requirements eg Global Gap, SEDEX, BRC, Fairtrade, Organic import authorisation etc.
  • Maintain supplier/grower database
  • Maintain Internal Auditing schedule
  • Management of residue testing schedule
  • Managing QA Equipment and Calibration, internal & external
  • Maintaining internal Document control

General

  • Communication to customers, suppliers and internally
  • Support Operational team project work
  • Cover for other Quality roles during periods of absence/holidays
  • Any other ad hoc duties

RELATIONSHIPS

Service/Consultative relationships with:

Quality & Production Teams / Product Managers/ Champions, Operational Teams, External Production Sites plus others as appropriate.

We are looking for someone with the following experience:

  • Fresh Produce / Fruit Technical knowledge  would be advantageous
  • A strong track record in a Technical Compliance role, focusing on Audits, BRC and compliance throughout their career.
  • Strong experience with internal audits and the auditing process
  • You would possess all the relevant skills such as IT Skills, Strong numeracy skills and excellent communications skills that would be required for this position

Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) 1273 720599 or +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

Sales Administrator

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A leading Fresh Produce company are looking for a enthusiastic and ambitious Sales Administrator to join their Sales team.

Our client is a Fresh Produce Importer, Packer and distributor based in Evesham. They have built up a strong supply base of growers around the Globe. Their main customers are in the non-retail, Food Service, Processors, Packing and Wholesale sectors.

Duties of the Sales Administrator:

  • Claim processing / Rejections/returns
  • Process Orders to their customers
  • Review received orders, ensure all details correct.
  • Ensure enough fruit in the pack house to fulfil orders.
  • Confirm stock despatch requirements with, and release the order to the packhouse.
  • Customer rejection, logged on system and shortage report
  • Customer forecasting daily & weekly, updating sales forecast & factory planning team
  • Stock Management
  • Monitor and compare packhouse stock levels with customer ordersAdvise factory of what stock to use for specific lines, monitoring usage to ensure correct.
  • Programmes with suppliers
  • Raw material rejections & replacement of stock to ensure customer orders are met.
  • Notify supplier of possible claim.
  • Verify accuracy of data on all consignments.
  • Update and input weekly prices and ensure highest degree of accuracy
  • Enter manual orders onto system for non supermarket customers
  • Check invoices received to ensure correct before authorising payment
  • Advising stock & intake qc team of next day raw material arrivals

 

Qualifications/ Knowledge & Experience

Specific Knowledge & Experience

  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of fruit and / or experience of working with short life products (preferred but not essential)
  • Knowledge of a supply chain process (preferred but not essential)
  • 2 years Previous experience in an admin role / customer service role essential
  • Experience of working in a customer facing environment.
  • Sales Ledger experience would be advantageous
  • Demonstration of strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven Time management skills: Accustomed to working with and meeting time critical deadlines.
  • Computer Literature – at ease with IT software including all packages of Microsoft Office, Advanced excel skill essential.
  • Sharepoint experience desirable
  • Attention to detail
  • Technically minded
  • Highly motivated
  • Methodical approach to situations
  • Proactive

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.

Exotic Fresh Produce Trader

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Job Title : Exotic Fresh Produce Trader

Reports to : MD

Job Role : To establish a sustainable Exotic fresh produce unit in the company and actively buy and sell into current and new customers.

Our client is a Fresh Produce Importer, Packer and distributor based in Evesham. They have built up a strong supply base of growers around the Globe. Their main customers are in the non-retail, Food Service, Processors, Packing and Wholesale sectors.

they are now ready to expand into a new category, responding to customer demands. As such they are looking for an experienced Exotic Fresh Produce Trader with outstanding buying and selling skills in this category.

The candidate would have a minimum of 3 years trading in Exotic fresh produce selling into UK customers (Non retail preferred).

Please contact Georgina on +44 (0) (phone number removed) 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.

Farming Support & Maintenance Manager

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A leading Fresh Produce company are looking for a experienced, ambitious and hard working Farming Support / Maintenance Manager to join their successful Fresh Produce farm in Kent

As Farming Support Manager you will be expected to oversee the general upkeep of farm and the general activities conducted therein., some daily tasks will involve –

  • Raise overall current standard of farm and maintain
  • Equestrian field & stable maintenance
  • Herding livestock
  • Overseeing twice weekly Boot Sales (summer months only)
  • Hay bale moving
  • Basic gardening
  • Complete any training course needed to perform job role
  • To be fully compliant of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Ensure that all areas are kept clean and tidy at all times
  • Any other duties that may fall within the capabilities of the job holder

We are looking for a Farming professional with the following experience and knowledge

  • Horticultural / Agricultural experience
  • Fresh Produce / Fruit experience is highly advantageous
  • Basic animal husbandry (sheep & horses)
  • Knowledge of farm machinery (tractors, etc.)
  • Handyman / general maintenance
  • PA1 / PA6 certified helpful but not essential
  • Must be aware of and fully compliant with Health and Safety requirements
  • Must adhere to hygiene regulations at all times

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.

Sales Manager (UK)

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Our client is a well-respected grower, packer and exporter of Fresh Produce. A family firm with several growing locations in Spain. Over the years they have created well-recognized brands based on exceptional product quality. They have offices in the UK (London) and a well established customer base, comprising mainly UK Wholesale and Food processors.

They are now looking for an experienced Sales professional to take responsibility for sales outside of their current customer base, in particular Food Service, more Processors, and Retailers and any other areas considered as new business development.We would expect a good response from candidates inside the Fresh Produce industry currently involved in sales in these areas but our client is open-minded and will look at Sales professionals from different sectors but related to sales to the areas described. In terms of working arrangements, a home based (in the office tba) candidate is as welcome as someone based in the office, which opens up this role to people living in all areas of the UK.

This a great opportunity to develop your sales career in Fresh Produce with a company who have a business model (integrated supply) totally in tune with current and future Market demands.’

We are looking for a candidate who has the following experience / knowledge: –
• At least 2 years in Fresh Produce sales experience.
• Fresh Produce experience must be current
• New Business Development experience in the Food service, Food Processors – Non ‘ Retail ‘ sector is advantageous
• Experience selling into the Food service Sector – contacts within the UK Non Retail industry would be a requirement.
• You would be sales focused and your experience would reflect this

Strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent IT Skills
• Excellent communication skills – written, on the phone and in person

 

This is a very exciting opportunity to join a growing company in the Industry, if you would like to apply please send over a CV to info@fmkconsulting.co (This is just.co) , or if you would rather have a chat about the position , please call 07734 861 080 to speak with Frank Kinsella

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

If interested, please contact us and quote the reference F369

Top Fruit Advisor

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Our client is a long established and well respected Advisory Agency based in two of the most important Top Fruit growing areas in the UK. They are at the forefront in advising their Grower members on best in industry practice with strong agendas around Crop performance, Integrated Crop Management, fruit quality, sustainable and efficient growing systems and less reliance on conventional crop protection. They have built respect through their Independent and unbiased approach. Teamwork and Individual development go hand in hand. Excellent grower relations and a pride in what they do is seen as paramount in their success so far.

 

We are looking for a candidate with a high level of experience in pome/stone fruit growing or a confident graduate/young manager, fluent English language and most importantly, we are looking for someone who sees this role as a a long-term opportunity and shows passion for what is a quite specific role.

 

 In the role of Top Fruit Advisor you would be expected to do the following….

  • Provide full agronomy support to our existing customer base of commercial fruit growers
  • Build and maintain relationships with colleagues and growers
  • Provide achievable solutions and strategies for the protection of crops
  • You would seek out any new business opportunities for our client
  • Be able to work flexibly under pressure and prioritise workload to meet deadlines
  • Should attend trade shows / conferences etc. in UK and abroad when required to network and broaden industry knowledge
  • You would be working closely with growing systems and processes including propagation, irrigation, fertigation and pest / disease recognition and control
  • Should provide support and advice to Commercial Team
  • Must contribute to regular Grower Advisories

Please apply for the position if you have the following experience / qualifications / knowledge:-

  • Must have efficient organisational administrative skills
  • Be an effective and confident communicator at all levels
  • Be commercially aware and actively seek out new opportunities for the business
  • Should hold, or be working towards BASIS qualification – we can fund this in full for the right candidate
  • Must be familiar with growing systems and processes including propagation, irrigation, fertigation and pest / disease recognition and control
  • Must be able to use Office software to produce reports, spreadsheets etc.
  • Must be able to work flexibly under pressure and prioritise workload to meet deadlines
  • Must have fluent written and spoken English

Must have practical experience of top fruit farming

 

 

Start date: ASAP

Package: £35 – £36k per annum paid monthly in arrears plus car, phone and laptop

Reporting to: Senior partner

Please contact Frank or Georgie on +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 georgina@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

Sales (Trading) Manager

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We are working with a highly successful international Fresh Produce Group in the search of an ambitious and engaging Fresh Produce Trader or Sales Manager. They are continuously growing in success in the UK and if you have have a proven track record buying and selling Fresh Produce, whatever the category…. We want to speak with you!

Our client supply both UK Retail and Non retail customers, so we are keen to speak with people with experience trading with either.

This role would consist of trading across several different Fresh Produce categories, or across categories you have existing relationships with that you can develop within this business

Sourcing great quality produce at a good price to not only ensure satisfied customers but repeat business with your contacts

Trading a variety of fresh produce to UK Supermarkets or Non retail outlets such as wholesalers and foodservice companies around the country.

Understanding your customers, and ensuring their requirements are met.

Using your experience and relationships to help drive the business forward and help grow the top and bottom lines for the business

The successful candidate: –

  • You would have extraordinary Sales skills, ideally working within the Fresh Produce Industry…. We would be open to any level of experience if you have some exposure to the Fruit / Fresh Produce Sales
  • You will have a proven track record of delivering sales and new business in the retail or wholesale, catering and processor markets (In the UK).
  • Experience trading in fruit ideally, other produce would be considered but fruit is a definite advantage.
  • You would have the personality and ‘gravitas’ to be in a Sales or Business Development role….
  • It would be advantageous if you have a book of contacts, both on the supply and customer side, to continue growing and developing.
  • Strong IT skills
  • Excellent commercial acumen and communication skills!

This is a really great role to join a dynamic and rapidly growing international business

The Salary is entirely negotiable upon experience but is likely to be a basic salary + benefits+ performance bonus.

 

Please contact Frank on +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 georgina@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.

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