Agronomy Support Technician

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Our client are a Fresh Produce operation in the UK  – They are currently looking for a Agronomy Support Technician to join their Agronomy team! Ideally you would be be based in the Staffordshire area…. This role is Remote/Home Based.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

Your primary role, which you will spend the majority of your time doing, will be to monitor for a range of invertebrate pests on the company’s grower’s farms using pheromone trapping (Spotted Wing Drosophila, Blackberry Leaf Curling Midge, Light Brown Apple Moth, etc.) and sampling (Flower Thrips, Spidermites, Tarsonemid Mites, etc.) methods to provide valuable information to our growers and agronomists.

The rest of your time will be allocated to other key work streams involving; disease monitoring programmes, crop physiology sampling and crop progression monitoring activities.

This is a great job for those looking to seek experience and develop a career in commercial horticulture.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Placing monitoring traps on grower farms and servicing these traps at agreed intervals
  • Identifying, recording and reporting trap catches
  • Carrying out sampling work for a range of invertebrate pests
  • Carrying out sampling work for our developing disease monitoring programme
  • Carrying out sampling and monitoring work for our crop development and physiology programme
  • Reporting findings to appointed personnel and growers in a time sensitive manner
  • Ensuring that all the necessary materials are available, and carried as stock in order to complete these tasks
  • Undertake trials and development tasks as required

PERSON SPECIFICATION

You will have;

  1. A strong appreciation of our business needs and resourcefulness in coming up with solutions to their challenges
  2. An interest in biology and the ability to quickly learn pest identification and lifecycles following appropriate training
  3. Excellent attention to detail
  4. A hands on approach to monitoring and a reasonable level of physical fitness
  5. A capacity for working alone, under your own initiative and at remote locations
  6. Well-developed personal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate, and develop relationships with a wide range of personnel
  7. A proactive approach and prompt responses to all service requests
  8. Good time management and organisational skills with the ability to handle a number of tasks at once and meeting deadlines as required, especially during the height of the season!
  9. Good IT skills including experience of Word and Excel
  10.  A full driving licence and confidence with distance driving to reach some farms

The contract will run from 4th March and finish Friday 1st November.

Please contact Georgina or Frank on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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.

Commercial Director

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This is a very exciting opportunity for a Commercial manager/Director to join a successful and growing Fresh Produce company in Evesham….The successful candidate needs to have fresh produce experience with relationships with the major UK retailers.

The role

  • The Commercial Director will be responsible for planning and executing procurement, stock control and product development programs to build a profitable business.
  • To forecast procurement plans in conjunction with the Sales Director in order to plan correct volumes with growers to meet or exceed the designated targets.
  • To maintain and develop supplier accounts. In conjunction with the Sales Director, you will be responsible for overseeing the management of the technical and production departments in order to meet or exceed both technical and production targets.
  • You will play a key role in maximising the efficiency of the business in order to maximise the profit of the company.
  • The Commercial Director will be responsible for developing and managing a reporting system whereby the performance of the business can be monitored and evaluated. These reports are to be submitted to the board of directors on a weekly basis.
  • As a critical member of our leadership team, the role requires both regular office and packhouse hours, and be prepared to put in extra hours when necessary dependent on the needs of the business.

You will act as cover to the Sales Director, so knowledge and understanding of that role is required.

While the site in Evesham will be a base, the role requires out-of-office activities such as visiting customers, growers, depots, conferences, exhibitions, and to keep abreast of changes in the market place. There will also be travel, in both the UK, and abroad.

The Commercial Director will act alongside the Sales Director in the running of the Evesham site and from time to time may need to perform other management tasks.

Skills

  • Strong Commercial / Sales experience working with UK Retailers.
  • Good business sense, combined with initiative, drive and enthusiasm.
  • Highly committed and motivated with little need for direction.
  • Knowledge of fresh produce an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with customers.
  • A track record in negotiation and demonstrating business growth.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure.
  • Good people skills with the ability to mentor and coach.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • Practical, focused and reliable.
  • Strong analytical skills.

Responsibilities

  1. Build relationships with suppliers, a platform with which to build existing business.
  2. Seeking out new suppliers and growers.
  3. Managing the technical and production team in conjunction with the Commercial Director
  4. Contribute to the formulation of sales & procurement strategy
  5. Identifying emerging markets.
  6. Contribute to any R&D and NPD process.
  7. Forecasting future procurement plans.
  8. Serving as a representative at industry events and working parties.
  9. Maximising company profit.
  10. Adapting the business to changes in the market place.
  11. Form strategies to remain competitive and innovative.
  12. Keep abreast of market research and adjust accordingly.
  13. Develop systems to improve the measurement of performance in all areas of the business to improve the efficiency of the company.
  14. Develop grower strategies to deliver the sales plants for the business
  15. Provide the board of directors with detailed weekly sales reports
  16. Provide the board of directors with detailed weekly operational reports
  17. In conjunction with the Crop managers, provide the board of directors with detailed weekly farming reports

Reporting:

The role will report director to the Board of Directors

Please contact Georgina or Frank on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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 Manager

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A leading Fresh Produce company based in Evesham are looking to expand their team with a ambitious and experienced Technical Manager. Our client are interested in a Technical Manager with proven experience in NPD and have experience in customer and supplier facing  (with UK Supermarkets).

Accountability:

  1. Be proactive with all matters relating to EPD and NPD projects with the customers, with clearly agreed timescales for inception and completion, this is to include presentation of agreed new varieties, new packaging presentations, and all other ideas which may give the Company a point of difference from its competitors.
  2. Be fully accountable for ensuring that all the required paperwork as set out in the Company Quality Manual, is in place, and completed on time.
  3. Provide clear communication with all members of staff, on all issues.
  4. Provide written and verbal reports on a frequent basis, as to the progress of the various projects so as to keep the Technical and Commercial team aware of developments.
  5. Submit KPI to the relevant customers.
  6. Be Company representative at customer meetings on quality and technical issues.
  7. Manage and provide the QA Teams with the necessary information to perform their roles effectively ensuring that customer requirements are met at all times.
  8. Visit growers both UK and overseas to ensure that all suppliers meet the Companies quality and legal standards.

Responsibilities:

  1. Team working with all colleagues, adopting a flexible approach to work.
  2. Monitor and act upon shelf-life failure trends and supplier product quality performance
  3. Ensure all required reports are communicated to suppliers in a timely fashion
  4. Ensure that all produce entering and leaving is backed by the relevant paperwork
  5. Participate in the preparation of the BRC audit and other third party audits for the Companies.
  6. Participate in the development of the QMS and QA systems, ensuring they are carried out as per the Company Quality manual.
  7. Ensure that all paperwork from suppliers is in place before commencement of supply.
  8. Ensure that all staff adhere to the Company Health and Safety policy at all times.
  9. Ensure that any benchmarking is carried out as per customer requirements.
  10. Ensure that all your daily duties are carried out safely, and in accordance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and that all Company Rules, Regulations and Policies are adhered to at all times and that all notices are followed.
  11. Ensure with the Agronomist that product testing is scheduled and completed ready for submission to customers as required.
  12. Sign off on all paperwork as and when required within the accounts department.
  13. Holiday cover as and when required.

Communication:         

You will be expected to communicate in a positive manner with:-

  1. Our Customers and Suppliers on issues relating to your job description
  2. All colleagues on all sites
  3. Any Visitors to the sites

Reporting:                     You will report to the Technical Manager, Sales Director and M. Director.

Please contact Georgina or Frank on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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 ( Food service )

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Our client is in the enviable position of having a brilliant business model ideally suited to today’s Market and strategically well-placed for future growth. They are large scale growers, packers and distributors of Italian fresh salad products, well-respected for delivering quality with the top varieties in mainly conventional but with a significant organic offer. Alongside the major growing operations in Italy (and USA) they have a sales and marketing office in the UK (South East) to take care of EU and the substantial UK business.

 

The UK marketing arm already has an established business in Retail and non-retail and now is able to develop the FOOD SERVICE sector. To this end they are looking for a experienced sales professional who is currently selling fresh product to their Food Service customers (and others) to join and develop this sector.

We are looking for a candidate who has the following experience / knowledge: –
•    At least 2 years in Fresh Produce sales experience, ideally Salads
•    Fresh Produce experience must be current
•    New Business Development experience in the Foodservice sector is advantageous
•    Experience selling into the Food service Sector – contacts within the UK Foodservice industry would be highly advantageous
•    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

Quality Assurance Manager

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A leading Fresh Produce Grower are looking for a experienced QA Manager to join their team in Kent… . They specialise in Soft Fruit, so it would be ideal that the successful candidate has experience in Fresh Produce, ideally Berries.

They are looking for a QA Manager who has a background in Food / Fresh Produce…Someone who is ambitious and hard working and is looking for their next career step within the Fresh Produce Industry….!

As the QA Manager, you would report into the Packhouse Manager.

Overall Job Purpose

Assess customer requirements and ensure that these are met, through proactive team engagement and management the QA function, monitoring of product intake quality and influencing the operations team provide effective quality assurance management and monitoring processes to assist the packhouse manager in ensuring all produce despatched meets individual customer specifications and overall quality and compliance requirements.

Main Responsibilities

  • Product Quality Characteristics – ensure sufficient and effective monitoring systems are in place so that all products packaged and dispatched meet customer specifications. Support the Packhouse Manager in preparing samples for customer and internal benchmarking.
  • QA – Effective management of the QA function enabling team KPI’s to be met. Regular individual (121) and team meetings to drive forward efficiencies and better ways of working.
  • Liaison Field Operations – ensure effective and regular communication with Operations supervisors / manager on matters concerning the quality of the product intake. A regular visitor to the fields – the role requires a full understanding of crop production and challenges.
  • Improvement of Quality Management Systems – design and implement appropriate procedures, processes, scheduled monitoring and auditing activities to ensure the company’s compliance system is market leading.
  • Customer Responsibility Research and complete relevant customer quality trackers using concise accurate information. Lead on announced and unannounced customer QA visits

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • Continuous Improvement – Reduction of customer rejections and customer complaints (where appropriate)
  • Assist in maintain or improve current third party audit grades
  • Customer trackers completed in time, accurately and in full.
  • All relevant business information is communicated by right channels.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Must have experience in a similar role with Quality Assurance, in a similar Industry (Fresh Produce / Food )
  • Food Safety/HACCP Qualification
  • Auditing (BRC course)
  • Understanding of specifications/quality requirements
  • QMS requirements
  • People Management
  • Knowledge of TPPS/BRC standards

KEY SKILLS & BEHAVIOURS

  • Communication – ensures that people both in the QA team and outside the team get to know what they need to know, when they need to know it using the appropriate manner. Encourages two way communications (up and down). Encourages and acts on meaningful feedback.
  • People Management – able to provide effective leadership and direction. Creates shared vision and clarity of purpose. Engenders team spirit and sets SMART objectives. Gains and shows respect. Provides support and able to coach and develop team members. Able to motivate to secure high levels of energy and engagement.
  • Field Relationship Management – develops productive relationships with internal team colleagues. Gains respect and trust among the supply base. Builds brand reputation through consistency of approach, knowledge and behaviour.
  • Communicate confidently and effectively at all levels in the organisation.

Due to the nature of the job and working environment, it’s an occupational requirement that the successful applicant: 1. Is not allergic to fruit 2. Is able to taste fruit 3. Is not colour blind 4. Is willing and able to travel within the UK 5. Holds full EU driving license

Please contact Georgina or Frank on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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

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A innovative and exciting company are looking to strengthen their team with a experienced Sales Manager. The role is with a leading supplier of Fresh Produce across the hospitality sector. They have build a considerable reputation for supplying quality produce to their customers in the Cambridgeshire area.

Through continuous growth over the last four years they now have a opportunity for someone to join their sales team

They are looking for an individual who is great at Sales, a natural rapport – builder, enthusiastic , driven and ambitious. The role is all about being a excellent communicator – A combination of a proactive sales mentality and a strategic thinker would be essential.

Fresh Produce experience is desirable but not essential

The role:-

  • Maintaining and developing relationships with existing customers
  • Visiting potential customers for new business
  • Making accurate, rapid cost calculations
  • Providing customers with quotations
  • Negotiating the terms of an agreement and closing sales
  • Gathering market and customer information
  • Liaising with suppliers to check on the progress of existing orders
  • Recording sales and order information and sending copies to the sales office

Experience and knowledge needed :-

  • Strong Sales experience – The ability and desire to sell must be apparent
  • Ideally new business development experience – that is demonstrated in your CV
  • Fresh Produce / Food service experience is ideal , but not essential
  • Excellent communication skills and phone manner
  • Excellent IT Skills
  • A confident and determined approach
  • Resilience and the ability to cope with rejection
  • A high degree of self-motivation and drive
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • The capacity to flourish in a competitive environment

 

Please contact Frank on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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.

Fresh Produce (Trading) Sales Manager

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Our client is a Fresh Produce grower owned business who offer a direct low cost supply to EU and UK Retailers. They source Stone Fruit, Grape and Cherries, Citrus and Berries with both Northern and Southern hemisphere suppliers.

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

This is a opportunity for a person currently in a position in Sales or similar or even looking to change directions ( e.g. Quality Control or Product Manager ) looking for their next career step.

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

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 markets around the country 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.

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

Please apply if you have the following experience / skills

Knowledge of the Fresh Produce Industry
A appetite to grow in a sales / trading role
Keen to learn in the role
Excellent communication skills (written and spoken)
Excellent IT Skills
Strong telephone skills
Ideally you would have a background in Sales or similar but if you are keen to get into a sales / trading / commercial role please still apply!
Salary will reflect Industry experience and Knowledge

Please contact Frank Kinsella on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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.

Fresh Produce Sales Manager

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FMK Consulting are looking for a Trading / Sales Manager with a background in the Fresh Produce Industry. They are a internationally successful Produce trading company that are keen to expand their existing trading and sales team with a confident, ambitious and talented Sales Manager’s / Commercial Managers/ Procurement professionals and so on…

Working closely with suppliers around the world, our client supplies UK businesses with imported fresh produce, you’ll be responsible for developing and maintaining existing client relationships within the Sales & Marketing department, whilst identifying and targeting new business opportunities particularly in the non-retail sector.

To be successful in this role you will need to be a high calibre sales / commercial or trading professional, with a portfolio of customers in Wholesale Markets, Food Service, Processors, Category Managers. It is unlikely that you would have less than two years experience within the Fresh Produce industry and used to growing business within healthy and stable relationships. A combination of a proactive trading mentality and a strategic thinker would be essential.

We are looking for the following candidate:-
You would be currently working in a Commercial or Sales position within a Fresh Produce operation
Must have strong knowledge of the Fresh Produce Industry
Must have excellent communication skills
Ideally you would have some experience in purchasing
Excellent IT Skills

Please contact Georgina or Frank 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 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.

Growing Manager

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A leading Fresh Produce company are keen to speak with experienced Growing Managers…..

Job Purpose:-

 To be responsible for growing a high yielding crop that meet the needs of retail supermarket  customer specifications including quality assurance, crop husbandry, achieving production targets  & goals in areas designated by Head of Growing. Managing and Monitoring the cycle  from plant delivery to harvest.

 

Main Responsibilities:-

  • Quality of plants – Ensure that all purchased plants meet our clients quality specification. Report any problems to the Head of Growing immediately.
  • Pre-planting & Planting – Ensure that tunnels and troughs are prepared in accordance with operational procedure as directed by the Head of Growing, including stock control of relevant materials. Oversea the planting operations and quality of all commercial crops
  • Crop Maintenance & Husbandry – Plan and deliver against the annual husbandry tasks and labour requirements.  Implement irrigation, fertigation and plant protection products as required throughout the season and maintain records to enable future analysis and improvements. Ensure that spraying is in compliance with current legislation and agreed guidelines.
  • Yield information  & Crop Calendar – Providing accurate yield information, developing an annual crop calendar, husbandry manpower plan, carry out monthly stock takes of chemical and fertilizers; ensure that field maps are correct and up to date.
  • Crop monitoring – Ensure that crop and environmental systems are accurately controlled and monitored all the times. Arrange leaf, soil and water analysis to the matrix plan. Ensure bio controls are applied in time. Ensure pests and diseases are monitored and appropriate action is taken. Produce a crop prediction report on weekly basis. Ensure that all growing practices and procedures are compliant with Nurtures Choice, Assured Produce and any other auditing bodies.
  • Quality assurance & Communication  – Work closely with Technical Department. Ensure that any potential problems are reported to Head of Growing or in his absence the operations Director.

What we are looking for:-

  • Someone with at least 4-5 years in a similar role
  • Must have ‘hands on’ growing management experience
  • Must have Fresh Produce experience (current)
  • FACTS, BASIS, PRIVA, PA1, 2, 6a and b. preferable.
  • You would be commercial focused and understand how an effective and efficiently run growing operation can contribute to stronger overall business profitability.
  • You would be a strong communicator and be used to working with growing teams in a similar way

We are looking for someone with experience in strawberries in table top production along with excellent skills in the use of PRIVA and knowledge of heating.

Please contact Georgina or Frank 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 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.

Fresh Produce Trader

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Fresh  Produce Trader

Our client is part of a highly successful and well known Fresh Produce Group. They are continuously growing in success and are keen to speak with Traders from the Fresh Produce Industry.

Overall, they are keen to speak with candidates who have experienced buying and selling Fresh Produce – whatever the category! Experience can vary, but it would be essential that the successful candidate had some exposure to the Fresh Produce Industry.

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

You must be able to manage the costs so as to maximise the trading margin ultimately to meet your profit targets.

The Role

  • Trading a variety of fresh produce to UK Supermarkets or Non retail outlets such as wholesalers and foodservice companies around the country.
    Sourcing the product with good quality at a good price to ensure repeat business.
    Understanding your customers, and ensuring their requirements are met. Going above and beyond as required!

The Candidate

  • Will have previous experience in fresh produce trading on a national level.
  • You will have a proven track record of delivering sales and new business in the wholesale, catering and processor markets.
  • You will be a team player and have a good ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Will have a book of contacts, both on the supply and customer side, to continue growing and developing.

 

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 Kinsella on 01273 720 599 / 07734 861 080 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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