Office Coordinator (Finance)

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Our client is a international Fresh Produce company , with a UK team based in Kent. Due to rapid growth , they are looking for an Office Coordinator with a background in Finance to join their team.

They are keen to speak with someone who has had at least 2 years working in a Admin / Finance / Sales Ledger type position who has strong administration skills

As the Finance /Office Coordinator you would be expected to do the following roles:

  • Validating all creditors invoices
  • Logging all creditors invoices
  • Ensuring DAILY that all debtors are paying on time
  • Daily bank recon against cashflow
  • Daily cashflow model maintained and kept up to date
  • Keeping their software up to date daily through capturing on creditors & debtors
  • Daily recon: actual sales v out loading in stock
  • Port Ledger
  • Sales Ledger
  • Office Admin tasks
  • Some office Commercial activity
  • Book-Keeping

The successful candidate would have the following experience:

  • You would have a Finance Background – Experience in a similar role (at least 1 year)
  • Some accounting/book keeping knowledge
  • Previous experience of running a payroll
  • Excel skills (pivot tables, vlookups, sumifs)
  • Excellent phone manner
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven IT Skills

Required behaviours

  • Great interpersonal skills
  • High attention to detail
  • A team player
  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility
  • A good communicator
  • Prepared to go onto the shop-floor

Advantageous:

  • Experience of working NAVISON ( Not a necessity)
  • AAT, ACCA, CIMA, ACA or studying.
  • Knowledge of landmark accounting software
  • Some knowledge or experience of the Fresh Produce / Food Industry and how it works – But this is not essential.
  • A background using data systems or in a purchase and sales ledger position, it would be advantageous.

The successful candidate would have a driving license.

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 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.

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.

 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

Head of Supply Chain & Logistics

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A successful retailer with a considerable footprint in the Hong Kong now have a fabulous opportunity to join as the Head of Supply Chain and Logistics…

Role Purpose:

Responsible for all the Supply Chain and Logistic Operations and Projects for warehouse, transport, replenishment, export and systems

Assets:

  • Maintain the summary and detail implementation planning and action list of the projects.
  • Ensure that regular follow-up is done on projects and share periodically to persons involved including management.
  • Secure the proper documentation for all projects implemented (business study, PAR, Procedures, training, timeline, budget follow-up,…)
  • Guarantee that projects implemented respect the company security, audit and safety policies.
  • Guarantee the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Logistics are updated following any business changes and shared to all concerned parties.
  • Ensure appropriate KPI are used to track the performance of the projects before, during and after the project implementation.
  • Guarantee that projects are delivered on-time as per agreed plan.
  • Guarantee that projects are implemented without negative impact to the business.
  • Guarantee the confidentiality of Logistics projects whenever required including company data.
  • Keep good / fair working relations with logistics providers and suppliers.
  • Inform the hierarchy of the market, rules and regulations evolutions.

People Management:

  • Be a role model and ensure the application of corporate policies and guarantee  the implementation of all laws , regulations and cultural practices of the operating countries are followed and respected
  • Practices the company values and guarantees the same is respected and followed by the department team members
  • Responsible for the Performance Management of the team
  • setting particular objectives for the direct reports – once a year – which are in-line with the company and department targets
  • carrying out performance analysis with regular feedback to direct reports and ensuring that this is further deployed within the team
  • Identify employees with high potential, growth and proposes further development
  • Identify and recommend training needs for the team and follow up on the implementation (TNA)
  • Develop and implement on the job-training for the team
  • Promotes and practise communication and participatory management within the team;

Merchandise:

  • Responsible of the logistics project for specific or cross functional departments (transport, operation, replenishment, import/export, digital).
  • Implement projects to reduce lead time to customers (store or customers) from DC, stores or suppliers.
  • Propose and implement projects to increase productivity, performance and effectiveness of the operations to reduce distribution costs.
  • Propose and implement projects to increase the capacity of the logistics to treat more volumes, more orders.
  • Lead the deployment of continuous improvements actions, lean and 5S methods in all logistics physical, systems, informational activities.
  • Propose and implement evolutions/solutions to support the company expansion by integrating latest logistics technologies.
  • Support the Merchandise and Store to provide solutions and improvements on current logistics activities.
  • Participate in the exchange of experience and knowledge between the stores and the Head Office.
  • Lead the yearly Supply Chain Stores Satisfaction survey
  • Stay informed about the competitions logistics evolutions and informs the hierarchy.

Finance:

  • Contribute to the Logistics strategy implementation.
  • Provide the yearly budget of Logistics projects including IT projects related to Logistics.
  • Respect the finance supply chain procedures in accordance with the DOA;
  • Follow and guarantee the respect of the projects costs according to the budget by taking the required measures in case of gaps.
  • Propose and implements projects to reduce the waste, the admin shrinkage, the stock levels or increase the logistics rebates.
  • Benchmark logistics solutions (cost, expertise, functionalities, …) and propose alternative to Management with the conduct of tenders.
  • Report any information that might affect the results of the company (cost, margin, stock,…)

Functional/Technical Competencies

  • Verbal and writing communication skills for the change management of projects.
  • Proven deep expertise on retail logistics operations, systems and financials flows.
  • Proven deep expertise on warehouse management system best practices knowledge.
  • Experience on Export (From Asia) /Import, replenishment, transport and sourcing flows from China
  • Project management skills with MS Project know-how
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Personal Characteristics and Required Background:

Minimum Qualifications/education

  • Master Diploma in Supply Chain or Logistics from University or Engineer school

Minimum experience

  • Min 10 years professional experience
  • Logistics operations for Retail Stores Hyper/Super within a Logistics Provider or a Retailer

Preferred Languages

  • English (Full professional proficiency – Required)

Please contact Frank Kinsella 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.

 

Packhouse Manager / Production Manager

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Our Client is a successful Grower and packer of Fresh Produce  –  They now offer the opportunity to become a key member of the business as  Packhouse Manager / Production Manager.

The Packhouse Manager position will take shared responsibility for the Production / Packhouse operations, to include staff management . A key decision maker, the successful individual will manage the packing operation to meet customer standards and expectations with efficient packaging, quality control, production and so on…

We are looking for someone with the following experience:-

  • Fresh Food or Fresh Produce experienced individual
  • Significant packhouse exposure either in food or fresh produce
  • People management experience
  • Full understanding of a Fruit packing facility
  • Effective staff management skills within a Production/Packing facility
  • Awareness of production KPI’s

This is a key role within the company and the successful individual will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to motivate the team to exceptional work standards to enable the supply of high quality product.

This role is based in Kent, UK

Please contact Frank Kinsella 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 Manager

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Our client are a major international Fresh Produce Group, they have offices located throughout Europe and now have a strong presence in the UK. They have a strong network across Europe and overseas and due to continued success they would like to grow their customer base in the UK …. Therefore they are looking for a skilled and energetic Sales professional with at least 2 years in Fresh Produce Sales or Trading role to continue their success in the UK.

Our client is an established business who have steadily grown to become a leading name in the fresh produce industry, they have a tremendous amount of knowledge within the business and are considered experts in the fresh produce sector.You will 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 professional, ideally with a portfolio of customers in Wholesale Markets, Food Service, Processors, Category Managers (This is ideal, not essential). 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.

You will have an eye for opportunities and jump on any chances to help grow sales and the business. You will be able to utilise your experience and relationships to help drive the business forward and help grow the top and bottom lines for the business.

The ideal candidate will have fresh produce trading experience. 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

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:
Sales:
• Managing customer accounts and generating sales. Focus on understanding customer needs and building long term relationships.
• Visiting customers and supporting New Business Development activity
• Learning about customer businesses, negotiating prices, and ensuring the delivery of first class customer service.
• Manage pricing and margins according to internal targets.
• Maintain and develop existing and new customers through ethical sales methods.
• Optimize quality of service, business growth, and customer satisfaction.
• Meet company targets for retention of growth and profitability.
• Building new Customer base
• Being a Team player essential

To be considered for this role, we are looking for someone with the following experience / knowledge

  • Strong negotiation skills, excellent telephone manner, sales skills must be demonstrated throughout your past career.
  • Sales / Trading experience in the Fresh Produce Industry – At least 2 years
  • Some Procurement or Buying experience would be interesting to our client… But this experience is not essential.
  • Experience working with Non retail / wholesale customers from the Fresh Produce Trade.
  • Ability to work independently and you would be a ‘self starter’. Although guidance and training will be provided if needed….

Salary range is £25,000 + for a Junior Sales with at least 1-2 years experience

Salary is open for a more Senior Sales candidates  (£35,000 – £50,000 +). We would expect you to have at least 4 years in the Industry, ideally with some contacts in the Non retail sector within Fresh Produce / Fresh food.

If you are interested in apply for this role…..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 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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