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Head of Supply Chain

07/12/23 Down Neg

Permanent full-time

Responsible for coordinating and implementing the company’s supply chain strategy for all direct and indirect spend and logistics of all importing and exporting within the business.


Full-time position, based at Warrenpoint, Newry, Northern Ireland.


As Head of Supply Chain you will echo the quality, legality and authenticity of all our values and give customers the opportunity to achieve their extraordinary results through the passion we have for our people and food. 


Your Duties:

  • Negotiate overall best terms ensuring that the supply base and product meet the required business objectives in terms of financial, technical, corporate social responsibility, innovation, brand positioning and customer expectations.
  • Drive Supply Chain optimisation: Have a holistic view of Supply Chain Management to provide the reliable service required while optimising inventory, storage, and transport costs.
  • Full ownership of inbound and outbound freight to ensure we are partnered with the right suppliers on the right modes considering the best value and efficiency.
  • Leading the team on customer expectations and relationship management on all supply chain activities – Inbound and outbound logistics , materials availability and planning and delivery service levels .
  • Responsible for transport fleet operations and back haul fleet utilisation optimising trailer fill and cost per case inbound and outbound.
  • Create a Supply chain sustainability strategy in line with requirements Certification. This to include targeted reductions on Carbon emissions within the overall supply chain, Circular procurement, and the governance for transparency across the business.
  • Ensure the Inventory Control program is robust by driving ownership and accountability at all levels, with clear processes and performance measurement standards. Maintain and improve inventory accuracy, driving a culture of control and inventory record discipline.
  • Manage, challenge vendors on their performance based on value for money, quality and delivery service level considering a high level of innovation that is required.
  • Support bill of material pricing in conjunction with commercial finance to ensure most competitive pricing is delivered to the customer.
  • Present monthly reporting highlighting variances against budget for key areas of spend together with associated plans to rectify any areas of under-recovery.
  • Review and implement an overall sku rationalisation plan in conjunction with NPD to support supply chain optimisation and efficiency.
  • Source new supply chain vendors in line with sourcing and sustainability strategy.
  • Management of indirect spend which will include sourcing, negotiation and contracting on 3 rd party warehousing, transport, facilities, and operational equipment.


Job Description:

  • Implement a supply chain continuous improvement plan that will deliver incremental savings to those already assumed in the budget.
  • Develop formal product/ service category strategies, that develop a deep understanding of each area of key spend, together with associated short, medium, and long-term proposed procurement plans.#
  • Constantly update overall quality market intelligence gathering to ensure strong positioning in all price negotiations, to best manage risk, and to ensure better informed sourcing decisions across all areas of business spend.
  • Regular stakeholder engagement with Head of Operations / Commercial and Food Development & Innovation to fully share supply and demand position within the supply base and collaboratively find solutions to ensure continuity of supply.
  • Chair all business Sales & Operational (S&OP) planning meetings and update on required actions as needed.
  • Develop risk management strategies, with supporting action plans, to minimise any adverse business impact due to supply chain issues.
  • Manage the raw materials and packaging replenishment team plus Logistics teams via regular performance reviews, 1:1’s , training and development requirements.


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Graduate level with 15 years extensive experience of managing supply chain functions in a complex FMCG business.
  • Directing and influencing the mission, vision, and values  through supporting performance metrics, coaching, and mentoring the supply chain team.
  • Previous people management skills incorporating a range of business activities.
  • Strong numeric and verbal reasoning skills / IT literate.
  • Good attention to detail and excellent communicator.
  • Ability to make challenging decisions and to take a calm and measured approach in a pressurised environment.
  • Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Previous experience of MRP / WMS / ERP / Integrated Commercial Forecasting systems.
  • Operational FMCG procurement and experience of forecasting for manufacturing experience
  • Proven experience of creating strong vendor / 3 rd party warehousing & logistics relationship management systems.

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Please apply by sending your CV to Joanne Bourke at or call 018788240 for more information.

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