Interim Operations Director - Luxury Food Brand

Competitive Day Rate
21 Jun 2019
16 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Interim Operations Director - Luxury Food Brand 
Competitive Day Rate

We are a fast growing branded fine food business with more than 8 years of strong and consistent year on year growth.

We are seeking to appoint an interim Operations Director to lead our production, purchasing, supply and logistics departments and to help bring the business to the next stage in our exciting development plans.

From our UK base in the Cotswolds, we manufacture a range of branded truffle products; oils, condiments, preserved truffles and work with trusted partners to market truffle dairy products, including butter and cheese. We supply direct to consumers, and to food service and retail markets in all the major international marketplaces. 

Reporting to the CEO, you will lead our excellent team of managers and help them to progress their departments further through introducing new systems, cost effective operational practices and efficiencies.

The contract is for a minimum of 1 year and may become a permanent role for the right candidate.

Reporting Departments: Production and Dispatch, Quality Control, Logistics and Administration, Accounts, Purchasing and Stock Control
Budget: Annual cost budget of £4million

Key accountabilities:

+ Lead the development and implementation of the overall operations strategy, including full budgetary responsibility
+ Re-engineer our internal control processes for the entire purchase and supply chain, including driving cost savings from renegotiating existing supply contracts
+ Ensure that all operational cost opportunities are identified and achieved through implementation of effective business plans, new procedures or systems
+ Improve wellbeing in the workplace, striving to deliver a healthy workplace environment for the benefit of all employees
+ Ensure compliance with all international regulations and quality standards
+ Optimise efficiency with respect to logistics of finished goods and stock movements across our 3rd party locations and international warehouses
+ Address the challenges of dealing with international cold chain distribution
+ Optimise existing space planning with respect to our use of multiple office and warehouse locations 
+ Develop and lead a cohesive operational management team to ensure effective delivery of production, projects and business improvements
+ Create a quality control culture within the organisation ensuring BRC is delivered
+ Coach and undertake specific responsibility for performance management, development and competency review of direct reports and their teams
+ Devise, plan, implement and validate new initiatives that improve standards, efficiency, costs and timely production
+ Produce a regular Operations Management reporting pack, working closely with sales, ecommerce and marketing departments

Skills and experience:

+ Previous experience of working in a manufacturing and logistics environment, preferably within the branded food industry or similar
+ Sound knowledge of production, quality control, logistics, and supply chains, plus health and safety 
+ Strong leadership and demonstrable people management and team building skills 
+ Proven budget responsibility plus strong ability to identify and deliver cost savings 
+ Ability to manage projects with a positive approach to change
+ Ability to effectively communicate at all levels – both verbally and in writing
+ Commitment to Quality and health and safety
+ Planning and organising
+ Strong negotiating skills, plus strategic planning
+ A drive to deliver continuous improvements and achievement for self and business
+ Change Management skills
+ Good IT skills – Word, Excel and Power point.
+ Current drivers’ licence


+ Competitive day rate 
+ 12-month interim contract with review option for permanent role at end of contract
+ Commencement July or August

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