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Inventory Controller

More about the role

The client has a modern temperature controlled facility managing over 400 SKU’s across 10,000 pallet positions.

As a food import and distribution business, inventory control is paramount to the success of the organisation. Managing inventory within the HACCP and GMP standards and meeting biosecurity accreditations will be critical. This demands that the Inventory Controller takes full ownership for the management of inventory within the site. Expiry dates and batch control measures are a key responsibility for the position.

While the vendor quality management system is excellent, a recent audit has proven that the processes are working but ownership of this responsibility is not in place. The Inventory Controller will need to take ownership and familiarise themselves with the standards and expectations.

Food safety standards, temperature controls, date controls and housekeeping standards are in place and need ongoing review and maintenance.

Approximately 70% products managed by the client are imported and this requires strong administrative control regarding the documentation. As a Biosecurity site this administrative control and adherence to procedures is essential in maintaining this important accreditation.

The Inventory Controller will be centre of warehouse, interfacing with the warehouse, sales, demand planning, purchasing and administration and customer service teams. Such a pivotal role demands excellent communication skills and a sound understanding of the interdependencies of each area to ensure that the business is operating smoothly and efficiently. The knowledge, experience and relational management of the key stakeholders, positions this role as a natural successor to the Warehouse Manager. It is the view of the Warehouse Manager to groom the Inventory Controller to take on the warehouse management responsibilities during leave and interstate travel.

This position will be strongly analytical. Tracking inventory losses, root cause analysis and review of systems and procedures to ensure disciplined routines are being followed will be essential to the success of the business and this position.

Culture Insight

Our client is a privately owned company dedicated to serving the Australian food industry. Established in 1953, they are ranked in the top 40 suppliers in Australia.

With an exceptional stable of the finest imported and local food brands, The Client is one of Australia’s leading independent grocery importers and a one stop-shop solution for brand owners across the globe.

The Client employs a dedicated and passionate workforce of over 200 people whose values, commitment to excellence and corporate pride are demonstrated through their service to the company and their customers.

The Client’s brand portfolio is diverse and spans many food categories in the retail and food service trade, including dry groceries, confectionery, biscuits and cakes, perishables and frozen foods.

Culturally the business is investing strongly in building a contructive working environment that sets cahllenging goals, recognises effort, supports people to be the best they can be and believes in inclusion and diversity. Your manager is an experienced professional who is eager to develop the inventory controller as a successor to the Warehouse Management position. You will be given on-job learning opportunities, mentoring and the support you need to take your career to the next level. 

About You

You will need solid experience in inventory management with FMCG, Food or pharmaceutical environment. It is possible you have a warehouse management background and/or inventory management. 

This is a opportunity for a motivated person with a “can-do” attitude. You will need strong analytical skills, excellent communication skills and be a proficient problem solver. 

You will need to be;

  • Familiar with the HACCP system
  • Sound knowledge of warehouse systems and storage
  • Experience in food production based warehousing
  • Able to work within established routines, methods and procedures under very strict management parameters 
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Analytically minded, with strong accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Task orientated, outcome focussed. Forward thinker and problem solver.
  • High level of self-motivation and initiative.
  • High level proficiency in Excel.
  • Previous experience supply chain or similar roles. Pharmaceutical and/or FMCG experience would be advantageous.
  • Experience working with M3 or equivalent enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to agreed timelines.
  • Current driver’s licence
  • Good planning skills – for coordination and inspiration of staff members and improvement initiatives
  • Understanding of the importance of using work instructions
  • HACCP trained and willing to support the documentation systems e.g. training, calibration, GMP and updates
  • Awareness and ability to implement workplace safety procedures
  • Well organised and well presented
  • Good time management skills
  • Team player
  • Punctual and reliable

The agreement between MetaPeople and the Client.

Metapeople through our MetaRecruit service have an exclusive contractual agreement with The Client which means they will not be working with other recruitment businesses. This means we are their recruitment agents acting on their behalf so we can be more transparent with information. Transparency of information allows you to make an informed choice even before you apply. For applicants that make it to the interview stage you will receive a position description and our unique MetaPeople SuccessMap. The SuccessMap will help you understand what success looks like in the position over a 24-month time horizon.

If you’re looking for a career with an organisation where nothing is impossible, then talk to MetaPeople today about this outstanding opportunity.

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