Group Inventory Manager

24 / 09 / 2021

  • Otago
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Manufacturing / Planning


The company
As New Zealand’s leading procurer, processor, marketer, and exporter of premium quality lamb, beef and venison, Silver Fern Farms’ vision is ‘to become the world’s most successful and sustainable grass-fed red meat company. Exporting to over 60 countries, they are a significant business with annual revenue in excess of $2.4bn, 7,000 employees, and 14 processing sites across New Zealand.

To find out more about Silver Fern Farms, their values and vision, and how they are increasing their presence globally, visit their website:

Regarded as an Employer of Choice and for its investment in developing people and offering an opportunity to progress their careers, they now have a pivotal leadership position on offer in its’ Supply Chain Team: Group Inventory Manager as they continue to grow and invest in their logistics capability.

The opportunity
As the Group Inventory Manager, you will be a key member of the Silver Fern Farms Logistics Leadership Team. Your key objective will be to develop and lead the Inventory Management function and to enhance current inventory control practices and deployment of Inventory Governance Strategy.

The role will be responsible for the enhancement and deployment of a standardised risk management process and a robust Governance Strategy. Leading a team of two Inventory Controllers you build a nationwide ’çold store community’ and systemised reporting to improve inventory policies, performance, inventory accuracy, decision-making, audit systems, training materials and delivery, and plant-based inventory standards.

Customer centricity will be essential for this role, while also needing to understand complex and dynamic supply chains within an export environment. Having a strong commercial understanding of how robust inventory management can influence company performance, inventory-turn and production efficiency will be essential. A strong focus on process improvement will be needed as Silver Fern Farms enters an exciting phase of introducing new systems and processes to enhance the capability within its Inventory Management and wider Logistics Functions.
What’s in it for you
 The role will require excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the need to build strong interdependency across logistics, plant-based management, the inventory team, sales, planning, cold stores and 3PL partners. Cross-functional inter-dependency will be critical to the success of this role as the team builds its identity, delivers tangible efficiency improvements and champions Best Practice inventory management.
You will be responsible for leading a team of two to achieve efficient and accurate inventory management and great customer service. Providing inspirational leadership, relationship management, striving to optimise and improve performance and ensuring targets are met are integral to the role. This is a gilt-edged opportunity for an ambitious individual to make their mark, take on challenges and make significant achievements in a newly-created role.
If you are a dynamic individual who has the drive and motivation to succeed and is excited at the prospect of furthering your career within the New Zealand meat industry, we look forward to hearing from you.
If this opportunity is of interest, please submit your CV by following the link below. If you would like to find out more, please contact Wayne Fry on 021 656 502 or for a confidential discussion

  • Key member of the Logistics Leadership Team
  • Lead and drive inventory optimisation
  • Newly-created role with Continuous Improvement mandate

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Wayne Fry
Manager, Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement

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