Shipping Manager

24 / 09 / 2021

  • Otago
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Freight Forwarding / Shipping / Transport / Logistics / Drivers


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’ Logistics Team: Shipping Manager as they continue to grow and invest in their logistics capability.  

The opportunity
As the Shipping Manager, your primary objective will be the order fulfilment and execution of Silver Fern Farms Sales orders, managing within the constraints of the supply chain, working within the safe operating levels of cold store networks and working closely with the sales and planning team to mitigate customer risk.
With the support of a team of nine direct reports, you will be responsible for Shipment Execution, the management of operational relationships with 3PL partners and process improvement of ERP systems and procedures. You will work closely with sales, planning and plant-based stakeholders to and provide support, training and direction to your team to ensure effective inventory management and ensure shipments balance with internal supply chain, sales and production constraints. You will lead, review, analyse and implement process improvements in conjunction with the wider Logistics Team and plant-based team members.
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 understanding of how shipping 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 Shipping and wider Logistics Functions. The ability to manage collaborative key relationships with 3PL providers and internal stakeholders will be instrumental to your success.

What’s in it for you
 The role will require excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the need to build strong interdependency across logistics, planning, operations inventory, sales, cold stores and third-party freight and cold-chain partners.
You will be responsible for leading a significant team to achieve efficient and accurate delivery of quality products 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.
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

  • Grow your career in NZ's leading marketer & processor of red meat products
  • Take the next step in your leadership journey
  • Join a business actively investing and growing their Logistics capability

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Wayne Fry
Manager, Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement

Quite simply I connect talented supply chain candidates with exceptional supply chain opportunities. My extensive networks and experience in the sector make me a specialist Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement recruiter. I’m passionate about achieving the best possible results for my clients and candidates. I do this through offering a bespoke solution to clients, by…

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