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Materials Group Lead

Pilgrim's Food Masters




Posted: 23/05/2023

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We are Pilgrim’s Food Masters, part of the Pilgrim’s family since September 2021, (previously part of Kerry Foods) and we have a proud history of developing brilliant food for our customers and consumers that is enjoyed in millions of UK and Irish homes every year.
The wider Pilgrim’s company employs around 60,000 people across the globe and we’re one of the world’s biggest food companies. We aim to become the best and most respected company in our industry creating the opportunity of a better future for all of our team members.
Our Pilgrim’s Food Masters portfolio includes famous brands that are some of the UK and Irelands Favourites, such as Denny, Galtee, Richmond and Fridge Raiders. We are the UK’s biggest producer of prepared meals, making delicious chilled and frozen ready meals for every major supermarket in the UK. And our Accelerator business includes newer brands like Rollover Hot Dogs and Oakhouse Meals that target different consumer groups in unique ways.
We strive every day to make Pilgrim’s Food Master’s a safe, healthy and happy place to work for all of our 4,500 employees.  We will give full and equal consideration to all applicants regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion and sexual orientation. Continuing to build a diverse workforce is fundamental to our business and we value the critical role it plays in creating a truly inclusive workplace.

The Role 

We are looking for a Materials Group Leader to join our central planning team at our Windmill Lane site, Southall. 

You will lead and support the activities of the Material Call Off function, to ensure that materials are made available at the right time, in the right place and in the right quantity to meet our production plans and schedules whilst minimising cost and waste to the business.

This role will be site based.

Key Accountabilities

Communicate effectively with key internal stakeholders; Planning, Operations, Engineering, Technical, OPEX, R&D etc. on risks, issues and key changes required to deliver optimised customer service at the lowest cost.
Schedule deliveries & manage stock levels for the different sites.
Optimise material delivery schedules in line with stock holding policies to improve business performance across the balanced scorecard.
Build strong relationships with the site and site Material Call Off team. Utilise these relationships to solve problems quickly & effectively.
Maintain master performance data sets for all suppliers, materials, lead times, stock holding rules, minimum order quantities, within the site Materials Requisition Planner (MRP).
Ensure all material is ordered using the correct systems SAP, right first time, generating no financial queries
Maintain material Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and use data analysis to make problems visible, quantifiable and to guide decisions.
Optimise material ordering & stock holding to ensure the right material is in the right place at the right time.  
Skills and Experience

Preferred experience in a FMCG Industry, ideally in a material management role.
Understanding of OPEX and it’s use in optimising material flow.
Experience in material call off with an in depth understanding of material requisition planning systems and their optimisation.
Strong communication skills and the ability to influence multiple levels of the site.
Strong analytical & problem-solving skills.
Advanced Excel capability
Working Knowledge of SAP & Innova or similar manufacturing systems is advantageous     
Why Join Pilgrim’s Food Masters 
Our values are at the heart of our business and drive everything we do. Availability is key as we are receptive and open and prepared to take on new challenges. Humility is important to us as we listen and respect each other and value opinions of others. Discipline is vital to fulfil commitment internally and externally. We need to be truthful to each other and respectful of other opinions, so Sincerity drives us. At Pilgrim’s we focus on what’s practical and important so through Simplicity, Ownership and Determination brings success. All these core values culminate into our vision which is:  To be the best and most respected company in our industry, creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members

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