Warehouse & Stock Manager
Warehouse & Stock Manager
Every week, our main production site – Wash Barn, Devon – packs over 45,000 veg boxes, 9000 recipe boxes, and 250,000 individual items. This adds up to around £70 million of retail sales annually. We’re a largely manual operation, relying on great organisation and teamwork to achieve the results we need.
Our production teams depend on reliable stock management and supply. As the Warehouse and Stock Manager, you will play a vital role in keeping Wash Barn running on time, taking responsibility for intake, stock movement, recycling, and warehousing. We’re all about constant improvement – so you’ll work in the short, medium and long term to optimise these operations. You’ll also be responsible for the yearly labour budget and quarterly reforecasts, and will introduce incremental improvements in output or cost saving.
You’ll be managing our fresh, ambient, chilled, packaging and recycling stock lines, ensuring accurate stock records are held through a combination of stock counts, sampling of works order outputs, and understanding the wastage and giveaway across the site. The stock control aspect of this role is really exciting, due to our unique supply chain, the speed at which our produce is used, and the challenges of wastage and giveaway. Also, our recycling operation has grown substantially over the years; now more than ever, it plays a critical role in closing the production loop, reducing cost, and – really importantly – making Riverford as sustainable as possible.
You will lead a team of seven direct reports, split across an AM and a PM shift, with an AM shift also on Fridays and Saturdays. In this vital role, you will work closely with our entire operational team and senior management. Additionally, you will need to work closely with our finance team on a weekly basis, to maintain and improve our stock accuracy on all SKUs and manufactured products.
You’ll motivate and develop your team, supporting the growth of business, as well as their personal growth – creating opportunities for development and progression, while making sure that your areas are operationally excellent. Our focus is on developing the whole person, not exclusively driven by KPIs. That said, you will need to know what ‘excellent’ looks like: examining why we are doing things the way we are and how things can be improved, and taking your team with you to get there.
This role reports into the general manager and is the main point of contact on Sunday for our supply chain.