Supply Chain Executive - RCL Foods

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The RCL FOODS Talent Team is recruiting for a dedicated and dynamic Supply Chain Executive to join our exceptional Supply Chain Team!

  • The role reports to the Managing Director and will be based in Durban.
  • As the Supply Chain Executive, You will be responsible for leading the Supply Chain (Planning and Distribution) as well as the Sales and Operations Planning process for the Business Unit, driving the optimal balance within the supply chain, whilst ensuring the delivery of customer service, profit maximization, and cost minimization.

Duties & Responsibilities    

Demand and Supply Planning:

  • Lead the demand planning process for the business/operating unit, driving a culture of a demand-driven business whilst still balancing the supply push within the network.
  • Ensure appropriate stock holding policies throughout the network to meet the business customer service and working capital targets.
  • Ensure sufficient warehouse space and transport demand is negotiated with the Distribution Service providers, particularly over periods of low demand (higher stock holding) and peak demand periods (eg: December and Easter).



Sales and Operations Planning:

  • Lead the S&OP business process to facilitate its full implementation within the business unit, working closely with the Centre of Excellence – Customer Service Excellence Executive (CSE).
  • Work closely with the CSE Centre of Excellence to enable the change management process required in order to implement and optimize S&OP
  • Lead the S&OP business planning cycle with the leadership team, ensure delivery of the “one number” for that business/operating unit.

Customer Service Excellence:

  • Ensure that business processes within the Supply Chain team are aligned to maximize customer service requirements, at minimum cost
  • Drive integrated activities across the functional teams to ensure that the customer service requirements are understood and implemented within the operating framework of the business
  • Drive the delivery of a customer service excellence program for the business unit, working alongside the Centre of Excellence.


  • Ensure delivery of the distribution process by owning and managing the service level agreement with the distribution service providers (eg: Vector Logistics, Value Logistics) and/ or in-house distribution to ensure national delivery of KPI’s and financial targets.
  • Identify opportunities within the Supply Chain team (planning and distribution) where supply chain efficiencies, increased revenue, or cost savings can be made and drive these improvements through to completion.

Innovation and Discontinuation:

  • Ensure the supply chain delivers new innovation efficiently into the supply chain and trade. This includes the management of innovation planning, production planning and managing the introduction, discontinuation, or bleed-out of old products.

Operational Planning Management

  • Manage direct reports as appropriate to ensure that the team attains the CSE targets.
  • Influences and advises on strategy and tactics to maximize the delivery of the key strategic targets across supply planning.

Information and Data management

  • Suggest system changes to ensure the ongoing relevance and accuracy of information.
  • Share relevant data with the management team to enable reliable business decision-making.



Technical Expertise

  • Provide supply chain expertise in business planning meetings with management and external suppliers.
  • Together with the Centre of Excellence provide technical expertise for the compilation of training material and Best Operating Practices/ Business Processes to ensure knowledge transfer.

Functional Strategy into Action:

  • Work in conjunction with MD/ME & COE to co-create supply chain planning strategy for the OU, based on a 1 to 3-year view of requirements.
  • Determine operational capacity required across both the medium and the long term and plan required asset utilization and Capex requirements accordingly.

Provide Leadership

  • Lead the Customer Service Excellence team (Supply Planning, including Packaging and Ingredients Stores, and Distribution) towards meeting strategy and targets through regular communication and utilization of full organizational talent management toolset.

Management of Safety Health Environment and Quality (SHEQ)

  • Guides the CSE team to ensure that all legislative standards are achieved and timeous action is taken where required to ensure that there are no areas of noncompliance.
  • Follows up on requirements for compliance ensuring that it is continuously maintained and adhered to

Financial Management

  • Manage costs to enable the lowest cost production and the optimal utilization of assets.
  • Act on weekly actual KPI’s versus budget reports and work with the team to address and areas of non-conformance or concern proactively and timeously.
  • Report on and manage all input costs within the team manage any over or underspend appropriately to ensure that issues are addressed before a significant financial loss occurs.


  • Identify and lead projects within the OU that will deliver best practices into the supply chain in line with the COE strategy.



Minimum Requirements    

  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • A minimum of 10 to 15 years experience within the supply chain function, 5 to 7 years of which have been at a management level.
  • Senior management experience (3 years minimum senior experience) within a Supply Chain discipline
  • Hands-on operating experience in other areas of the supply chain, eg: farms planning, supply planning, procurement, distribution (eg 3-5 years)
  • Experience in implementing or leading an established Sales and Operations Planning process within the organization



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