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Perishables Products Category – Supply Chain Executive – Libstar / Cape Town

Perishables Products Category – Supply Chain Executive – Libstar / Cape Town

Reporting to: Perishable Products Category Managing Executive
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape

Job Overview/Role Purpose:

The Perishable Products Category Supply Chain Executive will be accountable for overseeing all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, planning, logistics, and inventory management.

The Supply Chain Executive will ensure the efficient and timely movement of materials, goods, and services to support the manufacturing process and meet customer demands. The successful candidate must have strong leadership skills, a comprehensive understanding of supply chain operations, and the ability to effectively collaborate cross-functionally.


Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive supply chain strategy aligned with the Perishable Products Category goals and objectives.
  • Manage and supervise all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, S&OP planning, production scheduling, logistics, inventory management (Final Products, Ingredients & Packing materials), warehousing and distribution.

Cross Functional Collaboration

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to forecast demand, create production plans, and establish inventory control strategies.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to ensure smooth coordination across the business units in the Perishable Products Category.
  • Communicate regularly with key stakeholders to provide updates on supply chain performance and address any issues or concerns.

Procurement and Supplier Management

  • Develop and implement the Procurement Strategy and Policies.
  • Build and maintain relationships with suppliers, negotiate contracts, and ensure the timely delivery of quality materials at competitive prices.
  • Implement procurement best practices to drive cost savings and mitigate risks.
  • Drive and support procurement optimization in B-BBEE.

Inventory and Logistics Management

  • Monitor and optimize inventory levels to ensure adequate stock availability of Final Products, Ingredients & Packing materials in Raw Material warehouses, Distribution Centre’s, and other 3rd party distribution partners, while minimizing carrying costs and obsolescence.
  • The appointment and effective management of 3rd party primary and secondary distribution partners.
  • Collaborate and manage relationships with 3rd party service providers and customers’ supply chain teams.
  • Develop the Logistics Strategy and manage the implementation thereof.
  • Oversee the transportation and logistics functions to ensure timely delivery of products and materials between suppliers and manufacturing facilities and to customers.

Risk Management

  • Identify potential risks within the supply chain, such as supplier disruptions, transportation delays, or quality issues, and develop mitigation strategies to minimize impact.
  • Establish contingency plans and alternative suppliers to ensure business continuity.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and standards throughout the supply chain process.

Process and Continuous Improvement

  • Coordinate planning along the end to end value chain across business units, functions and sites.
  • Implement best practices such as lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Just-in-Time (JIT) inventory management to drive operational excellence.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve supply chain processes to enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and increase agility.
  • Stay updated with industry trends, technology advancements, and best practices in supply chain management.

Financial Management

  • Develop and manage the Supply Chain budget.
  • Monitor and analyse variances, and implement corrective measures as needed.

Leadership and Management

  • Lead, mentor, and develop the supply chain team, fostering a culture of continuous improvement, agility, high performance, and accountability.
  • Set clear goals and objectives and ensure resource allocation is optimal.
  • Foster a supportive and motivating environment that encourages individual growth and development.
  • Develop and maintain key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure supply chain effectiveness and communicate results to management.

Developing Culture and Values

  • Promote and sustain a positive and inclusive organisational culture.
  • Encourage knowledge-sharing, cross-functional communication, and cooperation, ensuring that information flows freely across the organisation.
  • Encourage a culture of innovation and creativity within the organisation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Business Management, Supply Chain Management or equivalent).
  • Post graduate qualification will be advantageous.

Professional experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in supply chain management within a food manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum of 8 years of senior management experience.
  • Experience with perishable products will be advantageous.
  • Proven track record of successful supply chain optimisation, cost reduction, and process improvement initiatives.
  • Strong knowledge of supply chain principles, methodologies, and best practices.
  • Knowledge of local regulations, customs, and import/export requirements.
  • Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma principles and experience with process improvement projects is advantageous.
  • Familiarity with procurement and inventory management software.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to make data-driven decisions.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing business needs, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in using relevant software and tools for supply chain management and process improvement.
  • Excellent leadership and team management abilities, with a focus on fostering collaboration and driving performance.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with cross functional teams and senior management.


All applications should be submitted to Robyn Manuel at
Application Deadline: 14 June 2024
If you have not received a response within four weeks of the closing date for applications, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

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                  Perishables Products Category – Supply Chain Executive – Libstar / Cape Town

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