Head of Operations and Logistics (UK Based) Wine Industry

Our client has established itself as one of the top exporters from South Africa. Today we have extended our footprint to source wines from Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. We are an innovative, customer centric and privately-owned company. Our business is focussed on quality, service and good values from entry level brands and own labels to premium, award-winning wines from our Origin estates in South Africa, Argentina and Switzerland.


Founded in 2002, We are a  one-stop service for the wine industry, We do tailored volume with A-Z services from our vineyards to your warehouses including blending, bottling and branding. Today, this business has 331 employees around the world, sells annually over 100 million litres of wine and exports to key markets including UK, USA, Canada, Russia, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. 

Detailed information on this role

This is a key role for the oversights for the Operations and Logistics functions  for our client. The role will have key links to external 3PL partners, Our internal wine production teams (South Africa and Argentina), operations, sales, finance team and the leadership team.

 Strong relationships with global deep sea freight operators (NZ, AUS, ARG) and operational excellence in Deep Sea Freighting of bulk wine is essential. This role will also require experience in Demand Planning and forecasting and you will be the lead UK person on that.

Additionally, good relationships with key supply chain people in UK retail will be an advantage as well as experience of dealing and negotiating with third party bottlers in the UK /EU.

You will be responsible for the line management of one team member (Planning & Supply Chain Manager)


Qualifications & Experience


  • Knowledge of the UK and/or European wine trade
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in the logistics of consumer goods
  • Understanding of global freight terms and processes and relationships with main providers
  • Experience in dealing with the UK bottling/ negotiation of pricing and contracts.
  • Track record of managing a robust Demand and Supply Forecasting process


Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent Customer Service skills
  • Excel spreadsheet skills
  • Commercially aware, bottom line focussed.
  • Excellent communication skill both written and verbal.
  • Persuasive manner
  • Ability to manager others effectively 



  • Full time role based in UK Head Office (Banbury) with some flexible working options available
  • C. £60k Base Salary

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Head of Operations and Logistics (UK Based) Wine Industry