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Head of Supply Chain, Natara, Hartlepool, £Attractive salary & benefits package


  •  Natara is a leading producer of natural and synthetic base aroma ingredients, for the global flavour and fragrance industry. Previously part of the IFF corporation, and known as Flavour Speciality Ingredients (FSI), the business was recently acquired by the private equity firm, Exponent.
  • With annual sales of c. $100m, and 350 employees, the company has 4 dedicated production and distribution sites located in the UK (Hartlepool and Teesside), the US (Cincinnati), and China (Pucheng), as well as additional distribution sites in Mexico, Hong Kong, and Brazil.
  • Natara is looking to appoint a new Head of Supply Chain to join its leadership team, with the goal of modernising, transforming, and improving the performance of the company’s supply chain function.
  • Based predominantly at the company’s head office in Hartlepool, and with an international remit, the role will be responsible for introducing and leading an effective supply chain operation, joining up the commercial and operations functions, to optimise inventory levels, and transform its S&OP capability.


  • The Head of Supply Chain is a leadership role, reporting to the VP of Operations & Supply Chain, and will be responsible for leading all aspects of the organisation's supply chain operations and team.
  • Developing a strong relationship and connection with peers across Sales and Operations, and through the leadership and coaching of your team, across Planning, Logistics, and Customer Service, you will be responsible for ensuring service delivery (On Time in Full) across the globe, optimising inventory levels to deliver those service levels, whilst minimising cash requirements, and driving continuous improvement in supply chain activities and processes.
  • Creating and developing an effective S&OP process for the global business, you will provide strategic direction, establish supply chain strategies and processes, and ensure the efficient flow of goods and services throughout the company.
  • The Head of Supply Chain will collaborate with cross-functional teams, suppliers, and logistics partners to optimise supply chain performance, minimise costs and inventory, enhance customer satisfaction, as well as defining where to produce what.


  • You will be a proven Supply Chain leader, with a track record of success within the chemicals, ingredients, or a related ‘batch production’ process industry manufacturing sector. Your professional experience will include developing a company’s supply chain effectiveness, and establishing and developing an S&OP process across a multi-site international footprint.
  • With an understanding of ‘what good looks like’ you will know how to lead a team through a process of change and improvement. Comfortable being hands-on, you will need strong communication and leadership skills, with the ability to inspire, and to lead from the front.
  • Degree educated (supply chain management, logistics, manufacturing, or procurement), with the ability to analyse complex supply chain data and make data-driven decisions, you will have experience in implementing lean and operational excellence.
  • Skilled in inventory management, demand planning, and logistics operations, you will be proficient in supply chain management software and tools. 

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