Head of Butchery

  • Service Foods

Job Description

With a commitment to excellence, Service Foods takes pride in delivering fresh and sustainable products to our valued customers.

We are seeking a Head of Butchery for our Hamilton operations who is goal-oriented, self-motivated, and capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment.

Why Work for Us:
Service Foods is New Zealand’s largest privately-owned and operated Food service distribution business. Recognised as one of New Zealand’s Best Managed Companies for 2023 by Deloitte, we excel in global benchmarks of success. This accolade highlights our strong management practices, vibrant company culture, and resilient strategies that enable us to navigate challenges effectively.
At Service Foods, we foster a dynamic work environment where innovation and dedication are rewarded.

Join us in shaping the future of food service distribution in New Zealand while advancing your career in a company committed to growth and excellence.

The Role: Our Head of Butchery will develop and implement comprehensive strategies for our Hamilton butchery branch, aligning with overall company objectives to drive organic sales growth. You will cultivate strong client relationships, exceed expectations, and foster long-term partnerships.

The offer:
Competitive remuneration package including performance incentive
Comprehensive benefits package and tools of trade
Opportunities for professional growth and development
A supportive and collaborative work environment
The chance to be part of a reputable and growing company

The job:
As the Head of Butchery, you will develop and implement growth strategies in line with our business objectives. Your main job responsibilities include:
Maintain and grow key client relationships, ensuring customer satisfaction
Set and manage budgets, optimise expenses, and maintain gross margins
Lead and mentor functional managers, setting performance expectations and policies
Collaborate with the sales team to develop and grow key accounts
Address and resolve customer concerns
Represent the branch at industry events to enhance business presence
Oversee daily operations, including production scheduling, inventory management, and quality control
Champion food safety and quality initiatives, including policy reviews and training
Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations

The Person:
Our ideal candidate will be someone who is self-motivated and passionate, with significant experience in strategic planning. You should possess a strong understanding of organizational risk, compliance, and legal and regulatory requirements in New Zealand. Additionally, you should be able to think conceptually and anticipate the long-term impacts of decisions, including their financial implications.
You would have:
Relevant tertiary or trade qualification
Five or more years of experience in GM/operational management, preferably in the food service or butchery industry
Deep understanding of the butchery industry and its dynamics
Proven track record of developing and implementing successful business strategies
Strong understanding of sales, business development, and operational best practices
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Experience with meat and poultry, small goods, and value-added areas
Knowledge of business processes and functions (operations, sales, procurement, logistics, finance, HR, etc.)
Strong understanding of margins and costings
Share our values of resilience, inclusivity, and humility

How to Apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter online, outlining their relevant experience and why they are a good fit for the position. Satisfactory pre-employment checks, including criminal conviction history and employment reference checks, are required to be offered this role.


Five or more years of experience in GM/operational management, preferably in the food service or butchery industryDeep understanding of the butchery industry and its dynamicsProven track record of developing and implementing successful business strategies
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Service Foods Head of Butchery