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UK Managing / Trading Director - Swaffham

Employment Type:  Permanent (Full Time)
Business Area:  Operations & Commercial
Division:  International Trading

Swaffham, Norfolk, GB

A shared passion for our people.

Our people can be proud that, as part of a leading international agribusiness, we provide an increasingly important service across the food supply chain.

About our team

We are Saxon Agriculture, a UK-based seed and grain merchant. We specialise in the trade, import and export of cereals, oilseeds and pulses and are a leading supplier of arable seeds and organic agriproducts in the UK.

We have integrated operations across seed sales and contract seed production, merchanting of cereals, pulses and oilseeds, merchanting of organic grain and feed-products, in-house supply chain logistics, all backed by end-to-end quality assurance.

About the role

Our UK Mnagaing / Trading Director is returning to GrainCorp in Australia, following a two-year international assignment, leading our business through a significant period of transformation and growth.

We’re pleased to seek expressions of interest in this critical posting, which reports to the General Manager International (Sydney), and offers a solid foundation from which to continue enhancing our culture, operations, offerings and position in market.

Your mandate specifically will be to:

  • Lead Saxon Agriculture within risk management limits to meet financial and non-financial objectives, by leveraging Saxon Agriculture and GrainCorp’s strategic advantages
  • Identify opportunities and implement strategies that contribute to the growth of GrainCorp in the UK
  • Work closely with the wider international GrainCorp business and ensure market intelligence is shared across the Group
  • Provide authentic, leadership to the team and continually enhance culture and engagement 
  • Participate as a leader in the international trading business and contribute to strategy across the geographies.

Your success will be measured against delivery of results and growth; team engagement and culture; risk assessment / management; and integration with GrainCorp’s broader international trading business.

About your experience

Our ideal candidate has significant experience leading a mid-large sized commercial operation in any industry, within a matrixed international business. Experience gained within agriculture, in an international trading environment, with a deep understanding of trading and the risk environment, is highly favoured.

You should also have:

  • Track record of building a business to increased profitability
  • Demonstrated success in leading, engaging and enhancing culture of teams
  • Strong customer experience focus
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and implementation/execution skills 
  • Extensive knowledge across front/mid/back office functions and contemporary corporate risk governance
  • Strong experience in supply chain management
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a global team.

In addition to proof of work rights and appropriate professional references, progressed candidates will be required to undertake relevant background checks.

Do you share our passion for contributing to the success of a diverse, international team?

At Saxon, we value and respect the different perspectives and experiences our people bring to work each day. We aim to increase the diversity of our workforce – leading to a range of different thinking, perspectives and ideas that create the innovation we need to drive better business results. We aim to have a work environment where everyone feels included and everyone can realise their full potential.

You should submit a current CV together with a cover letter addressing requirements of our ideal candidate by no later than Friday 2 April.

Agency partners: kindly note that, on this occasion, we'll be pursuing a direct-to-market search only.