Operations Manager

Expiring today

Covent Garden, London
Competitive salary dependent on experience
19 Feb 2018
19 Mar 2018
Business Sector
Food & Drink
Full Time
Contract Type

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a real passion and interest in the world of operations and who is able to interact easily within a fast-moving commercial environment with FMCG UK environment.

Why join Piccolo?

This is an incredibly unique opportunity to join the team at an early stage and grow with the company. The environment is fast moving and full dynamism is required to join the hard-working and collaborative team based in the heart of central London. Aside from the limitless opportunity with the role itself, there is also the family-culture fit.

This is a team that is united by a drive and shared vision to bring a lifetime of healthy eating to little ones. We are a social enterprise and supporting food education for new parents with the NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents as well as our own sister charity, the Food Education Foundation. We are driven by making a difference and giving back.

The role itself: A mission to bring a lifetime of healthy eating to little ones means that Piccolo is all about innovation and pushing boundaries. Our commitment to true innovation with fantastic healthy new products for babies and toddlers is at the very core our mission to encourage healthy eating from the start. You will be living and breathing that mission when exploring new opportunities and taking care of our existing range.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Managing and improving our supply chain and operational processes
  • Managing relationships with suppliers and customers
  • Ensuring availability of stock whilst managing working capital
  • Working to and setting stretching service level, stock and working capital targets
  • Working closely with NPD team to support setup of new suppliers and logistics
  • Ensuring full supply chain compliance with all customers


  • Minimum 12 months experience within operations
  • Customer facing and thrives on real ethical relationships with suppliers
  • A passion for operations and logistics with a real attitude towards continuous improvement
  • Great multitasking and organisational ability
  • Excellent numerical ability with a head of numbers and detail

In summary …. 

You’ll be educated to degree level or equivalent and will have gained experience within operations within the FMCG sector, in food or beverages, and have worked with suppliers and customers.

Enthusiastic, pragmatic and resilient, and lots of fun to be around, you’ll have experience of working with a multi-level, high performing team and can demonstrate your agility to transition at pace between high-level strategy and day-to-day execution. You’ll be confident to articulate hard facts, and be an engaging and persuasive communicator to your colleagues and argue your point. You will have an entrepreneurial mind-set, with a balance risk taker approach.

To Note: This is a unique opportunity to join a high growth young company and the role is based out of our Covent Garden, London office. This is a role for a career-oriented hard worker who likes to get to the final result. If you are coming from a big multi-national, tell us in a note why small and nimble is for you, and why you would be able to adapt seamlessly to a challenger vibe.

Why Piccolo: Piccolo is the UK's fastest growing baby food brand and has been voted by Real Business one of the Top 30 Most Philanthropic companies in the UK and has been featured in the Financial Times, the TimesCity AMthe Sunday Times, the Evening StandardBBC News, BBC’s Business Inside TrackBBC Going Global and nominated for the Evening Standard’s SME of the Year

We are on a growth path because we come together over food and kick back no matter how tough it gets. We are a founding team trio of a creative, a baby nutrition expert, and a food education campaigner, who have come together to make Piccolo real. We never forget what the very early days were like and what it means to start from scratch. This is makes up our culture, which is quite family style, but fixed in the reality of what it means to operate in UK grocery as a challenger. We celebrate our wins together and learn from our mistakes. We look forward to meeting you. 

Compensation details

Competitive salary dependent on experience

How to Apply

Please send us in a few paragraphs why you are fit for the role and a resume please to workwithpiccolo@piccolofoods.uk

About Piccolo 

Launched in 2016, Piccolo is the UK’s fastest growing baby food company. We are passionate that children should enjoy the healthiest and most nutritious food from the very start of their weaning journey. Our range of 100% organic pouches are inspired by the Mediterranean approach to health and wellbeing, centred around fresh ingredients that have been lovingly prepared and shared with friends and family.

We have an unrivalled range of healthy and delicious Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouches, veg only and Pure fruit purees, and Stage 2 meals all crammed full of a wide variety of fruit and veg, hints of herbs and spices and a dash of olive oil to help encourage baby’s taste buds to learn flavour from natural means and promote a lifetime of healthy eating.

We believe in giving back and keep sustainability and provenance at the heart of our sourcing decisions. Many of our 100% organic ingredients are planted and nurtured in independent family farms across the Mediterranean. Voted in the 30 most philanthropic businesses in the UK, we are committed to giving 10% of our profits to food education programmes, in partnership with the NCT, providing practical support around baby nutrition to parents.

You can find Piccolo in Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons, Boots, Planet Organic, Ocado and Whole Foods Market.  www.mylittlepiccolo.com


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