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Wholesale Controller
Vestey Holdings

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My name’s Howard.

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I’m the wholesale controller for Vestey Foods UK

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based in Hampshire.

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It’s a bit of a multifunctional job,

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but basically I sell products – foodstuff –

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to end user pubs, restaurants and maybe your school or college.

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So the products that we that we focus on in

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Vestey primarily are cooked meat products,

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whole fish and seafood. Best things.

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Creativity.

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International travel.

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I may have to travel over to into France, into Bulgaria or Poland,

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or I may even have to go over to Thailand or into China.

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Worst things.

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Now, that’s a tough one, actually.

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I enjoy my job quite a lot.

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From one week to the next

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my calendar could change. We could be

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tripping into London and seeing some of the end user restaurants.

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So the Frankie and Benny’s, the Chiquito’s, and we could be seeing

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those culinary chefs and seeing what they’re wanting,

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what their next menu review will look like, understanding what they’ve got,

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and then bringing that request back to the business

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so we can then try and help source that product. Once it’s been manufactured,

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we can then take it to our customer for them to review and

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see if this is the sort of concept idea that they’re looking for.

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The role I do now is a more cross-function

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of development, process and sales as well.

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So I could be contacting them, seeing

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if they’re the current product that we’ll sell in to them,

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is – that they’re happy with it and the pricing is right,

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and when their next order is.

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School was tough.

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I was probably the geeky kid in the school, I spent a lot of time

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studying and actually put in and put in a lot of focus in on school

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and it’s really important. I think certainly the foundation

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that I attained, even within a working class council estate

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and standard comprehensive school, was the great grounding for my career now.

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I did well at GCSEs. When I was studying my A-levels, I did mathematics,

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maths and stats, I did geography and I did chemistry.

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I didn’t do great at them. I was dead-set on being a geologist

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– that didn’t work out as planned.

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And I ended up doing a foundation degree, in food.

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I came out with a honours degree in food science.

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And actually things have turned out great.

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I’m over the moon with the career that I’ve had.

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Mathematics – it becomes key really because you’ve got to ensure

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that the recipes are the same, manufacturing processes are the same.

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When it comes to be on a mass produce scale, it has to be consistent.

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People want it – when they try something they like

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on the first occasion, that they’ll get the repeat culinary experience.

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So my first job I worked

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for, Next, the high street clothing chain.

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I used to do that on a on a Saturday and Sunday, but that was great

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because it gave me a sort of interaction with general people,

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and appreciate how different characters and how you could talk to them.

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Second job, I worked for Mr. Kipling’s – weighing up ingredients in a production facility

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through the summer holidays when I was at university. I left university,

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Did a world travel after that,

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I was ten years with a

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food company.

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I then took a role with a ready meal company

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which is dedicated to Sainsbury’s.

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I was then headhunted and encouraged to move to Vestey.

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Don’t feel that

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if you’ve come from

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a working class environment that actually you will always be downtrodden.

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You won’t – if you work hard,

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if you’re willing to put the effort in,

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try and do your best at school,

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try to develop the skills that you’ve got, you will be a success.

 

“Things have turned out great.” Howard wanted to be a geologist but when his A-levels didn’t go to plan he studied food science instead. He hasn’t looked back and now sells cooked meats, fish and seafood to pubs, restaurants and school canteens – a job that involves international travel and lots of variety.

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? Retail and wholesale managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations of major retail and wholesale establishments in order to maximise business performance and meet financial goals.
Qualifications
Entry requirements vary from company to company. Entrants may possess GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades, GNVQs/GSVQs, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree or equivalent qualification. Entry is also possible through promotion after gaining sufficient experience. NVQs/SVQs in Retail Operations are available at Level 4.
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  • Appoints staff, assigns tasks and monitors and reviews staff performance;
  • Liaises with other staff to provide information about merchandise, special promotions etc. to customers;
  • Ensures that adequate reserves of merchandise are held and that stock keeping is carried out efficiently;
  • Ensures customer complaints and queries regarding sales and service are appropriately handled;
  • Oversees the maintenance of financial and other records and controls security arrangements for the premises;
  • Authorises payment for supplies received and decides on vending price, discount rates and credit terms;
  • Examines quality of merchandise and ensures that effective use is made of advertising and display facilities.
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