South East England
Competitive salary, Car Allowance, Bonus, Private Healthcare and Pension
17 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Sales – Dairy & Lifestyle Ingredients  

Location – South East

Salary – Competitive salary, Car Allowance, Bonus, Private Healthcare and Pension

The Company

Volac International Limited is a £250m family run and owned dairy nutrition business, based in Orwell, on the border between Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. As one of Europe’s fastest growing, most influential and deeply regarded dairy nutrition businesses, their job is to make the best, market-leading and innovative products to build deep, long-lasting and influential customer relationships.

Volac specialises in the development, manufacture and supply of high performance dairy products through two strategically linked businesses – Animal Nutrition and Human Nutrition. Volac operates four production facilities in the UK and five overseas sales offices in countries including Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, USA and Australia. Along with these, three industry leading production joint ventures in Devon, the Netherlands and Malaysia also make significant contributions.

Over the next five years Volac are aiming to double in size to £500m. To achieve this growth, Volac is transforming the way it works. Along with this, specific appointments must be made to ensure the business can move forward in the most productive way possible.     

The Role

Volac is already a successful business within the Dairy & Lifestyle Ingredients market. Following a recent internal restructure, Volac have recognised that they now require a Head of Sales who will take strategic control of their sports nutrition and dairy ingredients accounts, managing a team of 4 direct reports operating as Business Managers.

Reporting to the Director of Dairy & Lifestyle Ingredients, the principal accountability for this role will be to lead the sales function and its team towards profitable growth and customer management excellence. As a member of the human nutrition leadership team, the role will require not only the management and development of customer and internal relationships, creation of stronger customer management systems, people and team development, but also a significant contribution to innovation projects.


To be considered for this role you must have experience in B2B sales, ideally selling ingredients into sports nutrition manufacturers. All those with food ingredients industry experience will also be considered. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of both the European and preferably the Asian and American food ingredients market. You will have outstanding commercial sense and financial acumen, and it is essential you are able to demonstrate proven leadership capabilities, great sales skills and the desire to develop your team. Above all it is paramount that you are an excellent communicator and have a collaborative way of working, with the ability to strategically develop both external relationships and internal infrastructures.

This is an excellent opportunity for the tenacious and passionate commercial leader, looking to further develop their career within a growing, innovative and forward thinking company. Please do not hesitate to apply if you feel you have the experience and background described, or contact Matthew Marshall direct at matthew.marshall@ceselection.com to discuss further.