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LOGISTICS MANAGER

sonnen Australia

About the Company

sonnen believes clean, affordable, and reliable energy for all is one of the greatest challenges of our time.  sonnen is a proven global leader in intelligent energy management solutions that provide greater energy control for residential customers – contributing to a cleaner and more reliable energy future. sonnen has won several awards for its energy innovations and sonnenBatterie products, including Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy, the 2017 Zayed Energy Innovation Award, MIT’s Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies in 2016 and Global Cleantech 100 for 2015-2017.  It is with great excitement that sonnen has recently opened its major home battery manufacturing plant in Elizabeth, South Australia.  The plant is on track to produce 10,000 batteries a year for households in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.  With the recent launch of the Home Battery Scheme, up to 40,000 households in South Australia are eligible for subsidies to install sonnenBatterie systems under the $100 million government rebate scheme.  In addition to manufacturing, the Elizabeth site also accommodates sonnen’s Australian headquarters and its central Asia Pacific shipping facility.

The Role

What a time to join the sonnen family!  This is a unique combination of an exciting greenfield start-up with the stability and backing of a strong, established, and rapidly growing international business.

Reporting to the Managing Director Operations & Finance, this influential role will be hands on in leading the domestic logistics functions.  This will involve establishing operating processes and procedures to ensure best practice in developing and implementing logistics strategies, contract review for performance compliance, management of all freight forwarding, logistics and credit control/debtor management and the obligation to meet all import, export and regulatory requirements.  

The role will work closely with the production team, procurement manager, manufacturing manager and warehouse manager to proactively reduce supply bottle necks or shortages and drive continuous improvement and quality service to customers.

sonnen is a fast paced and dynamic environment that will require you to be resourceful and confident in interacting with a range of stakeholders with the ability to build and maintain relationships in both the Australian and German sonnen teams as well as with external service providers being critical to success in this role.

Skills and Experience

Passion is a word you will hear a lot at sonnen.  You may ask why?  sonnen is passionate about making a difference and working with likeminded people.  That is what makes them a success.  Your passion and motivation for this role will be key.

The skills and experience required include proven experience dealing with complex logistics management, ideally within a manufacturing environment.  You will be well versed in production planning with high attention to detail and strong numerical and analytical skills and have experience in dealing with a wide variety of freight and packages including container freight.  A working knowledge of Lean/Six Sigma methodologies will be desirable but not essential.  An innovative mindset and ability to think laterally to quickly problem solve, together with flexibility and a willingness to adapt to and embrace change, are all pivotal to success in this role.  Diploma or Bachelor level qualifications in Logistics, Export administration, Business or Management will be highly valued.  

Other important qualities include highly effective communication and collaboration skills, the ability to work with ambiguity, prioritise competing deadlines and utilise your strong business acumen whilst remaining focussed at all times on the business and customer experience.

This is an outstanding opportunity to develop and contribute to the growth of a dynamic entity in the renewable energy sector.

Culture

sonnen has invested in South Australia and this is your opportunity to invest in the future of our state and the renewable energy sector.  Are you a lateral thinker?  An idealist?  A visionary?  A free spirit?  A world changer?  Then you are a sonnenWarrior.  You determine your own future.  You never content yourself with what is.  You love innovation, and let yourself be inspired and enthuse others.  You network with people openly, here and now.  You are a radiant bundle of energy.  The sun (or Sonne as it is known in German) always shines on your face.  This is the essence of sonnen – have big goals and tackle opportunities clearly and cleverly.

For further information on our client, please visit sonnen.com.au  

Applications should be addressed to Justin Hinora.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call Christian Gaszner or Justin on (08) 8100 8827.

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