BC Consultant - Food

An opportunity for an experienced Food ERP Consultant to define & execute our Food Go-To-Market strategy OR an experienced Food Process or Production Manager to move into Business Consultancy with us.

Role Summary

To define and deliver food project implementations to the satisfaction of the Customer through the application of Columbus’ formalised methods and procedures, optimising quality and efficiency at all times.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Evaluate existing food manufacturing processes and workflows to identify areas that could benefit from changes and improvements
  • Apply knowledge of food production to the manufacturing process
  • Create processes and procedures aligned to Columbus Software to help customers meet budgetary goals and performance quotas
  • Participate in pre-sales opportunities as required in capacity as a Food Industry specialist          
  • Lead and facilitate customer workshops to ensure collaboration and cohesion in order to capture customer requirements     
  • Establish an effective and efficient work sequence to enable requirements to be captured and translated into software solutions
  • Understand existing problems and devise new solutions
  • Review customer processes and systems to determine where improvements can be made
  • Gather intelligence from customers executives and managers about future needs and growth
  • Build relationships with customers executive committee to ensure project objectives fulfil a specific need and are resolved successfully
  • Assume responsibility for project tasks and ensure they are completed in a timely fashion
  • Evaluate, test and recommend new opportunities for solution or process enhancements 
  • Continuous improvement of Columbus project methodologies and procedures to ensure quality & repeatability
  • Work with Technical Solution Architect to define data migration strategies
  • Collaborate with Functional Solution Architect to design outline solutions to meet specific requirements and gaps in the standard food software
  • Lead solution overview sessions with customer to demonstrate how standard food software functionality can fulfil requirements
  • Identify and promote commercial opportunities
  • Maintain and improve food industry knowledge, skills and qualifications             
  • Maintain and improve food software knowledge and skills

Team Playing and Effective Project Communication

  • Control and carry out scheduled tasks on a daily basis, including following up on time consumption with the Project Manager and the observance of entered contractual agreements.
  • Effectively communicate with your Line Manager and relevant Project Manager on an on-going basis, informing them of relevant issues with own activities, possible scope change, expected budget over-run and other affairs that may be relevant.
  • Participate in internal and external project meetings as requested.

Develop yourself and Columbus

  • Keep up to date with changes/developments in Business Central and industry best practices, through self-learning, training and research
  • Keep up to date with the development of the Columbus 9 Doors offerings and how they could benefit our customers
  • Using experience, provide feedback and recommendations to improve current processes/implementation methodology
  • Provide support to your peers, your project team and the wider Columbus team for your specific areas of expertise
  • Contribute to the continuous development of your team, the company and the group organisation through knowledge sharing

Columbus Values

  • Ensure that the Columbus values (Brains, Heart and Guts), which are the basis for our success, are maintained and developed further
  • Display great team spirit and loyalty towards your colleagues whilst encouraging and maintaining a high level of performance
  • Actively demonstrate your commitment to the Columbus Employee Value Proposition – HEART – and keep it at the core of everything you do

Any other tasks/responsibilities appropriate to the role

Person Specification


  • Degree level food science, food technology, manufacturing or equivalent industry experience is desirable

Industry and Software Experience

  • Working within Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, Food Distribution & Logistics
  • Understand all roles within a Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, Food Distribution & Logistics
  • Familiar with Food production compliance with established procedures and standards
  • Understand Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, Food Distribution & Logistics targets and objectives
  • Preparation of periodic reports to update upper management on food production activities
  • Knowledge of Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, Food Distribution & Logistics regulations and Govt legislations   
  • In depth knowledge of inventory control, management and reporting
  • Understand product manufacturing processes to ensure quality
  • Familiarity with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions in a Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, Food Distribution & Logistics business is desirable
  • 3+ years consultancy expertise is preferable
  • Excellent presentation skills is desirable
  • Experience delivering training or presenting to an audience is preferable

 Key skills & Requirements

  • Fluent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Commercially astute, understanding of how the business makes money, what customers want and the commercial challenges in the food industry
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong team player, putting the needs of the project team ahead of personal goals
  • Ability to work unsupervised and self-motivated to meet deadlines
  • Displays competent and professional business behaviour and appearance
  • Dynamic, proactive and engaging style
  • Leading the activities of food production personnel to ensure efficient operations
  • Proven ability to achieve production targets within set timeframe
  • Experience of coaching and/or mentoring colleagues would be desirable

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility to travel to customer site and be away from home
  • Full and clean Driving Licence
  • Flexibility to work overtime\weekends, if required

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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Perks & Benefits

There is more than one good reason to join Columbus!

Aside from being a globally recognised Microsoft partner, that develops and invests in their employees, we offer a number of benefits including; 

  • 25 days Holiday (plus Bank Holidays) increasing with service

    Whether it's feeling the sand between your toes or skiing off piste, everyone deserves a break. So at Columbus we make sure you have the time to do what's important to you.

  • Healthcare Cashback Plan

    We understand that you are at your best when you feel your best - That's why we enrol every employee into our healthcare cashback plan.
    Healthy body - Healthy soul!

  • Columbus Heart

    Columbus Heart is our Benefits Hub, which not only provides information on all our benefits, it also hosts a retail discount portal that offers every Columbus employee preferential discounts at everyday high street stores and on top brands. You can save on everything from your weekly shop right the way up to a new TV or your monthly gym subscription.

  • Cycle to Work

    To promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution Columbus has a Cycle to Work Scheme to help you get a new set of wheels.

  • Life Assurance

    We value our people and their extended families, which is why we offer this life cover to all of our team members - we hope this is a benefit we never have to use but it gives peace of mind to our team.

Workplace & Culture

At Columbus, we are proud of our employees, their technical and industry expertise and their ability to develop, adapt and implement business solutions that help our customers maximise their efficiency and overall business performance.

We understand that there is life outside of work and try our hardest to enable a good work/life balance within the team.

In recognition of the commitment and loyalty within the team, we ensure that we celebrate successes together and offer social activities both to employees and their families at different times throughout the year.

We also have an extensive competency framework to support career development at Columbus and we invest heavily in performance management and training & development initiatives at all levels of the business.


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