April 2018

Supply Chain Director for ambitious smaller format retailer

This position is now closed

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This retailer is a fast paced, highly innovative convenience retailer with a store portfolio that is truly UK-wide. The business has a workforce of over 15,000 people, providing outstanding levels of customer service. Our client is transitioning from a regional model to one that is significantly more centralised but without losing the entrepreneurial autonomy found in its shops. It operates from a network that is both 'owned' and 'franchised'.

  • Location: North
  • Salary: £excellent base, including an outstanding broader package.

The role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Achievement of operational supply chain budget in line with agreed KPIs.
  • Total responsibility for the delivery of finished product and ingredients to the store network as agreed in the annual business plan.
  • Develop supply chain vision, strategy, and plan to drive the necessary improvements in operational performance via the annual budget process and overall business strategic plans.
  • Drive improvements in Health, Safety and Environment across manufacturing and distribution sites ensuring policies and processes are effectively implemented.
  • Take the lead in ensuring the business has the right manufacturing organisation and capability.
  • Build and develop strong operational teams and foster robust personal development plans using the internal people planning process. Ensure that appropriate succession plans are in place.
  • Control and prepare the operational costs budgets for all supply chain sites.
  • Lead the continuous improvement agenda for the business.
  • Develop and implement appropriate capital and revenue plans.
  • Provide technical expertise, guidance, support, development and troubleshooting to the supply chain teams.
  • Continually seek cost reduction opportunities through the supply chain process.
  • Ensure there are appropriate mechanisms in place to share best practice across the sites.

The individual - ideal candidate

This is a business-critical appointment in a period of exciting transformational change. It would be advantageous if the individual offered both the calibre and ambition to join a shortlist of potential CEO successors over the medium to longer term.

  • A natural figurehead who is respected for their supply chain competence and who can engage with a large number of people, converting the complex business strategy in to tangible targets and measures.
  • A background in leading a complex supply chain function within a fast moving, food retailer.
  • A strong background in food retailing, minimum 10 years. It is highly desirable that the individual has experience in the manufacturing arena.
  • The ability to develop highly effective cross-functional relationships. It is essential that they demonstrate that they have successfully challenged existing operating models, with the objective of improving customer experience or the cost model.
  • The ability to grow with the business and take-on additional responsibility and projects.
  • Excellent leadership, people management, influencing and communication skills.
  • Closely aligned to, and great culture fit with, the company values.

If you have the skills and experience and are looking for a new challenge, we would be delighted to discuss this opportunity further.

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