Operations Director

Lots of businesses claim to be a “market leader”.  This one can prove they are.

Lots of businesses claim to offer “great career development opportunities”.  The guy who did this role before you has just been made the MD.

Lots of businesses claim to offer “competitive salaries”.  These guys are transparent about their offering – £80-100k basic, £12k car allowance, pension, bonus (tbc), income protection scheme.

This business run a successful, high volume, fast moving palletised night cross-dock operation, an operation that they need you to take full responsibility for, including all costs and making all the big decisions.  You’ll lead a team of 6 who, in turn, will manage a total workforce of 200, setting the expectations around performance and quality.  You’ll work closely with the board on strategic initiatives to drive the business forward – you won’t be coming into a business where everything is already done, there is plenty of scope to influence change and make improvements – the business is growing at pace so needs it’s operation to be able to cope with increased volume and demands.  One of the first jobs you’ll have is to hire a depot/hub manager to lead the night operation so, in the short term, as well as undertaking a strategic role you’ll also need to be willing to get stuck in on the night operation itself to address any issues or implement any changes you want to make.  The expectation is that, even once you’ve hired this person, you’ll still be a visible presence in the operation, although it will be down to you to decide how often and when!

Development and mentoring of people is a key focus of this business.  You’ll be expected to take personal responsibility for coaching and developing your team, ensuring you are building a pipeline of succession.  Culture and attitude is vital to the success of this organisation and that is driven from the top, namely you as far as operations is concerned.

So what skills and experience can you bring to the table that would get them really excited?

  • A proven background of successfully leading large logistics/warehouse operations that deliver profitable, efficient and effective services that delight the customer
  • If you happen to have done the above in a cross-dock environment that would be an advantage but isn’t essential
  • You’ll be a naturally people focused person, someone who understands the benefits of building great relationships and who really enjoys coaching, mentoring and inspiring their teams, seeing them evolve and grow in terms of capability
  • Experience of establishing current state, identifying improvements/changes required and then developing a strategic roadmap for delivery of those changes  
  • Willing, and able, to both work with the Board but also be hands on at an operational level in the early days and stay closely connected to it in the longer term

If this role sounds like a bit of you, apply with a copy of your CV, or your LinkedIn profile, or drop us a line to discuss in more detail.  Every application is reviewed by a person and everyone will get a response, it’s the least you deserve.

Job Information

Job Reference: V-32091
Salary: £80000 - £100000 per annum, Benefits: £12k car allowance, pension, bonus (tbc), income protection scheme.
Salary From: £80000
Salary To: £100000
Job Industries: Logistics Distribution & Supply Chain
Job Locations: Birmingham
Job Types: Permanent

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