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Operations Director

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"3PL Grocery Retail Logistics operations. A fantastic opportunity for experienced grocery logistics professional with excellent multi-site, grocery retail DC operations management expertise to take the lead on high profile retail account."




£Competitive Car Allowance Bonus Benefits




Actual Job Location: South East Asia




Our client is one of the world's most successful third-party logistics service providers with an impressive portfolio of blue-chip multinational accounts across various industry sectors.



As a result of rapid promotion, we are recruiting for this role again. This role is a high profile one, taking the lead in developing and optimising multi-site logistics operations for one of South East Asia's largest grocery retailers.


The ideal candidate will be responsible for managing two automated and semi-automated amient and composite distribution centres. With experience as a 3PL General Manager or Site Lead, this position requires an individual who can provide strategic leadership while improving the operational performance of the warehousing and transport logistics operations.



As an Operations Director, you will be responsible for leading a team committed to providing unparalleled service and support by delivering on challenging KPIs. Alongside this, you'll work closely with the senior leadership teams of key clients to build out an excellent client-focused approach while driving growth across the business. Therefore strong commercial and key account management expertise gained in 3PL will be critical to success.



To succeed in this role, you will be university degree educated in a business, logistics, or engineering discipline. You may have benefitted from an in-depth management development programme with a large 3PL or a food/grocery retailer. This will have encompassed a series of 3PL operational leadership roles covering both warehousing and transport (including the acquisition of a CPC).



In addition, you should be able to demonstrate project work culminating in your current or most recent senior operational role as a GM/Regional Manager or Director of a DC. Ideally, large scale multi-temperature FMCG retail NDCs or RDCs employing at least 200-300 staff.



Your 3PL experience will have included extensive contract account management and client stakeholder engagement. Either in-house or within a 3PL, you will have built up your project management and continuous improvement skills to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. You may already have been involved in new site openings through to large scale physical and systems redesigns. This will all have been achieved whilst ensuring that operations remain fully functional, delivering high levels of accuracy and on-time delivery within a retail DC.



You are a strategic and commercially minded individual with experience in shaping plans and implementing cost-saving initiatives in large retail FMCG operations. You have successfully led teams through periods of change as they improved their performance while achieving results that met or exceeded business goals. Ultimately, you'll have the desire to progress to senior/VP level in our client's business, shaping the company for the future.


Our client feels the ideal candidate for this role will have a degree in business, logistics, or engineering and be resilient, with an energetic personality that can embrace challenges. In addition, you'll need to be committed to business success, and your previous development reviews will indicate you're already a high-potential leader.



Operationally, you'll take charge of all the aspects of our client's warehousing and distribution business. This includes running a retail pick, pack, and despatch operation and a multi-drop primary transport function. In addition, your team are responsible for delivering goods on time at competitive prices within budget while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction every step along the way.



You'll need excellent financial management skills to manage the £60m business under your control. A challenging task, but your unparalleled attention, detail and self-control drive will serve you well. In addition, you will be comfortable persuading, influencing and presenting at both shop floor and director level internally and externally to the client.



Previous experience of working abroad or extended periods of travel to the APAC, Middle East, LatAm or other developing markets will be highly advantageous but not a prerequisite. However, you will need to be able to adapt to a different cultural style quickly. Your people management and leadership approach will respect loyalty and engenders trust whilst remaining highly results-driven and focused on success.



In return, our client offers a competitive salary (low tax) and very low cost of living and benefits such as car, bonus, pension, healthcare and fantastic career development. In addition, relocation assistance will be provided, including short term rental support and school fees.



To apply without delay and for a confidential discussion, please send your CV in word format, quoting reference LX 1035140 for the attention of Roheela Khan Telephone 00 44 (0) 1905 381 320