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Distribution Centre General Manager (DC Development & Optimisation) 


Distribution Centre General Manager (DC Development & Optimisation) 

“3PL Food Retail Logistics DC.  A fantastic opportunity for a high potential graduate with excellent UK food retail DC operations management expertise to lead DC development and optimisation.”

£Competitive + Car Allowance + Bonus + Benefits

Actual Job Location: Thailand    

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 a range of industry sectors.  
This role is a high profile one, taking the lead in the further development and optimisation of a DC for one of Thailand’s high end grocery retailers.  As an experienced Distribution Centre Operations/General Manager, working closely with the client, you will project lead the further development and optimisation of a large scale retail DC handling both food and non-food.  You will focus on implementation and performance enhancement and the day to day running of the DC a General Manager.  You will be responsible for strategic growth, development and performance covering both warehousing and transport logistics operations for this contract and operation.   You will also further develop your excellent blue chip key account management and client relationship skills.

To succeed in this role, you will be university degree educated, and will perhaps have benefitted from an in-depth management development programme either with a large 3PL or a food/grocery retailer.  This will have encompassed a series of operational leadership roles covering both warehousing and transport (including acquisition of a CPC) interspersed with project work culminating in your current or most recent operational role, running a large scale multi temperature FMCG retail NDC or RDC employing 200-300 + staff as a DC GM.   

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 upon 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 will be strategic and commercially minded, with some experience of shaping strategic plans and implementing cost saving initiatives in complex, large retail FMCG operations. You will be experienced in coaching and leading teams through numerous periods of change producing high performing teams. You will therefore be extremely keen and ready to build on this in your next role as you take on a senior leadership role at Director level in a developing international market.  

The ideal applicant will be university degree educated perhaps in logistics or business. You will be a high energy, resilient person, with a warm personality and a real passion for developing people and driving a logistics business to succeed.  Your talent and development reviews to date will already have earmarked you as high potential.    

From an operational perspective you must be adept at running a retail warehousing pick pack and despatch operation as well as a multi drop primary and secondary transport function.  In terms of budgetary responsibility my client’s business is big -  in the range of £60 million plus revenue so your financial management and planning skills will be excellent. Your attention to detail, self-control and drive will be of the highest levels.  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 Far East or other developing markets will be highly advantageous, although not a prerequisite, however you will need to be able to quickly adapt to a different cultural style and your personal people management and leadership approach will be one that respects loyalty and engenders trust whilst remaining highly results driven and focused on success.