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We’re experts at sourcing dynamic, skilled candidates across this extremely competitive sector, including regional management, buying and merchandising and eCommerce.

 

FMCG & Retail Recruitment from Martin VeaseyChallenging economic conditions, price fluctuations and complex supply chains can place pressure on manufacturers and retailers, so targeted recruitment strategies are extremely important to the success of this sector. Our FMCG & Retail recruitment experts are able to source creative and innovative thinkers, experienced candidates who can make a significant, long-lasting difference to your FMCG and retail business.

Identifying, sourcing, attracting and engaging exceptionally talented candidates who can make a real difference from day one, driving growth and safeguarding margins, is crucial and Martin Veasey Talent Solutions are well placed to assist your FMCG or Retail business.  

We recruit for all levels of position and our clients range from high profile blue-chip companies to SME's and niche developing businesses.  

The FMCG & Retail sector has become exceptionally competitive, reflecting the dynamic nature of retailing globally. Our clients span a wide spectrum of retailing and wholesaling activity including online, grocery, luxury and high street fashion, shoes, sportswear, fashion accessories, fast food/Quick Service Retail, entertainment, DIY, white and brown goods, garden centres, greeting cards, home furnishings/lifestyle, automotive, leisure, health and beauty, pharmaceuticals and opticians.


We proactively source and supply, both permanent and interim, graduate calibre managers, executives and directors in salary ranges from c£40,000 to £120,000 + both in the UK and internationally.

Recruitment Solutions:    

  • Executive Search/Headhunt  
  • Advertised Selection
     
  • Fast-track Contingency/Database Search  
  • International & Multiple Role or Team Recruitment

Typical Roles:

  • Last Mile/Final Mile Solutions
  • Inventory Planning & Management
  • Marketing, Insight & Digital Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Property
  • Retail IT Systems
  • Retail Store Management
  • Space planning
  • Supply Chain, Logistics & Distribution
  • Training & Development 
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Wholesale

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1046380_1653306927
£75000 - £85000 per annum + Car Allowance + Benefits

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
"A multi-site Production Director role for a well-established, multinational manufacturing company".


C£75-85000 Car Allowance & Benefits

Milton Keynes

 

Are you an experienced manufacturing production director?

Have you forged a successful career in a continuous process environment?

Would you like to take a key leadership role in a well-established company who are serious about growing their business?

If so, you may be the person our client is looking for to take the reins of their manufacturing operations, split across two sites in Milton Keynes and the East Midlands.

Our client operates a fast-moving, continuous process, converting operation which runs 24 hours a day, five days per week, on a three-shift system. As such, they are looking for someone with significant experience in managing that style of manufacturing operation. You'll be based at their main site in Milton Keynes but will need to spend some time at their sister site in the East Midlands as well.

The business is undergoing a degree of change which can be scary for many employees. So, understanding change management and helping your teams adjust to new working practices will play a significant part in your role. As well as implementing new changes to the operations, you will also need to focus on cost reduction programmes to ensure the company's financial targets are met.

Part of that change programme has been lean manufacturing. Having implemented a lean programme across the business, a core part of your role will be to lead their improvement projects using tools like CI and Six Sigma, plus others you have experience using. As such, you'll be someone who understands manufacturing processes and production efficiencies and how to improve them. Even though they are already operating at a high level, they know that there are always gains to be made. And that's where your people management skills come into play by inspiring your teams to achieve higher performance levels.

Like all continuous process operations, they have a huge focus on preventative maintenance which will form another core responsibility of your role, ensuring machine availability and utilisation remain high. Plus, you will play a key role in our client's new product development process by providing engineering capability and feasibility studies on potential new lines. In addition, you will need to investigate and plan for plant investment to support the future growth of the operations.

The business operates a relatively flat management structure, and you will sit on the senior leadership team of both manufacturing sites. As such, you will be able to influence the business's overall strategy, working closely with your fellow directors and the works council to create the best roadmap for the future. In addition, your ability to build close links with the commercial team will be essential to maintaining customer service standards without increasing stock levels.

As for your background, our client envisages you will be degree qualified in an engineering discipline and have significant experience in running a continuous process production system. And your specific knowledge of pneumatics, hydraulics and electrical systems will be of great benefit. As a visionary leader, you will be a visible, hands-on manager who is confident in managing engineering and operational teams of at least 100 including production, planning, quality, health and safety, purchasing and warehousing. You'll be comfortable in empowering your teams and providing mentoring and coaching to develop their skillsets. In addition, you'll enjoy building excellent working relationships with the supervisor teams and works council.

Also, with this role sitting in the leadership team, our client feels you will need a working knowledge of company finances and an analytical approach to managing costs in the business.

As you can imagine, we have plenty more to discuss about this role, so please submit your details, quoting reference LX 1046380 or call us on 44 (0)1905 381 320.

 

1045846_1653045637
£30-40000 (Dependent on Experience/Negotiable per annum Car Allowance Bonus Benefits

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER - FMCG RETAIL CHANNEL

 

"A Key Account Manager position in an established, Global premium homewares business"

 

£30-40000 (Dependent on Experience/Negotiable) + 20% Bonus + Car Allowance & Benefits

 

Hybrid  National Field/Home Based Role - HO in Thames Valley/Oxfordshire

 

Having carved a successful career in sales, you'll have learned that there's nothing more depressing than trying to sell a low-quality, cheap, mass-produced product. You end up clutching at straws trying to sell obvious features like, "Our tables have four legs and a wipe-clean surface". Not easy, is it?

 

So, imagine selling a premium product range where every aspect of the user's experience is carefully considered and built into the design. Speciality homeware that immediately sells itself on its striking visual appeal and functionality.

 

Sound like a better prospect?

 

Having already established their brand in high-end retailers like John Lewis, our client is now focusing on building relationships with other quality retail outlets. And that's where you'll come in with your existing knowledge of selling into companies like QVC, Robert Dyas, Argos, Dunelm, Very, Next, or Homebase, to name but a few.

 

However, as well as creating business with new customers, there are many opportunities to increase sales with existing customers who aren't aware of our client's complete product range.

 

As for you, our client is relaxed about your qualifications. But excellent written and verbal communications skills will be essential to your success in this role. In addition, you must have previous experience managing key accounts with major retailers. Location isn't too important as this is primarily a field-based role, but you will need to be able to attend the company HQ in Oxfordshire.

 

To indicate your interest in this role, please submit your details, quoting reference LX 1045846 or call us on 44 (0)1905 381 320.

 

 

967278_1652792752
£45000 - £60000 per annum Bonus Excellent Benefits Hybrid Working

SENIOR BUYER/CATEGORY SPECIALIST -FM & CORPORATE/SITE SERVICES


"Graduate calibre, CIPS qualified Senior Buyer/ Category Specialist or Category Manager sought by global energy leader."


C£50-58000 (Dependent on Experience) Bonus Excellent Blue Chip Benefits Package


Location: North West (Hybrid Working)


Commutable from Ellesmere Port, Mold, Wrexham, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Chester, Warrington, Runcorn, Widnes, Liverpool, Crewe, Knutsford, Macclesfield, South Manchester, Wigan, Newton le Willows, Leigh, Heywood, Skelmersdale.

This is a permanent career development opportunity for a graduate calibre, CIPS qualified procurement professional to join a global multinational energy environment within its indirect spend area covering corporate and site services. Our client is a multi-site manufacturing/processing and complex matrix organisation.
Our client has an opportunity for a Senior Buyer/Category Specialist for its Indirect Services Category Management team. Specifically, you will support categories such as Corporate & Professional Services, Site Services, Facilities Management, Engineering, MRO, Operational Support and Consumables with tactical and operational buying activities.
The Senior Buyer/Category Specialist will operate as part of a large procurement category management team, and will work closely with national, European and global divisions and business units.


The Role:

  • The delivery of agreed category plans through the execution of strategic sourcing projects to meet business partner requirements, maximizing value for our client.
  • Contributing to the development of category plans by creating and owning sub-category plans
  • Support the development of medium to long range category plans and be able to influence the development of value delivery plans through knowledge of local needs and local supply markets.
  • The implementation of strategic sourcing and supplier management activities to deliver in year value as well as using knowledge of local needs and supplier capabilities to contribute to the development of long-range category plans developed using standard company tools and communicated through the appropriate governance models.
  • Savings delivery is a critical component of the role and Senior Buyer will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of reporting and management of value outlooks in standard company reporting tools.
  • Collaborate with project specific stakeholders to ensure change management is efficient and effective to guarantee sustainable value delivery.
  • Change management is a key challenge in the role and Senior Buyers must have expert influencing and negotiation skills alongside key technical competencies relating to procurement transactional planning, commercial contract management and supplier relationship management.
  • Senior Buyers will provide the first line of supplier performance management activities to ensure sustainable and secure supply of goods and services to support ongoing safe and effective operation of facilities.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Will be university degree educated, part or fully qualified CIPS, with previous multinational strategic commercial procurement, buying and sourcing experience ideally within indirect categories, although experience in direct categories would still be of interest.
  • Commercial procurement/tactical and strategic buying experience gained within a multinational matrix organisation.
  • Currently working as a Buyer, Senior Buyer, Category Specialist or Category Manager for a large matrix organisation.
  • Experienced in sourcing, negotiation, and management of £multi million spend categories.
  • Experienced in developing strategic category plans.
  • A proven track record of working with senior stakeholders across multiple sites.
  • Self-starter, with lots of initiative, drive, and ambition to succeed.
  • Confidence and capability Must be able to influence at all levels of the organisation through strong relationship management.
  • Excellent analytical, research, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent team working ability, particularly with suppliers and sourcing managers.
  • Ability to develop and manage strong relationships both internally and externally (e.g. suppliers).
  • Highly motivated with a drive for results - performance focussed.
  • Strong integrity ensuring procurement operates to high standards and is fully trusted by its internal and external stakeholders.
  • Naturally analytical and inquisitive.
  • Experience of SAP/SAP Ariba procurement systems essential.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail to derive accurate and insightful recommendations.

Our client offers excellent development and the opportunity to make a real difference in a business that really values its people.
To apply without delay, please email your CV quoting reference LX 967278

1043915_1652373313
£350.00 - £450.00 per day Outside IR35

INTERIM WAREHOUSE PROJECT MANAGER (6-12 months - Imminent Start)

Day Rate £350-450 (outside IR35)

Location: Hybrid - Split between North West & South West area & Home Working

Our client, a wholesale distributor, is at the cutting edge of the renewable and alternative energy sector and has significant and growing market share through its unrivalled product quality and service value proposition. Its customer base includes B2C and B2B. There has never been a better time to join them and to play a key role in the expansion of its warehousing and distribution capacity, initially across the UK and then Europe.

The first stage of this is an overhaul of the facility in North West, followed by an investment in a new facility in the Bristol area. Tentative further plans exist for additional capacity in the UK. Additionally, the business is expanding its operation in Europe, namely Germany.

The Role

As an experienced warehousing design and project manager with previous warehousing operational leadership skills this will be the ideal opportunity for you.

Initially you will take the lead on a portfolio of small improvement and optimisation projects, such as temporary canopies, warehouse layout improvements, racking upgrades, pallet handling solutions, packaging equipment upgrades, etc. Quickly the role we extend into supporting the fit out and opening of a new 90000 sq ft warehouse in the Bristol Area and a replacement site in the Lancashire area. The role will support the Warehouse Managers and Operations Manager with project planning and control of the new warehouse commissioning IT equipment and systems, and the recruitment, induction, and training of the teams.

  • Effective Planning and Coordination of a portfolio mini-improvement projects running concurrently from concept to operations, including market evaluation, sourcing, design, installation, implementation, process documentation and training.
  • Project oversight, on behalf of our client, for new build fit outs, commissioning and go live, including liaising with single point fit out contractor on c£1m fit out budget
  • Responsible for controlling budgets and change management requests to design and let work packages.
  • Managing the connection and on-going service packages for Utilities, Security / Fire
  • Manage Risks to projects in terms of cost, timescale, and business impact.

The Ideal Candidate

  • 5yrs Project Management experience
  • 5yrs Working in a Warehouse on the "shop floor" as an operational leader
  • Understands the concept of designing and operating a Lean focused Warehouse with equipment investment to improve efficiency e.g., Pallet Handling System, Auto Wrapper / Banders
  • Must have been involved in a Warehouse Opening or Warehouse Move
  • Ideally been involved in a Warehouse Management System (WMS) implementation
  • Safety qualification, IOSH as a minimum, ideally NEBOSH
  • Qualified in the principles of Project Management e.g., Project Definition Workshops and Reports, Gantt Planning, Risk Logs, Flash Reports etc
  • Some experience of Supplier & Contractor Management, including evaluation of designs and quotations and negotiation of supply and service agreements.
  • A portfolio of career examples of hands-on warehouse related project management / improvement activity.
  • An understanding of the the broader context of the warehouse in the end-to-end supply chain, that stretches from a Far East Factory to the UK to B2C and B2B customers for installation.
  • Excellent Communication skills, both with cross functional colleagues and Contractors and Suppliers.
  • Problem solving and logical reasoning, whilst being calm under pressure and attention to detail, and a completer finisher.
  • Systems and Data literate, including basic analysis of data in spreadsheets and creation and presentation of KPI's, Metric and Graphics.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Mobile and flexible, willing to travel between the North West, South West, occasionally Europe and working from Home

To apply without delay, please email your application quoting LX 1043915

 

1035143_1651167730
Very Competitive (Low Tax) + Excellent Blue Chip Benefits

SENIOR OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - RETAIL LOGISTICS OPERATIONS

 

"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

 

We're seeking a high-profile individual to lead the further development and optimisation of multi-site logistics operations for one of South East Asia's largest grocery retailers. This role is perfect if you have experience leading large scale, complex projects in an international environment with primarily FMCG retail clients.

 

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

 

As Senior 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 VPs of key clients to build out an excellent client-focused approach while driving growth across the business. Therefore you will demonstrate a strong expertise in commercial and key account management within 3PL contract logistics.

 

To succeed in this role, you will be university degree educated in a business, logistics, or engineering discipline, and may 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 3PL operational leadership roles covering both warehousing and transport.

 

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 one or more DCs. Ideally, large scale multi-temperature FMCG retail NDCs or RDCs employing at least 300-1000 staff.

 

With complementary skills in project management and continuous improvement, you will have the skills to reduce costs while increasing efficiencies. You'll be able to take on new site openings and large-scale physical or systems redesigns without any problem because of your expertise with fully functional operations, delivering high levels of accuracy within retail distribution centres.

 

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 exceed business goals. Ultimately, you'll have the desire to progress to 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.

Previous experience of working abroad or extended periods of travel to APAC, Middle East or other developing/emerging 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.

 

Our client offers a competitive salary (low tax) and benefits such as a 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 1035143 for the attention of Roheela Khan Telephone 00 44 (0) 1905 381 320 www.martinveasey.com

 

 

1035140_1651167197
Very Competitive (Low Tax) + Excellent Blue Chip Benefits

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - 3PL RETAIL DISTRIBUTION CENTRES

 

 

 

"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 www.martinveasey.com

 

 

 

 

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