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HEAD OF DISTRIBUTION CENTRE



A global electrical distribution organisation have retained Prism Executive to appoint a Head of Distribution to lead and develop their Distribution Centre in Ireland. Managing their distribution hub, the role holder will work closely with the senior management team, growing out the centre. They will also work closely with the wider group, supporting stakeholders across the network. Holding a unique skill when engaging with other internal stakeholders, the role holder will be responsible for managing the commercial aspects of the Distribution Centre with the overall objective of maximising the profitability and contribution to the business.

The Head of Distribution will collaborate with Logistics, Procurement and Finance. They will lead a team of supervisors, operatives, stock controllers and transport managers. The appointee will be a key contributor in ensuring compliance and profitability are best in class in the centre, delivering an effective management process across operational policies and procedures, logistics, employee relations and customer service standards.

Responsibilities:

  • Build/Set up a best in class distribution centre

  • Advise and guide the business on what is required to ensure that the company’s first distribution centre is successful

  • Ensure the effective execution of replenishment and stock management objectives/policies;

  • Stocks/budget reflect agreed sales ratio

  • Minimise overheads within the Distribution Centre with a focus on wastage minimisation

  • Actively comply and promote company policies in relation to health & safety, security

  • Identify any action areas of stock loss and put preventative measures in place to remedy same

  • Ensure all stock in the Distribution Centre is controlled in line with organisational targets and all returns and out of date stock is actioned

  • Oversee the management of all aspects of stock take in line with organisational policy (including preparation for stock take and follow up action)

  • Comply with financial obligations when purchasing stock (e.g., Purchase Orders etc.)

  • Initiate and develop business through personal selling/service contact with key customers

  • Ensure security activities within the Distribution Centre are compliant with company security policy

  • Implement reporting policies and procedures regarding health and safety

  • Work with the HR department to recruiting, train and onboarding all staff

  • Work with the Health & Safety department to ensure all staff are trained to carry out their role including health & safety and quality.

Experience:

  • Built out and lead a wholesale Distribution Centre

  • Experience (10+ years) in wholesale consumer goods sector

  • Have a strong strategic and operational focus, with formidable management and leadership skills

  • Be competent in managing existing accounts, and in the development and management of new accounts in line with company expectations, with the support of the sales team.

  • Experience at leading and mentoring teams

  • Be a results-driven achiever, with exemplary planning and organisational skills.

  • Be a seasoned professional whose integrity provides for effective business relationships.

  • Be a confident individual, who is committed to achieving excellence.

  • Be a highly motivated self-starter, who takes initiative with minimal supervision.

  • Be a strong communicator with the ability to effectively convey information verbally.

  • Be an analytical thinker, with the ability to assess situations and identify key issues that need to be addressed in a timely and professional manner.

  • Possess strong financial acumen, with the ability to understand, and take accountability for margin and profit expectations

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