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Director of Operations

Role:                Director of Operations

Location:         UK (Preference would be South East)

Salary:             £120-150K BASE plus Exec Package

About Our Client

My client who are a leading Logistics/Shipping business and they are currently looking to attract the very best Director of Operations for this newly created role, which is due to continued expansion and recent acquisitions.

Job Description

You will have responsibility for all the operational processes across all the transport modes and contract logistics. You will be looking to increase both productivity and efficiencies across the operation whilst also looking to increase service quality.  
You will have responsibility for a large team therefore your leadership and communication skills need to come to the fore.

  • Overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of an operations team of around 120 employees.
  • Responsible for the up-skilling of the current team through an active attitude towards coaching, mentoring and development.
  • Develop and grow relationships with 3rd party suppliers (air, road and sea) in order to secure the most cost effective rates for our business..
  • Offer strategic business direction through the collection and analysis of business statistics.
  • Ensure that a quality service is provided to our customers in line with our SLA's.
  • Generate new business relationships through active promotion of our brand.
  • Direct responsibility for six Senior Managers on a daily basis.
  • The role can essentially be based anywhere in the UK, there is a preference for a South East base. The role does potentially have some European travel involved.


The Successful Applicant

My client is actively looking to engage a dynamic leader, mentor and coach who can impart their passion and knowledge onto the wider business. Either currently working as a Operations Director or an established Senior Manager with strong leadership and mentoring skills would be perfect for this position.

The successful Operations Director will have many of the following attributes:

  • Strong airfreight forwarding experience is essential for this role.
  • Previous experience of remotely managing numerous teams.
  • Commercially minded, with a desire to drive profitability whilst still providing outstanding customer service.
  • Experience developing and lead teams through periods of change.
  • Ideally educated to degree level (BSc, BA, or BEng) although not a prerequisite.
  • Previous experience at a similar level within other Blue Chip or SME Logistics businesses.

For further information please email or call +44 (0) 333 366 0839 quoting CS//7783.

Langley Search & Interim is a specialist search firm and interim provider of Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain roles across the UK, Europe and Internationally. We place senior level interim and permanent positions from global multinationals to SMEs, across Consumer, Industrial, Public Sector and Technology & Professional Services.

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Head of Supplier & Account Managment

My Client a Private Equity owned energy platform business, are currently looking for a Head of Supplier & Account Manager The Head of Supplier & Account Manager will report to the CFO and be accountable for maintaining and improving the existing Supplier relationships. This includes ensuring on-time delivery across the supply base ensuring prices remain competitive and coverage is extensive across the UK.

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to work with a leading organisation that they can really have a hand on shaping and developing.  The role will be based remotely, with travel to suppliers.


In this role, you will…

  • Be a member of the management team, leading the Supply team and shaping the Supply strategy. 
  • Build strong working relationships with both suppliers across the UK and colleagues across the business; understand their priorities and help them understand yours. 
  • Build, lead, manage and mentor a Supply team encompassing Account Management, Supply Operations and Resolutions (dealing with Supply issues impartially and resolving them to the satisfaction of both client and the supplier).
  • Refine & improve the clients offering to customers & contractual relationships with suppliers.
  • Ensure the right supply KPIs are in place and are managed effectively. 
  • Work with the Operations Team to make sure that the clients get the right balance between supply and Operations, and processes are clear between both departments.
  • Ensure that the Supply roadmap is well communicated and understood across the wider team.  Improve the level of Supply and process understanding across the business.


Experience Required:

  • Great commercial ability, communication, and relationship management. Comfortable working and negotiating with people from national businesses down to sole suppliers
  • Curiosity and a love of process and optimisation. You can always see a better way to do things and get excited about the opportunity to create new processes and experiment with existing ones.
  • Passion for leading teams and at least 5 years experience in a Supply Chain role, ideally in a business that uses technology and data. You know that delivering high-quality service depends on having a great team in place and skilful leadership and management of them.
  • A data-driven and analytical mindset. You know how to ask the right questions to get to actionable outcomes, how to design processes and use KPIs to measure their effectiveness.
  • Good judgement and the ability to stay calm under pressure. You have superb organizational skills, integrity, and great follow-through on tasks.

For more information about this exciting role and if you meet the criteria, please submit your details without delay to info @langleysearch .com quoting MB/7724.


Langley Search & Selection (langleysearch . com) is the leading specialist recruiter in the procurement, supply chain and purchasing field.  We manage permanent and interim procurement and supply chain jobs across the UK, Europe and globally for our clients, from large global multinationals to SMEs

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