Retail & Consumer

The turbulent economic climate continues to destabilize the Retail sector and the significant changes that we have witnessed over the last few years continue to send shockwaves through our consumer businesses.

Across the industry, retailers are having to regularly re-examine their proposition, pricing costs and supply chain in order to remain competitive, with change and transformation featuring highly on Board agendas.

Consequently, we are seeing new trends emerging; new strategies to address the changing dynamics of the UK retail & consumer sector; more innovative ways of working to capture customers in an increasingly competitive sector; and ultimately a new breed of leaders that are equipped with broad commercial skill sets, increasingly customer centric focus and the vigour required to bring fresh thinking to a world that has been somewhat paralysed by economic turbulence and the emergence of the ‘super-sophisticated’ consumer.

Major challenges like these require expert assistance and at Green Park, we’ve been recognised for exactly that. In fact, Retail Week recognised our company as one of the top 10 head-hunters in the market, and we’ve also been proud sponsors of the Retail Week Power 100.

Green Park is at the vanguard of identifying, supporting and fostering the ongoing development of this future talent. We pride ourselves on our track record of placing game-changing individuals and teams into organisations that are looking to position themselves ahead of the competition in terms of the war for talent.

Our collective experience of over 50 years in the industry means we’ve an enviable track record delivering leadership and senior management talent across department stores, fashion and luxury, high street and speciality retail. Our functional expertise spans the full C-suite and enabling functions including finance, technology, HR and marketing in addition to the more retail specific disciplines such as operations, buying and merchandising and omni-channel.

As the digital revolution and globalisation have both impacted our clients and how they operate, so our own work has had to evolve.  In recognising the transiency of new world talent, Green Park has undertaken extensive research to investigate and scrutinise the current and future people development strategies of retail and consumer clients; in addition to our consultancy with Boards and our executive resourcing services, we have also published several thought leadership pieces relating to Omnichannel Development and Emerging Markets.

Our networks and the quality of our relationships are what underpin all of the above, we believe that time invested in understanding our clients and candidates is time spent wisely.  Green Park hosts a quarterly Retail Leaders’ Dinner, which is attended by Chairs, CEOs and executive retail professionals across a variety of categories and channels, ownership and operating models.  It is through such events and the sharing of experience, knowledge and ideas we believe we are able to add further value and insight to our commercial relationships.

Track Record

Interim Finance Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6351
Location:
London
Salary:
£950 Per Day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description
Green Park are partnering an internationally renowned Private Equity house in the consideration of divesting assets within their portfolio.

As part of this strategic project we will require an Interim Finance Director to join the leadership team for a period of up to 6 months.

Assignment description
The Private Equity house has ear marked two potentially assets to divest, both surround a high street retail propositions, turnovers circa £200 million each which have operations covering +20 countries across direct retail, franchise and wholesale.

We require a proven Interim Finance Director to become a critical part of the leadership team for a period of 6 months. The role will encompasses a cradle to grave financial review and ultimately recommend an outcome.

Candidate description
You will need to be an established Finance Director with substantial experience within Private Equity to be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based around retail propositions within branded environments, however we will consider consumer businesses that sit within Private Equity backed portfolios.

For more information please contact James Nash

Interim Technology and Supply Chain Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6350
Location:
London
Salary:
£850 Per Day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description
Green Park are partnering Private Equity in the establishment of a new luxury fashion retailer.

As part of this exciting project we will require an Interim Technology and Supply Chain Director to join the leadership team for a period of up to 12 months.

Assignment description
The luxury brand offering will cover stores, digital and wholesale.

While the board of the brand is being finalised, we require an Interim Technology and Supply Chain Director to assist the Chief Executive with the establishment of the technology and supply chain skeleton behind the operation.

This will be a key appointment within their leadership team. The role will encompasses establishing technology ERP, digital platform, supply chain and the wholesale operation.

Candidate description
You will need to be an established technology director with substantial experience within similar SME retailers to be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based around a luxury retail brands, however we will consider wider highstreets retailers.

For more information please contact James Nash

 

Interim Digital Marketing Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6331
Location:
London
Salary:
£750 Per Day
Duration:
London

Client description
Green Park is proud to have been retained by a household retailer to help grow, develop, and ultimately evolve their digital proposition.
As part of this exciting project we will require an Interim Digital Marketing Director to join the digital leadership team for a period of up to 12 months.

Assignment description
Due to continued success throughout the store portfolio, our client is now looking to turn their attention to Omnichannel retail. At present our clients have over 300 stores and a multi-billion P&L however, due to product specialisation, they have to date had limited investment within digital retailing. They wish to change this by developing a new digital proposition to compliment the current retail offering, ultimately being responsible for 20% of their turnover within 5 years.

The Interim Digital Marketing Director will be a key appointment within their leadership team. The role will encompasses establishing a digital marketing function covering all performance channels. At present marketing is run out of the core proposition however we will be looking to break this away in a new function.

Candidate description
You will need to be an established proven digital marketer with substantial performance marketing experience be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based around a number of retailer propositions, however we will consider wider digital marketplace.

For more information please contact James Nash

Interim Digital Trading Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6332
Location:
London
Salary:
£750 Per Day
Duration:
6 months

Client description
Green Park is proud to have been retained by a household retailer to help grow, develop, and ultimately evolve their digital proposition.
As part of this exciting project we will require an Interim Digital Trading Director to join the digital leadership team for a period of up to 12 months.

Assignment description
Due to continued success throughout the store portfolio, our client is now looking to turn their attention to Omnichannel retail. At present our clients have over 300 stores and a multi-billion P&L however, due to product specialisation, they have to date had limited investment within digital retailing. They wish to change this by developing a new digital proposition to compliment the current retail offering, ultimately being responsible for 20% of their turnover within 5 years.

The Interim Digital Trading Director will be a key appointment within their leadership team. The role will encompasses taking digital trading to 8% of turnover within a short timeframe, examples of duties will cover: day to day trading management, management of digital merchandising team, key liaison between category leads to help widen SKU to allow depth within digital trading.

Candidate description
You will need to be an established proven e-commerce trader with substantial digital retailing experience be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based around a number of high street retailers, however we will consider pure play and digital marketplace exposure.

For more information please contact James Nash

 

Interim Digital Strategy Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6333
Location:
London
Salary:
£750 Per Day
Duration:
6 months

Client description
Green Park is proud to have been retained by a household retailer to help grow, develop, and ultimately evolve their digital proposition.
As part of this exciting project we will require an Interim Digital Strategy Director to join the digital leadership team for a period of up to 18 months.

Assignment description
Due to continued success throughout the store portfolio, our client is now looking to turn their attention to Omnichannel retail. At present our clients have over 300 stores and a multi-billion P&L however, due to product specialisation, they have to date had limited investment within digital retailing. They wish to change this by developing a new digital proposition to compliment the current retail offering, ultimately being responsible for 20% of their turnover within 5 years.

The Interim Digital Strategy Director will be a key appointment within their leadership team. The role will encompasses taking the digital strategy and developing roadmap before physical implementation begins, examples of duties will cover: platform selection, front end development, UX/UI, change management as well as oversee digital product on an interim basis.

Candidate description
You will need to be an established proven Strategy Director with substantial digital retailing experience be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based around a number of high street retailers, however we will consider pure play and digital marketplace exposure.

For more information please contact James Nash

 

Interim Director of Ecommerce
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6081
Location:
London
Salary:
£900 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description

Green Park is proud to be partnering a historic fashion brand, an icon who are significantly leading the UK and international markets within their field.

Due to an internal re-structure we require an Interim Director of E-Commerce for a period of 6 to 9 months to join the leadership team.

Assignment description

This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything through executive relationship management, cradle to grave control of the digital business including trading, digital marketing and product.

The digital P&L is currently trading £70 million per annum, brand turnover £250 million, group turnover + £1billion.

Candidate description

You will need to be an established Director/Head of E-commerce who has prior digital P&L ownership and substantial retail experience to be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based within luxury apparel, however we will consider a wider apparel, footwear or a general merchandise background. 

For more information please contact James Nash

Head of Finance
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
WR6098
Location:
London
Salary:
up to £90,000

Client Description
Our client is a rapidly growing, international retailer.

Role Description
Reporting to the Managing Director on all areas of finance, this role is tasked with the development and build of the finance function within the UK. The role responsibilities are as follows:

  • Annual Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Monthly Management Accounts
  • Balance Sheet Control and Administration
  • Credit Control
  • System Redesign
  • Supervision and Management of Finance Team

As a key part of this role, you will be responsible for bringing the finance function in-house from an outsourced provider.

Candidate Description

  • The successful candidate will be an experienced finance professional who has previously operated at a senior financial controller level
  • The successful candidate will have fashion retail or accessories retail experience
  • The successful candidate will have had experience building a finance function
Interim Chief Product Officer
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6065
Location:
London
Salary:
£1100 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description

Green Park is partnering an exciting, innovative global digital business through their continued development and brand re-positioning by launching a new B2C platform operation.

Due to the new platform, a newly created opportunity has been created for an Interim Chief Product Officer to join the leadership team.

Assignment description

This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything through executive relationship management on a global basis; detailed strategy and roadmap/product development; full life-cycle product development of the end 2 end digital platform offering.

You will also be required to provide key strategic direction whilst taking business ownership of the customer proposition and user experience aligning the development and output of the digital product team.

Candidate description

You will need to be an established proven Chief Product Officer / Digital Product Director within a major digital platform environment to be considered for this opportunity, this experience will ideally be based around rapid growth digital media however we will consider more generic digital product and digital customer proposition exposure.

In addition to being a proven CPO we will also require an individual with superb management and interpersonal skills; you will be responsible for driving forward a newly established team as well as having full exec board stakeholder engagement, therefore as much as managing down will be of great importance, we will also need to see proven experience of managing up.

For more information please contact James Nash

Interim Logistics and DC Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN6024
Location:
London
Salary:
£800 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description

Green Park is partnering a privately owned SME consumer business through their continued development and brand positioning by upgrading a recently established cradle to grave distribution centre.

This is a unique opportunity to partner the leadership of this entrepreneurial private business responsible for the delivery of consumer healthcare products across the UK.

 

Assignment description

Due to growth across the business and the inherent importance of our clients products, we require a Logistics and DC Director to deliver the implementation and upgrade of a new logistics DC Centre allowing an improved consumer journey moving forwards.

This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything through executive relationship management ; assisting with detailed logistics roadmap development in addition to day to day running of the Logistics function and DC.

 

Candidate description

You will need to be an established Supply Chain and DC Logistics Director who has held responsibility for an SME consumer retail business previously with specific focus on healthcare products.

This role will require an individual with superb management and interpersonal skills; you will be responsible for driving forward a newly established team as well as having full exec board stakeholder engagement, therefore as much as managing down will be of great importance, we will also need to see proven experience of managing up.

 

For more information please contact James Nash

Interim Head of Digital
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
CC6017
Location:
UK
Salary:
£700 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Our Client

Our client is a fashion-led womenswear retailer with a sizeable in-store and online presence.

 

The Role

Leading the online function, this role will hold responsibility for online trading, online marketing and web development, reporting directly into the Managing Director. It will work on growing and developing the digital proposition through the balance of innovation, customer focus, analytical insight and commercial acumen.

 

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be an individual who is experienced in leading the online channel of a fashion retailer. They will have expertise and experience leading online marketing and online trading and have an understanding of web development. The successful candidate will also have experience of scale, having led an online channel with an annual revenue exceeding £20m.

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