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 Change and Communication Lead
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5973
Location:
London
Salary:
£800 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description

Green Park are involved with a global consumer business who are currently undertaking a cradle to grave ERP replacement, the programme is well established and in the final stages of global go-live, however, due to an internal re-structure we need to make adjustments to the present programme team.

Due to this re-structure there is an opportunity to appoint an Interim Change and Communication Lead to finalise the rollout and take it through training. This role will hold responsibility for delivery of training and communication for the ERP change management plan across the business, covering the Americas and European market.

Assignment description

As described above due to the internal re-structure of the programme this newly created role will need to operate within a complex environment.

The appointed ERP change and communication lead will be solely responsible for business training whilst supporting development and delivery of deployment for the integrated programme plans enabling effective management and tracking of resources, deliverables and dependencies across all work-streams. You will partner and manage work stream leads/coordinators ensuring all projects and deliverables meet the agreed timescales whilst monitoring budgets, dependencies between projects & work streams and escalate issues as required.

Candidate description

We need an expert in delivering complex programme communications projects in turnaround / broken programme environments, it is very important that you have significant training and change programme management experience with a market leading employer and can demonstrate hands on robust project management, project governance and process skills within similar environments.

As our client is rolling out a global ERP, regular travel away from home Monday to Friday will be required.

Please contact James Nash for further information.

Legal Counsel
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
WR5924
Location:
London

Client description

Green Park are thrilled to be partnering a rapidly growing lifestyle brand, based in London.

Due to rapid growth of the store-estate, the opportunity has arisen for a Legal Counsel to report to the European Managing Director and to take responsibility for the legal department in the UK.

Assignment description

The role will lead legal in the UK region. The role will initially focus heavily on commercial property, in the form of lease negotiations, property contracts, etc. to support a rapid store expansion programme. Subsequently, the role will expand into a generalist remit and knowledge bank within the global organisation.

Candidate description

You will be an experienced Legal Counsel with over 8 years’ experience and strong experience operating within a multi-site business and with an appreciation of the legal complexity in the opening of new sites, whether the experience is within retail, leisure or hospitality. You will also have a broader understanding of the remit and responsibilities of a generalist Legal Counsel.

For more information, please contact us.

Group HR Director
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
MB5921
Location:
UK

Our Client
Our client is a unique diversified group with a strong heritage and over 400 employees across its companies. They are founder-led and seek to welcome innovation within the function of human resources in order to complement their strong reputation for customer service.  

The Role
The role is a Group HR Director, overseeing the human resources function across our client’s companies. As such, it will be the first Group role for the organisation. 
Our client is looking for a highly-credible HR Director or Head of HR who is willing to challenge stakeholders in the name of building a unified HR strategy for the Group. 
This role operates a generalist remit and as a result, is expected to bring about improvements within fields such as reward, culture, employee experience and training. 
A key priority for the role will be the management and bringing-together of distinct cultures that operate in the subsidiary companies. 

Candidate Specification
The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience of bringing about an HR strategy for an organisation or group
  • Have operated in a generalist remit for over 2 years
  • Have operated within challenging stakeholder-management circumstances (e.g. founder-led or private equity)
  • Be an individual willing to innovate within the HR function, specifically around areas such as employee experience
  • Possess gravitas and resilience 

For more information, please contact us

Interim Legal Counsel
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
CC5920
Location:
London
Salary:
£750 per day
Duration:
6 Months

Client description

Green Park are thrilled to be partnering a rapidly growing lifestyle brand, based in London.
 

Due to rapid growth of the store-estate, the opportunity has arisen for an Interim Legal Counsel to report to the European Managing Director and to take responsibility for the legal department in the UK for a period of approximately 6 months.
 

Assignment description

The role will lead legal in the UK region. The role will focus heavily on commercial property, in the form of lease negotiations, property contracts, etc. to support a rapid store expansion programme.
 

Candidate description

You will be an experienced Legal Counsel with over 8 years’ experience and strong experience operating within a multi-site business and with an appreciation of the legal complexity in the opening of new sites, whether the experience is within retail, leisure or hospitality.

 

Head of Retail Operations
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
BBBH5407
Location:
London

Our Client

A fast-growing, global apparel retailer with ambitious growth plans.

Purpose & Scope of Role
•    Lead the retail operations team in managing third party providers and associated budgets for the business.
•    Develop best practice and promote the implementation on consistent policy and procedure in stores.
•    Drive a cost focused culture whilst innovating processes and practices to continuously improve service effectiveness.
•    Lead the team which provides central support for stores across 10 countries.
•    Act as the middle-point between the voice of the stores and the voice of the head office.

Key Responsibilities
•    Security
•    Cleaning
•    Cash in transit
•    Consumables
•    Operations
•    Procedure Oversight
•    Company Roadmaps
•    Project Management
•    Supply Chain liaison

Person Specification
We are searching for an individual with evidence of experience within the central operations function within a retailer with a turnover of over £500m. Apparel retail is preferable but not necessary. Our client is looking for a high caliber individual who is capable of stepping up into increasingly senior roles in years to come.

 

Interim Business Change Manager - Shared Services
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5748
Salary:
£800 per day
Duration:
6 months

Client description
Green Park is proud to be partnering a global consumer business through a substantial business transformation agenda.

One channel of the transformation will require a deployment of a newly outsourced BPO across the global group, with this in mind we will require an Interim Business Change and Communications Manager to partner the 3rd party consultancy deploy the BPO (Centralised Finance) incorporate change across the work streams, impacting people, process and technology.

Assignment description
The appointed Business Change Manager will be accountable for all requirements of business change in regards to the BPO outsourcing, working in line with the change and communications framework. This will cover a multi-country deployment, stakeholder management and cradle to grave project planning. In addition to the project management (BPO / centralised finance outsourcing) you will be required to be active within other business change streams of the wider transformation.

The Change Manager will be an ambassador for the change management within the work stream (BPO), they will be responsible for coaching project teams (Supplied by the 3rd party) and BAU teams, ensuring change management is understood and why it is important and delivered in line with the overall work stream roadmap

Candidate description
We need an expert in delivering Business change and communications projects in a global shares service environment, it is very important that you have significant training and change programme management experience with a market leading employer and can demonstrate hands on robust project management, project governance and process skills within similar environments.

In addition to being a proven change leader, 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 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.

The shared service centre is based in Europe therefore there will be regular travel between the UK, Eastern Europe and Western Europe, therefore you will require the ability to be away from home on a Monday to Friday basis.

Please contact James Nash for further information.

Interim Global Logistics Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5669
Location:
London
Salary:
£1100 per day
Duration:
6 month

The Client
Green Park is partnering a renowned Global retailer through their continued development and brand positioning by upgrading and implementing a new logistics cradle to grave journey allowing a new truly holistic Omni-channel journey moving forward.

This is a unique opportunity to be responsible for the delivery of global logistics across a portfolio of brands as the Global Logistics Director.

The Interim Assignment
Due to growth across the retailer globally and the inherent importance of digital among the Highstreet, we require a Global Logistics Director to deliver the implementation of a new logistics cradle to grave journey allowing a new truly holistic Omni-channel journey moving forwards.

This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything through executive relationship management globally; assisting with detailed logistics roadmap development in addition to day to day running of the Group Logistics function, taking responsibility for 3rd party relationships and planning moving forwards.

The Interim Manager
You will need to be an established Supply Chain and Logistics Director who has held responsibility for a Global Retail business previously with specific focus on digital retailing, 3rd party relationship management and planning.

Ideally in addition to being an established Logistics Director you will also have experience within both global 3rd party logistics as well as directly working for a global retailer as their supply chain and logistics lead.

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 Buying - Womenswear
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
CC5661
Location:
London
Duration:
6 Months
Client description 

Green Park is proud to be partnering a multi-billion t/o retail group with development of its UK apparel business by appointing a newly created Head of Buying opportunity within Womenswear. 

Assignment description 

This role will be pivotal in driving department strategy across Womenswear which will encompass sole responsibility for buying and product development to ensure brand positions and business targets are achieved. 

You will play a key role in delivering the vision across all Womenswear categories. Leading and driving the buying team to maximise results, as well as being actively involved in buying and developing the top line range. 

Candidate description 

This would be an ideal position for an experienced Senior Buyer looking to take their step into controlling the buying team as a Head of or someone who has recently established themselves as a Head of Buying, however is still close to the actual buying process and wishes to retain the hands-on exposure. 

You will need proven experience of working in a fast paced environment and a proven track record in Womenswear is required for this position 

If you have the relevant experience for this role please contact Caroline Clark. 
 

 

Commercial Marketing Director
Job Type:
Executive Search
Reference:
MB5619
Location:
South West

Commercial Marketing Director

Our Client:

Our client is a fashion retailer with a revenue exceeding £1bn.

The Role:

The role is a Commercial Marketing Director, leading the marketing function within the UK & Ireland region and reporting into the Managing Director. The role is responsible for implementing the global brand framework, global consumer experience, consumer segmentation and integrated marketing communications across the region. It will do this in partnership with a group marketing function which operates in a matrix reporting structure.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate will be a highly commercial Head of Marketing or Marketing Director who appreciates both scale and the complexities of operating in a matrix structure. The successful candidate requires extensive experience within the retail sector in addition to exposure within other sectors. 

Director of Marketing
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
CC5633
Location:
London
Salary:
£650 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Company

This Leading International fashion and lifestyle retailer has a new and exciting opportunity for an experienced Marketing Director. Reporting to the CCO you will responsible and accountable for the following

Role Summary and accountabilities

  • Responsible for the brands distinctive marketing strategy, creative on and off line production PR, Events, Social engagement, Business and Promotional planning.
  • Accountable for the brand strategy and proposition.
  • Responsible for multi-channel creative, campaign & content production across all marketing disciplines.
  • Responsible for an innovative & distinctive business/promotional plan that drives and delivers the key peak sales & profitability targets.
  • Responsible for  engagement within the PR, media, & social channels
  • Leading and driving the team to deliver exceptional results

Experience and skills required

  • Senior Multi Chanel and campaign experience
  • Proven track record in implementing  marketing and creative strategies
  • Extensive media and creative industry knowledge and contacts
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Proven track record in delivering profit
  • String leadership and coaching skills
  • International retail experience highly desirable 

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