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 ERP Change and Communication Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5178
Location:
London
Salary:
£850 per day
Duration:
c. 6 months

The Client

Green Park is involved with a global consumer business who is currently undertaking a cradle to grave ERP replacement, the programme is well established however it has recently hit a brick wall within implementation that has resulted in a delay of the go live.

Due to this delay the programme team has just been through internal restructuring which will create an opportunity to appoint an Interim ERP Change and Communication Director. 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.

The Interim Assignment

As described above due to the delay of the programme this role will need to operate within a complex environment. The appointed ERP change and communication director 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 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.

The Interim Manager

We need an expert in delivering complex ERP 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 global, regular travel away from home Monday to Friday is likely.

Please contact James Nash for further information, this assignment is urgent and will close by 17/07/2015.

Interim Chief Financial Officer - General Merchandise
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5028
Location:
London
Salary:
£1300 per day
Duration:
7 Months

The Client
Green Park is partnering a household global high-street retailer who are positioning themselves for leading growth throughout International markets.

The Interim Assignment
This role will be pivotal in driving strategy and implementation of road map. You will need to be a proven Chief Financial Officer from the high street with experience working in large store networks across general merchandise.

This organisation will be going through business change involving process, streamlining and efficiency improvement. You will ideally have exposure of multiple International countries and be used to tight deadlines and reporting, this is a private equity backed assignment.

Your remit would be to assist the with strategic changes whilst providing leadership to an established competent team growing profitability whilst displaying gravitas.

The Interim Manager
The role would suit a well-rounded/experienced CFO from the high street, ideally within International experience however high profile UK high street will be suffice.

Please contact myself for further information – James Nash

Interim Digital and Multi-Channel Marketing Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5211
Location:
London
Salary:
£700.00 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park are partnering a rapidly high street retailer who has experienced strong trading allowing significant growth and expansion over the past three years.

Due to this expansion Green Park are now looking to add strength to the marketing function by creating an executive consulting opportunity to support the Multi-Channel Director as the Marketing and CRM Director.

You will be assisting the brand with its continued expansion assisting to develop and enhance our clients marketing activities whilst operating with an increasing degree of sophistication in its approach to customer acquisition and retention.

The Interim Assignment 
The Interim Marketing and CRM director will be responsible for all multi-channel marketing throughout this assignment, partnering key stakeholders at executive board level and become a crucial part of the leadership team.

You will have day to day responsibility of the marketing function whilst also partnering the creative brand director on strategy and brand definition. Performance in the role will be measured on success of marketing activities as well as on success in creating a more integrated approach right across the business.

The Interim Manager
You will need to be an established Marketing Director within highly successful high street retailers to be considered for this opportunity, ideally you will have grown your career throughout both high street as well as FMCG.

In addition to being a proven Marketing Director 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 stakeholder engagement.

For more information please contact James Nash

Interim Chief Marketing Officer
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5122
Location:
London
Salary:
£1100 Per Day
Duration:
6 months

The Client 
Green Park are partnering a rapidly growing digital/pure play e-tailer through a period of business transformation by appointing an Interim CMO to assist with their continued development and brand positioning.

The Interim Assignment 
This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything through executive C-suite relationship management; digital marketing, e-commerce trading, team management of 50 FTE’s while assisting with roadmap development; You will be heavily looking into digital marketing content, marketing revenue creation and digital marketing strategy.

Effectively this individual will be operating as Chief Marketing Officer with the full breadth of responsibility inherent in such a position, but within a defined scope of Customer & Consumer within a digital environment.

The Interim Manager
You will need to be an established proven CMO / Digital CEO within a rapidly growing .com environment to be considered for this opportunity, ideally you will have grown your career through a substantial pure play / e-tailer.

In addition to being a proven commercial digital 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 C-Suite stakeholder engagement.

For more information please contact James Nash

 

Interim Director of Digital Products
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
MB5187
Location:
London
Salary:
£850 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park are proud to be partnering a renowned prestigious global high street retailer by appointing an Interim Director of Digital Products which will support their continued development and brand positioning globally.

The Interim Assignment
Green Park will be appointing an Interim Director of Digital Products reporting to the Executive Team who will be partnering senior business stakeholders defining the vision and strategy for the digital customer proposition across all channels.

You will be establishing and maintain best in class user interfaces & customer experience, clear differentiation & competitive advantage and bottom line profit growth.

Key Responsibilities for the Assignmnet
You will be requested to provide strategic direction and take business ownership of the development of digital customer proposition whilst aligning the development and output of the Digital Product team to the strategy and objectives of the Multi-Channel Customer team as a whole.

The key areas within this scope of ownership are within the Project Office which compromises of the IT development engagement team, business analysis and project management capabilities, the business development teams covering International ecommerce, Digital In store, Mobile application strategy and the digital customer experience comprising of UX/UI design, digital customer touch points and customer journey design, brand execution through digital.

The Interim Candidate
You will need to be an established proven Digital Products expert who has performed within large format, global retailers responsible for owning the entire end to end digital strategy in order to be considered for this opportunity.

In addition to being a proven Digital expert we will also require an individual with superb management and interpersonal skills; you will be responsible for driving forward the consumer experience roadmap within a digital environment as well as having executive stakeholder engagement experience.

Interim Programme Manager - Data Migration
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5177
Location:
London
Salary:
£1000 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park are partnering a renowned global Private Equity house through an exciting global transformation of a recently acquired portfolio business, revenues circa 1 billion.

We require an Interim Programme Manager with Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) technical expertise within data migration to take ownership for all data migration across a key transformation programme. This responsibility extends to confirming effective data conversation and the availability of ready data in various systems to facilitate training and go live.

This role will be sitting within a newly created executive programme team reporting to board who are being appointed with the challenge of completing a major transformation programme.

The Interim Assignment 
As mentioned above the Programme Manager will have technical expertise within data migration and will be responsible for establishing the overall data migration Scope for the programme, this includes responsibility for the creation of the data conversion strategy.

You will need to be responsible for developing detailed roadmaps approaching data migration, access legacy data requirements while validating conversion of work effort allowing production of deliverable templates. Once the data roadmap has been established you will need to conduct end to end testing identifying and fixing data quality defects etc.

The Interim Manager
You will need to be an expert in Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) delivering complex programme change projects with experience working in a client-orientated environment, it is very important that you’ve delivered significant data migration programmes previously and ideally can be looked at externally as running a best practise at Data Migration.

Individuals who have top tier management consulting exposure with their career predominantly across technology/software or telecommunications will be given favourability upon application however again this is not a necessity.

As our client is global, regular travel away from home Monday to Friday is likely.

Please contact James Nash for further information.

  

Interim Creative Director - Visual Merchandising
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
BBBH5157
Location:
London
Salary:
£850 per day
Duration:
6 Months

The Client
Green Park is partnering a renowned heritage global high street retailer through their continued development and brand repositioning across the high-street.

Consumer research clearly demonstrates that our client’s stores and in particular their store windows are the most powerful global vehicle they have to influence consumer perceptions of their brand and products. Our client will soon have over 2000 stores worldwide with linear window presence through which to communicate to their consumers.

This role is responsible for creating the seasonal delivery of the brand in our clients stores by creating and delivering a full range of effective and impactful window communications, product layouts and in-store displays for all retail channels.

The Interim Assignment
As the Global Head of Visual Merchandise and Retail Stores you will be accountable for building a strategy to provide 3 year blueprint for the development of their visual merchandising/retail display capabilities to include a clear roadmap for the testing and inclusion of technology, the in-store infrastructure and the development of the teams’ skills.

You will be working collaboratively with Category Marketing, Digital Team and the GTM team to deliver the windows and display components providing a joined-up, omni-channel communicative concept. All concepts must be inspired from the brand experience and deliver against the commercial objectives agreed with the regions that our client operates within.
The Interim Candidate
You will need to be an established proven Visual Merchandiser who has performed within large format, global retailers responsible for owning the entire VM process end to end in order to be considered for this opportunity.

In addition to being a proven Visual Merchandise lead we will also require an individual with superb management and interpersonal skills; you will be responsible for driving forward the VM strategy and roadmap as well as having executive stakeholder engagement experience.

International travel may be required therefore the ability to be away from home Monday to Friday is a necessity.
For more information please contact James Nash.

Interim Change & Communication Director
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5178
Location:
London
Salary:
£1300 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park are partnering a renowned global Private Equity house through an exciting global transformation of a recently acquired portfolio business, revenues circa 1 billion.

We require an Interim Change and Communications Director who will hold responsibility for delivering and training and communication of the programme change management plan of a key transformation across the business.

You will be joining an established programme management team currently working in a complex matrix environment who own the responsibility for delivering an integrated united business change directive which will build awareness and support for the changes with key stakeholders, actively mitigating against management risks.

The Interim Assignment 
As mentioned above the Change and Comms Director will be solely responsible for business training whilst support development and delivery of deployment of integrated programme plans enabling effective management and tracking of resources, deliverables and dependencies across all work-streams.

The Change and Comms director will partner workstream Leads & coordinators ensureing all projects and deliverables meet the agreed timescales and budget whilst monitoring dependencies between projects & workstreams and escalate issues as required.

The Interim Candidate 
You will need to be an expert in delivering complex programme change projects with experience working in a client-orientated environments supplying training and change, it is very important that you have significant training and change programme management experience with a market leading employer and can demonstrate robust project management, project governance and process skills.

As a communications lead delivering comms for strategy and programme, we expect a significant track record of planning, organising and delivering complex programmes within a top tier environment.

Individuals who have top tier management consulting exposure with their career predominantly across technology/software or telecommunications will be given favourability upon application however again this is not a necessity.

As our client is global, regular travel away from home Monday to Friday is likely.

Please contact James Nash for further information.
  

Interim Global Wholesale Director – Fashion
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5134
Location:
London
Salary:
£1200 Per Day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park are partnering a global fashion retailer with significant coverage across the UK and European high-street who are going from strength to strength.

The Interim Assignment
Due to their success within core markets, we are now looking at exploring other channels of sale and wholesale internationally is of particular interest; with this in mind we require an established Global Wholesale Director from a fashion and apparel background to join us for a period of 6 months to help review, partner and create strategy taking certain apparel brands into new markets within a wholesale environment.

This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything through executive C-suite relationship management; business review, strategy creation and training of current wholesale team while assisting with roadmap development.

The Interim Manager
You will need to be an established proven Global Wholesale Director from Fashion/Apparel retail with experience of taking UK brands into global markets be considered for this opportunity, ideally you will have grown your career through a substantial apparel wholesaling.

In addition to being a proven commercial leader we will also require an individual with superb management and interpersonal skills; you will be responsible for training and driving forward a newly established team as well as having C-Suite stakeholder engagement.

For more information please contact James Nash

Interim CEO/CFO - PE Turnaround
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5126
Location:
London
Salary:
£1000 Per Day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park is proud to be partnering a Private Equity house through a recent acquisition of an 80 store retail business which now requires business transformation/turnaround.

We will appoint an Executive Board Consultant to work in the capacity of Interim CEO/CFO supporting the current management team through the business transformation from a helicopter vantage.

The Interim Assignment
This will be a key leadership assignment which encompasses everything expected of a CEO/CFO operating an 80 store retailer however operating as an additional consultant to the leadership team.

The current leadership team are established and are more than capable of running the day to day business however our consultant will be looking to add value at pace by reviewing and upgrading internal business process and system change.

We will be looking for someone to help eradicate costs whilst driving sales and increasing revenue. At the same time you will be assisting the PE house through roadmap development and creation of strategy.

The Interim Candidate
You will need to be an established proven CEO/CFO within turnaround retail environments to be considered for this opportunity, ideally you will have grown your career through a mix of FMCG and retail and have SME exposure as well as mid cap company.

In addition to being a proven commercial leader we will also require an individual with superb management and interpersonal skills; you will be responsible for driving forward a newly established team.

For more information please contact James Nash

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