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 Chief Financial Officer
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN5028
Location:
London
Salary:
£1,500 - £2,000 per day
Duration:
6 - 9 months

The Client 
Green Park is partnering a household global high-street fashion retailer who is 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 either fashion / apparel or general merchandise. (500 +)

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 brand re-positioning, provide 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 James Nash for further information

Interim Chief Commercial Officer
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN4938
Location:
London
Salary:
£1750 per day
Duration:
12 months

Client description
Green Park is proud to be partnering a renowned top 10 retailer through their continued growth and establishment across the British markets.

Assignment description
Due to structural changes across the business we will be looking to appoint a Chief Commercial Officer to take leadership and accountability managing the delivery of multibillion turnover retailer.

This assignment will take full accountability of day to day activities, our clients GP is currently growing considerably year upon year and this role will be a key strategic appointment in assisting this continued growth.

You will need to have proven experience of running a considerable size retailer, growing up through trading and having current deep understanding of trading.

Ideally you will have gained this experience whilst working as a Chief Trading Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Operations Officer of a retail with revenues within the billions.

Candidate description 
The appointed individual will need to display deep gravitas whilst acting in a highly entrepreneurial manor to complement the environment.

You MUST have come from a significant top tier retailer and be able to provide sound understanding of trading in a highly competitive environment.

You will need to display a consistent track record of identifying innovation that have had positive and significant commercial impact on the business that operates as a differentiator within the market.

For more information please contact James Nash.

Interim Programme Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN4977
Location:
London
Salary:
£700 Per day
Duration:
9 Months

The Client
Green Park is partnering a renowned high street retailer through an exciting ambitious technology programme implementation by appointing an Interim Programme Manager to act as the conduit between the business change and technology implementation, partnering senior stakeholders, external consultancy and the wider business.

 

The Interim Assignment 
We require an established, hands on programme manager who has a proven career within retail programme management, specifically business and technology change within an dynamic retail environment.

You will need to join a newly established team who have been put in place by board with the intention of implementing an ambitious business transformation / technology project. This implementation will effect end to end business operations from consumer throughout to back office.

 

The Interim Manager
You will need to be an established programme manager who is dynamic, clear/concise and above all demonstrates gravitas while having excellent senior stakeholder management skills. 

Experience in dynamic retail brands will be essential and we will not progress applications without this background, in regards to culture you will be a smart, creative, compelling, driven. Not afraid to lead others past their comfort zone(s). Creates a sense of urgency.

Interim Business Change Project Manager
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN4968
Location:
South East
Salary:
£400 - £500 Per Day
Duration:
3 months

The Client
Green Park is proud to be partnering a historic local group of companies currently going through a demerger due to the sale of one of their large business operations.

The remaining group will be circa £5m revenue and will compromise of a number of SME operations that trade across multiple sectors. Although these businesses have existed as separate entities for some time, we are establishing a new, small, lean, group structure on top of them

The Interim Assignment
The corporate demerger across the business operations has arisen following the sale of a large business unit therefore we now need to establish the remaining operations as separate corporate entities under two new companies during the next few months and appoint a new senior management team to take both businesses forward.

Following this sale, we will require an Interim Business Change Project Controller to work in consultation with 3 professional advisors (corporate finance, tax and legal) assisting the board to carefully consider the groups future corporate structure while being responsible for devising a detailed plan for delivering the demerger.

There are likely to be a range of other activities connected with the demerger and setting up the new company where the project manager will be asked to help out on a flexible basis. So whilst there is a strong project management element here, part of the role will be to help the senior leadership team of a newly set up group going through some complex change to deliver a wide range of different tasks.

The Interim Manager
You will need to haven proven experience within Business Change, ideally within SME environments.

You must demonstrate previous experience in mapping key corporate processes (e.g. I.T., HR, company sec, finance, accounting, shareholders.)

Bearing in mind the Finance Director has an agreed departure date of April 2015 we will require a Business Change Manager with financial understanding sufficient in drawing up a transitional finance risk register, identifying the key risks involved in the transition from a long established and experienced FD to a new interim FD and how these can be best mitigated.

You will need to be immediately available and be able to commit to at least 3 months potentially longer however we will consider someone on a 3 / 4 day a week basis.

 

Interim FP&A Modeller / Controller
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN4967
Location:
South East
Salary:
£450 - £500 Per Day
Duration:
3 months

The Client 
Green Park is excited to be partnering an iconic retail brand (Circa£150m revenue) with their continued development by adding strength within their accounting and finance function during a period of change and growth.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercial established FP&A Modeller / Controller to add value to a leader retail brand on the high-street.

 

The Interim Assignment 
Our client is seeking to strengthen its finance team with the appointment of a FP&A Modeller / Controller reporting to the Group CFO.

The newly appointed FP&A Modeller / Controller  will deliver a Financial Planning and Analysis model concerning international expansion. Whilst creating this model you will also be expected to assist with the day-to-day finance function and team whilst working closely with all members of the management and senior Executive teams.

Therefore It would be beneficial if you have understanding of technical day to day accounting as you will be partnering our client over year end and being an SME, there may be times when assistance is needed.

 

The Interim Manager
The required candidate will need to be a qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) ideally with both commercial and technical finance exposure gained within a big 4 accounting firm.

You will need to be able to build complicated financial modelling (advanced excel) and you MUST have done this within a retail multi-store/site environment.

You will need to be immediately available and have no commitments throughout the next 3 months.

*To stress we will not considered invidious who do not demonstrate experience of multi-store/site retail environment.

Interim Programme Manager - Retail
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN4871
Location:
London
Salary:
£500 - £600 per day
Duration:
9 months

The Client

Green Park is partnering a renowned global Private Equity firm with the establishment of one of their new propositions - The creation of a new high street retailer, circa 50 to 75 stores within apparel.

The Assignment
We require an established, hands on programme manager who has a proven career within retail programme management, PMO.

You will need to join a newly established team who have been put in place by global Private Equity firm with the intention of creating a new apparel brand to hit the British high-street.

This role will be incredibly hands on and cover end to end control across all work streams (Product/HR and recruitment/technology/warehousing & distribution/sourcing/stores/ etc) where you will need control the project plan allowing launch. Each of these work stream are major projects in their own right, but the co-ordination of each of them will be crucial to a full successful start to the business.

The Interim Manager
Ideally you will have a PRINCE2 background allowing you to pull together the overall project plan, raise any red flags in good time whilst working with the teams to resolve any pinch points.

You will need to support the executive team by acting as a focal point for ensuring 3rd parties are on track whilst being aa supportive member of the team by assisting in resolution of issues which may involve rolling sleeves up to undertake ad hoc tasks.

We will require proven retail experience and will not progress applications without this background, in regards to culture you will be a smart, creative, compelling, driven. Not afraid to lead others past their comfort zone(s). Creates a sense of urgency.

Senior Merchandiser - Apparel / Home
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN4869
Location:
London
Salary:
£300
Duration:
3 months

The Client

Green Park is partnering a household fashion/apparel brand with their continued expansion throughout the UK by appointing a Fashion/Apparel Merchandiser to an established team.

The Assignment

This role will be pivotal in driving department strategy. Planning, managing and achieving the targeted measures of sales, stock turn, markdown and profit through the construction of commercial ranges. You will be responsible for effective range planning and markdown control, manage Terminal Stocks to keep within budgeted levels while consistently managing the supply base, monitoring commitment and Intake, and to work closely with the supplier to minimise lead times, create flexibility and improve availability.

The Interim Manager

The role would suit a well-rounded/experienced merchandiser within fashion and apparel looking at gaining exposure within a leading market brand and large store network.

Interim Head of Resourcing
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN14911
Location:
London
Salary:
£600 per day
Duration:
9 months

The Client

Green Park is partnering a renowned global Private Equity firm with the establishment of one of their new propositions - The creation of a new high street retailer, circa 25 to 75 stores within apparel.

The Assignment

We require an established, hands on Head of Resourcing who has a proven career within retail recruitment, head office as well as stores.

You will need to join a newly established team who have been put in place by global Private Equity firm with the intention of creating a new apparel brand to hit the British high-street.

This role will be incredibly hands on and cover end to end resourcing across the head office and store networks, the executive team has already been put in place however the rest of the company will need resourcing with urgency.

You will need to be sufficient at resourcing personally as there will not be a budget to partner recruitment agencies.

The Interim Manager

This is an incredibly active role and will require a dedicated Head of Resourcing who’s got a proven track record in large scale retail recruitment with tight deadlines, ideally you will have had exposure of Private Equity and the pressures that come with this.

We will require proven retail experience and will not progress applications without this background.

You will be a smart, creative, compelling, driven. Not afraid to lead others past their comfort zone(s). Creates a sense of urgency.

Interim Human Resources Director (HRD) UK&I
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN14887
Location:
London
Salary:
£700 per day
Duration:
6 months

Client description Green Park is thrilled to be exclusively partnering a global household high-street retailer (UK&I Branches north of 350) with their continued journey and brand re-positioning with the appointment of an Interim HR Director – UK&I reporting into the Managing Director, UK&I. Assignment description This role would suit a strongly established retail HR Director with a proven background in high street retail, preferably fashion and apparel across either the UK&I or global. The role will be in place for circa 6 months with your remit to create and drive forward the talent agenda for the UK&I, developing and implementing the leadership agenda, performance management and working closely with the Learning and Development Manager. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for someone to add value quickly to the business. Candidate description The desired candidate will need to come from a leading high street retailer, preferably fashion and apparel within the mid to large cap markets, this can either be within UK&I or global markets. You will need to be a proven executive interim within growth and transformation roles having the ability to influence whilst partnering peers. You will need to be available to start before Christmas and be prepared to travel across UK&I.

Interim Head of E-Commerce / Multi Channel
Job Type:
Interim Management
Reference:
JN27381
Location:
London
Salary:
£800 per day
Duration:
6 months

The Client
Green Park is excited to be partnering a household retail brand with their continued development by adding strength within their digital offering by appoint an Interim Head of E-Commerce / Multi Channel. This is a fantastic opportunity for a commercial established e-commerce specialist to come in and add value to this rapidly growing organisation.

The Interim Assignment
The role will surround maximising the commercial potential of our client’s ecommerce sales channel by achieving sales and profit budgets through commercial understanding of the product, customers and internal capabilities. The Interim Head of E-Commerce / Multi Channel will need to translate the digital vision into clear goals and objectives for the online trading team by leading all Online Trading & Planning activities and manage the online critical path calendar. You will need to maximise margin while growing sales and customer recruitment by effectively managing markdown and promotional events with the senior management team. This role will deputise the Multi-Channel Director when required and lead and develop the online trading team with clear succession plans.

The Interim Manager
The Interim Head of E-Commerce / Multi Channel will need to be a well-established commercial e-commerce specialist with a proven track record in household brands, whether that’s retail, fashion, wider consumer. You will need to approachable with strong management skills and though this is an interim assignment, you would be expected to resonate the company ethos from day one.

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