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Commercial Ltd

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Commercial Ltd
Commercial House
Liddington Park, Old Station Drive
GL53 0DL

Tel: 01242 703 400

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Facilities, Workwear & PPE Director


We are hiring for our Facilities, Workwear and PPE Team! We currently have a vacancy for a Facilities, Workwear and PPE Director within our Office Supplies Division. Far from your typical sales and customer service environment, the Office Supplies Division brings a whole new perspective when it comes to combining industry knowledge, expertise, customer service and fun.

A corner stone of the business since the Company began, we are extremely proud to be the largest independently owned Office Services Company in the UK and the 5th largest overall.

We are committed to getting under the skin of our customers to really understand their requirements and then deliver the best service that we possibly can. Our bespoke on-line ordering tool allows customers to access over 24,000 products for next day delivery. Each customer also has their own dedicated account manager who is on hand to help with any questions or queries that they may have.

We work with household names across all sectors including, ITV, Sky, Next and Dixons Carphone.

So what do you need to do?

You will be responsible for creating and delivering the Group Facilities & Workwear strategy across the Office Supplies and Print Divisions.  Working alongside the senior management team, you will be expected to determine and implement the short, medium and long term vision for the facilities and workwear team in line with our corporate goals and aspirations.

You will be confident, personable and a partnership builder with an ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders including Directors and staff across the organisation. 

You will: 

Supplier / Product Strategy:

  • Produce through collaboration with your peers and superiors, a short, medium and long term business plan for the workwear and facilities department, with particular vision on;
  • Product strategy
  • Supply chain strategy and implementation
  • Margin improvement
  • Commercial own label proliferation
  • Innovative products line launches which complement the current offering
  • Working alongside the purchasing manager, produce, maintain and monitor a product strategy for office supplies/Print which maximises margin.
  • Take complete ownership of all monthly, quarterly, and yearly net profit targets.
  • Own the new business development plans and build the necessary pipeline to over deliver against the agreed financial targets.
  • Oversee and contribute to group plans regarding product stocking strategy.
  • Contribute to improved margin across office supplies and print through intelligent procurement and product selection.
  • Lead / be part of the product selection committee for physical and virtual product catalogues.
  • Carry out regular market testing and tenders to ensure we have the most competitive and best fit deals in place across the group.
  • Work collaboratively with head of Marketing to ensure our social media content is market leading and regular.
  • Educate the sales force and ensure they have all necessary literature to enable them to activity and intelligently promote our offering

Reporting / Communication:

  • Produce a set of measures which enable you to track the stages and successes/set-backs of your business plan and communicate this via monthly presentation at our sales development meetings.
  • Work closely with print and stock team to ensure we manage supplier stock sensibly and exposure is minimal to the business.

Supplier Management:

  • Assume responsibility for all group facilities and workwear decisions/supplier selection working alongside Procurement director, with final sign off by the group board. Supplier selection to be focussed on (price/service/ethics/accreditation)
  • Responsible for monitoring supplier performance (costs/service/innovation).
  • Put in place supplier contracts with terms and clauses which reflect the commercial requirements of our company, with particular focus on price/service social and environmental credentials.
  • Oversee annual supplier audits, categorising suppliers by importance, criticality, and service performance.

Department re-launch

  • Launch specific workwear and facilities department. Delivering an excellent service to our salespeople and also to our customers. This includes the education of the sales force at regular intervals to ensure we are delivering a clear, consistent message to our clients.
  • Work closely with Group Procurement Director to ensure a united approach at all times.
  • Ensure high levels of supplier engagement at our annual CSR days.

Data Management

  • Work hand in glove with suppliers, purchasing, marketing, and sales and CRM to ensure product data is of the highest quality on all IT systems, internally and externally facing to maximise sales and drive margin, upsell and cross sell.
  • And as Commercial offers a ‘one stop shop’ solution to businesses, it is hugely important you promote the products and services offered by all our divisions and work across all business units to identify upsell and cross sell opportunities.

About you:

  • Proven experience of evidenced success managing a facilities and workwear function (including personnel) within the office supplies market, or closely linked industry sector.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • A natural leader that can provoke thought, innovation and drive change through positive collaboration.
  • Evidenced experience of setting up entire supply chain partners.
  • Evidenced experience of maximising supplier rebate income.
  • Evidence of on-boarding new products / suppliers.
  • Experience of managing to a successful conclusion challenging sales workwear/facilities situations, with evidence provided.
  • Contract creation and negotiation experience at board/senior director level.

You will also have:

  • Experience of launching new product verticals with evidenced successful results.
  • Experience of working with leading manufacturers/supplier negotiations.
  • Evidence of business plan writing experience, strategy creation and execution, with successful outcome.

Who will you be working with?

You’re going to be joining one of our biggest teams in the business, the Office Supplies team, led by our Sales Director.

You’re going to have a team to support you, and an environment where you’re encouraged to bring ideas forward. A flat hierarchy, where you’ll be able to flourish, and a team with a ‘no idea too big’ mentality. We all know that the best creative ideas come from working collaboratively and bouncing ideas off each other.

In return you can expect:

  • Competitive salary of up to £75,000 dependant on experience
  • We all get a generous holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays which increases to 29 days with length of service
  • Commission scheme 
  • All our employees are covered by our Life Assurance scheme whilst employed by Commercial Group. Although this is a topic none of us like to think too much about, we feel it’s important to offer protection for our employees and their families if they were to ever be in such a situation. Therefore, we provide a Life Assurance scheme that offers a payment equivalent to four times your annual salary.
  • Access to free and convenient Help @ Hand Wellbeing programme including an online GP service
  • Access to a free confidential support through our Employee Assistance programme
  • Earn extra money if we hire your friends or family with our employee referral programme
  • Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and as such we have a number of initiatives to help you play your part; including a Company contributory carbon offsetting scheme, an electric vehicle purchase scheme and electric car charging points at Commercial House
  • Want to get healthy? We have free fruit delivered for all staff! And our state of the art coffee machine will be sure to set you up for the day
  • Looking for a little extra? You get a paid day off for doing charity or volunteering work and you might even get a treat on your birthday and work anniversary!
  • Regular 1-2-1 meetings and development reviews to help you reach your full potential whilst feeling truly valued and appreciated for the work that you do.
  • A vibrant staff community with fun perks and corporate social responsibility events
  • Other benefits such as cycle to work scheme, pension contributions, flexi time scheme and more

Why would you choose to work with us?

Established in 1991, we are the largest independently owned Business Services Group in the UK, comprising of eight divisions; Managed IT, Managed Print Services, Office Supplies, Smart Technology, Technology, Interiors, Facilities & Workwear and Print.

We are a family-run business bursting with passionate, creative and friendly people – it’s impossible not to make friends along the way! We hire people with real passion, whose positivity and enthusiasm motivate and inspire those around them. We actively invest in our employees; it’s so important to us that our people can thrive in our environment and can make the most of the support we offer to all of our teams.

Here at Commercial we believe we are the best in our industry! Our amazing teams have skills, abilities and can-do attitudes that make this a great place to work! We provide a positive, inclusive environment where our colleagues play an active part in the growth of our business. We offer a high performing and supportive team environment where talented people can really grow and be proud of their contribution to the important work that we do.

Our award winning environmental, ethical and social initiatives also catapult us ahead of our competitors. Sustainability and social value aren’t just part of our business; they’re at the heart of it.

Does this sound intriguing to you yet? If you would like to be a part of this exciting journey then we would love to hear from you!

Diversity & Inclusion

We understand that applying for a new job can be daunting for anybody. Here at Commercial we strive to be the best in our field and we know that happens by hiring the best people. For that reason, we welcome applications from any candidate that meets the selection criteria above, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and disability.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and are committed to the Disability Confident employer’s scheme. We will review your application based solely on your skills, experience and potential.

In your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs).

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Salary: £50,000 - £75,000

Hours Per Week: 37.5

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