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Vice President of Supply Chain Innovation & Best Practice


London, ENG, GB, N1C 4AG Beauvais, 60, FR, 60031 Frankfurt, Hesse, DE, 60327 Corby, ENG, GB, NN17 9FH Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, DE, 36251 DE

Brand:  RS Components
Function:  Supply Chain

Vice President of Supply Chain, Best Practice & Innovation



We’re open to this role being based in any of the following locations:

  • UK (London or Corby)
  • France (Beauvais)
  • Germany (Bad Hersfeld or Frankfurt)


This is a global role and there will be some travel across the distribution centres in these three countries, as well as across the Americas and APAC on occasion. The role will be ‘hybrid’ involving a mixture of office and home-based working.


About the role

Reporting into the President of Global Supply Chain, this individual is responsible for developing and driving best practice across Supply Chain and the wider organisation. Developing, implementing and embedding elite, end-to-end processes for our global supply chain operations, to support the next phase of the organisation’s growth. You’ll do this by introducing new ways of working, changing attitudes and driving innovation through the business at pace.


What you will do


  • Operational efficiency and technology - Find opportunities and implement solutions. You will have a high focus on quality across the operation and will lead on enhancing our warehouse management systems and related technology
  • Best in class process ownership - Develop, implement and embed elite end to end processes, and develop core supply chain processes globally
  • Sales and operations planning process - Own, create and lead cross functional sales and operations planning process
  • Own lean continuous improvement - Champion lean six sigma across supply chain – set the tone, direction and pace. Lead lean strategies, develop initiatives, monitor and report on progress
  • Drive service improvement working across supply chain and cross functionally to improve OTTP, on time delivery, in stock, product availability - Define metrics, process and systems, balancing service, cost and inventory. Alongside this, you will lead our “deliver to promise” project including SAP ATP module, design of business processes and implementation of new ways of working
  • Create and maintain global Distribution Centre (DC) network location strategy - Work cross functionally to understand future strategic direction, functional strategies and commercial plans from the regional teams
  • Bring an external view on best practices and supply chain innovation - Provide input into supply chain strategy, bring new ideas, thinking and ways of working. Develop Value Added Services for our customers, and initiatives that improve customer experience
  • Drive a transformational change, contributing to a high-performance team and building a high-performance culture.  Champion servant leadership, engagement and communication


What we’re looking for

  • Demonstrable experience of providing international leadership in a supply chain environment
  • Wide cross-functional experience within DC, project management, negotiations, operations, demand management, sales & ops planning, inventory and continuous improvement
  • Experience and knowledge of order management and warehouse systems
  • Experience of developing business strategy and providing direction to deliver a best-in-class performance
  • Senior management level experience in handling business critical activities and influencing others
  • High degree of collaboration across a global organisation, and at all levels
  • Awareness of cultural environments and ability to adapt approach accordingly
  • Track record of innovation
  • Excellent communication skills, leading and engaging large teams through change


We are RS Components, part of the Electrocomponents Group


Since 1937, we have been a leading distributor of Electronic, Electrical & Industrial components and supported generations of engineers with products for all types of applications.


As a FTSE 100 company with £2 billion in revenue, we have nine operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA, Synovos, Needlers and Liscombe. We operate in 32 countries, shipping 60,000 parcels a day to over 1.2 million customers worldwide


Our vision is to become first choice. Not just for our customers and suppliers, but also for our people.

At Electrocomponents you’ll be encouraged to think differently and share your ideas, helping our customers to create, develop and discover. As we grow our business, we’ll help you grow – expanding your expertise and helping you become the best you can be. You’ll be proud of the impact you make on the world and appreciated for what you do.


But if we’re going to be first choice for customers, we also want to be first choice for our future colleagues. We’re looking for people who are passionate to support the customers of today, and the engineers of tomorrow. Together we keep innovation at the forefront of what we do. Do you?


What we offer

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone. In this role, we can confidently offer the following flexible working patterns:

  • Working remotely - from home or any other work location
  • Working flexibly - flexing the times when you work in the day to help you fit everything in and work when you are the most productive. If you need some flexibility please just ask us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Electrocomponents is committed to creating an inclusive environment where people thrive. We recognise that a diverse and representative workforce is critical to our success, and our aim is to create a business where people can be their best selves. Our employees expect this as a matter of course and it is fundamental to how we attract, develop, and hold on to the best talent.


We recruit and develop employees who are the best suited to the requirements of the role, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. We believe everyone should be able to bring their true self to work and be given the opportunities to succeed. If you require any adjustments during this process to ensure you can bring your true self, please let us know.


We’ve been on an incredible journey but the best is yet to come; are you ready to join us?

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