The Recruitment Project

General Manager – Big Box Distribution – Mangere – Auckland


• New Position – Opportunity to head up the Senior Leadership Team
• Huge potential for growth in excellent positive culture
• Large, well established and successful NZ owned import and distribution company

Entrepreneurial, hands on leader, with strong business development experience required to lead growth.

Company Profile
Our client is a soundly run, NZ owned and operated, importer and distributor of tools and hardware, based in the Mangere Airport precinct. With several firmly established ‘hero’ brands they are now looking to take the business into an ambitious phase of significant growth, through both acquisition and organic growth.
Their culture is collegiate but one of getting stuff done. They are less about talk, more about action and accountability, with the courage to back what they believe in and every day passion to do it.

The Role
The focus of this senior level role is in on providing guidance, direction and development for the senior managers of sales, marketing, finance and logistics.
Key tasks include leading the initiatives to grow new business, developing their ‘big box’ strategy and delivering a quality service.
With sound and realistic growth plans, this role offers a rare opportunity for the successful appointee to demonstrate genuine leadership skills, rather than simply being managerial. However the successful applicant will be expected to be key client facing and front foot key initiatives.
As this is a national role, some domestic travel will be necessary.
When borders reopen it is possible that you may need to attend international trade shows or to visit overseas suppliers – but would be sporadic rather than consistent.

The Person
The successful candidate will be engaging, down to earth, respectful and sincere.
You’ll obviously have proven success in a general management – ideally with a sales background – and industry experience in a NZ import distribution, big box retail, or brand development role.
The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, proactive and leading from the front, a strong relationship developer – internal and external – who enjoys working on the front line with their team, consistently motivating people in a positive manner and bringing people on the journey with you.
Ideally, you’ll be reasonably outgoing and entrepreneurial, able to quickly identify market opportunities and develop a sound plan to chase them.
A sound knowledge of sales development is most important but a good knowledge of marketing and brand development as well as supply chain and logistics would be very advantageous.

Key Skills and Experience Required
• Ideally you would have significant experience in a mid-market NZ import / distribution business managing Big Box, merchant and on-line sales.
• Strong communication skills, commercial awareness and the ability to influence and gain buy-in at all levels
• The right attitude and personality will override some lack of skill or experience.

Remuneration is negotiable and will be commensurate with skills and experience.

To be eligible for this position you must currently reside in NZ or Australia and have a legal right to work permanently in this country.

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