Vice President of Operations - Privately-held, mid-size product company

Company Name:
Acumen Executive Search

Vice President of Operations - Product Distribution, Logistics, and e-Commerce Company (mid-size, privately-held)
Acumen Executive Search is a boutique recruiting firm specializing in finding the right person for our client companies. Our clients enjoy raised retention and productivity and lowered expenses due to the quality of candidates and services we provide.
Our client, a privately-held Product Distribution, Logistics, and e-Commerce Company is looking for a VP of Operations to plan, direct, and coordinate operations in support of the company's growth, while positively impacting the organization's bottom line.
If you have:
An entrepreneurial spirit that seeks a high growth, fast paced nimble environment;
Experience creating and executing strategy and plans for future growth, managing daily operations of personnel, purchasing, administration, warehouse, and IT Departments in a product distribution entity;
Created training and incentive plans, leading by example, and maintaining efficient team structure and performance through analytics, processes, and tools;
Delivering measureable results of new client engagement, existing client satisfaction, and high quality of work environment to employees;
A hands-on approach to leadership, willing to get your hands dirty as needed; and
Part of the Executive Team to develop plans to meet future needs.

Our client company might be for you!

Our client is looking for a VP of Operations with a proven track recordof creating and executing strategies for improving operation efficiency across the organizational chart. This person will have developed control systems to ensure accountability and will have built strong relationships with both external and internal stakeholders within a nimble, fast paced distribution environment.

As the VP of Operations, you will be responsible for:
Optimizing the value of the business consistent with agreed upon company goals and objectives;
Evaluating and assessing that all potential new product categories and/or business strategies are consistent with the overall strategy of the business. Work with the CFO on modeling to ensure ROI and cash flow metrics for new product investments. Decisions will result in meeting and/or exceeding profitability and growth;
Building organization structures and business processes within the company for maximizing operations throughout the organization, increasing net profitability, increasing efficiency and speed, and making this a repeatable core competency of the organization;
Creating meaningful measurements for the company to decrease carbon footprint and focus on sustainability;
Optimizing inventory investment, while balancing customer requirements and lead time expectations;
Encouraging a culture of trust, collaboration, continuous learning, mentoring, and employee growth in order to maximize employee performance. Setting quantifiable expectations for direct reports, and holding accountable team for meeting or exceeding those expectations;
Maintaining corporate legal compliance, contract review and negotiation while keeping company compliant with applicable safety regulations, state and deferral personnel regulatory compliance, ensuring overall facility, infrastructure and employee security;
Maximizing current asset utilization while reducing costs and improving net profitability;
Working with the Executive Team to analyze gross profit trends, and identify areas where the company should pull back, or the company should be increasing investment, depending on trend; and
Increasing communication within and between teams and ensure all employees are aware of their unique impact to the business, and creating ROI for all new hires. Reviewing, planning, and optimizing of employee benefit plans and personnel policies/practices to ensure alignment with the best-place-to-work set of values.

Requirements for this position include:
Bachelor's degree required / MBA preferred
10+ years of total experience and 5 years' experience in a senior operational role within a product distribution company
Direct responsibility for Customer Service, Purchasing, Warehousing/Inventory, Supply chain, HR and Technology
Proven ability to achieve financial results and business growth
Great communications skills
Focus on customer service and track record of dealing with high level customer relationships
Strong interpersonal skills and experience influencing and facilitating cross-functional teams
Strong negotiation skills
Experience, knowledge, and interest in new technology with expert level of Excel experience

Keywords: VP of Operations, VP Ops, Vice President of Operations, Distribution, Warehouse, Logistics, e-Commerce, Channel, COO, Ecommerce operations, multi-channel, product distribution, supply chain, Operations

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