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Commercial Manager Portsmouth

VACANCY: Commercial Manager - Portsmouth 

Location: Portsmouth

Due to internal promotion, we have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual to join one of the fastest-growing, most innovative packaging companies in the UK and embark on the path towards a successful and rewarding career.

Reporting directly into the Managing Partner we are seeking a full-time Commercial Manager to manage the day-to-day operation of the Portsmouth RDC (regional distribution centre). You will have responsibility for the commercial and operational aspects and functions of the RDC, managing profitability and generating an excellent customer experience. You will manage the teams delivering customer service; procurement; and logistics

The role is predominantly internal with some supplier and customer interface and therefore requires a candidate with strong people skills and the ability to create a rapport.

Specific responsibilities:

  • People
    • Team motivation
    • Responsibility for a team of approximately 20 members of staff, with direct reports
    • Promoting and ensuring effective teamwork, leading by example, facilitating good communication and planning between business functions
    • Managing personnel issues where required
    • Developing direct reports and in turn the whole team through training, learning and continuous improvement
    • The team is about getting the job done in a good humoured way to ensure work also has fun elements
  • Operations
    • Health and Safety compliance, monitoring, and improvement
    • A focus on the efficient processing of enquiries coming into the RDC.
    • Driving sales internally
    • BRCGS; ISO9001 and ISO14001 management
    • Warehousing and Logistics (Space management; 100% on time in full focus)
    • Transaction management and data integrity
    • Product quality
    • Excellent communication within and between business functions
    • Right first time approach
  • RDC profitability
    • You must be proactive and drive improvements to process and efficiency
    • Strong focus on operational costs and the ability to deliver value for money
    • Driving Kite’s KPIs
      • Margin expectations
      • Inventory management (with the purchasing team)
      • Debtors (with the credit controller)
    • Maximising Kite’s USPs
    • Generating, developing, and maximising supplier relationships
  • Reporting
    • Monthly reporting along with RDC performance figures
    • Risk Assessments
    • Fire safety
    • Employee attendance records
    • Customer and supplier performance reviews
    • Other reports as required
  • Requirements:

    • You must be outgoing, positive and have excellent communication skills
    • A strong desire to improve the experience of our stakeholders
    • Good academic record (degree level education in a relevant discipline) with a proven history of achieving
    • Must be located within 30-40 minutes of the RDC (travel time in rush-hour)
    • A ‘doer’ that completes tasks quickly and to a high standard
    • Keen to take responsibility and be accountable
    • Be able to operate from a brief; strongly self-motivated; and use initiative
    • IT confident:
      • Able to learn new systems quickly
      • Proficient with Microsoft Office – particularly Excel
    • Outstanding planning and organisation skills
    • Ability to lead and delegate tasks to achieve goals
    • Capable fault finder and deploying long term preventative actions


    • Someone with gravitas that can gain respect whilst being likeable
    • Natural team player and leader
    • Ability to multi-task and keep calm under pressure
    • A holistic approach with the ability to focus on specific detail where required

    Benefits include: -

    • Competitive salary
    • Generous bonus scheme
    • The option to become a shareholder in the business after 6 months employment
    • Health Cash plan
    • Life assurance
    • Westfield Rewards – discounts on travel, internet retailers & gym memberships
    • Great career development opportunities for the right person

    Covering letters and CV’s should be emailed to: Richard Anderton, Managing partner.