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Head of Operations - Supply chain - UK North

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Head of Operations - Supply chain - UK North

Industry SectorOther, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Services
Town/CityGreater Manchester
LocationsNorth West, Tyne Tees, Yorkshire & Humber
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesOperations, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted05 February 2018

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Celesio / AAH have a new & exciting opportunity for a Head of Operations - UK North to join our innovative and forward thinking AAH Supply Chain division.

Reporting to the Supply Chain Functional Director, the Head of Operations (North) will be playing a major part in the transformational change across our AAH supply chain network.

The core remit of this role will be to develop and lead the UK North operations team where you will be accountable for the efficient & effective delivery of service to all customers in line with our Celesio’s business strategy.

As the Head of Operations, he/she will be expected to lead and assist in the implementation of operational improvement, transformational change, process and regulatory compliance, and best practice adoption in the branch network; delivering improvements in efficiency, service, quality and colleague engagement.

The successful applicant will be accountable for delivering regional operational, customer, people and budgetary targets through the leadership of the General Managers, Operations Managers and Transport Managers.

Working as a key member of Operations Leadership Team, he/she will be jointly responsible for delivering the strategic vision of Supply Chain, leading and supporting the business in scoping, planning and execution of projects.

A key element of this role will encompass managing the continuous operational development across our AAH branches, where you will be accountable for driving regulatory & compliance practices along with improvements across the region. This will involve embedding a Lean Six Sigma philosophy throughout our Northern operation.

To succeed in this post, it is important that you have a clear ability to engage and influence key senior stakeholders within the business to gain effective buy-in and commitment, to drive change initiatives and demonstrating taking people on a transformational change journey.


The ideal applicant will possess a degree in a related discipline and well versed in Lean Six Sigma methodologies. He/she will possess an In-depth understanding of the supply chain industry and business drivers, with proven experience of leading in a warehouse or distribution environment.

To be considered for this role, the successful applicant will have an expert understanding of branch & operational practices, the ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels across our organisation and confident in leading a cross functional team across a variety of change activities

We are looking for colleagues who share our passion for innovation and caring for people, who can help us to shape the future of healthcare and meet the constantly changing needs of our customers.

Please note: Due to the travel involved with this vacancy a full UK driving Licence will be required.

The closing date for applications for this vacancy is Friday 16th February 2018.

However, if we experience a high volume of applications for this post, it may be necessary to close applications prior to this date. We would therefore encourage all applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Rewards and Benefits

Celesio UK, is an inspired and inspiring career choice. A pioneering provider of integrated healthcare services, we are unique and innovative, with career options that are found nowhere else. No other organisation in our sector provides the end-to-end offering that we do… from the buying of pharmaceuticals from manufacturers, right through the whole supply and distribution chain to dispensing. We’re one team with one purpose… to effectively, efficiently and passionately deliver innovative healthcare services that equip and inspire more positive lives.

Wherever you work with Celesio, you will enjoy a uniquely rewarding career. You will be challenged but well remunerated, assume real responsibility but be well trained and developed to undertake it. You’ll work hard but be recognised for your contribution and be able to keep a healthy work/life balance. In addition to highly competitive salaries, we offer a valuable benefits package which includes generous holiday, pension scheme, professional support and relevant training, childcare vouchers, option to buy additional holiday and an employee discount scheme. What’s more, we regularly review our rewards package and it is improving all the time.

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