CMS Distribution are Europe’s leading specialist technology distributor and are a growing and successful business. Due to Company expansion and ambitious plans for 2017 we are looking to recruit a new Operations Director in a board level position based primarily at our Castleford location.

Job Title: Operations Director


Job Type: Permanent 


Application Closing Date:14/4/2017 

Why work for CMS Distribution?

Here at CMS Distribution we see a future where everyone knows that CMS connects the best technologies to the smartest customer. We encourage remarkable people to exceed expectations through the relentless pursuit of service excellence and the delivery of the most innovative technologies to our customers.

With a turnover of £365m in 2016 we intend achieving £500m in 2017.   Our growth plan is one of acquisition; with 3 acquisitions successfully integrated over the last 5 years. We have recently completed the acquisition of TNS in Ireland.  With more acquisitions in the pipeline we are looking to expand our existing operations to meet demands.

Our customer offering is diverse and includes in excess of 1,000 customers, over 100 brands and 5,000 SKUs.   Our shipments monthly are in the region of 5,000 to over 3,000 delivery points across 40,000 order lines.

Our customer base is categorized as B2B and B2C – resellers, retail and etail and is supported technically through SAP, Qlik View, ERP, CRM and EDI.

In the UK our warehousing facility occupies 40,000 square feet and in the Netherlands we have recently engaged with a 3PL to carry out logistics services into Europe.

TNS in Ireland has recently been acquired with the intention that we will fully integrate the business into CMS by 1st July which will expand our UK, European and in addition Asia/Pacific business.

Why the role of Operations Director is right for you?

This role is perfect for an ambitious, talented and experienced individual with knowledge, credibility, authority and drive who is results focused and with the ability to achieve results.

Job Objectives of the Operations Director 

Reporting to the COO, the Operations Director will have a business critical Board level position.  Working with the Senior Management team you will develop and execute the trading strategy for all channels that supports the business objectives.

You will take specific responsibility for managing an international logistics operation that underpins our core business.  You will additionally be involved in all wider business decisions, so you will truly play a crucial part in the overall strategy.

The Operations Director will have successfully managed operations within a time critical logistics environment. Commercially astute, you will have a natural instinct for optimising costs as well as a track record in customer service and operational delivery.

As the Operations Director you will be responsible for driving change and continuous improvement through a management team and structure based on embracing the core values of the business.  Creating a framework and building a robust infrastructure to support the expansion and growth plans, for the next two to five years, will be critical to the performance of the overall business strategy.

You will blend your leadership capability with your natural instinct for the development of systems and resources to create a competitive logistics function.

Rewards Package:

This role is offering an attractive competitive package. Full details will be provided at the interview stage.

Skills Required of the Operations Director

You will keep many ‘plates spinning’; preparing budgets, delivering profitability, handling business logistics and ensuring employees are being suitably managed and developed and much more.   Therefore, your ability to multi-task, remain calm and be able to communicate effectively are key to success.

Proven experience in a senior Management/Director role within a time critical logistics environment.

Good judgment and the ability to make sound decisions will be required particularly when handling complex and difficult situations.

Staff development is a large part of the Operations Director role, so you will be able to naturally inspire, enthuse, motivate and engage with energy and passion.

You will have a collaborative approach and empower your management team to action and great performance.

Your drive and determination to achieve results, with and through people, will create pace and a sense of urgency.

Organised and highly efficient.

Dedicated and ambitious, able to handle high work demands

Able to build and maintain effective working relationships across all functions

Excellent project management and time management capability

A sound business sense with a strong understanding of business finances and commercial metrics

IT savvy, with an understanding of dynamic routing and scheduling systems.

You will have a collaborative leadership approach and empower your management team to action and great performance.

Why a career in Castleford is right for you?

The logistics capital of Yorkshire! Castleford is the largest of the five towns of the borough of Wakefield. It is ideally placed near the M62 and even from it Roman settlement roots it has been an important trading and commercial Centre. From being an important coalmining town in the 19th and 20th Century the town has developed a highly efficient and effective logistics infrastructure and is the ideal base for the UK warehouse in our logistics operations.It is the perfect place to base your career as an Operations Director.

If you are interested in the role of Operations Director, send your CV and a covering letter to our Recruitment Manager at