General Manager  – Northamptonshire £60-70k + Performance Related Bonus + Car Allowance + Pension

Operating over 40 companies across the UK, USA, Canada and the British Virgin Islands our client is a truly diverse group operating across sectors ranging from alternative asset investments in fine wine, property and aquaculture, to high-end retail channels – targeting areas they believe have the potential to offer long-term, sustainable growth.

They are now seeking to make a new senior appointment within the group of General Manager to take responsibility for overseeing and driving the success of four of the operational businesses. The General Manager will be charged with executing the Board’s strategy and providing the link between these businesses and the Board via regular reporting.

Reporting directly to the Group Chairman, and working closely with the Group’s Operations & Finance Directors, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate a history of successful business management, developing direct reports, effective change management and a strong all-round approach to running a profitable business.

The role will offer the opportunity to work with autonomy, as well as giving the successful candidate access to other Group functions, such as marketing and finance.  This role is a pivotal part of the Group and will determine the future of the businesses that fall under its remit.

In addition to having direct oversight of the four businesses, this role will have significant responsibility for the office and warehouse in Northamptonshire.  This will involve liaising with the other Group staff that use the office and ensuring the smooth day to day operations of the business.

The four businesses that you will manage are as follows;

A UK based independent fine wine merchant founded in 2004 which specialises in the world’s finest, most sought-after wines from great and historic vintages, plus real finds from small producers.  The business has a current core turnover of circa £500,000 per annum, and operates for the most part via an on-line e-commerce platform and fulfillment system, augmented by regular e-mail offers, occasional direct mail brochures and limited phone / personal contact with its customer base.

The second business is also a fine wine merchant: established in California in 1976, the business was acquired by the group in 2012 and provides (primarily) US customers with a wine by the bottle delivery service. The group has continued to build upon the existing turnover of circa $300,000 per annum, working hard with the existing staff to grow the business and continue its long and successful track record in servicing its valued customers.

Thirdly there is an independent country footwear and clothing retailer, specialising in leading brands in town and country footwear.  As well as a rural store and country show business, there is also an e-retail sales channel. This business has a current turnover of circa £400,000 per annum across all channels.

The fourth business is the newest development for the Group.  In early June 2018 they will be launching an e-retail artisan food website linking the existing physical country food market with the wider market available via the internet.  The work on this business started in early 2018 and represents an exciting new enterprise and one that you will have an opportunity to shape and drive forward to achieve its full potential.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate having worked at a suitably senior position elsewhere.  The group already has extensive existing product knowledge in house, and as such would welcome applications from a range of industries and backgrounds.  The specific experience that you should have and be able to demonstrate would be; running successful teams, change management, developing and managing staff, logistics, and a clear focus on sales growth and budget management / delivering targets.

In addition, due to the all-round nature of the role, candidates should be prepared to provide input on; revenue generation and marketing, IT and communications as well as HR / staff matters, including goal setting and development / training.

If you feel that you have the relevant experience and share our client’s passion and energy for driving a diverse range of businesses in order to achieve their true potential then in the first instance apply via our retained recruiter; Kieron Madden at Woodlands Recruitment Solutions either by sending your CV to or should you wish to have an initial conversation please call Kieron on 07787 408844.

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