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VP Convenience Retail

Job Ref:
TS 884505
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Circa SAR 45,000pm + Good Bonus
Leading convenience retailer in Saudi to drive more growth and wants a convenience retail expert with leadership development potential to keep them at the cutting edge in the sector.
The retail landscape in Saudi is changing fast towards convenience and this major investment group has made a very significant investment into ensuring it holds a significant market share in the convenience retail sector in Saudi.

As such we have created a new position to support the highly commended CEO to focus purely on keeping the convenience concept continuously adapting towards excellence while the CEO is more distracted by core activities related to shareholders, financing, real estate and core leadership duties.

The individual will be expected to continuous improve the firms’ convenience model by adapting international best practice in the sector to the needs of the Saudi market, with an eye on regional differences, they will ensure the product mix, the look and feel, marketing programs, customer service and a whole range of front end initiatives are well planned, well executed and relevant to the company’s goals.

As such we need an individual who is an expert in convenience retail who can bring a strong knowledge of the most advanced practices in the sector to bear in the Saudi market. This role has very strong progression and leadership potential so the individual will be able to demonstrate an intellectual capacity to develop the skills necessary for a leadership role alongside excellence in front end convenience retail operations.

As such we will only accept applications from individuals who comply with the following:

• Must have at least 6 years direct experience of the convenience retail sector, and at least 10 years’ experience (likely 15+) of working experience.
• Will be able to demonstrate a capacity to compare and contrast convenience retail strategies regionally or globally and conceptualise how to apply these to the Saudi market.
• Will have experience of front end retail strategy development around store layout, product and SKU development, customer service, brand development etc (not daily operations such as store management or supply chain)
• Will have a reasonable grasp of broader leadership concepts such as finance, legal and man management, with the intellectual capacity to develop further.

• Will speak Arabic
• Will have had direct exposure to the Saudi market.
• Saudi nationality

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