Chief Operations Officer

Posted 13 June 2024
Job type Permanent
DisciplineAutomotiveCEO and General Management

Job description

Job reference - 36349

  • Lead, scale, motivate, organise, identify opportunities, manage risk, maximise profit

  • An implementor and leader with energy

  • Dealership industry leadership background sought across either construction equipment, trucks, or automotive

Vertu Equipment
Vertu Equipment is the National Distributor of SANY Construction Equipment, SINOTRUK/SITRAK trucks and, through its newly formed subsidiary Terramotive, the exclusive distributor of Yutong electric buses & SANY electric trucks.

In New Zealand the company has branch operations in Auckland, Tauranga, and Christchurch. Vertu also have branches in Melbourne and a presence in the Pacific Islands. The company is set on a path of dynamic growth throughout all these regions and are expanding aggressively.

Position Overview
As the Chief Operations Officer (COO) you report directly to the company directors. You will have overall responsibility across all departments, including fixed operations, sales and financial operations ensuring efficiency, quality, and profitability throughout the organisation.

Your leadership will play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of the organisation while leading diverse teams to achieve operational excellence and exceed performance targets.

Key Responsibilities

  • Increase return on investment within every profit centre both nationally and internationally for every department

  • Strategic Leadership: Collaborate with the company directors / MD and executive team to execute the company's strategic vision

  • Operational Planning and Execution: Develop and implement comprehensive operational plans and policies to maximise efficiency and profit

  • Travel requirements extend to nationally and international travel to Australia, Pacific Islands and China

  • Implement KPI's for each department and each job type across all profit and support functions of the business

  • Supply Chain Management: Oversee procurement, logistics, and inventory management functions to minimise costs, and maintain optimal inventory levels

  • Revenue Management & Performance: Jointly oversee total group revenue and implement management mechanisms to ensure company staff are output driven (i.e. responsibility for results driven team)

  • Be an implementor for the MD and makes things happen. Work strategically alongside the MD and identify and implement opportunities that provide superior financial return and strategic growth

  • Quality Assurance: Establish and enforce quality control standards and procedures

  • Financial Management: Drive financial performance by monitoring budgets, analysing financial data, identifying cost-saving opportunities through proactive management of key suppliers, and maximizing revenue streams

  • Risk Management: Identify operational and competitor risks, developing mitigation strategies to safeguard the company's assets, reputation, and compliance with regulatory requirements

  • Team Leadership and Development: Provide strong leadership to cross-functional teams, fostering a culture of collaboration, accountability, and continuous improvement

  • Technology Integration: Leverage technology and innovation to enhance overall business performance

  • Customer Focus: Champion a customer-centric approach to operations

  • Compliance and Safety: Ensure compliance with relevant regulations, standards, and safety protocols, prioritising the health and safety of employees, customers, and the community. Ensure all environmental and local body legislation is adhered to

  • Employment Relations. Oversee implementation of best practice employment relations functions

Experience and skilled sought

  • Proven track record of successful leadership as a General Manager, Dealer Principal, CEO, COO, CFO or other senior role such as Regional Manager, Branch Manager etc.

  • Strong operational management skills essential, preferably in the construction equipment, heavy machinery, heavy transport, farm machinery or automotive sectors of industry.

  • Additional leadership skills in the motor industry with experience in franchise retail or national distributor environments

  • Flair and competency for profit generation and the ability to implement KPIs across sales, fixed operations, finance and insurance, and accounting functions to maximise profits

  • A track record of experience in driving operational improvements, cost reduction initiatives, and organisational transformation and profit

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence and collaborate effectively across all levels of the organisation

  • Strategic thinker with the ability to anticipate trends, identify opportunities, and adapt to changing market conditions

  • Results-oriented mindset with a focus on delivering measurable outcomes and exceeding performance targets

  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in data analysis, performance metrics, and continuous improvement methodologies

  • Clean M.O.J check and current passport and travel documents that present no complications travelling internationally

The rewards
An executive level salary and benefits will prove attractive with additional remuneration derived from achievement of KPI's. The role itself is one of the more diverse to have presented itself in the market for some time.

If you are looking for a new challenge to work directly alongside the founders to develop and grow existing and new ventures, apply today.

How to apply
The successful candidate can be based in either Auckland, New Zealand (where the Head Office is situated) or in Melbourne, Australia. You must have working rights for either NZ or Australia.

Submit your application through the apply section of this ad.

This role is exclusively listed with Automotive Employment NZ and all applications will be forwarded through to Vertu Equipment for their consideration.

For more information about the role please contact Jo-Ann Robinson on 09 271 3200 or 021 271 3201.