Established in 1979, Rapid is a leading UK distributor of electronic components, industrial equipment and educational products. Based in Colchester, Essex, we provide a high quality distribution service for UK and international customers. Joining us at Rapid means that you will enjoy the benefits of working for a fast-moving, dynamic organisation. Outstanding opportunities are available across our business for talented, motivated, customer-focused individuals in a wide range of areas.
Rapid employees benefit from a culture of ongoing professional development. Our working environment rewards people who bring innovation and creativity to their roles, work well with others inside and outside of the organisation and are committed to delivering the highest quality service to our customers.
We advertise vacancies regularly on this page in a range of departments. However, not everyone arrives at a job at Rapid through conventional means, and the company is always open to applications from people with initiative, drive and determination.
“I've been working at Rapid for six months and enjoy my work very much. The environment is fast paced, friendly and supportive with opportunities to progress in both the warehouse and sales/support departments” – Steve Short, Warehouse
“Defining Rapid in one word is Teamwork. If it wasn't for the hardworking and efficient colleagues around me then working at Rapid wouldn't be such the pleasure it is! With the determination and support from all employees Rapid wouldn't function at its best.
Having worked at Rapid for nearly 10 years I have seen many changes, but there's one thing for sure, Rapid will continue to strive to do its best!” - Amie Davies, Inbound Sales
“They say time flies when you’re having fun and that certainly is the case for me in my role as Rapid’s Central and Southern Area Account Manager. There are just not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!
I love my job, visiting and talking to customers, solving their design problems, discussing projects, pricing and finding out what new products we can introduce. It is interesting, challenging and a lot of fun. I am on the road most of the time but I am supported by an amazing team at Rapid HQ.” – Elise Atkinson, Field Sales
Salary range TBC – dependent upon experience
Location: Colchester Office
Reporting to: Internal Sales Manager
The Industry Internal Key Account Manager is responsible for achieving revenue and profit targets for the defined portfolio of customers in line with the targets set by the company.
The Industry iKAM works in partnership with the field based Industry Business Development Manager to deliver their plan supported by Rapid’s category strategy which is led by the Procurement Manager.
If you are motivated by targets, have an excellent telephone manner and computer skills and thrive in a competitive, customer service environment, you could work in our inbound and outbound sales teams. With duties that include taking orders over the phone, handling customer enquiries or preparing quotations, there is also scope for sales staff to move into key account management and team leadership roles.
Roles in our marketing department include web design and development, catalogue production and content creation. Staff who work in these areas ensure that Rapid's publications are produced to a high standard, that our website provides a user-friendly experience for our customers and that the company promotes itself positively and effectively to new and established customers alike.
Buyers and product managers ensure that Rapid's product portfolio remains at optimum levels. Staff identify new product opportunities, meet and negotiate with suppliers, maintain and manage stock levels, develop product marketing campaigns and promotions. Procurement staff should be results-driven, able to multi-task and work under pressure, as well as build relationships with customers and suppliers.
Our warehouse team is the hub of our business. In a fast moving environment, you could be picking, packing or despatching orders, replenishing shelves when new stock arrives and using manual handling equipment at times. Warehouse staff need to be numerate, literate, possess basic computer skills and have an organised, methodical approach to their work.