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At Rapid we have been helping people to create great careers for themselves since 1979. We are a growing company with the opportunity for you to make a difference,  and we are ready to reward you for your achievements.  New opportunities are available across our business for talented, motivated, customer-focused individuals in roles spread throughout  Product Management, Procurement, Sales and Digital Marketing.

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 expect you to embrace our Core Values - having a great attitude, being successful, acting in a professional way and adopting a ‘be better’ mindset. You will benefit from a culture of ongoing professional development with all the advantages of a dynamic, successful organisation. Hear some of our staff’s views on what they enjoy about working for Rapid.

Rapid is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Browse our current vacancies below.

How to find us

To find out more click on a vacancy listing:

Junior Web Developer

Purchase Ledger Assistant

Inventory Controller

EMECH Product Manager



You can apply either by downloading an application form here, or by emailing your C.V to: recruitment@rapidonline.com


Vacancies


Junior Web Developer

Salary range TBC – dependent upon experience
Full Time/Permanent
Location: Colchester
Reporting to: Technology and Process Manager

We are currently recruiting for a Junior Web Developer to expand our busy inhouse web development team. The Junior Web Developer will be a key team member, working on a programme of continuous development, making incremental bug fixes and responding to day-to-day user experience issues identified by customers and colleagues.

The successful candidate will have a can-do attitude and be happy working in a small team. An eagerness to learn is a must for this role. They will also be happy to liaise with other departments in order to understand their requirements.

Ideally the potential candidate will have 2-3 years e-commerce web experience using the technologies mentioned below. We will also consider recent graduates with either a relevant final year project or placement experience.

Essential Skills

C#; .net; JavaScript; Vuejs; jQuery; Nodejs; Basic SQL; HTML; CSS (foundation - responsive – Mobile First).

The successful candidate will also have an interest in gaining experience with the following: ELK Stack; AWS infrastructure; Docker Message Queues; Rabbit MQ; Selenium Automation testing.

Role-Specific Attribute

  • Belief in the ability for new technology to improve our lives
  • A high degree of learning ability and emotional intelligence
  • The ability to listen carefully, reflect and think broadly and with agility
  • Understanding that the correct attitudes towards openness, curiosity, confidence, enthusiasm and teamwork are the key to success.
  • Strongly self-motivated with the ability to set your own agenda and work independently


Purchase Ledger Assistant

Salary range TBC – dependent upon experience
Full Time/Permanent
Location: Colchester
Reporting to: Purchase Ledger Supervisor

To effectively and accurately process all purchase ledger transactions on a daily basis.

The Purchase Ledger Assistant is responsible for accurately processing all purchase ledger transactions on to the company’s ERP system. Other responsibilities will include but are not limited to investigating and resolving queries.

There will be an element of internal and external communication dealing with various queries on a day to day basis. Strong verbal, written and numerical skills are essential for this role. Computer literacy, accuracy and analytical skills are also required.

Role-Specific Attribute

  • Accuracy
  • Strong verbal and numerical reasoning skills
  • Ability to handle large volumes of transactions
  • Ability to work under pressure, multitask and prioritise tasks with strict deadlines
  • Understanding the needs of the business along with the flexibility to change according to requirements


Inventory Controller

Salary range TBC – dependent upon experience
Full Time/Permanent
Location: Colchester
Reporting to: Inventory Controller Team Leader

Working as part of the Inventory Control Team to ensure continuous stock availability through replenishment of sales for circa 10k lines, ensuring optimum stock levels are maintained.

You will be responsible for analysing sales data (via the Buyers Daily Replenishment Report) and replenish inventory as required, controlling carriage charges from suppliers. You will also be responsible for ensuring cost price changes are agreed with buyers, and signed off once first level price negotiation and benchmarking has been achieved.

There will be an element of resolving invoice queries along with the preparation of reports and analysis as required by the business.

Role-Specific Attribute

  • Accuracy
  • Strong verbal and numerical reasoning skills
  • Ability to handle large volumes of transactions
  • Ability to work under pressure, multitask and prioritise tasks with strict deadlines
  • Understanding the needs of the business along with the flexibility to change according to requirements


EMECH Product Manager

Salary range TBC – dependent upon experience
Full Time/Permanent
Location: Colchester
Reporting to: Procurement Manager

Working as part of the Procurement Team the EMECH Product Manager will have overall responsibility for the performance of our Electrical Mechanical (EMECH) product defined portfolio and strategy, taking ownership for all tasks associated with the profitable grown and range development.

You will have strong awareness and technical knowledge of EMECH products together with brand strengths and weaknesses, supply chains and customer bases. You will also be totally passionate about driving high sales, profit and customer satisfaction, along with a passion for the technologies that will inspire Rapid customers of the future through the wide business market.

Role-Specific Attribute

  • Depth of sales, marketing and product management experience across the relevant industries, markets or technologies
  • A high degree of learning ability and emotional intelligence
  • Capable of managing multiple projects in addition to day to day transactions
  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders


What are our core values?

• Bring energy to the team every day

• Motivate and inspire others with a positive outlook

• Build meaningful relationships with colleagues and contacts

• Address problems in a positive way

• Listen carefully, reflect and think broadly, with agility

• Prioritise own workload and be proactive in the pursuit of goals

• Accountable for own performance delivering business goals over personal gain

• Always set expectations and dependencies and deliver to them

• Diligent approach to the detail butr not losing sight of the objectives

• Maintain a work/life balance and not be easily distracted

• Always punctual with a professional approach

• Dependable due to reiability, flexibility and integrity

• Exceed both customer and colleagues expectations

• Proactively communicate internally to enhance the success of our own common goals

• Take pride in sharing your, or Rapid's success externally

• A high degree of learning ability and drive and ambition to succeed

• Confident and can articulate strengths and development areas

• Listen well to constructive feedback from line manager and give feedback with good intent

• Positive attitude towards shared goals and set challenging personal objectives

• Constantly look for innovative working practices and proccesses

• Belief in the ability for new technology to improve our environment and wellbeing

Here's what some of our team members have to say about working for Rapid...

“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

Getting to know Rapid's "Core Values"


Core Values

Core Values

Teamwork. Enjoyment. Motivation. Positivity. Just some of the feedback from Rapid's staff who took part in a series of Core Values workshops during the autumn.

The workshops were organised to give employees a greater understanding and appreciation of the company's Core Values - "Great attitude", "Be successful", "In a professional way" and "With a 'Be Better' Mindset" - which were launched earlier in 2017. Each session saw around 12 members of staff from different departments participating in a series of collaborative exercises, with the emphasis very much on fun, teamwork and getting to know each other more.

Staff explored the ideas underlying each of the Core Values, how the attitudes and behaviours could be incorporated into their everyday working lives and how the values shape company culture. Staff were asked to leave feedback on the sessions and their comments reveal how enjoyable and beneficial they found them to be. Aside from a polite 'hello' or 'goodbye', many employees may never have previously spoken to the colleagues they worked with during their session. But they left saying things like "We are not little teams but one big team", "Now I understand what core values mean."

If there were sweets and biscuits involved then they played a useful role!

Denise Bird, Rapid's HR manager and Core Values co-ordinator, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed these workshops over the past four weeks. It was great to see people from different areas interacting together and getting to know each other better, sharing ideas and discussing what Core Values mean to them."

The Core Values programme will be developed further in 2019. For more information about Rapid's Core Values see the section above.