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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.

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:

EMECH Product Manager

Inventory Controller

EV Buyer

Warehouse Employee (6 months fixed term contract)



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


Vacancies


EMECH Product Manager

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

The EMECH Product Manager is a socially adept, conscientious person who works with care and pride.

Customer, product and market awareness are key along with a passion for the technologies that will inspire Rapid customers of the future throughout the wider business market.

Rapid’s Product Managers are the leaders of our range and product strategies and take ownership for all tasks associated with the profi table growth and range development in respect of assigned product portfolios.

Role-Specific Attributes

  • 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



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 Attributes

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



EV Buyer

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

Working as part of the Procurement Buying Team the EV Buyer will have responsibility for the performance of a defined product portfolio and strategy aligned to our Company Strategic Objectives in achieving sales, profit and stock targets.

In this role you will oversee the inventory and supply chain for the EV charging product range of over 2,000 products, ensuring stock turn and obsolescence’s targets are met, whilst maintaining and improvement margin and overall supply chain performance. Activities that enhance the sales process for both the sales teams and the customers.

Role-Specific Attributes

  • A technical background from an Electrical Engineering discipline
  • CIPS Accreditation Level 2 or 3 desirable
  • Experience from the Electrical Wholesale or Construction sector is desirable
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Packages (Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook)
  • Strong verbal and numerical reasoning skills with a keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and prioritise tasks with strict deadlines
  • Understand the needs of the business along with the flexibility to change according to requirements



Warehouse Employee (6 months fixed term contract)

Salary range TBC – dependent upon experience
6 months fixed term contract
Location: Colchester
Reporting to: Order Works Team Leader

Working as part of the Warehouse Team, picking and packing orders with the number one priority of ensuring all orders are despatched effectively and efficiently each day.

You will also be responsible for replenishing bins when new stock arrives, using manual handling equipment as required, whilst adhering to FIFO (First in First Out) requirements for picking and storing stock.

Role-Specific Attributes

  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Administration skills
  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Excel and Word skills
  • Initiative, drive and enthusiasm
  • An organised and methodical approach
  • Ability of working to deadlines along with the ability to work on your own initiative



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 but 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 reliability, 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 processes

• 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 2020. For more information about Rapid's Core Values see the section above.