With over 100,000 employees and operations in four continents, the South African trading and distribution company Bidvest Logistics is a major player by any standards. They are relied upon around the world to deliver goods, most notably foodstuffs and electrical goods, but they also have several divisions dealing with stationery, printing and automotive products.
The company uses a nimble management model. A relatively small head office deals with strategic corporate matters but the running of regions and locations is largely delegated to semi-autonomous managers who use their entrepreneurial flair to drive forward the parts of the company under their control.
When the need arose for a paragon transport planner for their Royton depot, Bidvest went to Cast UK, a recruitment consultancy they had used numerous times in the past for other vacancies. Because Cast UK deal only with logistics, procurement and supply chain jobs at managerial and executive level, they are perfectly placed to address such requests. The consultancy’s focus on these sectors extends to their consultants, too, all of whom are sourced from the three background specialisms rather than from generic recruitment.
Wayne Brophy, Cast UK’s founder and managing director, is pleased by Bidvest’s ongoing relationship with the consultancy. “When a company keeps coming back,” he said, “you just know you must be doing something right. While we would never rest on our laurels, getting to know clients better means we can provide an ever more personalised service, and our relationship with Bidvest proves that.”