Assistant Portfolio Manager

RS Components
Little Oakley
11 Jan 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Portfolio Manager


RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 50,000 parcels a day. Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange FTSE 250 and in the last financial year had revenues of £1.5bn.

We are now recruiting for a proactive, driven individual to join our team as an Assistant Portfolio Manager in the Automation & Control category. You will work alongside a Portfolio Manager and a Commercial Manager, reporting in to the Senior Category Manager.

You will be accountable for creating and managing a portfolio strategy on a specific technology. You will be comfortable analysing large online and offline commercial data-sets and external market requirements and be capable of turning this into a market-leading strategy. Day-to-day you will be responsible for selecting the best Brands for the technology, the selection and forecasting of New Product Ranges, managing their lifecycle, and you will also be comfortable communicating your strategy in a formal or informal setting.

You will work with the Commercial Manager to ensure the portfolio meets the needs of the customers and maximises the opportunities available from our suppliers. You will be influential in supplier management including new supplier acquisition and attend supplier meetings.

You will be comfortable communicating with different cultures in our hub network throughout Europe and Asia. The hubs have their own regional customer acquisition strategies so you will gather insight on customer expectations and blend this into your overall strategy.

You will collaborate with many internal stakeholders covering topics like Inventory, Forecasting, Pricing, Marketing, and Digital Content as well as our Private Label team to expand our successful own-brand, RS Pro to grow customers, online conversion and traffic, maximise profitable growth, ROI and take market share.

This is an exciting graduate or entry-level opportunity for a self-motivated, collaborative and capable individual to join a diverse team and build a career in RS Components.

Essential Skills:

  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Takes ownership, very results oriented
  • Sound commercial acumen
  • Very good 'big data' analytical capability
  • Creative and capable of 'boiling down big data' into key themes to generate a market-leading strategy
  • Collaborative, with excellent communication and influencing skills
  • Educated to degree-level or equivalent


  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience of working with complex online/offline datasets
  • Experience of working with Commercial environment
  • Experience of working with or for a Supplier

About us as an employer

We place a strong emphasis on investing in our people, our best asset, enabling them to be customer focused at all times and exceeding their expectations. This is because our customers are at the heart of everything we do. So we look for people who have a strong belief in, and commitment to exceeding customer expectations, people who have pride and belief in their company.

In return we offer a positive and supportive culture which ensures that together we can help our customers do great things.

How to apply

Please apply online and upload your CV in English and follow any instructions online. If you experience any difficulties or require further details, please contact the Recruitment Team on +44 (0) .