Livingston James retained by Southeast Traders to appoint new Chief Executive Officer

Southeast Traders Ltd (SET) is a family run business established in 2002 by entrepreneurial husband and wife team Alan & Theresa Taylor. Based in Glasgow, SET is a wholesaler, distributer and brand owner, and market-leading operator in the secondary market. The business buys and sells across multiple FMCG categories ranging from grocery, household, health & beauty, impulse and soft drinks, frozen, chilled and general merchandise. They source and supply both bespoke and regular product lines to meet the requirements of their customer base, which include leading UK retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda. SET also has direct long-standing trading and manufacturer relationships across the UK allowing them access to a wide portfolio of products and brands, such as Johnson’s Baby, Kellogg’s, MARS, Nestle, P&G, and Heinz.

Over the last two years, the licensing side of the business was created and focuses on securing and commercialising licensing agreements from some of the world’s iconic brand holders. These licensing agreements grant SET the right to manufacture, distribute and sell these brands across a defined range of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) and to their already established customer base. Brands currently licensed include Poppets, Toxic Waste, Peperami, Slush Puppie and Stranger Things (frozen products).

In view of the increasing scale and diversity of the business, SET is now in the position to appoint a Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Reporting directly to the family shareholders, this CEO will have a central remit for all aspects of the organisation’s operational, commercial, cultural and financial performance. The key priorities of the newly appointed CEO will be to have a strong sense of purpose, provide strong leadership and develop clear succession for Alan and Theresa. The CEO will also identify future business development and growth opportunities, alongside professionalising the business’ internal infrastructure.

This role requires an individual with strong leadership skills and a proven track record of high performance, change management and delivering results. It is also vital that applicants possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire their team through a period of change and growth. Candidates should have previous experience in a senior management / leadership role and have deep knowledge of FMCG / Brand Development / Licensing or allied industries.

A highly attractive financial package is available to the successful individual and will be commensurate with the background and experience required for the role.

For more information please review the online Position Profile below and contact Sophie Randles ([email protected]) to apply.

Please note that any direct or third-party approaches will be sent to Livingston James for review and assessment.

Online full Position Profile here:

South East Traders Position Profile – FINAL


Livingston James is an equal opportunities advocate and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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