German Doner Kebab has launched a hunt for an experienced head of project management to steer its restaurant expansion strategy.
The Glasgow-headquartered chain fast food brand is looking to bring in the senior figure to manage its restaurant expansion plans throughout the UK.
Previous executive hires at GDK have come from high-profile names in food and drink such as TGI Fridays and Taco Bell. Candidates can expect a thorough grilling about their experience of the leisure and retail sectors.
GDK was established in the east end of Glasgow after Athif Sarwar, a member of the family behind the United Wholesale cash and carry business, discovered the brand on holiday in Dubai.
His Hero Brands firm bought the rights and in four years has built it into a business employing 1000 people with 35 restaurants in the UK. It has restaurants in Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain and a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years, including outlets in Saudi Arabia.
The head of project management will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, and maintaining close relationships with franchise partners.
The search is being managed by executive search company Withey & Vedi.
Imran Sayeed, German Doner Kebab CEO, said: “Our idea of bringing a nutritionally-balanced gourmet kebab has been a massive hit with UK consumers, and this has been reflected in the huge growth we have already achieved in the past two years.
“We have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs and and we are now working closely with them to identify new sites and respond to the growing consumer demand across the UK.
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“From this perspective we are looking for an experienced Head of Project Management to join us and oversee the growth of our restaurant footprint whilst strengthening the relationships with our multi-unit franchise partners.”
Vinit Vedi, managing director of Withey & Vedi, said: “Our focus will be on bringing-in an industry specialist who has experience in a similar role with a multi-site restaurant leisure group, or retail operator.
“We now very much look forward to strengthening the German Doner Kebab team and exploring new opportunities to develop our partnership as the brand forges ahead with growth.”
By Hamish Burns