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European Groupage Operator/Planner

European Groupage Operator / Planner - European Distribution

Preston, Lancashire based

As an employer our client believes they offer something quite unique in todays employment market a fast paced, highly entrepreneurial business environment within a family centred company that recognises and values every individuals contribution. This is an ideal occasion to join an entrepreneurial company at a key stage in its development.

Our Distribution client has been providing transport solutions to a wide range of customers for over 25 years. with annual sales of £75 million. They currently move around 800 loads every day within the UK & Europe. Due to rapid growth, they are looking for transport operators / planners, in particular for our Part load and Groupage, department as their customer base in this market grows.

Prior knowledge of operating Groupage is required, our current strengths are in France, Germany, Netherlands and Iberian markets.

Having experience of working with other modes of transport would be an advantage.

They have a strong team ethic, a pleasant and positive working environment, and believe in providing a great customer service experience. The role will suit customer friendly individuals with excellent communication skills.

The role: -
- An important member of a team managing customer orders across Europe
- Requires personal organisation and enthusiasm.
- Taking client orders and delivering a first class service whilst ensuring that client requirements are met.
- Establish and maintain partner carrier relationships, and negotiating transport costs and trailer fill, to attain the best service and cost ratios
- Communication with clients and partners daily to ensure the transport plan is being achieved.
- Resolution of any transport related issues in conjunction with the rest of the operations team.
- Identifying new business flows for our forwarding activities
- A challenging international work environment
- A learning environment, with a focus on continuous improvement and personal growth.

Skills & experience required:-

- Freight forwarding and subcontracting experience with Germany and suppliers to this market
- Excellent communication skills and a positive telephone manner are a pre-requisite.
- Good UK and European geographic knowledge.
- Problem solving skills whilst multitasking and prioritising
- Able and eager to develop existing customers and maximise results.
- Build and develop customer relationships and identify their transport requirements across multiple modes of transport.
- Strong knowledge of various pricing models to include Full and part loads, groupage and pallet movements (air and sea advantageous)
- Fluency in English

Nice to have, but not essential
- European CEFR Level C1 or equivalent in a second EU27 language.
- Knowledge of drivers hours & vehicle operating legislation
- Experience of Export or Import Customs Clearance procedures

Why should you apply?
- They offer you the scope for promotion & progression in a rapidly growing, highly successful business.
- They offer a highly competitive salary and the scope to advance earnings potential through career progression
- They have a great working environment with supportive colleagues who have a strong team ethic.
- You would be joining a growing European department that is experiencing rapid growth

They believe in providing a great customer service experience and enjoy serving our clients If you strongly believe in customer service our client will suit you perfectly.
20 days holidays per annum, with an extra day each year after three years of service up to a maximum of 25 days, plus statutory Bank Holidays
Free onsite parking
They offer a pleasant and positive working environment, and within two years, we will be moving a short distance away to a purpose built site that will house 450 colleagues

£25k - £35k basic salary
20 days holiday


Job Type:Permanent
Location:- North West, Lancashire
Benefits:£25-35k salary; 20 days holiday
Branch:Freight Personnel
Consultant:Karen Kempson
Tel: 0161 452 0452
Email: kkempson@freightpersonnel.co.uk
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