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General Manager - Transport

Title: General Manager - Transport Operations
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
Position Reports to: The Managing Director
Salary: TBA On Experience, Circa £45,000 to £50,000
Hours of Work: Day Shift

Company Overview:

Our client is a Distribution business which is one of the fastest growing Warehousing, Distribution & Fulfilment service providers in Staffordshire, with a turnover in excess of £12m. Winning multiple industry awards and providing best in class services and IT systems, they have a very clear strategy to uphold their leading position. They aim to deliver the best service, use the best technology and recruit and retain the best people in the industry.

Job Description:

Due to business restructure and ongoing growth our client require a new key player to join the senior management team in the capacity of General Manager - Operations. They require a commercial thinker who is able to harness modern technology, implement industry best practises, implementing systems and procedures whilst inspiring and leading a skilled and well-established operations department consisting of General Haulage, Pallet Network and Customer Care.

As the General Manager - Operations for their business, you will ideally have a degree in a relevant subject with previous experience in similar roles. They require an individual who has extensive experience of managing people and providing outstanding leadership across all facets of the Distribution and Transport Operation. They will have a natural ability of vehicle routing, costings and freight profiling.

Due to the existing operation it is essential the new GM Operations has a hands-on approach to the business. They are looking for someone with a proven track record of working on the front line, transport planning in a similar business and thoroughly understands a general haulage operation who has progressed through various roles to the senior position we are looking for today. You will be required to facilitate business growth whilst ensuring maximum productivity in all operational areas of our Distribution clients business.


To realise the objectives as laid out in our Strategic Business Plan
Overall responsibility for the operational aspects of the business including o-License management, general haulage, Pallet network and customer care
Coaching, developing and leading the operational team to provide exceptional service to our customers
Reviewing operations performance and ensuring delivery of key financial targets
Development of the existing teams including talent mapping, motivating and personal development
Provide cover in exceptional circumstances in the operations department
Identify and develop new initiatives to provide enhanced profitability and commercial improvements across the business including backloading opportunities, synergies and trunking etc
Create a culture of continuous improvement throughout the management team and employees

Further improve and develop the ISO Systems throughout operations department
Undertaking review of staffing levels and initiating the recruitment and performance management process
Provide Daily, Weekly and Monthly KPI Reports to the Managing Director
Drive business change to enhance and develop our infrastructure

Skills Required:
Have the ability to keep up with a changing load plan and make quick decisions
Excellent IT Skills
Excellent decision making skills, a high level of initiative and able to prioritise problem solve
An excellent commercial understanding of vehicle costings and resource management
A good ability to learn new IT Platforms and operate proficiently across various software
Prior experience in a similar role is essential
The ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment
Works well under pressure and is still able to inspire and lead a team of operators
Excellent knowledge of the UK and major road networks
Excellent Telephone Manner and Customer Service Skills
The ability to work as part of an integral team
Excellent time keeping, flexibility and attendance is required
A Leader who embodies our values and consistently strives for excellence
A creative and commercial thinker capable of delivering financial targets
Innovative and passionate in the way you develop and deliver values to teams and personal development of staff
Hold a current National CPC License

Personal Attributes:

Your career history will clearly be able to demonstrate success within a similar role where you can evidence how you understood managing a general haulage, pallet network operation and customer care.

We expect you to have:

High levels of personal integrity
A proven track record of great leadership within a team
An ability to manage your time effectively to meet targets and deadlines
Resilience to your role and able to work under pressure on the front line


Your package will include an excellent basic salary plus performance commission tied to pallet space sold within the available infrastructure.

If you feel as though you have the drive and ambition to succeed, and would like to join an award-winning team whilst working within a fast growing business please send your cv now !


Job Type:Permanent
Location:- Midlands West, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire
Benefits:£45,000 to £50,000 Basic Salary
Branch:Freight Personnel
Consultant:Paul Wilson
Tel: 0161 452 0452
Email: pwilson@freightpersonnel.co.uk
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