Distribution Manager – HGV

Location Coventry
Discipline: Agriculture, Food & Fresh Produce
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £28K - £30K
Contact name: Emma Ashmore

Contact email: emma@agrifj.co.uk
Job ref: 14954 EA
Published: 16 days ago
Startdate: ASAP

Distribution Manager – HGV
Location: West Midlands

The Company:
Fresh Fruit Suppliers and Importers.

The Industry: Food, Fresh Produce, Transport, Logistics, Management

Purpose of the Job:
The Distribution Manager is responsible for being able to co-ordinate the company’s HGV fleet and drivers, ensuring and maintaining compliance in all aspects of the UK and European law. The depot will operate a fleet of chilled vehicles delivering to retail depots nationally.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Managing the drivers’ day to day and keeping an eye on drivers on their routes.

  • Scheduling drivers and routes; allocating jobs to drivers.

  • Recruitment and selection of driver.

  • Liaising with agencies to negotiate driver rates and arrange driver cover.

  • Inducting and training drivers.

  • Keeping in communication with the customer and drivers with delays, breakdowns, tacho hours and any issues.

  • Statutory compliance of the company’s O Licence.

  • Management of all driver and HR requirements including, RTW, sickness and holidays.

  • People management, such as performance reviews, staff development, disciplinary, and grievance handling.

  • Carry out accident investigations.

  • Updating spreadsheets and communicating with management on performance.

  • Liaising and understands infringements and can deal with effectively.

  • Understanding driver's hours and legal driving time, working time and breaks.

  • Informing drivers of vehicle allocations and any changes in their job allocation or route.

  • Ensure customer commitments are met, working with internal teams, and executing operational tasks as needed.

  • Manage customer expectations and provide an excellent customer service experience.

  • Carry out route costing and modelling.

  • Cover for Transport Manager whilst they are on leave.

  • Ensuring that the depot is performing against all agreed targets/budgets and managing all costs.

  • Consistently motivating employees, as this has a direct impact on atmosphere and general feel good factor; to an affect that you get the best from the team.

  • Creating management reports on a monthly basis, dealing with all aspects of P&L.

  • Liaising with the sales team in order to develop new sales opportunities and grow the business.

  • Ensuring that all aspects of work and process are carried out in-line with Health and Safety guidelines.

  • Ensuring there is effective and clear communication to all employees within the depot.

  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as required.

Ideal Person Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proven people management experience within a logistics environment.

  • Transport experience (essential).

  • Logistics experience ideally with a Transport Manager National CPC.

  • You must be self-motivated and have the ability to hit and exceed targets.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • You must also have good customer services skills to deal day-to-day with all enquiries and cultivate relationships with customers and drivers align with the Operations team.

  • You must be able to work under pressure and efficiently within time constraints.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook). As well as experience using routing software.

  • Able to be flexible with shifts including the odd weekend for holiday cover.

  • Working could be any 5 out of 7 days to cover weekends, hours generally 08:00 to 17:00.

  • Previous roles could include; Transport Administrator, Transport Planner, Transport Supervisor, Transport Coordinator.

  • HGV Class 1 C+E (optional).

The Package:

  • Salary £28K – £30K dependent on experience.

  • 20 days + 8 Bank Holidays, pension, mobile phone, laptop.

How to apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to; Emma@agriFJ.co.uk

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