Transport Manager

Warehouse / Logistics
£35,000 to £45,000 Per Annum
Contract Type:
Full time

Are you an experienced Transport manager looking for a new role? 

Do you thrive under pressure? 

Have you worked in the warehouse/logistics/distribution sector? 

Do you hold CPC? 

Our client, a well regarded organisation based on the outskirts of Sudbury, is keen to find a transport manager to join their long serving and successful team. 

Part of a large group employing over 1000 staff, you will be integral to the success of the warehouse and the team. This role offers a competitive salary, company benefits and a great working location.

Role and Responsibilities include: 

  • Managing routing vehicles, taking into account all the legal requirements and those of the customer, to achieve the most cost effective route and utilisation of vehicles and staff.
  • Continually assessing and reviewing load valuations and vehicle earnings.
  • Working closely with traffic team members to obtain updates and discuss/review/amend with them as appropriate. 
  • Using the ‘tracker system’ to maximise efficiency of all vehicles by using all relevant reports to monitor driver performance and outline remedial action as required. 
  • Reporting on vehicle earnings and review with Senior Management Team on a month end basis. 
  • Full inductions of new employees and agency drivers and pre-brief of existing drivers as required. 
  • Overseeing the management of all drivers, to ensure control of their working hours and compliance with all legal requirements, whilst minimising the cost of wages. 
  • Full debrief of all drivers – or ensuring staff covering shift patterns are fully trained and undertake responsibility of debriefs, in Transport Manager’s absence. 
  • Analysis, tracker checking and processing of time sheets ensuring that they are correctly completed before authorising for payment. 
  • Dealing with all disciplinary and grievance issues in line with company policy and in conjunction with HR. 
  • Ensuring driver compliance with Tachograph Rules, that they retain the correct tachographs in their vehicles and that the remainder are handed in at the appropriate date. 
  • Job checking - rates, allocations, drivers (agency if required), vehicles, dates, locations, loads, descriptions, reference numbers, any special instructions required. 
  • Ensuring all vehicles and trailers are available as and when requested by the workshop to meet with the company’s obligation as per VOSA and also company ‘O’ Licence requirements. 
  • Liaising with the workshop to ensure that all vehicle defects are reported, as per the company defect reporting procedure, and that these defects are rectified in a timely manner. 
  • Full validation of agency invoices, including tracker checking of all associated timesheets and verification of mileage/tachos. All documentation to be filed to provide audit trail. 
  • Monitoring of pallet returns and non-returns, with relevant customer liaison and instruction to drivers as appropriate. 
  • Reporting on all accidents/incidents, including customer complaints and ensure follow up claims, costs, actions required are followed through to conclusion. 
  • Undertaking regular appraisal of all staff responsible to you, identify training needs and produce a plan of action necessary to enable ongoing staff development. 
  • Chairing weekly team meeting to provide updates and ascertain the needs and concerns of the team. 
  • Ensuring that all incoming calls are dealt with promptly, motivating staff as required and assisting the caller where possible, or passing to the relevant person.  

Skills required: 

  • Strong management skills - the ability to lead by example, motivate team members and implement the changing needs of the business.
  • Extensive knowledge of haulage compliance and all associated legislation.
  • In depth experience of industry Health & Safety practices.
  • Knowledge of disciplinary procedures.

This is an excellent opportunity - offering progression and development - the current team are keen to deliver their knowledge and expertise to see the right person flourish in this role.