Winning clients and keeping hold of them all goes towards the commercial success of a logistics business. This can’t be left to chance as clients might be constantly looking for better deals elsewhere, and if your company is not offering the best deal while maximising your own profits, management and shareholders will start to get nervous.
The commercial manager is in charge of exactly this area of logistics – seeking out new leads, following them up and gathering important data on companies even if you’re not successful – this time. While there are elements of sales in the role of the commercial manager, there are also aspects of account management and customer relations, as it is the personal relationships and trust-building that will keep clients happy and alert you to threats or rumblings of dissatisfaction.
The commercial manager of a larger company will probably oversee or partner account management or sales departments, and might report to a commercial director who in turn will have the ear of general management, so with the job comes a good deal of responsibility – you might well be in charge of a tightly monitored budget to spend on chasing up leads, with strict targets to meet. Rewards can be great, however, for good commercial managers, as they have a real hand in the company’s profitability.
Without doubt the key skill of the commercial manager is communication. As well as selling your employer’s services to clients, you’ll also be communicating commercial details to the echelons above and below you, in an environment that could well be high pressure due to targets.
Successful applicants will be able to thrive on such pressure and continue seeking out new leads and developing existing ones calmly, even when luck does not seem to be on your side. In the digital age, communication will be over all modern channels, as will seeking out leads, so great online and offline networking skills and familiarity with standard office software solutions will be advantageous.
Cast UK was founded by people who came from the logistics, procurement and supply chain backgrounds, and all our own staff are from the same fields, so we know what employers and candidates are seeking. Our ongoing success depends on our filling management and executive positions with the very best people, so we have a vested interest in making sure we know both our candidates and the employers well.
People look for a new job for many reasons: moving house, seeking more fulfilment or looking for a promotion. Cast UK is the consultancy that many employers and candidates come to first, so if you’re looking for a career change in, or to, logistics, we’re sure to have the perfect job for you now or in the near future.
We have jobs and representatives covering the whole of the UK, so please check out what’s available. If you’ve seen something you’re interested in, do get in touch – it could be the start of an exciting phase in your career!
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Commercial Manager for your business or find you a job as a Commercial Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
Located 18 miles (30 km) south east of Bristol and directly across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff, Weston-super-Mare is a popular seaside resort that benefited hugely when the railways came its way in the 1800s. Its strange name comes from the Anglo-Saxon “west tun” (west settlement) and the Latin “super mare” meaning upon sea. One of the most influential engineers of all time, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, also used to live there, proving that peculiar names must be in the water – and probably explaining why a sleepy village got a railway!
The town did have some industry in the past. The Westland aircraft company, which was based in Yeovil, had its helicopter manufacturing and maintenance plant in Weston-super-Mare. The company is famous for its Wessex, Sea King, Puma and Lynx military, coastguard and rescue helicopter. One of the most famous helicopter pilots in the world (no, not Noel Edmonds), Prince William, pilots Sea Kings. The factory closed down in 2002, and Weston-super-Mare is now home to The Helicopter Museum.
Weston-super-Mare’s economy is mainly focused on tourism, but there is some industry and distribution activity in the area, partly due to its location as the gateway to the South West. Discount supermarket Lidl has its southern distribution centre there, and there is some other light industry in the town. While it may not seem the first place you’d look for a Commercial Manager job, they do come up from time to time, and there will always be a demand in nearby Bristol too.
To find out about the Commercial Manager positions available in Weston-super-Mare, or anywhere else in the country, get in touch with Cast UK today.
We have a wealth of experience in the procurement, logistics and supply chain fields, so our team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy.
We work with clients and applicants from across the country, and are committed to filling each position with the best talent possible.
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To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Weston-super-Mare or source a new job in Weston-super-Mare then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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