Backhaul Manager - Dumfriesshire

Backhaul Manager jobs

Companies that actively seek out efficiencies in their operations stand themselves in better stead for survival, especially in tough economic conditions. Effective management of backhaul can make an incredible savings which can either be used to increase profitability of the haulier or to offer savings to clients to increase competitiveness.

Good backhaul managers are part logistics experts and part sales agents, constantly on the lookout for potential openings in the efficiency drive, striking logistics deals with businesses close to drop-off locations and their own depots.

Some companies might be new to the concept of backhaul, in which case the backhaul manager might be designing a complete programme from the ground up. Other times, they might be drafted in to replace staff or increase efficiency. Either way, the skills will remain the same: keeping control of budgets and dealing closely with clients and management to continually push efficiency to the limit.

The sales element is just as important, as good backhaul is down to the discovery and development of potential openings, which are essentially new clients. Confidence in selling the proposition is an essential asset in the backhaul manager.

The skills required

The ability to seek out efficiency opportunities and enact them is a vital skill demanded of the backhaul manager. This requires a mathematical analysis of the potential benefits of a potential opening alongside the ability to get the most out of opportunities by making offers to those in need of haulage. For this, candidates must possess analytical and persuasive sides, and be able to balance the two so that the most effort is expended on the most likely and profitable openings.

Moderate computing skills are usually required, most notably spreadsheet and word processor experience. Some experience of accounting will also be of great assistance to candidates.

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Backhaul Manager Jobs in Dumfriesshire

Dumfriesshire is a region in the central south of Scotland, bordering England to its south, Kirkcudbrightshire and Ayrshire to its west, and Lanarkshire, Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire to its north. Today it is part of Dumfries and Galloway, a county that stretches roughly along the route of the A7 in the east all the way over to the Irish Sea in the west. Its historic county town, Dumfries, is relatively large, with a population of over 40,000, and the same town is now the headquarters of Dumfries and Galloway. The town of Gretna, famous for marrying eloping couples, is just inside Scotland in Dumfriesshire.

The A74(M) and the main England to Glasgow railway passes through Dumfriesshire, and these provide good links between the cities of Edinburgh and England. There is certainly the potential for Backhaul Manager jobs to be created in Dumfriesshire, as there is wherever good communications link major centres of population.

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