Backhaul Manager - Maidenhead

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 Maidenhead

To the west of London, just as the conurbation is beginning to fragment into more rural country, lies the town of Maidenhead. The town is on the commuter belt to London, whose centre is 25 miles (43 km) to the east, but also serves Reading 11 miles (18 km) to the west and Slough, its eastern neighbour. Maidenhead is served by trains on the London to Reading and Bristol line. The M4 and A404(M) pass to its south, and the A4 Bath Road passes through the town centre. Heathrow Airport is 12 miles (20 km) to the east.

The town appears to have grown around a bridge that was built to replace the ferry across the river in the middle ages, and some architecture from the period remains today, but the railway gave the town a real boost as it began to attract traders and new settlers. At the south eastern tip of the town is Eton Dorney, which was given international fame as the location of the rowing and canoe sprint events.

Although commuting is important to Maidenhead, and much of the local economy depends on it, there is some industry in the town, including software companies, the pharmaceuticals industry and plastics manufacture. The affluent populace, excellent communications to the capital and internationally, and a crop of local businesses mean that Backhaul Manager jobs in Maidenhead or the surrounding area are offered relatively frequently.

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