Backhaul Manager - Solihull

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 Solihull

Solihull is a town 6 miles (10 km) south east of Birmingham, but it is within the West Midlands conurbation. Coventry is 10 miles (17 km) to the east. The town retains much of its Victorian architecture due to being left largely untouched during World War II, unlike its two neighbouring cities. While the town has a population of around 100,000, Solihull’s metropolitan borough includes over 200,000 people.

The borough is home to three major sites of national repute. First, there’s Birmingham Airport, which is to the north eat of the town centre. The airport handles flights to much of Europe as well as North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Second is the National Exhibition Centre, where conferences, pop concerts and even exhibitions take place. And third is the Land Rover factory, which shares its production of the iconic range of vehicles with Halewood near Liverpool.

With first-rate communications from road (the M42 passes nearby), rail and air, close links to Birmingham city centre and an active population, Solihull is a natural place to look for a Backhaul Manager job. There’s plenty of industry in the area, as there always seems to be wherever a major car-making plant is located. The town is also a busy shopping area, with many high street names having a presence there.

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