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 0161 825 0825.
The largest city in South West England, Bristol is a centre of commerce, culture and education and it has long been associated with sea travel, with the Port of Bristol being a major economic boon to the area.
Situated on the Bristol Channel at the mouth of the Avon River, Bristol also shares a bit of the Severn Estuary coastline. By the 12th century, the city was an important point for the shipping industry, especially for trade with Ireland (and later Iceland and France) and it quickly grew to become one of England's largest medieval towns.
Along with Liverpool, Bristol was one of main ports in the UK involved in the Triangle Trade and the list of commodities that were exchanged includes cloth and textiles, glass, fish, wine and grain. As the years passed, other industries began to expand, including manufacturing, engineering and transport.
Today, Bristol is a thriving community with plenty of opportunities for those seeking Commercial Manager vacancies in the area.
One of the city's major employers is Defence Equipment & Support, which works to procure everything from ships and aircraft, through to munitions, technology and communications equipment for the MoD.
Other companies based in Bristol include Bristol Commercial Vehicles, BAE Systems and Orange UK.
Here at Cast UK, we can help you find Commercial Manager vacancies in Bristol and other locations across the UK. Our team specialises in procurement, logistics and supply chain recruitment and we have a strong understanding of these fields - allowing us to provide the assistance you need to take your career to the next level.
What's more, our regional experts work hard to keep up with the latest developments in the area of their expertise. Over the years we've built strong relationships with companies in every part of the UK and our knowledge of each specific job market is second to none.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Bristol or source a new job in Bristol then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
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