Freight Manager - Yorkshire and Humber

Freight Manager jobs

Logistics operations are often 24/7 in nature, and clients’ demands are the single most important factor if satisfaction and profitability are to be maintained. Their deliveries and collections will all be part of a supply chain that cannot be broken, slowed down or even speeded up without serious consequences. For this reason logistics companies will need to stay on top of all their deliveries and know the whereabouts of their entire fleet at any given moment, and they need to have future routes planned to the minute.

This complex task is overseen by the freight manager. He or she will be tasked with organising the movements of the fleet in response to customer demands and schedules. Since the movement of goods can take place over road, sea, air and rail, there will necessarily be certain elements of the journey that are out of the drivers’ control. The freight manager will need to ensure delivery by having contingency plans where possible, but at minimum he or she must keep customers informed of any transportation issues and give updated ETAs.

Ultimately, however, the freight manager’s job will be to introduce and/or maintain profitability and efficiency into the system. This will be done by teamwork with the various managers and other staff, and will be the result of detailed planning and application of plans. Efficiency can be brought about by negotiating fuel contracts, optimising routes and loads, maintaining correct staffing levels, setting up backhaul arrangements and such like. It’s an all-encompassing job that suits alert and driven people.

The skills required

Managing a team of office staff, planners and drivers will require superb people management and communications skills. With a busy depot under you control, there could be dozens of journeys ongoing at any moment, and keeping on top of them all and optimising them for efficiency can be a juggling act, but ideal applicants will be cool headed types who know how to prioritise the important things and not get bogged down with the minor ones.

Much of the work will be carried out using IT solutions, both in-house bespoke systems and widely available office suites. The planning of journeys in the modern freight industry is almost entirely digitised, with tracking, planning and comms often taking place under the same blanket environment. An above average working understanding of IT solutions and protocols will therefore be a huge benefit to applicants, especially if he or she has experience of the system the employer uses.

Cast UK’s logistics opportunities

Cast UK was founded by logistics, procurement and supply chain specialists, and our consultants are all from these backgrounds too, so we have in-depth knowledge of what employers and candidates are looking for. Employers come to us to find candidates because they’re confident that we’ll help them find the most appropriate managers and executives.

We have jobs all over the UK, so are well placed to find you work in wherever you are located or plan to locate. If you’re moving house, please see if there are any positions available in the area you’re moving to; and if you’re simply looking for more fulfilment in your working life, there could be an employer looking for the skills you have.

Once we have your details, we’ll be able to start matching you with positions as soon as they arise, so do get in touch if you’re looking for a job in logistics.

 To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Freight Manager for your business or find you a job as a Freight Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.

Freight Manager Jobs in Yorkshire and the Humber

A part of the country known for the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lincolnshire Woods, Yorkshire and the Humber comprises a number of cities and large towns - like Bradford, Kingston upon Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Doncaster and Halifax - that offer many opportunities for those seeking Freight Manager positions.

The region has long been an important part of the British economy, particularly in terms of industrial capability and scientific innovation.

During the 18th century, Benjamin Huntsman pioneered a new technique for crucible steel. This paved the way for Sheffield to become a major player in the steelworks industry for the next 200 years. Stainless steel was also invented in the region in 1913.

These days, Yorkshire and the Humber is home to a number of large companies, such as Tata Steel Europe, Reckitt Benckiser, Ideal Standard and BAE Systems.

Yorkshire has a rich brewing heritage and is home to some big names such as Thwaites, John Smith’s, and Timothy Taylor, as well as being the home of two market leading tea brands, Tetley and Yorkshire. Yorkshire is also the home of Haribo, and the well-known Roundtree Factory. .

A number of financial services companies also have offices here, particularly in Leeds. These include Direct Line, First Direct and an HSBC call centre, as well as Yorkshire Building Society, Leeds Building Society and Bradford & Bingley.

The head offices for ASDA, Morrisons, Arla Foods UK and Clipper Logistics are also in the area.

Cast UK - helping you discover fresh vacancies

As recruitment consultants for the procurement, logistics and supply chain sector, the experts at Cast UK are committed to understanding the requirements of each role and finding the best talent for every position.

If you're looking for a new Freight Manager job in Yorkshire and the Humber, get in touch today. We'll be happy to provide the advice you need to take the next step in your career.

To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Yorkshire and the Humber or source a new job in Yorkshire and the Humber then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.