Delivery of goods is the reason for the logistics industry’s existence, but the drive for efficiency in the way companies operate is always throwing up new possibilities – and roles. Reverse logistics is the act of bringing reusable items, be it packaging, transportation aids or the products themselves back to their point of origin of reuse, repair or reconditioning.
Most of the time, a particular delivery will not result in reverse logistics of the goods or parts of them straight away, as they will usually have a period at the destination where they cannot be returned (e.g. when awaiting unpacking). But where it is possible to collect the items and bring them back to base, the savings can far outweigh the transportation costs, which will be borne by the company that supplies the goods. It is up to the reverse logistics manager to liaise with the supplied companies to arrange the optimum times to pick up and return reusables. If well organised with regular clients, this can simply be a case of loading up the lorry with last week’s reusables and bringing them back, but not all clients are regular, so it is worth the supplier’s while to work out an optimum way to pick up items, thus reducing costs.
The reverse logistics manager will be in charge of this entire operation, which can become complex in busy logistics firms. They could be working alongside other delivery managers to arrange optimum times, but everything they do will be geared towards making savings for the employer.
Planning and analytical skills will be required for this job, as it is the key to working out the most efficient way to collect items from customers. Reverse logistics does not directly make profits for the company; it is a cost-saving operation, as the alternative would be for the items to go to waste. The reverse logistics manager will be in charge of the database of items and clients and will be expected to drive savings and seek out new efficiencies wherever possible.
The reverse logistics manager will be judged on the efficiency they bring to the company and the regularity with which they hit targets, so an ability to deal with pressure is an important trait.
As Cast UK’s founders and consultants all come from the logistics, procurement and supply chain sectors, we know exactly what employers and candidates alike are looking for. We deal with these sectors exclusively, sp employers trust us to create candidate shortlists because they know we’ll help them find the best people for the jobs.
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To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Reverse Logistics Manager for your business or find you a job as a Reverse Logistics Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
Located in the north-east of England, County Durham is bordered by Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, North Yorkshire. Settlements in the county include Darlington, Hartlepool, Shildon and Stockton-on-Tees and it offers a variety of options for those seeking Reverse Logistics Manager positions.
In the early 19th century, most of County Durham comprised rural areas and market towns. With the down of the Industrial Revolution, mining and shipbuilding grew in importance for the area, while heavy engineering also grew rapidly - particularly the building of bridges and locomotives.
In fact, the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering company is still based in Darlington today and it has been responsible for construction projects like the Humber Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Over the last few years, many of the local towns have gone through significant regeneration. There are now a number of large retail centres and business parks in the region.
Companies with manufacturing facilities in County Durham include KP Snacks, CAV Aerospace, GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser, Cummins and Walkers Crisps.
Several businesses have large depots in the region, including Argos and Aldi and other companies with operations based in the area include Orange, AMEC, the Student Loans Company and Thomas Swan.
If you're looking for Reverse Logistics Manager vacancies in County Durham, or anywhere else in the country, contact Cast UK today. Our team of recruitment experts can help you find a role that suits your skills and requirements, and provide advice on how to keep your career on the right path.
As one of the UK's leading recruitment consultancies for the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors, we have a unique understanding of the various employers - and what they look for when hiring a new team member.
What's more, our regional experts can offer local information, such as where to live if you're relocating and reasonable salary expectations.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Durham or source a new job in Durham then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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