Looking after a fleet of vehicles has never been a simple task, and it could be said that with the advent of technologies to simplify logistics and keep a second by second track of the vehicles, all that has happened is that new complexity has been loaded into the system. In other words, the transport planning manager is still an essential role, which is highly valued in logistics.
There are two main strands to the transport planning manager’s job: ensuring consignments are delivered on time and making the whole process as efficient as possible. Nowadays, sophisticated transport offices are kept informed of the complete status of every vehicle, and planning can take place while they are on the road, with drivers being informed of new destinations and alerted to traffic problems as they go. They will also need to make sure spaces on ferries are booked; it is keeping on top of details like this that make a successful transport planning manager.
The planning manager will also have close contact with the customers, both to inform them of the status of their deliveries and to arrange backhaul availability, for example. He or she will also need to make sure drivers are available and organise backup if drivers become unavailable through illness; likewise, should a breakdown occur, the planning manager will have to be quick thinking enough to arrange the best way to get the load delivered.
The transport planning manager is first a planner and second a communicator, and the two roles need to work in harmony with each other. A calm person who thinks in four dimensions will be suited to the job; a day might start out looking perfectly planned out but look like a disaster movie by lunchtime due to events out of his or her control. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to cope with the stresses of such a chain of events.
The job will be extremely reliant on the company’s IT infrastructure, so computer literacy will be an absolute must for this role too.
Cast UK’s recruitment consultants work with a host of employers around the UK to ensure positions are filled by the best people, and many of them approach us to create a shortlist rather than advertising jobs nationally or locally. We have specialists for every UK region and all the major cities, so wherever you are, we could have a position for you.
Whether you're moving house, looking to change employer or are simply seeking a change in career, get in touch with Cast UK. Our own staff are all source from within procurement, logistics and supply chain, and these are the backgrounds of our founder members, so we fully understand the needs of the industry.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Transport Planning Manager for your business or find you a job as a Transport Planning Manager then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
A ceremonial county in the North West of England, Cheshire is situated on the River Mersey and is home to a number of cities and towns, including Chester, Warrington, Widnes, Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Macclesfield.
For hundreds of years, the region has been known for its production of cheese, salt, chemicals and textiles - especially woven silk - while agriculture has also provided a longstanding boost to the area's economy.
During the Industrial Revolution, Cheshire experienced significant growth, particularly due to the fact that the Manchester Ship Canal and other such waterways pass through the area.
In addition, Crewe held a prominent position in the country's railroad industry, as it was the location of a major junction, as well as the Crewe Railway Works, a leading producer of locomotives.
These days, Cheshire is home to a vast number of companies, making it an ideal choice for those seeking Transport Planning Manager vacancies.
Salt mining and chemicals are still an important part of Cheshire's economy, with companies like British Salt, Ineos and Brunner Mond, as well as the Stanlow Refinery at Ellesmere Port.
Meanwhile, other industries gained prominence - like bio-technology, financial services, ICT and manufacturing.
Just some of the big names you'll find in the region include Jaguar, Vauxhall, Bentley, Mornflake, United Utilities and Pets at Home. In addition, Woodford Aerodrome is a facility of BAE Systems that has produced aircraft ranging from passenger jets to military bombers.
Whether you're looking for Transport Planning Manager jobs in Cheshire, or another procurement, supply chain or logistics vacancy elsewhere in the country, Cast UK can help you find the ideal role.
Our team of recruitment consultants are specialists in their fields and also have a significant amount of regional expertise, ensuring they can provide you with the advice and assistance you need to take your career to the next level.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Cheshire or source a new job in Cheshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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