Transport Operator

  • Excellent Salary
  • Maidstone, Kent
  • Lenham Storage

Transport Operator

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Transport Operator to help develop our growing business. The role will be both demanding and rewarding for a career driven applicant who seeks satisfaction and fulfilment from a growing and successful company.

You will be responsible for the daily planning of Company and/or third party resources and effectively manage vehicle utilisation, ensuring drivers are given clear and precise instructions and are working within a safe environment and follow driver hours regulations in addition to other transport duties.

As a Transport Operator, you will be required to work well as part of a team, as well as being self-motivated to ensure that results are achieved whilst ensuring that the quality of your work and attention to detail is achieved at all times.

You will have a sound geographical knowledge and a basic understanding of driver's hour’s regulations / Tachograph Law. You will also have a good understanding of vehicle planning within a transport environment or similar. You will need excellent planning and organisational skills and be adaptable and flexible in your approach to work.

Excellent salary – Full time permanent position.

Person specification:

• Experienced in all aspects of goods vehicle operations

• Knowledge of tachograph procedures and other legal obligations is expected

• An understanding of compliance within the transport industry.

• Demonstrable route planning and a geographical knowledge of the country

• A working knowledge of load restraint procedures is an advantage

• Essential literacy and numeracy skills

• A commitment to delivering the best possible customer service

• Required to liaise with colleagues and be prepared to cover for absence

• Work with supervision but be prepared to use own initiative

• Be readily adaptable to changes in working procedures and practices

• Must be prepared to work flexibly as part of a team

• Experience in a Logistics Planning role within an FMCG company.

• 3PL experience

• Ability to work under pressure

• Strong communication skills to develop key relationships.

• Strong IT skills.

• Experience in an operational role in a logistics or haulage business

• Experience as a Transport Planner, routing Multi-drop vehicles

• Knowledge of Weights and Volume capacities of Cargo and HGV

• Experience with working to strict KPI's

• Ability to remain calm and upbeat under pressure.

• Confidence to be assertive with drivers when required.

• Organised and good attention to detail.

Key Responsibilities

• Responsible for the day-to-day running of your transport function

• Support the business with all transport activity, resolving any issues promptly.

• Management and updating of the transport schedules and transport diary

• Securing outside sub-contractors and agency drivers when resources are at capacity

• Liaise and communicate with other depots nationally to ensure logistical and transport requirements are being met for all contracts, and that all opportunities are being realised and maximised

• Responsible for communicating requirements to depot staff and producing clear and accurate workloads in a timely manner along with the day-to-day management of drivers

• Driver de-brief.

• Operational administration as required.

• Using industry specific computer systems

• Working with other office staff, including other transport planners and customer service clerks.

• The ability to working under pressure within a busy transport office

• Allocating and planning routes for 10-20 Multi-drop vehicles including 7.5 tonne, 18Ton & Articulated.

• Create daily routes for drivers. Monitor forward workload and balance collections with staff and vehicle availability

• Plan routes according to cost requirements and best possible service to clients, also taking into consideration the expectations and deadlines set by clients.

• Communicate efficiently and effectively with Customers, Drivers, Suppliers and co workers

• Ensure all relevant paperwork is completed in a timely fashion

• Work in accordance with company operational procedures and statutory requirements including Health and Safety and WTD

• Keep in touch with drivers throughout your shift, dealing with problems and re-allocating jobs.

• Maintain a good relationship with all drivers.

• Daily support and first point of contact for the drivers with site issues and general concerns.

  • Advertiser: Direct Employer
  • Reference: LEN/652