Customs and Compliance Manager
£40-45,000 plus benefits
Customs and Compliance Manager £40-45,000 plus benefits Birmingham 59281AM An exciting new role to join a growing UK transport business as their Customs Manager to manage customs processes, together with ensuring that all clearance processes are completed in a complaint and timely manner. Manage a team of Customs Compliance / Import / Export / Shipping specialists. Liaise with Customs to set-up new processes as required To lead excellence in customs management and compliance to our customers, whilst ensuring that in providing this service, the company is fully compliant with the requirements of HMRC and other relevant bodies. Support and advise customers on all international import / export requirements especially with new processes brought upon by Brexit The ideal candidate will have a customs background in either road, air or sea freight and a good knowledge of customs systems, HMRC regimes and query resolution.
Trade Counter Supervisor
£30,000 plus benefits
Trade Counter Supervisor Commutable from Wolverhampton, Tipton, Walsall, Wednesbury and Darlaston £30,000 plus benefits 59280AM Great opportunity to support an operations team to ensure the highest standards of deliveries are met for all their customers. Supervision of the trade sales team, coaching and mentoring staff, making sure the team work well together and are known by customers for their outstanding customer service. Liaising with the yard staff, giving regular feedback to drive performance. To promote, improve and increase profitable Sales for the Company by creating good customer relationships built on excellent service and developing agreed action plans in accordance with business objectives Assisting in processing sales and serve customers Proactively identify and contact new and potential customers, including site visits if necessary Must be able to grasp the system to ensure the correct products are processed on the system. Advise customers of products and general understanding of products Liaise with customers both over the phone and in person, taking orders, resolving issues and offering product advice. Booking in of deliveries Experience of till reconciliation and banking procedures. Answering phone calls and advising customers including any queries with regarding to deliveries and sales advice. Working closely with the Transport Manager, providing support with logistics planning. Responsible for being the depots Health and Safety representative ensuring audit procedures are actioned and assisting H&S representative to complete tasks. The ideal candidate will have excellent customer service, system, and sales skills. Experience of working within a builder’s merchants would be of advantage.
£25-30,000 plus benefits
Transport Planner Commutable from Wolverhampton, Tipton, Walsall, Wednesbury and Darlaston £25-30,000 plus benefits 59277AM Great opportunity to support a logistics operations team to ensure the highest standards of deliveries are met for all their commercial customers, planning and ensuring that all scheduled deliveries are completed in line with the customers’ expectations. To manage the transport of materials to customers around the West Midlands To utilize vehicle loads and plan backloads efficiently. To control stock to ensure that deliveries and financial targets are met within the service centre. To measure, report performance and to support improvement in services, systems as well as working practices in order to meet the warehouse quality objectives in the most effective way. The ideal candidate will be a good team player with excellent communication skills. Previous transport planning experience is essential along with good geographical.
Rail Ground Shunter
up to £15.00 an hour
Train/Rail Ground Shunter Coleshill area £15.00 an hour plus overtime Temp to Perm contract 59220AM TLP are currently recruiting for an experienced Rail Ground Shunter for a logistics business. The successful candidates will shunt, marshal and dispatch trains in a safe, punctual and efficient manner in accordance with Railway rules and regulations. Flexibility is essential with overtime available across shifts, some days and weekends. Duties include: Previous operational / ground staff / shunting experience within the logistics/freight industry Experience in a safety critical role Able to multi-task and make quick decisions for short notice changes to train plans. Ability to work independently and on your own initiative. Excellent and clear communication skills to relay important safety messages to your colleagues. Safety conscious and ability to remain calm in an event of an emergency situation. Flexible attitude to working hours as this is a shift based role A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential for this role due to the location.
Logistics refers to the transportation of goods from A to B, or more accurately, the delivery of that blender you bought over the weekend from a warehouse to your house. The supply chain includes a whole series of different operations that resulted in making and packaging your new blender.
The logistics and supply chain industry is one of the most exciting industries that you can work in and has enormous potential for lucrative career progression. As you’ve probably guessed, without the manufacture, distribution, or transportation of goods, many companies would cease to function. This gives logistics and supply chain professionals a fantastic overview of how the business works as a whole. Many of these professionals use the sales, financial and managerial skills that they gain in the industry to progress into senior management positions in some of the world’s biggest businesses. The industry is facing such a range of challenges, that anybody with the creativity and talent required to progress through could find themselves taking on one of these globally significant management roles.
Increasing fuel costs represent a huge challenge to the industry. As global tensions push oil prices up, businesses need to manage increases in fuel costs without passing on unacceptably higher prices to consumers.
Adapting services in line with changes in consumer behaviour
A huge challenge in supply chain management is responding to consumers’ constantly evolving and ever more demanding expectations. As well as requiring faster distribution and customer service responses than ever before, consumers are also buying products based on the ethical considerations made during manufacturing processes. The environmental impact of the manufacturing of products that they use on a daily basis is at the forefront of consumers’ minds. If businesses are unable to show that strenuous attempts to protect the environment were present throughout their supply chains, they may find themselves losing many previously loyal customers. Making these environmental adjustments without swelling production costs or pricing products out of the market is a huge issue throughout supply chains in every sector. Additionally, the migration of large companies’ IT software to new, more technologically advanced systems is a wonderful innovation in theory and very often in the long-term. However, in the short-term, this technological change can present a range of seemingly intransigent difficulties whilst consuming time that could be put to valuable use elsewhere in the business, as well as spiralling costs.
Then there’s Brexit. The possibility of importing to and exporting from the UK in the event of a no-deal exit presents a whole plethora of previously unimaginable challenges throughout the logistics and supply chain industry. What happens if parts cannot be sourced from their typical EU-based location due to regulatory changes? What happens if huge queues at ports cause perishable items to become unusable (or inedible) before they arrive at their destination? How would the placement of checkpoints across the Irish border be geographically possible - let alone viable from a logistics and supply chain perspective? What happens if Brexit is cancelled and businesses have invested huge amounts of time and cash in preparing to leave the EU for absolutely no reason?
Solutions to the issues described above will distinguish companies that lead the industry from those that just operate within it. If you relish challenges and have the ability to think creatively under pressure, while maintaining excellent communication skills and meticulous organisational and time management skills, then a career in the logistics & supply chain industry at the forefront of the industry’s responses to these challenges could be perfect for you.
More work needs to be done to encourage more women to apply for logistics and supply chain roles. Only 5% of top supply chain roles in Fortune 500 companies are held by women. That’s a deeply disappointing statistic. Leading executives such as Mary Barra, who took a supply chain route to become Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors, show that women thrive in supply chain roles and use these roles to propel themselves into the most influential boardrooms in global business.
At TLP, we actively encourage a diverse pool of applicants to apply for the logistics and supply chain roles for which we recruit. We do this because our clients want world-class staff to fill their vacancies. If the ideal staff member is sitting at home and not applying because they feel as though logistics and supply chain is not a sector that welcomes people who look like them, then our clients lose out hugely and the sector as a whole has failed these candidates. If the industry is going to solve the many challenges it faces, it is vital that it approaches them from multiple perspectives, by drawing on a diverse pool of knowledge and cultural experience from the staff who represent a wide range of demographics. Beyond the recruitment and talent consultancy, we provide our customers and candidates, we also play an active role within women in logistics supporting the marketing and taking an active role in promoting diversity across the profession.
Popular starting roles in this sector are often as an Administrator. Whether as a Logistics, Goods In or Goods Out Administrator, this role will give you a great overview of what working in the heart of the supply chain is like. Without talented Administrators, the logistics and supply chain industry would collapse. Some of the main responsibilities of an Administrator involve:
- Building excellent relationships with customers and keeping them informed of each step of their delivery’s journey until it reaches them.
- Carefully managing stock to ensure that the right quantity of goods is always purchased at the right price and is delivered in good time so that all orders are fulfilled.
- Ensuring that all paperwork is maintained in an orderly fashion and that all administrative deadlines are met.
Salaries for administrators can vary from approximately £19,000 - 24,000 p.a. depending on the specific nature of the role and an employee’s previous experience.
A more advanced role is as a Transport Planner, where responsibilities include:
- Managing drivers transporting goods to ensure that processes run as smoothly as possible.
- Using creative thinking under pressure to improve performance, and ensure that customers always receive sensational service.
- Engaging with key stakeholders within the company to ensure that nobody feels as though their perspectives and opinions have been ignored in any planned or enacted changes to internal systems and processes.
- Strong experience using Excel is essential to ensure efficient completion of day-to-day administrative tasks.
Salaries for this role increase to between £24,000-28,000 annually and often come with benefits. These benefits vary from company to company but often include free or heavily subsidised insurance plans, increases in pension provision, share and stock options as well as more holiday days and access to free or heavily subsidised fitness facilities.
Logistics Shift Manager
Further progression to the role of Logistics Shift Manager would involve:
- Managing a large team and ensuring that each different section of the team worked together seamlessly to create enjoyable client experiences.
- Overseeing staff development to ensure that all employees are working as productively as possible at all times.
- Maintain exceptional H&S and Quality standards.
- Set team of objectives and then ensure that they are met or exceeded.
Salaries for logistics shift managers increase £30-34k + shift allowance. Remuneration packages often include very generous employee benefits. From there it’s possible to progress to a whole range of management posts in Logistics and Supply Chain, as well as general management positions in the company as a whole. These positions are accompanied by increased salaries and benefits.
Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Business Management or in a whole range of areas of the Logistics and Supply Chain industry provide a perfect path to management positions within it. Students looking for experience in the sector can apply for a number of internships and graduate schemes which offer excellent preparation for a career in the management side of the industry.
Alternatively, success in supermarket stock management and maintenance roles can lead to progression to entry-level packaging or driving jobs, which are and have provided perfect starts to many Logistics and Supply Chain careers. Drivers require various licences, such as HGV Class 1 and 2 to progress to more senior roles. Many employers and reliable recruiters such as TLP will fund or heavily subsidise the cost of this training so that talented individuals can progress in Logistics and Supply Chain careers, no matter what their social backgrounds may be.
TLP is fortunate to work with some of the industry’s biggest names, such as Eddie Stobart, UPS and DHL. These global businesses and other leading brands provide graduates with the opportunity to rotate around different teams in different locations, to find the perfect role and city for them. Many of these businesses also offer international secondment opportunities to high performers.
The most important aspect of any job application for a logistics or supply chain position is a candidate’s skill set. Organised, agile thinkers who are able to liaise with senior management in multiple departments, and are also happy to get involved with the nuts and bolts of the business (such as administrative tasks) will do well in this industry. If you are a team player with the drive and initiative to make things happen and the attention to detail needed to constantly perfect systems, then a career in Logistics and Supply Chain could be perfect for you.