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“3PL Food Retail Logistics operation.  A fantastic opportunity for a high potential graduate with excellent UK chilled/frozen food retail primary and secondary transport operations management expertise to lead very large national fleet and drive team.”

C£Very Competitive + Car Allowance + Bonus + Benefits

Actual Job Location: Thailand    

Our client is a highly successful third-party logistics service providers with an impressive portfolio of blue chip multinational accounts across a range of industry sectors.  
This role is a high profile one, taking the lead managing a very large primary and predominantly secondary multi drop, retail/FMCG transport operation.  As an experienced Transport Operations Manager/General Manager you will have responsibility for the national fleet which serves 400 plus stores on a 6 day per week 24-hour operation.  This is a demanding role in a rapidly developing country, where infrastructure development is also trying to keep pace with consumer demand.  You will lead a mix of in house and subcontractor drivers and traffic office personnel to ensure optimal route planning, on time deliveries, backhaul, trunk and staff deployments are operating effectively, safely and in a customer focused and cost efficient and legal manner.  You will regularly audit the transport operations including satellite depots to ensure loss prevention, compliance with company policies and legal requirements for a safe transport operation. You will also focus on developing your team, instilling a continuous improvement approach, an empowered and devolved decision-making ethos within the realms of the Thai cultural environment, whilst also supporting the team, providing leadership and vision and communicating and implementing change.

To succeed in this role, you will be university degree educated, and will perhaps have benefitted from an in-depth management development programme either with a large 3PL or a food/grocery retailer.  This will have encompassed a series of operational leadership roles with the emphasis on transport (including acquisition of a CPC) interspersed with project work culminating in your current or most recent transport operational role, running a large scale multi temperature FMCG retail transport operation employing 200-300 plus drivers.

Your 3PL experience will have included extensive contract account management and client stakeholder engagement.  You may already have been involved in network optimisation programmes, driver training and other leading edge transport development initiatives focused on delivering cost savings and efficiencies whilst achieving excellent health and safety and environmental targets within a lean, continuous improvement culture.  
You will be strategic and commercially minded, with some experience of shaping strategic plans and implementing cost saving initiatives in complex, large retail FMCG operations. You will be “hands on” in style, experienced in coaching and leading teams through numerous periods of change producing high performing teams. You will therefore be extremely keen and ready to build on this in your next role as you take on a senior leadership role at Director level in a developing international market.  

You will be a high energy, resilient person, with a warm personality and a real passion for developing people and driving a logistics business to succeed.  Your talent and development reviews to date will already have earmarked you as high potential/highly successful.    
From an operational perspective you must be adept at running a retail despatch operation as well as a multi drop primary and secondary transport function.  In terms of budgetary responsibility my client’s business is big -  in the range of £40-60 million plus revenue so your financial management and planning skills will be excellent. Your attention to detail, self-control and drive will be of the highest levels.  You will be comfortable persuading, influencing and presenting at both driver and director level internally and externally to the client.   
Previous experience of working abroad or extended periods of travel to the Far East or other developing markets will be highly advantageous as you will need to be able to quickly adapt to a different cultural style and your personal people management and leadership approach will be one that respects loyalty and engenders trust whilst remaining highly results driven and focused on success.