Senior Distribution Operations Manager

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.
Contract type
Working Pattern
Full time
Location based
Hours per week
Dates that interviews will take place
week commencing 8th April 2024
up to £54,300
Summary of vacancy

The Senior Distribution Operations Manager will manage all aspects of the Distribution/bulk haulage operation both domestic and international, ensuring the day to day operational activities are delivered to a high standard. You will lead, manage and develop direct reports to ensure efficient, compliant, safe, timely and cost effective movement of material between sites, shipping ports and customers. You will build and maintain strong relationships with Customers and suppliers alike, effectively managing the operational team to maximise productivity and drive improvement initiatives.

The salary for this position is up to £54,300 Plus car/allowance, up to 10% bonus, healthcare, pension. 

About the role

What will I be doing?

  • Manage and take ownership of the end to end Distribution processes ensuring the day to day operation runs smoothly
  • Be accountable and ensure TMS is used correctly so that data quality is maintained to a high standard to ensure a smooth operation as well as timely and accurate reporting/accounting
  • This is very much a relationship role, regular customer/site and supplier visits required to develop and maintain strong relationships to ensure problem/conflict areas are reduced/resolved
  • To work closely with Regional Managers sharing performance metrics and driving improvements
  • Hold weekly/fortnightly meetings with operations to drive improvements to the haulage operation with a focus on waste reduction and performance optimisation
  • Provide mentoring and training to existing and new direct reports as well as provide cover for other Senior Operations manager and Planners when necessary
  • Standardise and document processes to share best practice across systems and operations to ensure productivity
  • Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), ensure performance metrics are shared and discussed regularly to drive improvements.
  • Contract management, rate negotiation and tender accountability working closely with Procurement/legal to obtain the correct service provision at the best possible rates
  • Grow and develop the outsourced haulage network to ensure sufficient service is available to meet Suez UK’s needs
  • Ensure the business is utilising Distribution for outsourced bulk haulage requirements, effectively managing and communicating any areas where deviation from the process may exist

What are the requirements?

  • CPC (National and International)
  • Computer literate, well versed in MS applications (in particular XLS and PPT)
  • Min 5 years experience in Sea Freight/SCM/Logistics with experience utilising TMS’s
  • Project Management Fundamentals Qualification or similar would be highly desirable
  • CPC (National and International)
  • Supply chain/Logistics qualification or similar would be highly desirable
  • Lean fundamentals/practitioner
  • Knowledge of environmental, haulage regulations, contractual and data protection laws to protect the company from potential liability
  • Financial awareness - understanding of financial accounting/decision making
  • Project Management
  • Full understanding of the regulations relating to exporting waste/material (TFS obligations, CMR operations and the liabilities of carriers)
  • Strong knowledge of vehicle types/configuration, loading/offloading techniques to ensure ‘best fit’ solutions for the business
  • Process improvement
  • Transport sustainability
  • Procurement of services
  • Full driving license

Who we are

At SUEZ the efficient and sustainable management of resources around the UK is at the heart of everything we do. Respect – acting ethically and with integrity – is one of our core values. We’re passionate about the environment and believe in protecting our world. With true team spirit, we can give our customers a standard of service that goes above and beyond and ensure that our local communities have access to essential water and waste services.

We thank our people for all they do with development opportunities, wide-ranging benefits and rewards that reflect their hard work. In a friendly, supportive environment, you’ll be inspired to grow and play your part in creating a better future for all.   




Closing Date
Once we have sufficient applicants we withhold the right to close job vacancies early.
This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.