Transport Manager Wanted: RCL FOODS – KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Job Description

RCL Foods is currently looking for a Transport Manager to join our Vector Logistics Division. The role will be based in Thekweni and report to the Logistics Manager.

RCL Foods entrusts the Transport Manager to:

Optimise the transport operations across the region thereby facilitating effective deployment of stock in accordance with customer service levels at the lowest cost.
Manage and maintain the fleet and transport team in the region thereby ensuring that productivity and performance are maximized.
Minimum Requirements
Minimum of a degree or diploma in logistics management
Valid Code EB drivers’ licence
A minimum of 5 years in a transport/fleet management environment
Duties & Responsibilities
Strategy Execution:

Work in conjunction with the Regional Operations Manager and the National Transport Manager to co-create the national and provincial transport management framework.
Work closely with the Warehouse Management to ensure the delivery of an integrated supply chain benefit and strategic target achievement.
Drive the implementation of improvements in transport operations to achieve significant gains in efficiency.
Ensure the implementation of transport operations and maintenance policies and procedures across the region.
Fleet Optimisation:

Ensure effective forward planning through direct and regular interaction with cross-functional planning and operations teams.
Liaise with Principals to agree the number of turns and deliveries.
Build effective relations with key retailers and wholesalers, specifically their
receiving managers and controllers to facilitate turnaround.
Monitor exception and utilisation reports on a daily basis and follow up on non-conformances or inefficiencies to ensure fleet optimisation.
Ensure vehicle maintenance programmes adhere to company policy and manufacturer specifications.
Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer complaints.
Conduct investigations in cooperation with government agencies to determine causes of transportation accidents and to improve safety procedures.
Analyse regional transport costs and other financial information in order to implement plans, budgets and interventions that increase profits and improve services.
Negotiate and authorise contracts with equipment and materials suppliers, and monitor contract fulfilment.
Participate in daily management meetings to ensure alignment across operations.
Risk Management:

Ensure the conformance criteria for vehicle performance and maintenance are adhered to.
Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing vehicle safety, environmental controls on fuel emissions, driver hours, customs requirements, and food, livestock and hazardous goods transportation.
Investigate and report all Injuries on Duty (IOD’s)
Cost Management:

Manage and monitor the operating and maintenance costs associated with the fleet and ensure they are in line with accepted benchmarks.
Team Management:

Monitor team performance and provide regular performance feedback.
Coach and support the team where necessary to achieve objectives.
Lead the team towards meeting the strategy and targets through regular communication and utilisation of the full organisational talent management tool set.
Address poor performance in individuals and teams in accordance with company policy and the relevant legislation.
Conduct regular meetings and ensure that records are kept and shared across the team and that action plans agreed to within team meetings are delivered upon.

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