• Permanent
  • Basildon


General Manager – Freight Forwarding Operations – Basildon, Essex


Job Title: General Manager / Branch Manager / Operations Manager

Location: Basildon, Essex

Size of team: 8 direct reports

Salary: £50-60k plus possibility of profit share in long run


Our client was founded 12 years ago, providing Freight Forwarding services to customers within the global supply chain and now has a customer base spanning the globe.


They successfully developed the business and brand through word of mouth and customer referrals but are now ready for the next step having been acquired by a European Logistics organisation with a 150 year history and 650 staff across the globe.


The company pride themselves on a personalised interaction between supplier and customer, and are a leading service provide for a number of specialised Industries such as the fragrance and health & beauty markets, providing trade and supply chain solutions by Air, Sea and Road.


The head office is located in Basildon, with a sister operation in Holland which was founded in 2018.


The business is split between approx. 40% UK and 60% global, with trade lanes including USA, Australia, Europe and Middle East.


There are currently 8 staff plus the MD in Basildon, and the current turnover is £1.5m. The MD needs to pass on the general running of the business so he can focus on commercial growth and further success. As this develops, the expectation is that both the turnover and the staff numbers will grow.


The General Manager role is responsible for the day to day running of the business, managing an Export Manager and Import Manager, operations staff, accounts and credit control.



You will be the go-to person for any day to day decisions and staff management, and the point of escalation for the operational department heads. You will also be responsible for P&L.



If you are able to bring commercial advantages to the business through rate negotiation or even sales, then this is certainly useful but it is not an expectation of the role. You may however be asked to attend sales meetings with the MD and it should be known that these could be international visits. If, on the other hand, you excel at commercial negotiation and operational management, so much the better!



In summary, if you are an experienced Freight Forwarding, Logistics or Supply Chain General Manager, Operations Manager or Branch Manager with a strong operational background who wants to oversee the growth of a well-established business with a bright future, please send your details today.


N.B., we are working as the exclusive UK recruitment partner to this client so please send your details directly to us today. If any other agency approaches you about this role your application will not be accepted by the client and you jeapordise your chances of success.

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