Branch Manager

Manchester, United Kingdom
General Management – General Management /
Full-time /
Are you an operational leader within the freight forwarding industry looking for your next step? Are you a people person with passion for logistics and ready to lead a Branch operation? If so, we have the perfect role at cargo-partner for you!     

For over 40 years, we have served our clients with our Air, Ocean, Road, and Warehousing portfolio and we have enjoyed another very successful year at cargo-partner having strengthened our global position by joining the Nippon Express Group. As we look to continue our growth, we are recruiting a forward thinking Branch Manager to join our UK headquarters at Manchester Airport.

Alongside P&L and budget planning, the Branch Manager will be responsible for overseeing our Sea, Air, Road & Customs operations, people management, coaching and development, and working with sales and product leaders to continually develop our product portfolio and maximise branch profits. We expect the Branch Manager to lead by example building long lasting relationships with stakeholders across the cargo-partner and Nippon Express Group network. To succeed you will need to have product management experience or held a similar role at another freight forwarder, preferably from an operations background with some exposure to P&L.

This position will best suit a hands on, communicative leader that has exceptional knowledge of Air and Ocean products and a strong understanding of the UK market. The incumbent will also need to be results driven with a commercial acumen and the appetite to expand our market share in the region.


·       P&L responsibility for the Manchester operation and budget planning
·       Leadership and development of the team, including employee appraisals and performance management, you must be a true leader of people to succeed, setting clear goals, monitoring progress, and regularly evaluating team performance
·       Direct the overall operational planning for the operations teams in accordance and alignment with the branch strategy
·       Process review and continual improvement
·       Assist with commercial/sales initiatives to maximise branch profits
·       Integrating sustainability aspects into daily operations and projects to promote environmental and social responsibility
·       Monitoring and compliance with legal requirements and other relevant environmental requirements
·       Initiation, management and implementation of continuous improvement processes
·       Ensuring and complying with all statutory labor law requirements and implementing internal personnel guidelines (time recording, vacation planning, home/office regulations)
·       Ensuring all relevant HR processes (e.g. recruiting new employees in cooperation with HR, MAG, target agreements, personnel development, strategic personnel planning

Desired skills/experience:

·       Clear and effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills
·       Strong leadership skills setting a positive example, motivating your team and creating a positive branch environment
·       Several years of professional experience in a managerial position within the freight forwarding and logistics industry with a focus on air and/or sea freight
·       Relevant education/qualifications in the field of forwarding/transport/logistics
·       A strong business and entrepreneurial understanding
·       A concrete understanding of sea, air, road, customs ops
·       Commercial acumen
·       Reliability, ability to work in a team and structured way of working
·       Strong solution and result orientation
·       Knowledge of lean management methodologies with experience in application and implementation would be desirable

What you will receive:

·       A future-proof position in a company that is growing in the UK with the backing of one of the world’s largest forwarders
·       A competitive basic salary and bonus + company car/car allowance, depending on qualifications and experience
·       National and international career and development prospects
·       An engaging and diverse job with an independent area of responsibility
·       Flexibility in working hours, opportunities for home office, company events, free parking, a collaborative company culture, and more
·       You will inherit an incredibly talented and hardworking team in the Manchester branch!

Please submit your CV below if you'd like to join us on our journey or if you would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact me:
Company Introduction:
cargo-partner is a privately owned full-range info-logistics provider offering a comprehensive portfolio of air, sea, land transport and warehousing services, with special expertise in information technology and supply chain optimization. The company operates over 160 offices in over 40 countries around the world to create fast and efficient solutions for a wide range of industries. With the SPOT platform, cargo-partner ensures easy cooperation and full transparency throughout the supply chain.
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