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Freight Forwarder (Transport Planner)

FLS is a fast growth digital, freight forwarding company, with sector leading service and innovative technology delivering dedicated road transport solutions for manufacturers and distributors across UK and Europe.
To support recent client wins, we are on the hunt for some new talent for an exciting opportunity to join the FLS forward team as an international freight forwarder. FLS forward is our everyday customer care team, and this appointment will play a crucial role in our supporting our commitment to delivering exceptional service standards to our clients.

FLS has a friendly, can-do culture, our successful candidate will be working in the operations team (sometimes independently), managing multiple clients’ accounts with dedicated road transport requirements.
Flexibility will be required to support the 24/7 operation alongside the rest of the team and departmental managers to grow our freight services offering to our clients.
Your development and success in the team is our priority, full training will be given on the FLS delivery model and internal systems.
We are looking for someone demonstrating a successful career history, a passion for driving growth within a business and a commitment and enthusiasm in delivery the highest customer and colleague service standards.
Reporting to: Operations Director
Purpose of the role: To manage transport booking requests from a set portfolio of new and existing clients.
  • Managing high level logistics services
  • Customer consultation over logistics solutions
  • Maintaining effective a supply chain to support contract requirements
  • Extracting full details of customer requirements to ensure that carrier allocation, vehicles specifics and times are accurate and in-line with client requirements
  • Processing of new booking requests from clients, promptly posting within the FLS Carrier Portal
  • Procuring and sourcing best quality carriers for new contracts and lanes
  • Engaging with carriers once allocated to ensure aligned to client requirements
  • Client updates and agreement for additional requirements as and when they arise
  • Provision of full transit updates to the clients from ETA of collection to delivery status and POD
  • Focused on driving high OTIF levels
  • Point of contact for clients and carriers – from point of allocation to point of delivery
  • Relationship building with booking contacts to increase number of bookings received
  • Specific booking/load-based query resolution
  • Relationship building new carriers increasing their engagement with FLS carrier and client portal
  • Maintain the FLS connect portal – supporting digitised logistics for both carrier and client
  • Driving sustainability through mitigating empty mileage and sourcing most carbon efficient transport options
Minimum expectations:
  • Recording of all service events to support relationship management and that detail is reportable against client SLAs
  • Supporting PODs uploads for all loads processed
  • Demonstrate an increasing portal usage of carriers developed – availability, quotes, and bookings
  • Insuring system accuracy over all processed loads (All Invoices raised <7 days)
  • Supporting accuracy over FLS client portal data
Detailed activities:
  • Client account management activities
  • Dealing with UK road freight client requests and problem solving
  • Processing of client orders and transit requirements
  • Production of transport confirmations including collection and delivery details
  • Support load planning
  • Keeping colleagues and customers updated of progress
  • Customer service during the transport of client goods from pick up to delivery
  • Administration to support the complete transport process and delivery of client specific requests
  • Administration of FLS Carrier Portal
  • Performance management activities for contractors
  • Adherence to FLS service model for key client deliverables and timescales
  • Supporting other team members in meeting their objectives
Desirable personal qualities:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player – working with other team members to ensure business support
  • Communication skills – both verbal and written
  • Organisation and prioritisation of tasks
  • Good attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and have a driven attitude combined with a strong work ethic
  • Determination and willingness to see a task through to completion
  • Ability to remain calm and professional under pressure
  • IT literacy, IT skills including ability to use Excel, Word, Outlook
  • Desire to succeed and progress
Desirable experience:
  • Customer service experience
  • CRM experience and internal data systems.
  • A track record in transport planning and freight management
  • An understanding of  transit times and route restrictions
  • A knowledge of vehicle sizes and loading restrictions
Benefits provided:
  • Full in-house and external training provided
  • Laptop and mobile phone
  • Full Private Medical Insurance
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • 20 Days holidays + Bank Holidays + additional day Birthday leave
  • Additional holiday accrual each year worked – up to 7 years.
  • Wellbeing support programme – Reddot 365
    • access to a range of support programmes with mini health checks, and access to an external 24/7 confidential helpline)
  • Monthly Kudos Recognition scheme
  • Free Parking
Should you know anyone who would be interested in this role please can you ask them to send a CV to Gavin Clarke –  [email protected]

FLS are a fantastic team of people, from the top management down. Every member of the team I have had the pleasure to work with has been extremely helpful and has provided a fast effective solution to the requirement I have given them

Logistics Manager

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