Full Time: 39 hours per week

Salary: £40,996 per annum

Location: North Petherton

Somerset Larder is an award-winning company, using locally sourced food to supply catering services and food-to-go options across the southwest.  This is an exciting time to join our business, as we are constantly growing and expanding our reach.

Due to growth and demand, we have an exciting opportunity for a Transport Manager, primarily based at our Central Production Kitchen.   This kitchen is our main hub of activity, where the thousands of meals we serve across our client sites are prepped and delivered from daily.  From baking hundreds of cupcakes ready to sell in our coffee shops, to batch cooking delicious curries and a whole lot more, it all happens here.  As well as being the main site of our food production, the Central Production is also a huge logistical operation, with vehicles arriving to deliver ingredients, and leaving to deliver batch sauces, desserts and more to the HPC main site, campuses and our non-HPC sites in Wellington and Taunton.

Key tasks & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Operations and Culinary Director, you will be responsible for managing our team of delivery drivers and minibus drivers through your exceptional and motivational leadership.  This will ensure the timely delivery of foods, equipment and staff as needed to all our service outlets.

Our delivery drivers are vital to the success of Somerset Larder, as we rely on them to deliver all the food that has been batch-prepared cross our sites; therefore, you’ll need to take responsibility for the management of stock on dispatch and ensure all food is handled in line with our health and safety standards.  As a logistics expert, you’ll manage multiple delivery schedules to keep our operations running smoothly and maximizing the vehicle loads alongside this.

It isn’t just food and stock that needs to reach our locations – it’s our staff too! We have a minibus service dedicated to helping our team get to Hinkley Campus and the main HPC site, so an important element of this role will be managing the minibus team rotas.

We take pride in our logistics operation and we expect the highest standards of delivery performance, safety and vehicle maintenance.  Therefore, you will track delivery performance to communicate to the Senior Management Team each month, and lead on all investigations for any near misses, accidents, or vehicle related incidents.

Above all, you’ll be responsible for a team of people and their performance and development, so you’ll be a role model of best practice and participate in ongoing professional development for both yourself and your team.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • An Operator’s licence is essential for this role
    • Ideally, you’ll hold Driver CPC; if not, you must have extensive knowledge of it
  • Relevant experience in transport, logistics, supply chain industries
  • A demonstrable amount of transport management experience
  • A good understanding of driver regulations, hours, compliance
  • Experience of people management and the ability to coordinate and manage a team
  • Self-motivated and practical
  • Flexible, conscientious and cooperative

How to apply

Rewards and Benefits

We have a whole host of excellent benefits including a generous pension contribution, 30 days’ holiday (including bank holidays), a free lunch and cycle scheme.  We also make your mental health and wellbeing a priority by providing free access to an Employee Assistance Helpline and an Occupational Health service.  Alongside this, we offer flexible shift options, extensive training, and the opportunity to learn new skills, all whilst working in a modern, safe and engaging environment.

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