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Commercial Manager - Belfast

Commercial Manager – Belfast

Jenkins Shipping provides stevedoring, warehouse and distribution services operating in Belfast, Derby, Dublin, Hull, Liverpool and Sheerness.  We are the market leader within the UK and Ireland for the provision of logistics services to the Forest Products Industry.

Our strategic plan is to grow the business via geographic expansion, organic growth and acquisitions. Our current customer base is around 100 customers with 20 making up 80% of the overall revenue. We operate from 11 warehouses, of which 9 are Port related in GB and Ireland and 2 are inland RDC.

The Company’s growth strategy includes its people and therefore we are seeking applicants with ambition for personal growth and development.


The Role

We are seeking to recruit a Commercial Manager who will be based in our Belfast office with regular UK/ROI and International travel.

The Commercial Manager will be responsible for the development and delivery of a professional commercial service, demonstrating the necessary attributes to develop key relationships and oversee the operation of the commercial function.

Working primarily alongside the Customer-care, Finance, Operations and Transport departments the Commercial manger will be responsible to the Commercial Director. The role will be expected to form effective partnerships to strengthen the commitment to the development and future growth in the business, increasing market share and delivering a service that continues to exceed customer expectations.


The applicant should be able to apply a structured follow-up on leads, maximise the potential of new and existing business relationships, and consistently demonstrate a ‘go get-it’ attitude.

Flexibility to travel and a ‘self-starting’ attitude are key.


Key Responsibilities


  • Work closely with the Commercial Director and other departments in the execution of the commercial objectives of the business, ensuring those objectives are met through the development, implementation and review of appropriate commercial strategies and business planning.
  • Establish and maintain clear routines and processes around the day-to-day commercial activity including but not limited to, CRM (Customer Relationship Management); pricing, quotations and tenders; sales and marketing; market research and business development
  • Provide commercial input on a range of issues, linking in and working cohesively with the Company’s Customer-care, Finance, Operations and Transport teams.
  • Provide high quality commercial, sales and management information that facilitates improved decision-making and performance tracking.
  • Bring a focused approach to all aspects of sales, costs and profitability within the Sales function and establish clear lines of communication, responsibility and accountability.
  • Work with the Commercial team and Finance department to produce high-quality budgets and forecasts which are regularly reviewed, challenged and tested.
  • Retain a cohesive market focus and identity for Jenkins, which maintains exceptional service standards at the heart of the supply chain.
  • Development and management of key customers, establishing strong relationships with all key contacts.



  • Ideally degree educated or equivalent CPD


Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, comfortable working cross functionally at all levels
  • Experience of either a customer service or commercial role
  • Ability to develop new and existing corporate customer accounts
  • It would be beneficial to have experience of the ports, warehousing and logistics sector



The key competencies identified for effective performance in the role include:

  • Energetic
  • Flexible
  • Influencing and Negotiating
  • Outgoing and Sociable
  • Organised
  • Relationship builder
  • Resourceful
  • Self- Assertion and Personal Impact
  • Self-Starter
  • Team Player




Salary:                                   Competitive


Closing Date:                      31/10/2019



Transport Planner – Belfast

Jenkins Shipping provides stevedoring, warehouse and distribution services operating in Belfast, Derby, Dublin, Hull, Liverpool and Sheerness.  We are the market leader within the UK and Ireland for the provision of logistics services to the Forest Products Industry.

We are seeking to recruit a Transport Planner to support and efficiently manage a daily schedule of deliveries and orders to customers in Great Britain and Ireland. The Planners key focus is to maximise the profit per truck per day, ensuring that the highest level of quality customer service is provided whilst seeking opportunities to reduce empty running.

The business has seen significant growth in market share in the past decade and there is a strategy in place to ensure continued growth we are therefore seeking applicants with ambition for personal growth and development.


  • Adhere to stated policies and procedures relating to health and safety, and quality management
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures are adhered to regarding legal compliance for drivers and vehicles
  • Keep up to date with all aspects of transport legislation and regulation and advise the organisation accordingly
  • Roster management and completion / update Stratum TMS
  • Taking and managing the transport department telephone calls including out of hours on a rota basis
  • To manage incoming customer’s/supplier’s emails, faxes and telephone orders and plan deliveries unto Stratum
  • Managing calls from hauliers
  • Booking Hauliers as per preferred list
  • Liaise with warehouse operations regarding loading requirements
  • Ensure all operational data is entered unto Stratum in order to produce KPI’s
  • To track vehicles on Masternaut to ensure customer service and compliance
  • React to changes in plans and issues that arise ensuring communication with our customers at all times
  • Liaise with Customer Care to ensure customer orders are raised correctly
  • Plan efficiently and in the most cost effective manner to ensure profitability
  • Identify and implement strategies to maximise vehicle utilisation
  • Actively seek opportunities for backloads in order to minimise empty running to achieve budgeted gross margins
  • Take ownership of queries, deal with promptly and report feedback
  • Processing of drivers, holidays, absence and wages
  • Preparation of documents and reports
  • Perform administration tasks efficiently and to a high standard
  • To work as part of a team to contribute to the efficiency of the overall transport division
  • To provide support and training for new colleagues
  • Carry out any reasonable duties as requested by management



  • English GCSE at Grade C or above, OR Essential Skills level 2 (or higher) in Communication, or equivalent.
  • Maths GCSE at Grade C or above, OR Essential Skills level 2 (or higher) in Numeracy, or equivalent.
  • CPC in Road Transport desirable


Knowledge and Experience

  • Relevant recent experience of working in a transport service provider
  • Recent experience of planning and organising vehicle movements
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications to include spreadsheets and databases
  • Experience of working with others and in teams to deliver successful outcomes
  • Flexible approach with a focus on service and performance
  • Up-to-date with relevant legislation
  • Good Geographical knowledge of GB & Ireland
  • Experience of the Stratum and Masternaut systems is desirable but not essential



  • Health & Safety focused
  • Customer Service Orientation
  • Compliance Orientation
  • Planning, Prioritising and Organising
  • Commercially Aware
  • Detail Conscious
  • Excellent written and verbal Communication
  • Relationship Building & Management
  • Flexible and Strong Team Player
  • Influencing and Negotiating
  • Self-Assertion / Personal Impact
  • Mental Agility to solve problems efficiently
  • Dynamic & Energetic
  • Cost Conscious




Salary:                                   Competitive


Closing Date:                      31/10/2019

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