Vacancy: Fleet Transport Manager, Longcliffe Quarries

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Employer: Longliffe Quarries
Job title: Fleet Transport Manager
Location: Derbyshire
Salary: Competitive


Longcliffe Quarries are a successful and forward-looking independent company specialising in the extraction and processing of high purity ground calcium carbonates over several locations.

An opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced Transport Manager to join the Longcliffe management team based at our production facility near Ashbourne Derbyshire. As Fleet Transport Manager, you will provide overall leadership for all aspects of the transport operation as well as supporting the operational requirements of the site.

Managing a medium size fleet of powder tankers, tippers and staff drivers, delivering our products to UK wide destinations, this demanding but exciting role requires the successful applicant to be experienced in the management of all aspects of a transport operational environment and be able to manage the performance of the company fleet plus external sub-contractors.


Main Duties & Skills

  • Ultimate responsibility for our fleet’s transport legislation compliance and day to day transport operations
  • Ensuring the highest level of service to both external customers and internal stakeholders
  • Establishing a positive working culture, driving high levels of driver engagement and performance
  • Recruitment, retention and training of the transport team
  • Responsible for delivering against agreed budgets and KPI’s
  • Ensuring site compliance with all relevant employment / transport legislation
  • Management of 3PL contractors
  • Management of site facilities
  • Continuous Improvement planning for all aspects of the transport operation

Competitive salary plus benefits package.

To apply send your cv to nickthomas@longcliffe.co.uk

Fairport Containers receives its first ever DAF

DAF XF450 FAR

Fairport Containers has added a 26-tonne DAF XF450 FAR 6x2 rigid hook-loader to its 45-strong predominantly Mercedes-Benz fleet.

Lee Cunliffe, Fairport Containers’ fleet Engineer, said: “When this requirement came up we decided to at least let our local DAF dealer, Lancashire DAF, talk to us. We liked what we heard and asked for quotations. That came in at a competitive level, so with a three-year R&M package included, we decided to go for the XF.”

The XF operates out of the Bridgwater depot and ventures as far as Cornwall, although Cunliffe stated those trips are very rare: “It mainly operates in and around the Bridgwater depot which is why we opted for a tag-axle to help the driver manoeuvre the vehicle.”

The truck is proving popular with drivers, while Cunliffe praises the “very good” fuel economy.

He said: “Fuel economy figures between two new Actros 6x2 rigid hook-loaders and the XF are similar; 10.2mpg for the DAF and 12.2mpg for the Mercedes. Which is great considering the Actros accumulates more motorway miles.”

Fairport Containers’ Adlington, Lancashire base looks after the rest of the fleet, replacing clothing bank containers around the UK for charities. Increased activity there has led it to employ the services of another DAF; a second-hand, refurbished 10-year old LF with a HIAB crane.

“We wanted a vehicle like this for urgent calls where a clothing bank has been vandalised or broken into – we are expected to respond within 48 hours, so are trialing this DAF as our ‘rapid response’ vehicle. Right now we are very happy with it and will see how it goes before making a decision on maybe replacing it, or adding to it with a new truck,” commented Cunliffe.