Managing Director - UK (Logistics - Dry)

The Managing Director, UK is a significant position in the logistics leadership team, playing a vital role in the achievement of the overall business objectives. A strong commercial player, the successful candidate will take overall leadership responsibility for more than 300 colleagues, 140 owned LGV, 19 Transit sheds/warehouses, and satellite depots across the UK, as well as directing a team of experienced logistics managers. This is a vital role within DFDS, as the Immingham operation provides a service to most areas of the DFDS network. Strong international collaboration, service and cost control is fundamental to this position, as it requires you to control a unique mix of cost centres, together with profit and loss responsibility, whilst retaining a strong focus on growth within and outside the Immingham terminal. A key aspect will be driving the development of existing business, coinciding with finding new business and innovative opportunities to support the DFDS core business and growth strategies.


The ideal candidate will have proven experience in successfully leading multi-site logistics operations with full P&L responsibility, combined with a track record of business development, resulting in consistent revenue and margin growth. Outstanding interpersonal skills, a client-driven approach, and the ability to build strong working relationships with customers, suppliers, and colleagues at all levels, alongside communications skills which enable effortless interaction across multiple locations / countries. Naturally in a role of this nature, you will be expected to have strong self-motivation, a flexible and dynamic personality to address immediate and long-term challenges, together with the energy to work in a demanding environment. A strong charismatic and people focused leadership style with an emphasis on gaining competitive advantage and a record of delivering results through people engagement. We require you to have the ability to analyse data, both financial and operational, recognise trends, anticipate problems, drawing sound conclusions. All culminating with a pragmatic approach to problem solving and leading from the front.


Main responsibilities of the role:


  • Lead the team in UK to maintain and develop DFDS’ position as market leader.
  • Build a strong, close relationship with customers and act as the senior point of contact.
  • Work closely with the logistics management team to ensure the delivery of revenue and profit targets.
  • Constantly review operational performance to ensure contractual obligations are being met / exceeded and that customers are satisfied.
  • Ensure that the DFDS values and vision are achieved through the development of an engaged, open, interactive, and communicative culture.
  • Regularly review and define the capability required in the team and generate career progression opportunities for individuals who have the potential to develop.
  • Develop key customer relationships at all levels to ensure the business is secure and opportunities for growth are identified.
  • Identify opportunities to add value to existing operations through innovation, technology, and continuous improvement.
  • Travel as required.





Now about what we can give you. You’ll be able to access some fantastic benefits such as:

  • Life assurance cover
  • Contributory company pension scheme
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Free ferry travel for up to 4 guests between Dover and Calais / Newcastle and Amsterdam with no limit on trips
  • Full employee assistance programme including:
  • Proactive financial, emotional, mental, and physical health care support including face to face counselling, fast 24/7 access to a GP, a second medical opinion and legal support for colleagues and their family
  • Huge range of retail discounts from high street and online retailers
  • Cashback on health care including dental, optical, physiotherapy, prescriptions, specialist consultations and much more
  • Access to Thrive, our award-winning Wellbeing platform
  • Access to mental health first aid and opportunity to join support webinars with a focus on all areas of positive wellbeing


Who We Are…. DFDS provides shipping and transport services in Europe, generating annual revenues of EUR 1.9bn. To over 8,400 freight customers, we deliver high performance and superior reliability through shipping and port terminal services, and transport and logistics solutions. For six million passengers, we provide safe overnight and short sea ferry services. Our 10,000 employees are located on ships and in offices across more than 20 countries. DFDS was founded in 1866, is headquartered in Copenhagen, and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen. In the UK, DFDS prides itself on having signed the Armed Forces Covenant and membership of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network. We have just been added to the CILT top 30 Logistics Providers List!


Interested? Apply now! If you’re looking for a varied role and have a desire to work in one of Northern Europe’s leading shipping and logistics company, please send us across your CV!



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