Transport Planner - Butterfly Shift

£28,000 - £30,000

Great geographical knowledge? Are you an excellent communicator? Previous planning experience?

A fantastic opportunity at our Belfast operation has arisen and it could be the role for you!

We are looking for a dynamic, goal driven person to join our Dry Freight Team, working a butterfly shift pattern 06:30 – 18:30, (Week 1 you work Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun / Week 2 you work Wed, Thurs). The Transport Planner works as part of a small team and in line with DFDS, and our customer KPI’s, to plan structured and cost-efficient delivery schedules throughout NI. A high standard of customer service, attention to detail, accurate reporting and effective communication is essential.

You will be expected to plan the route of over 30 vehicles a day, to ensure they get to their destinations on time. You will work as a team to solve problems whilst conducting root cause analysis and driving improvements. The successful candidate should have extensive experience in transport planning, within a similar environment and be able to create a cost-effective plan for collections & deliveries in the UK, which best fits our own trucking operation. This will include vessel bookings but ultimately, it is about meeting the needs of our business and customers, whilst ensuring compliance and regulations are adhered to. It is imperative you have excellent communication and customer service skills, as you will be overseeing sub-contractors & drivers within this role.

You must have solid experience of using Microsoft packages such as Excel and Word, as you will be required to keep our internal systems current and populate our ‘live planning’ information, regularly tracking our vehicles. We need you to be self-motivated with an ability to deal with fast-changing environments and the ability to be flexible with you approach is a must. This role does include a small amount of overtime when the business requires. The right candidate needs to have sound geographical knowledge of the UK and awareness of vehicle safety legislation, EU driver hours and Working Time Regulations.


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

  • Contributory company pension scheme including Life Assurance Cover
  • 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
  • Cashback on health care including dental, optical, physiotherapy, prescriptions, specialist consultations and much more
  • 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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