In 2013 we invested £3million in new units and £2.2 million in new trailers. Our transport team ensure that over 100,000 deliveries are made to stores each year to the right place at the right time making sure that the stock arrives in perfect condition and in a safe manner. As we continue to grow we will have further opportunities in transport to deliver to our new stores. If you are interested and would like the challenges, please see below for the roles we offer within our transport department.
Transport Management & Office Roles
Transport Team Managers - Managing up to 180 drivers, executing the transport plan, ensuring up to 200 daily deliveries are delivered on time in the most efficient way. At the same time the manager must ensure compliance to road traffic regulations and health and safety. The role requires quality communication with retail and all areas of the distribution centre.
Transport Planners - Planners will plan the daily/weekly loads to over 375 stores in the most efficient and timely manner. Information is taken from store polls, transferred into picking volume, which in turn is transferred into cases to be delivered to stores. The planner produces a plan which drives all aspects of the distribution centre. The plan is then reviewed daily to drive continuous improvement in the operation.
Administrators & Customer Service Clerks - The main role of administrators in transport is to ensure the drivers depart the distribution centre on time, with the correct paper work and post, as well as returning on time with all the relevant paper work complete. This involves having good communication with all areas of B&M.
Our drivers are not only representatives of the department, but also representatives of the company and its brand, when they are on the road making deliveries. This is reflected in our recruitment, assessment and training programmes that all drivers go through when joining our team.
HGV Class 1 Drivers - Our drivers drive HGV class 1 vehicles to over 375 stores throughout the UK primarily pulling double deck trailers, as well as single deck. The working day may include 2 runs. The department aims to achieve a 1 hour delivery window, which is agreed with the stores. You must have a digi tachograph and HGV Class 1 licence.
Shunters - The shunters play a key role in keeping the distribution centre flowing. Between our two Speke Distribution Centres and our recycling centre we undertake 500 shunt moves a day.
Trampers - A tramper will normally spend between 2 and 5 nights away delivering to the longer distance stores located in Scotland, South Wales & Home Counties.
Vehicle Maintenance Unit
In 2014 we opened our state of the art Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU) at Speke where the engineers are responsible for maintaining and repairing our fleet of 160 units & 270 trailers, to make sure that the fleet is compliant and maintained to a high standard.
Maintenance Manager - The Maintenance Manager controls all aspects of our maintenance team and VMU. As a senior member of the team the manager controls all aspects of budgets associated with the running of a fleet of this size. The role also involves the purchasing of new units and trailers.
HGV Fitters - We have a team of 4 trained HGV Fitters working shifts to maintain the 270 trailers in the fleet. We endeavour to do all trailer service inspections as well as, as much defect work as possible.