Head of Transportation


Enfield, Greater London, GB
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Operations
  • Post Date: 04/02/2021
  • Website: farmdrop.com
  • Company Address:

About Farmdrop

Better food all round.

We're a new type of online supermarket. We connect you with amazing producers who respect your health, animals and the planet. The best local groceries, delivered to your door.

Job Description

Our ultimate goal is to ‘Fix the Food Chain’ -by building the best online grocery business possible. We think it’s vital that you know how you can help us do this from the very beginning. Our mission will only be delivered through living our core values and focusing on what we’re trying to deliver, on having great  people, delivering a great business.

To introduce you to those early on, here is how you will help us do that: 

By being kind...you exemplify the way people can be kind. You will help develop the transport teams  to be the best they can be and channel the inner desire to flourish.

By being passionate... you have to really get our mission. And you have to be passionate that the the way we work today can be better through continuous improvement

By being transparent...we work with utmost transparency. Giving feedback and open communication with the transport  teams is essential. We talk about our rationale for decisions, we show our working and thinking and we are honest. 

By loving our customers...for this role - this means both the ones that shop with us and our internal customers at Farmdrop such as the hub & retails teams for example. We want our customers to have the best experience so they will want to shop with us again and again. This role manages the only face to face contact with our customers.

By being smart... With this role you will need to see opportunities and sort them out. You will have your hands dirty, you will be ‘in the long grass’ - but you must work smartly. We all try to drive efficiencies in every way we can. You must think of other solutions to problems. In this role it's highly likely there will be more tasks than time to complete them. Prioritising will be key and implementing new smarter, efficient ways of working.

And by being better...in all ways. We want rockstars, heroes, and legends...someone who is born to do this role. Our bar is set really high and we don’t mess around. We are looking for an achiever who chooses to keep raising their own personal bar and set a culture for team achievement. You  naturally coach and develop people - helping everyone around you to be better. You should have the mindset better is endless and be restless in pursuit and better ways of working.

The role of Head of Transport  is a critical role to deliver our mission here at Farmdrop. The role will report to the VP of Operations and be accountable for all performance from Farmdrop Transportation operations. You will be a key player on the operations leadership team working together to drive excellence across all our people, process and operations. The scope of the role is to own the fleet, last mile, collections, trunking performance across all areas of operational metrics, but with safety and quality always being the first priority. You will help us to embark upon a continuous improvement journey and be a key leader of this transformation. The role will be based in Enfield initially , but could be relocated to the Reading area when we expand.

Nuts and Bolts of the role

 or apples and pears if you don’t mind the fruit analogy

Your Boss

Patrick is our VP of Operations, joined from Weetabix in the UK. Prior to that he looked after the Americas supply chain for a major FMCG organisation, based in Utah. He has spent over 20 years in operational roles and joined Farmdrop in September 2020.

The Team

Lee is our Fleet Manager who makes sure our deliveries are on time and delivered in an environmentally friendly way, making our customers super happy.

Rayan and Vlad are our route planners who make sure our wonderful food is delivered on time, in full and as fresh as a daisy.

Dawood  is our hubs General Manager who leads our Enfield, Bristol  and Godstone teams  ensuring we provide our fantastic product range to the customers

Harry runs all our projects and leads the customer Happiness who are in daily contact with the transportation team.

Laura is our Quality Manager helping us to ensure  quality as a top priority. 

Helen runs the Farmdrop Excellence, Farmdrop Academy and  safety programme and will be a key contact.

Role Progression

We are in the growth business, so likely we will open more hubs and cross docks and this role could expand with our growth. We want Farmdop to be available wider in the UK and this role will support that ambition.

Your closet working relationships (peas in a pod)

Harry leads operational projects and the Customer Happiness team and he works to make life better for the operation and expansion to meet our growth ambitions.

Dawood  is our hub's General Manager who leads our Enfield, Bristol  and Godstone teams  ensuring we provide our fantastic product range to the customers.

Neil runs our kitchen operations, as part of strategic initiatives.

You will work closely with the retail team to make sure day to day delivery is superb and our growth mission is realised

Laura is our Quality Manager helping us to ensure  quality as a top priority. 

Helen runs the Farmdrop Excellence, Farmdrop Academy and  safety programme and will be a key contact.

Low Hanging Fruit 

  • Improve transportation performance
    • More training for the teams will lead us to better, consistent performance
    • Management of the fleet maintenance and have a strategy
    • Standards and processes can be improved to avoid fire fighting too often
    • Lean culture and thinking can be implemented  which will bring Farmdrop excellence to the operations
    • Safety and quality awareness within the transport is key to ensure we win hearts and minds to improve these areas 
    • Reducing cost per drop and delivery on time will help us grow the business and go towards achieving our mission
    • Help us to expand our operations footprint to support anticipated growth 

What You Need to Get the Job Done

  • Engaging management & leadership style to work with an highly motivated workforce to improve things together
  • Ability to operate at a fast past. We have growing pains due to the speed at which we are growing and this requires agility in mindset and actions
  • A restless desire to continuously be better and to embed this across transportation
  • A collaborative approach. This is the way we work at Farmdrop.

What Will Make Us REALLY Love you

  • Having significant experience of running fast paced transportation operations, ideally direct to consumer (last mile)
  • Delivered operational improvements across safety, quality, service and cost
  • Track record of building capability within the teams
  • Ideally implemented a successful lean or continuous improvement programme 
  • Tenacity, ownership and high level of drive to make the difference
  • Experience of expansion across the UK

What the day job will probably look like

  • Managing and leading the day to day transportation operations
  • Engaging and leading the transportations teams and ensuring they are at their best every day and  customer orders are delivered on time to delight our customers
  • Developing a fleet strategy and leading the flawless execution
  • Safety and quality are at the forefront of operations and should be driven relentlessly. This will be done by help shaping safety and quality policy for deployment across transport operations
  • Owning the  operational metrics for Farmdrop transportation with consistently improving trends
  • Training and development of the teams 
  • Optimising the fleet and ensuring we meet our electric vehicle utilisation targets
  • Our customers deserve the best and you will make this happen by dealing with any complaints and putting in corrective and preventive actions to ensure things don't happen twice
  • You will be a problem solver who is restless in the pursuit of a better way of doing things

Requirements for you to be suitable for THIS role 

  • Degree educated, ideally MBA
  • 10 years of experience in leading/management of transport operations including last mile
  • Lean or continuous improvement qualification or experience
  • NeBosh or IOSH highly desirable
  • Member of CILT preferred
  • Excellent financial awareness and business acumen
  • Engaging communication skills and ability to influence from  the floor to the board room
  • Strong IT skills

Why you will REALLY love us 

  • A business with a conscience - we want everyone to have an amazing experience. From our suppliers, our customers and you 
  • Ability to influence and grow 
  • Fast working pace - we seem to have our own time zone ‘Farmdrop Time’ - we like to get things done nice and quickly - and exceptionally well. 
  • Great perks 
    • Vitality Private Medical Insurance (that comes with loads of perks)
    • Monthly £25 allowance for you spending on your ‘Mind and Body’ 
    • Discount on your Farmdrop shopping 
  • Time off for charity volunteering 
  • Season Ticket Loan (up to £5k)
  • Enhanced family policies (Maternity + Paternity) 
  • Time off for green holiday travel - if you use the sea or train for your holidays, we will pay you two extra days holiday - we then pass that cost onto Mother Nature, but she thinks it’s worth the spend! 
  • Cycle to Work - usual scheme that most offer - but it’s a really great saving

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