Trainee Transport Planner

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 1312893820-2
  • Date Posted: 3 May 2024
  • Apprentice Employer: Menzies Distribution Ltd
  • Location: Ellistown, Leicestershire
  • Apprentice Pay: On Application
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Transport & Logistics, Commercial & QS, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Project Management
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

About this Apprenticeship

Trainee Transport Planner

Menzies Distribution are looking for an Trainee Transport Planner to join us, providing a first class service with our team in Coalville. We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic individual to train on how to Transport Plan for a busy 3PL company solely working with Class 1 vehicles, using various different systems The purpose of thise role is to arrange the delivery of the customer s product on time and in full using the most cost effective means possible and best use of available resources, whilst complying with Transport Legislation and Health & Safety. Maximizing the utilization of the Menzies Fleet through efficient planning of deliveries and collections as well as maximized utilization of Menzies drivers in line with current driver s hours and WTD legislation.

Please note we are ideally looking for someone with existing transport/systems experience

The Details

  • Salary: £25K Per Annum
  • Hours: 42.5 Hours Basic
  • Shift Pattern: Monday to Friday
  • Monthly Pay
  • Onsite Parking

Key Duties and Accountabilities (will include but not be limited to)

  • Plan all relevant customer deliveries utilizing the software available at site to ensure delivery windows are met.
  • Liaise with the Driver in relation to delays and possible issues with delivery.
  • Liaise with the Customer in relation to delays and possible issues with delivery.
  • Develop back haul lanes with both Menzies depots and 3rd party customers whilst maintaining fleet utilization.
  • Source local agency drivers as and when required (in conjunction with our PSL) providing an accurate brief of job required.
  • Source local sub contractors as and when required.
  • Complete a late load report in line with operational requirements and deadlines.
  • Ensure loads meet safety standards.
  • Manage the Drivers ensuring start times are adhered to
  • Pre-Brief Drivers to ensure that they fully understand their instructions.
  • De-Brief Drivers upon their return to ensure that all documentation has been completed correctly. • Manage WTD Compliance
  • Download Driver cards for analysis
  • Comply with all Transport legislation reducing tachograph infringements to below the company target and adhering to WTD regulations.
  • Conduct regular meetings/ reviews including probation assessments and return to work interviews.
  • Ensure compliance with Agency Driver checklist.
  • Communicate routes to and liaise with other Menzies Depots
  • Record trailer information on all inbound/outbound deliveries and stand trailers.
  • Administration of run shifts (file/ update globally)
  • Fully understand agreed KPI s for Department
  • All other transport office related duties

Key Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience of working in a busy Transport office
  • Knowledge of Drivers Hours, Tachograph and WTD legislation
  • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement.
  • Good standard of education
  • IT literate
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety
  • Commercial understanding
  • Knowledge of transport systems.

Technical skills and behavioral competencies

  • Team Player
  • Good communication skills
  • Lateral thinker
  • Works well under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Able to develop relationships with others (both internal and external)
  • Problem solving and decision making skills.
  • People management skills
  • Self starter who works on their own initiative

Trainee Transport Planner Additional Benefits:

  • Pension Scheme
  • Cycle2Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • SPIRIT Awards - Peer to Peer recognition


Menzies Distribution is committed to creating a fair and inclusive environment where employees feel safe, proud and valued. We encourage ways of working that treat everyone fairly and with respect, and we look to create opportunities to improve the diversity of our workforce across all areas of the business.

We seek to attract and recruit people from the widest talent pool, who reflect the society in which we work. And we aim to encourage an inclusive culture where people can feel empowered to be the very best they can be, and to reach their full potential creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.