Area Distribution / Leader / Senior Manager - Peterborough DO Distribution

Date: 18-Jan-2023

Location: Peterborough, GB, PE4 5PE

Company: Royal Mail Group

Job reference number 291891


Area Distribution / Leader / Senior Manager - Peterborough DO Distribution

Competitve Salary, 18% bonus potential, 27.5 days annual leave and pension

Full time


Peterborough DO Distribution PETERBOROUGH PE4 5PE


Job Purporse 


The Area Distribution Manager is a pivotal Leadership role in National Distribution accountable for the transport management within the east midlands region which connect products and services across the UK. The Area Distribution Manager works in collaboration with stakeholders across the pipeline to lead on the strategic optimisation of our distribution services.  Their focus is to make sure all our products and services `Move to Time` in line with service and quality specifications. Specific to this role is the key accountability in our people and fleet in our Vehicle Operating Centre’s (VOCs), ensuring we are legally compliant at all times so that the brand reputation of Royal Mail Group is not compromised.


Key Accountabilities 


  • Overall accountability for policy application of health & safety and government legislation relating to vehicles and buildings via the leadership of the distribution teams
  • Lead compliance on all legislative requirements applicable to all fleet/trucks across the region.
  • Lead strategic projects across the distribution function such as the launch of our new Super Hubs, deploying new technology etc.
  • Best in class effective stakeholder management within Pipeline, Delivery, Process and Collections and external bodies
  • Commercial awareness and embracing digitalization are primary attributes that are needed to lead in a challenging, fast paced 24/7 Operation. 
  • Build professional and productive relationships with external commercially critical customers/partners
  • Coach and review unit performance with Distribution Managers, adopting a continuous improvement approach
  • Optimise Distribution sites by working in collaboration with the Linehaul Planning Team to drive pipeline efficiency 
  • Partner with the Trade Union, fostering a collaborative approach across the region 
  • Full responsibility for the ‘O’ Licence holder provision across all units within the region 
  • Ownership of all road transport legislation across the region and its consistent application in collaboration with necessary parties 
  • Maximise effective container flow via your management team 
  • Lead the effective application and deployment of business standards, policies and agreements. Coaching Distribution Managers where applicable 
  • Best in class business plan deployment via effective coaching and regular review of progress with Distribution Manager 
  • Ensure all special event activity is effectively deployed in collaboration via robust peak plans.


Key Dimensions


Responsibility for vehicle fleet operation totalling c.600 vehicles and trailers combined.


Team size


Leadership of 5 direct reports, including 4 Distribution Clusters, with a total team size in the region of c.550 employees .


Key Skills 


  • Knowledge of UK road transport legislation and activity to comply 
  • Ability to deliver results thorough people in a coaching and engagement environment 
  • Good analytical and decision making skills 
  • Leading and providing direction through engaging people 
  • Detailed understanding of Network Planning




  • Extensive logistics experience
  • Experience of working in a union environment including effective consultation and negotiation 
  • Experience and ability to build strong stakeholder relationships 
  • Experience in change management and successful programme/project deployment to time and scope 


Daily travel within the region and expected national travel in line with expectations of a role at a senior level



About Us




At Royal Mail we connect companies, customers and communities across the country, delivering a ‘one-price-goes-anywhere’, universal postal service to more than 30 million addresses. As one of the UK’s leading companies, we are focused on being recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe.


We are an inclusive employer with equality, diversity and fairness at the heart of our values.  We welcome applications from individuals from all different backgrounds and are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our job applicants.

For more information on Royal Mail Group and our values please click here:


Closing Date: 31st January. Please note, this advert may close early if the appropriate number of applications has been reached.
Interviews expected: February




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