Recruitment opportunities at CTS

CTS pay competitive salaries and provide generous employee benefits including flexible working, pension, life assurance, 5 days’ annual company sick pay, 20 days holiday plus BHs with the ability to build up service days. We also provide comprehensive training and development opportunities for our staff.

Security vetting is a requirement for all roles at CTS and any offers of employment are made subject to obtaining and maintaining the necessary security clearance. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and will be required to provide proof of 5 years’ UK residency.

Any applicants interested in applying to any of the roles featured on this page are requested to click on the apply now button and submit an up to date CV with covering email.


Freight Forwarding Coordinator

Silchester, Nr. Reading and surrounding area

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced multi modal freight forwarder to process all aspects of (primarily export) Air and Sea freight shipments.  CTS provides multi-modal logistics solutions for a range of commercial and government customers in the Government and Defence sector.  We are experts within our field of specialist transportation and can offer exciting challenges as well as the opportunity to be trained in the operational movement of dangerous goods and secure freight.

This is a varied role where you will be liaising with customers, worldwide partners and juggling multiple priorities. The successful applicant will ideally have an understanding of key international trade lanes and preferably shipping difficult products such as Class 1 DGR and prohibited weapons.  It is expected that this would require at least 3-5 years working in various freight forwarding roles covering both air and sea.

Most importantly you must be an individual who sets high standards in their work, gets the details right and delivers excellence in customer service.

The role includes:

Managing the full life cycle of the movement of goods from pick up to final delivery including:

  • Liasing with air, sea and road carriers regarding routes, schedules and rates
  • Receiving enquires, discussing requirement, generating quotes on freight management software (FMS)
  • Liaising with CTS road transport team regarding CTS’ haulage provision for Global customers
  • Booking cargo space with air, sea and road carriers/couriers
  • Processing customs declarations including trade control licensing
  • Preparing all shipping documentations to meet carriage requirements, legislation and ISO requirements
  • Monitoring shipment departures and arrivals, updating FMS and customers as required
  • Daily interface with customers, suppliers, third parties, subcontractors and crew regarding the details of the movements
  • Keeping file administration up to date including processing of sales & suppliers invoicing, credit notes etc.
  • Supporting project moves where required
  • Maintaining regular contact with and building relationships with customers, updating in company CRM System
  • Supporting sales team in the development of international freight forwarding opportunities including the provision of technical expertise for bid/tender processes & quotes
  • Building a knowledge base of customers’ business, organisation and objectives

Required:

 The successful applicant will ideally have an understanding of key international trade lanes and shipping difficult products such as Class 1 DGR and Section 5.  It is expected that this will require at least 3-5 years working in various freight forwarding roles covering both air and sea with an export bias as well as:

  • Good working knowledge of Air and Shipping lines & routes
  • Experience of processing International Road freight documentation through the ports of Dover, Folkestone and Immingham
  • Evidence of working with a broad range of commercial customers
  • Working knowledge of Export Customs (NES).
  • Experience of working to ISO SOPs and Aviation Security (CAA Regulated Agent) requirements.

 The following would be an advantage:

  • Experience with Dangerous Goods (IATA DG Qualified)
  • Experience in the Government/Aerospace/ Defence/Nuclear and Security Sector
  • Aviation Security trained

Finally, candidates must be:

  • Courteous, polite and professional communicators both via telephone and face to face
  • Diligent, with good attention to detail.
  • Team players
  • Able to work in a highly regulated sector with strong emphasis on compliancy, security and discretion.
  • IT literate ideally with working knowledge of Freight Management Software (CTS uses Boxtop, ASM) as well as basic Microsoft Office including Excel.
  • Commercially aware with an eye for business opportunity and adding value

Benefits include flexible working, training opportunities, 28 days annual leave per annum with the ability to build additional service days, pension, life assurance, annual bonus, company sick pay, childcare vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme, employee gift cards and Employee Assistance Programme.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo Security Vetting.

Road Transport Supervisor

Silchester, Nr. Reading and surrounding area

An exciting opportunity has arisen at CTS for an experienced road traffic planner/supervisor to join our Road Transport team.  We are experts within our field of specialist transportation and can offer exciting challenges as well as the opportunity to be trained in the operational movement of DG and security sensitive freight by road throughout the UK and into Europe.   This is a varied role where you will be liaising with customers, drivers, sub-contractors and juggling a busy workload.  You must be an adaptable individual who thrives on finding solutions in a busy environment.  Most importantly you must be an individual who sets high standards in their work and gets the detail right.

The role includes:

  • Daily planning & execution of our Road Transport operational moves including crew and vehicle allocation, routing, preparation of running boards, driver briefs/debriefs, vehicle tracking & ongoing monitoring to ensure all consignments are delivered compliantly, cost effectively and to customer expectations. Our RT operation is complex and scheduling is done manually on a white board taking into account all variables e.g. cargo compatibility, driver hours, driver qualifications, vehicle requirements and compliance with relevant legislation governing the movement of dangerous goods.
  • Daily coordination of crew, customers, sub-contractors to ensure the highest level of customer care & service delivery
  • Supporting Sales process in the provision of technical, operational & costing information leading to quotes & new business fulfilment
  • First line management of drivers including hours, infringements, compliance, performance
  • Ownership and execution of the Road Transport procedures
  • Supporting Fleet management through effective monitoring of fleet maintenance and defect processes
  • Maintaining financial and budgetary awareness & driving cost control
  • Accurate input of information on transport operational systems
  • Preparation and collation of accurate and timely paperwork

Required:

You will be required to work alternating early and late shifts (0600 -1500 hours and 1100-2000 hours) Monday to Friday and provide ‘out of hours’ cover as part of a 1 in 3 weekly rota.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Minimum GCSE in Maths and English
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience gained within a busy commercial road transport office involved in the movement of freight throughout UK and Europe
  • National and International Transport Managers CPC (desirable)
  • Working knowledge of legal obligations of Road Transport Operation e.g. Drivers Hours, tachos
  • Knowledge of payloads, dimensions, MHE, Health and Safety/risk assessments
  • DG awareness and previous experience of facilitating the movement of high consequence/dangerous goods an advantage (but not essential)
  • Excellent attention to detail & accuracy
  • Strong IT and data entry skills (Microsoft office suite and Transport Operational Systems)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Adaptability

Benefits include flexible working, training opportunities, 28 days annual leave per annum with the ability to build additional service days, pension, life assurance, annual bonus, company sick pay, childcare vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme, employee gift cards and Employee Assistance Programme.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo Security Vetting.

LGV C+E Security Driver

£36,400 pa rising to £37,700 pa post probation

Silchester, Nr. Reading and surrounding area

 

CTS is a global logistics specialist and we move high consequence dangerous goods by road, sea and air for government and defence customers. We have been an approved haulier for the UK MOD since 2000.

We are a growing company with an exciting vision for the future and this is where you come in. We’re expanding our fleet and are seeking careful, professional drivers to undertake difficult, dangerous and delicate moves for our prestigious customers.

What does this mean for you?

Your working week will generally be Monday to Friday, averaging 55 hours, with occasional weekend overtime as part of a rota and as business needs dictate. Hours will vary from week to week but you should expect to be doing regular nights out, sleeping in your cab and be available to work overtime on specified weekends.

Required:

A bit about you

Apart from holding a LGV1 licence with a maximum of 6 points and no current DD/DR/TT points/disqualifications….

  • You’ll have a good knowledge of the UK road network and be experienced driving in Europe.
    You’ll relish the opportunity to travel long distances within the UK and into Europe, to some ‘out of the ordinary places’.
  • You’ll have a good knowledge of drivers’ hours rules and road traffic regulations and abide by them at all times.
  • You’ll get along with people. This is important because you will be driving as part of a double manned team and sometimes as part of a convoy.
  • You’ll be an individual who takes pride in their work, shows care and attention to detail. We’re moving security sensitive and high consequence loads.
  • You’ll be someone who has a positive ‘can do’ outlook and who wishes to provide the best possible service to our customers. This means being adaptable and change friendly.  For example we need you to be willing to drive a variety of vehicles from vans to LGV1 and respond to last minute changes.
  • You’ll live within 30 miles or one hour commute of our premises in Silchester, Berkshire or be willing to relocate to the area.

 

Security clearance is an ongoing requirement and employment offers are made subject to gaining the necessary clearances.  You must be eligible to work in the UK and have:

  • At least 5 years’ UK Residency
  • 5 years’ employment history which can be referenced

What we can offer you in return:

  • Fully funded training & development (ADR, Air Cargo Security, CPC),
  • 28 days annual leave per annum plus you can build up extra service days
  • Uniform
  • Pension
  • Annual bonus (non-guaranteed based on CTS performance)
  • Life assurance
  • Salary sacrifice schemes – childcare vouchers and cycle to work
  • Employee gift cards
  • Company sick pay (5 days in 12 month rolling period)
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Plus subsistence/nights out & weekend OT

We hope you like what you’ve read so far.  Interested? Contact us for an application form and/or more information [email protected] or 01189700179 Option 5.

Casual Drivers (all classes)

£9.27-£12.14 per hour (depending on licence category)

Silchester, Nr. Reading and surrounding area

CTS is a specialist transport company operating a mixed fleet of vehicles from our site in Easter Park, Silchester, near Reading. We offer a rapid response service to our customers and are always looking for careful, professional drivers to join our bank of casual drivers who we use on an ad hoc basis to help us cope with peaks in demand.

You will be transporting specialist cargoes including dangerous goods and other high consequence goods and work will be varied, taking you to unusual destinations throughout the UK and into

Europe.

Hours to suit, dependent on our workload and your availability, but work could include double and single manned, weekdays, overnight stays, weekends, early starts, late finishes, sometimes at short notice.

Required:

  • Commercial driving experience
  • Clean driving license (max 3 points)
  • Applicants must live within a 30-mile radius of CTS premises due to early starts/late finishes and rapid response requirements.
  • An ADR licence is an advantage but not essential.
  • Air Cargo Security trained to Cargo Operative (old Level D) an advantage but not essential

Benefits:

  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Regular overtime (generous overtime rates apply at weekends and bank holidays)
  • Training opportunities
  • Paid annual leave (1 day for every 9 full days worked)
  • Pension (if eligible)
  • Employee gift cards.

Security Vetting is a requirement and deployment as a casual driver is subject to obtaining and maintaining the necessary security clearance. Applicants should note that they must be eligible to work in the UK and will be required to provide proof of 5 years’ UK residency

 

Please email for application form and more information to:

[email protected], stating licence category and hours availability.