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.

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LGV C+E Security Drivers

c. £38k pa

Silchester, Nr. Reading

We have immediate vacancies for LGV C+E security drivers to expand our crew in the Reading area. We’re looking for adaptable and flexible individuals who like variety, for regular driving work. You will be transporting specialist cargoes including dangerous goods and other high consequence goods and work will be varied, taking you to unusual destinations around the UK and into Europe.

Driving for CTS is about delivering excellent customer satisfaction and you will need to be an individual with integrity, who takes pride in their work, shows meticulous attention to detail and has a positive ‘can do’ attitude. You must be well presented with good geographical knowledge. Experience with high security/high value, multi-drop, double manned and international driving would be an advantage and holding an ADR qualification is beneficial although not essential as training will be provided for the right candidates.

Hours & pay:

Hours will vary from week to week.

  • M-F: as required by the business up to legal limits under European Drivers Hours Legislation including rest periods
  • Across a year your hours should average 50-55 per week
  • You should expect to be doing regular nights out and sleeping in your cab
  • Occasional weekend work required as part of a rota
  • Salary: £37,128 pa rising to £38,454 post probation, plus subsistence allowances
  • Overtime rates apply at weekends and BHs (1½ x)

Required:

  • Careful professional drivers with commercial driving experience
  • ADR desirable, although training will be provided (financial lock ins will apply)
  • Clean C+E driving licence (held for at least 3 years, max 3 points)
  • Good knowledge of the UK road network and experience of driving in Europe
  • Good knowledge of drivers’ hours rules and road traffic regulations
  • Physically fit, able to load and unload vehicles
  • Basic IT (for PDA use)
  • Team player – work will include some double manned driving
  • Strong customer service ethos
  • Applicants must live within a 30 mile radius of RG7 2PQ due to early starts/late finishes

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
  • Have lived in the UK for a minimum of the last 5 years
  • Have a 5 year checkable employment history in the UK with no gaps in excess of 28 days

CTS pay competitive salaries and provide generous employee benefits including uniform, pension, life assurance, 5 days’ annual company sick pay, 20 days holiday plus BHs with the ability to build up 5 additional service days, cycle to work scheme. We also provide an Employee Assistance Programme and comprehensive training/development opportunities for our staff.

Please send CV and covering letter (or email requesting an application form) to [email protected], stating driving licence category and hours availability.

Warehouse Operative

c. £23-25k

Silchester, Nr. Reading

We have an exciting opportunity for an operative to join our warehouse team. The individual will need to be multi-skilled to be able to rotate around the various ‘stations’ within our scanning & storage operation and training will be provided.

The role:

Goods in/goods out – receive deliveries, check freight against booking in criteria, mail screening & security specifications, check and sign paperwork/PODs, log deliveries manually and on WMS (carrier, consignment details, end recipient), unload vehicles using the Forklift, pick and pack, barcode scan, sort freight into cages/stillages/pallets for delivery, prepare manifests, load & seal vehicles.

Screening – X-ray screen post & cargo to Air Cargo Security standards.

General duties – provide resilience to other parts of the CTS operation including answering telephone calls, reworking & palletising freight, maintaining a clean/tidy warehouse, stock taking & occasional driving as part of CTS crew.

Hours:

Rotating 8½ hour daily shifts (half an hour for lunch unpaid, i.e. 40 hours/week) to cover core operational hours of 0500 to 1900hrs. We require the successful applicant to routinely work the middle shift (0730 to 1600 hours) however it is essential that applicants have flexibility to adjust hours in line with changing business needs and to provide resilience for the other shifts of 0500-1330 hours & 10:30-1900 hours.

Required:

  • Warehouse experience including secure goods in/goods out operation
  • Good IT skills including basic excel, Microsoft office, WMS, fast, accurate keyboard & data input
  • Proactive, positive, can-do attitude, takes ownership of problems and shows a willingness to quickly adapt to operational change when required
  • Strong customer ethos and experienced in answering telephone queries
  • Experience of working to procedures and performance targets
  • Full clean manual driving licence (max 3 points, no DD/DR/TT points or disqualifications) held for at least 12 months

Desirable requirements:

  • C/balance/Reach Forklift trained within last 5 years and regular experienced user
  • COS Air Cargo Security & NXCT trained with previous x ray screening experience
  • Level 2 PAS 97:2015 standard trained (specification for mail screening & security)
  • Dangerous Goods Awareness (categories, labelling, segregation)

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 will be required to satisfy certain eligibility criteria including nationality rules and 5 years’ UK residency.

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, cycle to work scheme and uniform. We also provide comprehensive training and development opportunities for our staff.

If interested, please forward your CV and cover letter to [email protected] or telephone 01189 700169 Option 5 for further information.

Global Coordinator

c. £24-28k pa

Silchester, Nr. Reading

Hours: 0800-1700pm CTS operates a flexible working scheme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced multi modal freight forwarder to process all aspects of (primarily export) Air and Sea freight shipments.

The successful applicant will ideally have an understanding of key international trade lanes and preferably shipping difficult products such as Class 1 DGR and Section 5. This is a varied role where you will be liaising with customers, worldwide partners and juggling multiple priorities.

The role includes:

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

  • Receiving enquiries, discussing requirement, generating quotes on Boxtop
  • Liaising with air, sea & road carriers regarding routes, schedules and rates
  • Liaising with CTS road operations regarding CTS’ haulage provision for Global customers
  • Booking cargo space with air, sea and road carriers/couriers
  • Processing customs declarations including trade control licensing as directed
  • Preparing all shipping documentations to meet carriage requirements, legislation and AEO/ISO requirements using Boxtop software
  • Preparing and collating any additional paperwork for each movement to ensure compliancy with international legal requirements
  • Monitoring shipment departures, arrivals and updating Boxtop and customers as required
  • Daily interface with customers, suppliers, third parties, subcontractors and crew regarding the details of the movements
  • Filing & administration, processing of sales & suppliers invoicing, credit notes etc. using Boxtop
  • Supporting project moves where required
  • Maintaining regular contact, building relationships with customers, updating in company CRM
  • Supporting sales team in the development of international freight forwarding opportunities incl. assistance with bid/tender processes & quotes
  • Providing support to Road Transport operation as required

Required:

  • At least 2-5 years working in various freight forwarding roles covering air, road and sea
  • Good knowledge of air, shipping lines and routes
  • Experience of processing International Road documentation through UK ports
  • Worked with a broad range of commercial customers (Government, MOD etc)
  • Working knowledge of Export Customs (NES)
  • Must have worked to ISO SOPs and Aviation Security (DfT Regulated Agent) requirements.
  • Security vetting required – must be able to obtain and retain Security Clearance
  • Must have 5 year referenced employment history with no unaccounted for gaps in excess of 28 days, essential for Aviation Security requirements

Desirable:

  • Dangerous Goods experience (IATA DG Qualified)
  • Experience with the Government, Aerospace, Defence or Civil Nuclear Sector

CTS pays competitive salaries and provides 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.

If you wish to apply, please forward an up to date CV and covering letter to [email protected], or contact us on 01189 700 179 (Opt 5) for further information about the role.

Road Transport Deputy Planner

£28-35k plus benefits

Silchester, Reading

Monday to Friday rotating shifts: 07:00am-4:00pm/9:00am-6:00pm

Out of hours duty mobile coverage is part of the role on a rota basis.

We have an exciting opportunity for an individual to develop their existing traffic office experience gained in UK and International road haulage or courier. This is a varied and ever-changing specialist Road operation and you will be supporting the Lead Planner in planning resources & routing our core fleet across the UK and into Europe:

  • Positively liaising with customers to maintain high levels of customer fulfilment and satisfaction
  • Preparing pricing requests and quotes to win profitable Road business
  • Planning collections and deliveries for CTS vehicles – vans up to 44 tonnes (this is done manually on a white board taking into account the many variables e.g. cargo compatibility, drivers hours, driver qualifications, vehicle requirements and legal compliance)
  • Deputising for the lead planner, taking the lead on three daily board ‘rundowns’ to prioritise workload, interrogate the schedule and identify potential problems before they occur
  • Directing maximum use of resources and minimal fuel costs through forward planning and back-loading
  • Briefing and debriefing drivers – ensuring Driver Hours /WTD and Tachograph requirements are met
  • Accurate use of company software and systems to ensure efficient operations
  • Managing subcontractors
  • Driving towards agreed contractual KPI’s, financial and service goals for CTS

You will learn to competitively win jobs, allocate resources, plan and evaluate jobs, all in line with Road Transport Legislation and according to the appropriate ADR Regs and security protocols. You must be able to work flexibly with other members of the team, be highly organised and make decisions quickly.

Required:

  • Minimum 3 years’ domestic and international haulage/courier traffic office experience essential, preferably SME based
  • Multi-vehicle experience – vans up to 44T trucks – knows payloads/dims/weights
  • Specialist Logistics (High Consequence DG) knowledge beneficial but not essential as training will be provided
  • Self starter able to demonstrate strong commercial acumen
  • Good knowledge of key transport legislation essential. Transport Manager CPC (or Driver CPC) beneficial
  • Good route planning skills & strong geographical knowledge
  • Outgoing with ability to build strong relations with existing and future clients
  • Demonstrates proactive intervention to problem solving and improving outcomes
  • Able to prioritise: systematic, methodical, persistent & thorough approach to work
  • Positive, friendly, effective verbal and written communicator
  • Awareness of broker outsourcing and subcontracting
  • Experience in proactive sourcing of backloads/supporting traffic
  • A good level of mental agility with experience of manual planning/scheduling
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • Competent IT user – TMS/WMS and Microsoft office suite
  • Previous experience working in secure transportation, aerospace, security or defence industries and/or project moves beneficial
  • Awareness of Employment and H&S legislation
  • Full driving licence (max 3 points, no DD/DR/TT points or disqualifications)

Security clearance is a requirement of the role. Applicants must have 5 years’ UK residency & a 5 year verifiable employment history.

To apply please send CV and covering letter explaining why suited to the role to [email protected]

Casual Drivers/Operatives

£9.27-£12.24 per hour (depending on licence category)

Silchester, Nr. Reading and surrounding area

CTS is a provider of specialist supply chain logistics, that has been in operation for over 20 years. We’re looking for adaptable and flexible individuals who like variety, to assist with ad hoc porterage and driving duties.

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.

Your duties will also involve assisting with project furniture moves across our client’s sites, utilising the appropriate manual handling equipment to effect the most efficient service. This will include the movement of office furniture & IT equipment, delivery and installation/build of furniture.

As a casual worker, your working hours will vary dependent on the work available. This may include weekdays, overnight stays, weekends, early starts, late finishes, sometimes at short notice although at other times we will be able to offer work with in advance of 2 weeks’ notice.

Required:

  • Careful professional driver – some commercial driving experience advantageous
  • Clean driving licence (held for at least 12 months, max 6 points and no current DD/DR/TT points /disqualifications)
  • Physically fit, able to lift furniture, load and unload vehicles
  • Basic IT (for simple disconnection and reconnection of IT hardware)
  • Good practical DIY skills for dismantling/assembly/installation of furniture using hand tools and manual handling aids
  • Team player
  • Strong customer service ethos
  • Applicants must live within a 30 mile radius of CTS premises due

Generous overtime rates apply at weekends and bank holidays.

Security Vetting is a requirement and deployment as a casual worker is subject to obtaining and maintaining the necessary security clearance. Applicants will be required to provide proof of UK residency for the past 5 years. Nationality restrictions will apply and you must be a British citizen to apply for this role.

Please email for an application form and more information to: [email protected], stating driving licence category and hours availability.