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General Manager

Perishable Shipping Solutions

Perishable Shipping Solutions

gillingham, uk
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

General Manager


Lineage is the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions with +20,000 colleagues globally.

If you open your fridge freezer, up to 20% of the products you’ll see have passed through a Lineage facility. We support customers who keep our schools and restaurants stocked and supplied as well as working with many of the UK’s leading retailers.

We are currently looking for a new General Manager to lead our operation in Gillingham. The Cold store was taken over by Yearsley Foods in 2018 and is a 9000-pallet position facility with 20+ colleagues.

The role

You will take full accountability at site, providing direction to all departments and shifts to ensure we are providing a great service to our customers and meeting all their requirements whilst working safely, productively and in accordance with company working procedures.

You will engage and motivate teams and managers at site, ensuring that we are creating a strong performance but also a rewarding culture for our employees.

In addition to this we will implement a new WMS system this year and it would help if you have experience in this previously.

Tasks include:

  • Meeting with various managers and team members – ensuring they have direction and support to work effectively

  • Working with colleagues and customers directly to ensure we are delivering a great service

  • Running reports from the WMS (Warehouse Management System) to ensure managers have access to data on site performance

  • Manage the site to deliver key performance indicators (such as ensuring stock admin is focused on customer driven specifics)

  • Supporting our specialist team understand operational processes to prepare for the implementation of a new WMS Maintaining a site-specific continuous improvement plan

  • Conducing training need analysis, ensuring training is completed and records maintained

  • Be accountable for health and safety at site; making sure all colleagues have a safe environment to perform their duties

Who were looking for:

We are seeking someone who is comfortable in being the single point of accountability at site. You will be a people focused operational leader, who understands that success is built by getting the best from our colleagues at site.

To thrive in this role, you'll ideally need:

  • Experience of leading teams through managers (less than 30 is ok)

  • Strong commercial awareness to be accountable for the site P&L

  • Has managed conflicting customer priorities to deliver to productivity targets

  • Previous experience working in a similar role and 3PL experience would be highly beneficial

  • Can help manage change and transformation – such as implementing new processes or systems

  • Is comfortable working with data to support decision making

  • Can travel to the depot location every working day

What's in it for me?

Aside from a competitive starting salary, company car and other benefits; you're set to gain so much from being part of team.

This is an influential management role; and we will support you to lead in accordance with our values which are: Safe, Trust, Respect, Innovation, Bold and Servant Leadership.

Servant leadership means that we like to look at a leadership pyramid as ‘inverted’, leaders are there to clear the path to success for colleagues; this is a great way to lead and be led. You will enjoy leading in this manner and in return this is how we will lead you.

You will run our site with autonomy; our experienced regional director will be on hand to support you, but you will be given lots of ownership for the day to day running of the site.

We are also a global company which is expanding quickly across Europe, and through organic growth and acquisitions we are now in 11 European countries with over 70 locations and +1.4m pallet positions. To support this growth, we have been developing talent internally and our 2 regional directors both progressed from a general manager role at Lineage Logistics.

Lineage Logistics is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Job Reference: INDSPS

Why Lineage?

We are a global company with more than 22,000 employees spanning 20 countries and more than 400 locations across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and South America.

At Lineage Logistics, we have a shared purpose; we are transforming the food supply chain to eliminate waste and help feed the world. This means working at Lineage is not just a job – it’s an opportunity to innovate and put your mark on how food moves from the farm to dinner tables around the world. As a member of our team, you will be a critical link in the food supply chain.

Our shared purpose drives everything we do in all parts of our organisation, from the warehouse floor to the office. Our team members are passionate about the impact they make every single day.

We are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourage applications from persons regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. At Lineage we also recognise that Ex-Military, veterans, and military families have great experience with transferable skills and core values that can add significant value to our organisation.


As a Lineage team member, we aim to provide everything you and your family need to thrive. That’s why we offer competitive rates of pay, paid time off, skills training, and development opportunities to grow a long and fulfilling career with us – plus generous financial rewards when you successfully refer new employees. This is enhanced by recognition schemes (so that your hard work won’t go unnoticed), plus the chance to make your salary go even further with our cycle-to-work scheme and preferential rates for loans and savings courtesy of a leading credit union.

Your everyday wellbeing is also important to us, so we will provide you with all the protective equipment you need to be safe and comfortable at work, and you will have access to a free 24/7 employee assistance phone line, which offers confidential counselling and advice. With all of this offered against the backdrop of a fun and social environment in which you will be supported by a team who enjoy helping each other in achieving their goals, we are confident you will excel with us.