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Assistant Depot Manager

We are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable Assistant Depot Manager at our busy depot in Lerwick.

Introduction to Northwards

Northwards Ltd was formed in January 2002 after a management buyout from P&O Scottish Ferries Ltd of their freight, haulage and maintenance operations in and between Aberdeen, Orkney and Shetland. In January 2011, Sea-Cargo Aberdeen Ltd became majority shareholders in the company, providing added expertise and transport links in to Scandinavia.

Northwards now currently operate out of depots in Shetland, Orkney, Aberdeen, Inverness, Scrabster and Glasgow.

Through strategic and focused growth, we are connecting our customers with transport services historically unavailable or cost-inhibitive. Our aim is to create modern, focused and forward-thinking logistic solutions.

Main Responsibilities

As Assistant Depot Manager you will ensure that the customer is at the heart of everything we do, supporting the Depot Manager you will lead the team in the daily activities within the depot ensuring a safe and efficient operation. Daily tasks will include driver routing, debriefing, planning resource, vehicle and driver legislative compliance, liaising with customers, partners and other depots in the network. In addition, you will work closely with the depot manager on problem solving, project planning and deputising in the depot managers absence.

Success will be measured by developing team work within the depot, ensuring the team works in harmony, exceeding customer expectation in conjunction with maximising Northwards assets whilst monitoring and managing depot standards.

The Ideal Candidate


3 + years’ experience within the Transport industry

Experience managing a team

Customer focused, able to demonstrate the ability to understand customer needs and can get things done.

Excellent communication and organisational skills

Ability to prioritise work load and work under pressure to strict deadlines

Demonstrate understanding and experience of managing Health and Safety practices at work

Capability to take ownership and responsibility

Ability to adapt to individual and operational change in a diverse and fast-paced organisation

PC literate


Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Transport Management (or demonstrate ability to achieve).

Working week: Mon – Fri, some weekend working and on call required.

In return for your hard work and commitment you will be rewarded with some great benefits, which include:

Competitive salary

Contributory pension scheme.

28 days holiday

Health Insurance

Travel insurance

To apply for the above position please email a copy of your CV along with an email cover letter to