Freight & Transportation Controller (permanent and fixed-term)

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    Up to £27,610 p.a.
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    22 October 2021

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Freight & Transportation Controller (permanent and fixed-term)

Up to £27,610 p.a.


We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.


We are looking for a Freight & Transportation Controller to be part of our Global Freight Management Team. 


Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Which is why every year, we give vital support to millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. From teachers and learners to researchers and academics, we help to build confidence, unlock potential, and enable success. We give people the opportunity to show what they've learnt, we spread knowledge, spark enquiry, and aid understanding.

We achieve this by embracing change, and continuously focusing on our customers' needs. And by collaborating, and carefully listening to our customers and to each other, we keep moving forward, keep innovating, and keep finding newer and better ways of doing things.


The Role


The accountability of the role is for the control and optimisation of Global freight movements (sea, air, road or rail) of product and information for movements from Suppliers and between Cambridge warehouses (origin to destination), while maintaining efficient freight costs.  Management of compliant shipment documentation, ensuring the critical path is upheld and any delays or issues are clearly communicated.


As a Controller, you will ensure that the business has up to date information on the global freight movements of over 20 million books that Cambridge prints and distributes annually. A key part of the role requires liaising with our freight forwarding partners to arrange transportation and ensure that both our internal and external customers receive goods in a timely manner. 


Members of the Global Freight Management team are also expected to work closely with our colleagues in Planning and Procurement along with our Trade Compliance team efficiently resolving daily global freight queries as they arise.


About you

We are looking for someone with experience, knowledge and expertise in the following:


  • Internationally recognised Logistics & Transport qualification
  • Experience of international multi modal freight movements (Road/Sea/Air/Rail) in a fast moving retail environment.
  • Familiar with international trade and working with 3rd Party freight management providers
  • Knowledge of Import/Export processes and customs clearance procedures
  • Good working knowledge of Excel and other MS tools.
  • Proficient in the use and application of SAP in Logistics & Warehousing.
  • Able to interpret statistics and present data effectively.
  • Analytical mind set and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written.
  • Ability to prioritise your workload efficiently and be willing to adapt quickly to changing procedures.
  • Coordinating freight movements with colleagues in different time zones.




The key to our work is our colleagues, whose shared commitment enables us to have an ever-greater impact. We are a united, vibrant, and respectful global community of people, and we ensure that every individual is recognised, listened to, and cared for. And because our impact is amplified when our people are empowered, we give everyone the opportunity to develop in their own way. Whether you want a career that's linear, or want to follow your own path, we'll support you, and help give you the resources and training you'll need to be bold and take ownership of what you do.


The closing date for applications is 29th September and interviews are scheduled to take place on an ongoing basis.  This is an urgent requirement and we have a permanent and 18 month fixed-term position available.


Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.



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