General Manager (Logistics)

Aberdeen / Elgin / Inverness


Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Elgin , Gleaner is a 3rd generation family run business run, and is one of the largest regional bulk fuel distributors, servicing its customers via a network of depots across Scotland and continues to have an ambitious growth strategy. 

 Originally created to serve the old fishing and agricultural industries in the North of Scotland , the business has since diversified and serves a wide array of commercial industries, as well as the domestic heating market.  It also manages a network of over 47 filling stations, and in total has an annual turnover in excess of £100m. Gleaner’s product portfolio now includes Home Heating Oils, Commercial & Agricultural Fuels, Lubricants, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Boiler Maintenance Services and has a number of strategic and commercial partnerships including Avanti and Calor Gas, selling and distributing their bulk fuels across Scotland.  

The opportunity

Due to continued growth and expansion, we are seeking a dedicated and experienced General Manager to oversee/support the day-to-day operations of our fuel distribution activities. 

 Reporting directly to the Operations Director, the general Manager will assume responsibility for all distribution activities of the business in the North of Scotland across Aberdeen, Mintlaw, Elgin, Grantown, Inverness and also Argyll. 

 The primary responsibilities will involve managing a team of depot Managers at various locations throughout Scotland, auditing operational aspects, including delivery routing efficiency, stock control, productivity, customer service and ensuring compliance with health, safety and environmental standards. 

 The GM will motivate, engage and support the teams, providing leadership to contribute towards the day to day running of our Company’s fuel distribution activities. 

Key responsibilities

  • Leadership and motivation of a regional distribution team across 8 depots in the north of Scotland  
  • Management of continuous improvement projects which improve service and reduce costs 
  • The ongoing development of people, processes and systems to support the organisational objectives 
  • Coordination of transport operations across all depot facilities, including route planning, contract management and performance 
  • Management (via Depot Managers) of warehouse operations and management of goods 
  • Quality Control: Implementing quality control measures to ensure accuracy and condition of products during transportation and storage. 
  • Risk Management: Identifying and mitigating potential risks in the supply chain, such as disruptions in transportation, natural disasters, or political instability. 
  • Cost Management: Monitoring and controlling logistics costs, including transportation, warehousing, and inventory carrying costs, to meet budgetary targets. 

The candidate

We are seeking to appoint an experienced distribution manager with the ability to get to grips quickly with a fast-paced logistics operation across the North of Scotland, ideally with experience in the fuel distribution industry – although we will consider candidates from other backgrounds providing they possess the following experience; 

 Leadership and Management skills: Proven ability to lead and manage a team effectively, ensuring operational efficiency, productivity, and adherence to company policies and procedures.  

  • Continuous Improvement: experience of delivering improvement projects which improve efficiency, reduce cost and improve service quality 
  • Logistics Expertise: Proficiency in managing/auditing logistics and supply chain operations related to fuel distribution, optimizing routes, and ensuring timely deliveries.  
  • Understanding of Regulation / Compliance: understanding of, and commitment to compliance with safety, environmental and Regulatory requirements within our industry 
  • Problem solving: Strong analytical skills to identify and resolve operational challenges swiftly and efficiently.  
  • Communication and interpersonal skills: Excellent communication abilities to liaise with teams, clients, suppliers, and regulatory bodies effectively.  
  • Strategic planning: capability to develop and execute strategic plans to enhance depot performance and achieve operational objectives. 

 We are open minded to background but with strong family values and roots in local communities, the successful candidate will also be able to display inherent behaviours, characteristics and aspirations to thrive in this environment. 

How to apply?

For more information, or an informal initial discussion, please contact Lisa Berlinghof on 0131 539 7087

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General Manager (Logistics)


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