General Manager
CEVA Logistics

General Manager
CEVA Logistics

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Andy D

My name is Andy D; I work for a company called CEVA Logistics, based in Bristol. My occupation is a General Manager. CEVA Logistics is a global business, employing fifty seven thousand people, offering end to end solutions, distribution, warehousing, and transport. I’m responsible for Bristol and Exeter depots. My job is to make sure that we deliver service on time, in full, within budget.

00:00:31 In all fairness, I left school really with no real qualifications. I liked to be the centre of attention, hung around in a big group, as you did at school, I think, with the kids, but never really took it seriously. It is a big regret. I left school in 1974, worked for a local wine company for about two years. I then joined a company called Intercounty Express. That company was later taken over by a company called TNT, and eventually CEVA as a logistics business was de-merged from TNT, and now I work for CEVA. So it has been a thirty year progression to where I am now, but I’m very proud of my career.

00:01:12 I started as a warehouse operative. I think I felt a need to change as my career path developed. Once I felt that I’d achieved all my goals within that position, I then looked for promotion. I’ve been an operations manager. I ran a depot in Wellsborne, in the Midlands, looking after a couple of key clients, and then last year I returned here to Bristol. I found a promotion to General Manager of Bristol and Exeter. The only thing that held me back over the years from progressing quicker than I have has been my own non-desire at the time to do so. I’m sure I could have progressed quicker if I’d wanted to, but I felt to do it at my own pace, with my own experiences built up would be better.

00:02:00 Within CEVA you have a certain amount of autonomy, and that is cascaded to the staff really. Staff are given a certain amount of power to make their own decisions. So I think I enjoy it because we have a certain amount of freedom and the company do develop us. We get lots of training. They put me through a certificate of professional competence, which is a certificate you need to run a transport operation, and they’ve also put me through a diploma in management, and it really does set you up to be able to run a depot.

00:02:34 Back in 1986 I worked for a general manager in Exeter called Tony Simm. He mentored me for a number of years and really showed me the way forward. He was the one who really encouraged me to go for it, as it were, and gave me the confidence to go for it. So, yes, I admire the man. He was… I suppose, in a way, I modelled myself on him. He was, I wouldn’t say laid back, but he was very friendly and approachable.

00:03:06 I think it’s very important to have a good work and social balance. In fact it’s key, and it’s the one thing I tell all my staff that they need to have a good work and home life balance. If you get too involved with your work and you don’t get a home life balance then it doesn’t work, and I think if you spend too many hours at work you’re not giving quality work time, so it’s very important to balance it.

00:03:30 I play snooker sometimes. I like watching football. I like going out for meals with the wife, gardening, I love karaoke, and if I had my chance again I might try to be a singer, but I think my crooning days are gone really now.


Andy D is a General Manager at CEVA Logistics. He's worked up to this over a career of thirty years, starting as a warehouse operative. CEVA put him through a diploma in management, and now he's responsible for their Bristol and Exeter depots.

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The UK average salary is £28,758

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There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

22%  female 
78%  male 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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? Managers and directors in transport and distribution plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for the safe, efficient and economic movement of passengers and freight by road, rail, sea and air transport.
Candidates are recruited with a variety of academic qualifications and/or with relevant experience. Entrants to management trainee schemes in logistics offered by larger companies will require GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades, a degree or other equivalent qualifications. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. Professional qualifications are available. Legislation of the European Union requires all transport managers to hold a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). NVQs/SVQs in a number of relevant areas including supply chain and operations management are available at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
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  • Directs the movement, handling and storage of freight in transit, and reviews space utilisation, staffing and distribution expenditure to determine future distribution policies;
  • Ensures that regulations regarding hours of work, the licensing of crews and transport equipment, the operational safety and efficiency of equipment, the insurance of vehicles and other statutory regulations are complied with;
  • Ensures that harbour channels and berths are maintained and liaises with ship owners, crew, customs officials, dock and harbour staff to arrange entry, berthing and servicing of ships;
  • Supervises day-to-day activities in a railway station;
  • Arranges for maintenance of airport runways and buildings, liaises with fuel and catering crews to ensure adequate supplies and resolves any complaints and problems raised by airport users.
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