Transport Resource Planner

Job Type Supply Chain and Logistics
Location Milton Keynes - Magna Park
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 09/08/2022
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £23,600.00 - £31,900.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 37.5


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


What's the role about: 

As the Transport Resource Planner you will work alongside the Resource Planning Manager to ensure that the headcount reflects the workflow through the department whilst maintaining budget. Liaising and negotiating with the Distribution Planners to ensure the most cost effective plan is achieved by utilising all valuable resources. Managing Paragon Resource Manager to ensure all drivers, partner and agency, are available and produce daily reports to support the Operational teams.

You will Coordinate and communicate the resource schedule to the Transport Operation Teams, Agency Suppliers and Third Party Hauliers. Monitoring and analysing forecasted headcount volume vs actual and report on trends and opportunities. Maintaining and updating all resource planning tools to ensure they contain accurate data. 

You will request agency headcounts through Agency Account Managers and ensure visibility of resource pools are within the agreed timeframe. 

You will Coordinate, plan and provide analyses for Partner Driver holidays and annual DCPC course to ensure that the budgeted % is not exceeded.

Manage the Agency Drivers assessment process to ensure the pool size is sufficient in time for key dates.

This role would suit someone who:-

This is a key support role managing the daily driving resource from our National Distribution Centres. This role will suit someone who is able to plan effectively, whilst ensuring a high level of accuracy is maintained. 

Effective relationships will need to be developed and maintained with our Partners and Agency contacts. 

High level of communication via email and telephone will be required, so the ability to communicate effectively with a large number of stakeholders is essential. 


What you should know:

The role is based at Magna Park, Milton Keynes and involves working a three weekly rota;

  • 07:00 - 15:00, Monday to Friday

  • 10:00 - 18:00, Monday to Friday

  • 12:00 - 20:00, Monday to Friday

An occasional Saturday shift (07:00 - 15:00) will be required to cover annual leave


Essential Skills and Experience:     

  • Good working knowledge of IT systems (Microsoft Excel skills)

  • Ability to plan and prioritise daily tasks

Desirable Skills and Experience:


  • Experience in a customer resource focused environment 


Flexible Working

The Partnership supports agile and flexible working practices, such as when, where and how we work. We have several different ways to work flexibly, including part-time, flexible or compressed hours, and job sharing. Head office areas also support a blended working approach. You'll have the opportunity to discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview and, where it is operationally practicable, they'll do all they can to accommodate your needs.



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  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early. 

Duties and Responsibilities

An exciting opportunity to work as a Transport Resource Planner at Magna Park NDC, where you will plan a UK and Scotland daily resource schedule for Primary Transport using the available resourcing tools, ensuring that all service level agreements (SLAs) are delivered, and in coordination with all stakeholder agreements. Communicating the resource schedule and any alterations to all stakeholders, both internally and externally, through accurate reporting.

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site -

Attachment: NEW Transport Resource - December 2020.doc (1).pdf; NEW Transport Resource - December 2020.doc (1).pdf 


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