Commercial And TimberLINK Manager

Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UK’s busiest port and Southampton, the UK’s leading export port and number one for cars and cruise. The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

ABP and its customers handle nearly 92 million tonnes of cargo annually. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.

The Ports of Ayr and Troon are located on the West of Scotland at the lower end of the Firth of Clyde. They are widely regarded as exemplars within ABP and have won awards in the field of Operational Performance and Customer Service. Quality of life in this semi-rural area is generally regarded as being high with the local road network also giving excellent connections to the City of Glasgow and beyond.

The Role

Reporting to the Port Manager the role is responsible for the management of all Commercial, Administration and TimberLINK Operations at the ports of Ayr & Troon. The Commercial and TimberLINK Manager will also assist the Port Manager with regular port budget proposals and plans.



  • Marketing the ports and meeting with existing and potential customers.
  • Responding to enquiries for quotes for various cargoes/projects.
  • Working closely with the Port Manager on commercial matters.
  • Assist and support preparation of commercial agreements.
  • Updating CRM system with Leads and Opportunities.
  • Assisting Port Manager with analysis of financial and tonnage figures.


  • Involvement with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) as required.
  • Scheduling of TimberLINK vessels to maximise usage.
  • Communication with all parties involved with transport of logs.
  • Ensure smooth berth allocation at Ayr and Troon.
  • Checking all TimberLINK administration data earmarked for FCS.
  • Authorising all supplier invoices.
  • Correspond with FCS on estimating annual subsidy utilisation.


  • Management of Administration Staff.
  • Ensuring administration tasks carried out within appropriate timescales to meet customer/group requirements.
  • Analysing internal and external systems as required.
  • Assist and support Port Manager with budget forecasting.
  • Provide weekly financial revenue estimates.
  • Ensure correct handling of weighbridge operations.

Skills and Experience


  • Entrepreneurial outlook.
  • Degree in an appropriate subject, e.g. MBA / Business Management / Accountancy / Logistics.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Effective negotiation skills.
  • Proven people management experience.
  • Valid Driving Licence.
  • Have a can-do attitude.


  • Strong I.T skills.
  • Proficient with Excel spreadsheets.
  • Ability to learn new I.T systems.
  • Commitment to getting a job done.
  • Willingness to travel to Argyll for TimberLINK operational meetings.
  • Willingness to travel to other ABP ports as necessary.

Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.

Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment. 

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