Roadwing (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of APM Terminals in South Africa, currently has a vacancy for a Managing Director to direct, manage, oversee and grow its national operation and footprint.  Roadwing is a short-haul trucking operation whose primary activity is to transport international import and export containers.

The transportation service is provided by Owner Drivers who supply 240 mechanical horses to Roadwing, who in-turn have 444 chassis which are utilized by the Owner Drivers to supply a high standard trucking service. 

Roadwing currently operates out of six locations namely Johannesburg being its Head Office, Durban, East London, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.  Roadwing’s largest customer base includes Shipping Lines and clearing agents with a small percentage of export manufacturers.  Roadwing transports between  170 000 and 180 000 containers nationally on an annual basis to a wide customer base which is currently in excess of 120.  Its primary customers include the Anglo America mines, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Iveco and Atlantis Diesel.


&#149  The purpose of this role is to perform the duties of the Managing Director for Roadwing (Pty) Ltd.

&#149  This position is accountable for leading, developing and maintaining effective business strategies through the minimization of costs whilst providing excellent customer service, and maintaining high staff morale.

&#149  Responsible for recognizing and responding to business needs ensuring strong corporate governance and business development. 



&#149  To ensure that at all times, Roadwing operates within the ambit of the applicable laws governing Road Freight in South Africa.

&#149  To plan equipment according to the demand within the various locations nationally.

&#149  Accountable for ensuring that all equipment is compliant with legislation and/ or customer demand.

&#149  Responsible for directing and managing multi-disciplinary transport related projects.

&#149  Overall responsibility for the direction and management of business operations.

&#149  Responsible for the development of operational strategy and business continuity plans.

&#149  Responsible for the ongoing establishment and maintenance of appropriate systems to monitor, evaluate and report on all operational departments.

&#149  Responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of business strategy. 

&#149  Development of transportation models.

&#149  All transport undertaken is compliant with the Road Traffic Act of South Africa.


&#149  Compile and present compelling business cases to the Board of Directors in respect of CAPEX purchases. 

&#149  Effective management of capital budget and expenditure, ensuring that the business achieves a profit year on year. 

&#149  Responsible for business development and revenue growth.


&#149  Full accountability for improving transportation and recognizing and responding to the needs of both existing and potential customers.

&#149  Develop sound relationships with key stakeholders and relevant bodies.

&#149  Responsible for service optimization and high level maintenance of service standards.

&#149  Key account management to include customer relationship management.


&#149  Recognizing and responding to the needs of the business in respect of HSSE and risk management, ensuring that preventative measures are in place.


&#149  Lead and direct transformation within the business.

&#149  Responsible for the BBBEE scorecard and diversity within the workplace. 

&#149  Direct corporate services such as HR, Finance and IT.

&#149  Lead Board meetings.

&#149  Effective people management through maintaining a culture of motivation and respect. 


Direct reports

&#149  National Transport Manager

Scope of Responsibility:  National

Breadth of team:  78

&#149  Finance Manager

Scope of responsibility:  National

Breadth of team:  20

&#149  Risk Manager

Scope of responsibility:  National

Breadth of team:  1

&#149  IT Manager

Scope of responsibility:  National

Breath of team:  3

&#149  Personal Assistant

National head count = 102

The position reports to the South & East Africa Cluster Director

The scope of the position is domestic/national.



&#149  Management team & other departmental staff and owner drivers as required on a constant basis.

&#149  Cluster Director and Cluster Management team as and when required. 


&#149  Shipping Lines

&#149  Current customers

&#149  South African Police Services/Law enforcement agencies that govern transport

&#149  Road Freight Association

&#149  Transnet


&#149  Appropriate tertiary qualification, preferably transport related or equivalent.

&#149  10 years’ experience, 5 of which must be at a Senior Management capacity.

&#149  Excellent knowledge of logistics, transport and container terminal operations.

&#149  Proven ability to operate at a strategic board level.

&#149  Possess effective analytical, finance, reporting and problem solving skills.

&#149  Has a proactive approach to business development and diversification.

&#149  High energy levels and must possess a passion for trucking and people.

&#149  Requires ability to use computerized operation software system(s)

&#149  Has full knowledge of international standards of safe working practices within the industry as well as occupational health and safety laws