'New Freight' Consultant

About the role CIQHP

We're looking for experienced consultants to help lead our freight work within TRL's freight, mobility and logistics team. We're seeking dynamic individuals with a good grounding in freight logistics and a demonstrable understanding of how the freight industry is evolving through new technologies such as alternate fuels and telematics, to drive forward efficiencies and safety across the freight domain. Successful candidates will work with thought leaders across TRL to help us remain at the forefront of defining the freight and logistics solutions of tomorrow.

Key Duties / Responsibilities

As an integral part of our freight, mobility and logistics team you will be required to contribute and develop your knowledge of freight logistics to consultancy and research projects. This includes understanding the development of technologies that provide or have the potential to provide alternatives to diesel as the default fuel of choice and the application of telemetry as used in the freight sector to identify safety measures and promote efficiencies.

Your role will include responding to client briefs with appropriate research and consultancy solutions, providing innovations that solve our client's problems and further evidence-based scientific knowledge. You will engage with a variety of commercial freight operators by size and business sector, encouraging participation in dialog and activities such as workshops, focus groups and research studies, delivering findings in reports and presentations. You will likely be involved with TRL's Ecostars work, and flagship trials such as Platooning , as well as working with our sales & marketing team to help identify and deliver new opportunities.

You will also work with our Academy and sales & marketing teams to help shape our new mobility offer and represent TRL internally and externally in written output and at conferences.

Skills and Experience

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of, and interest in the technologies that are shaping the future of freight and mobility. While this role is focused on research and consultancy, experience in the application of technology to develop freight and mobility solutions would be an advantage. Suitable candidates should be able to demonstrate experience / competency in the following areas:

  • Engaging with commercial freight operators
  • Ability to apply existing knowledge and expertise to respond to new transport solutions
  • Good understanding of the technologies behind market developments in freight and logistics
  • Proposal writing and business winning skills, particularly the ability to clearly define project work scope and assumptions
  • Ability to learn, develop and work proactively
  • A can-do attitude to problem solving, including outside of your subject area
  • Strong team working and communication skills
  • Excellent accuracy and attention to detail are essential
  • An ability to analyse data and interpret findings
  • Ability to conduct depth interviews and facilitate groups and workshops
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office software, particularly Word and Excel

This role may involve line managing up to 7 people in the team. Please state in your application if you have line management experience and if you would be interested in this being part of your responsibilities.


A Degree (2:1 or above) in a related discipline.

Communication Requirements

Eligible candidates must be able to demonstrate fluency in both verbal and written English and polished presentation skills. You must have the ability and confidence to engage with TRL colleagues, customers, stakeholders and technology partners in a meaningful manner.


At TRL we offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Support for professional memberships and study
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Life Assurance cover and Group Income Protection
  • Flexible working hours
  • Flexible benefits package
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26/11/2019 10:12:00
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