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Simon McKnight

Simon McKnight

Business Solutions Manager

Allport Ltd, Supply Chain Management Division

Wakefield, WF3 1 AW, West Yorkshire

Business Solutions Manager at Allport Cargo Services


Allport Ltd, Supply Chain Management Division

Business Solutions Manager

I lead a team responsible for client facing solution design and implementation, supporting new business take-on and developing our market leading MI/BI products.

I use my experience to help new and existing customers to optimise their supply chains and create future proof products which include supporting international expansion and moving domestic operations upstream. Cost to serve modelling is a key component when proving these concepts.

Career medium 03
Career medium 02

Allport Ltd, Supply Chain Management Division

Client Manager / Project Manager

I worked on a consultancy basis for one of the largest clothing retailers in the UK supporting their entry in to the international franchise market. My responsibility varied from network design to forecasting spend to writing supplier manuals.

During the same time I retained general client management duties and implemented the international franchise solutions internally including system design.


Allport Ltd, Supply Chain Management Division

Client Manager

As a client manager on the divisions largest account I was constantly challenged to come up with innovative ideas to improve supply chain performance. Spending 5 years onsite at the clients premises allowed me to become fully engaged across multiple departments and divisions.

A key achievement was creating and implementing an equipment selection model which over a 12 month period vastly decreased 20FT usage, increased overall container utilisation by 5% and decreased the shipped container count by 10% delivering significant freight and destination cost reduction. During the same 12 month period YoY CBM increased by 10% amplifying the success of my model.

I was responsible for managing production of key MI and creating new KPI's to measure supplier and carrier performance.

I project managed a major systems implementation migrating the import teams supply-chain visibility systems to our internal solution. The challenge was ensuring that during the migration there was zero impact to operations and that once live all the previous functionality was available to various departments within the clients organisation. The project was deemed by the client as a huge success.

Career medium 01
Career medium 05

Killick Martin Group Limited

Import Supervisor

I built a sound rounded understanding of freight forwarding and international trade while in this role. My general responsibilities included key account liaison, commercial control (processing inbound payments and billing customers), coordinating operations with our oversea partners and domestic parties.

During my time within this role I set up a number of new services which created additional revenue streams.


Economy Freight Services Limited

Operations Co-ordinator

Pudsey Grangefield High School, Leeds