Compassion and dedication are our key values

Offering recruitment, search, selection, professional and advisory services.

International Placement Freight Recruitment
South Africa

Executive Appointments

Our consultants at Ribton-Turner are skilled in finding the candidate that not only has the required skills, competencies and experience for the appointment, but also fits the organisation’s culture and value system.

Furthermore, since Dr Ribton-Turner is a registered Industrial Psychologist we are able to assess the candidate using psychological tests, questionnaires, or an appropriate battery of assessments which are accepted for use in South Africa. We select and place high-potential leadership candidates and this positions our clients for long-term prosperity and competitive advantage.

Our process includes a personal face to face debriefing from the client, search activities to attract appropriate candidates; screening; in-depth interviews, management skills assessments, reference and qualification checking and final presentation to the client of qualified candidates.

Appointments for example would be for Field Sales Representatives, Sales Management, Operational Management and other leadership positions such as COO’s or CEO’s.

Sales & Sales Management

To find successful Sales Executives, Business Development Managers as well as Regional and National Sales Managers is indeed a difficult task within the industry. We pride ourselves on presenting few but well qualified candidates drawn from our knowledge and database from  23 years in the freight industry, we can confirm the ‘track record’ of these mercurial individuals though our wide association in the industry.

Freight & Shipping Recruitment

Ribton-Turner specialises in placements in this market; industry sub-sectors include shipping and airlines, clearing and Shipping Cargo Freight Recruitmentforwarding agents, international courier, exporters and importers, trading houses, logistics operators, supply chain providers and road transportation companies. In your communication with our consultants you will find that they understand your specialised ‘jargon’ and requirements as well as your industry’s culture.

We recruit for all levels of staff in these markets including clerical, technical, management and director – level appointments. Our unique advantage lies in our in-depth understanding and knowledge of the freight industry’s specialities and complexities, our close client relationships and partnering philosophy. Typical job specifications that we handle would include Customs Entry Clerks, Airfreight and Seafreight Controllers, customer services staff, freight estimators and external sales and services staff.

Cargo Freight RecruitmentSupply Chain

There is an on-going demand from local and global retailers and distributors for specialist Supply Chain talent, including purchasing, warehouse, distribution, operations and materials handling staff. Freight Forwarding agents see entry into supply chain management as a necessity for their future growth and sustainability.

Abnormal Projects (including the Mining & Oil & Gas Industries)

Logistics specialists in these industries are ‘multitasking’ freight professionals with in-depth experience and exposure to handling abnormal and ‘out of gauge’ cargo. This is a niche market for individuals who enjoy handling complex shipments, creative thinking and can shoulder ‘serious’ responsibility.

 Rail Cargo Freight

Office Support & Administration

In supplying our Freight and Logistics clients with a complete recruitment service, in addition to sourcing executive, managerial and operational staff, we offer recruitment of office support personnel. This includes staff for reception, executive secretaries and administration staff.


Again we offer a service which includes the recruitment and search across the spectrum for clerks (creditors and debtors), credit controllers, bookkeepers, accountants, senior executive managers and financial directors, where possible with the appropriate industry background.

Logistics Graduates & School LeaversAdmin Personal Assistant Recruitment

These appointments have increased in importance within the Freight and Logistics Industry due to the chronic shortage of Specialist skills. Psychometric testing is invaluable with this group to gauge learning potential and commitment and prevent a high turnover of unsuited staff. We focus on these placements at year end/New Year when the new graduates/school leavers are job seeking and place others throughout the year.


Ribton-Turner recognises world and local trends towards using contract and temporary employment services, and the need for flexibility in staffing services to combat peak and low periods of business. Besides supplying temporary staff we also offer a temporary to permanent service whereby you may wish to employ the ‘temp’ on a permanent basis after the temporary contract expires.  Our temporary service offers you a fully qualified and suitable staff member to assist you in your critical periods.  Our concise and clear contracts ensure that there are no misrepresentations or misunderstandings with regards to the temporary status of the contractor/temporary worker.