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Transportation Manager

Columbus, GA 31901

Posted: 01/17/2023 Job Type: Permanent/Direct Hire Industry: Other (HR, Admin, Mkt, Sales) Job Number: 20770 Pay Rate: $ 100000.00 - $ 105000.00

Job Description

Our client is seeking a Transportation Manager - Mon-Fri 7am - 5pm 
Must have flexibility in working different shifts periodically to cover for Supervisors.
Location: Onsite in Columbus, GA
Oversee 4 Supervisors and 60 - 70 drivers.
Must have Transportation Manager/Supervisor experience.
Must have solid driver engagement/communication. 
A strong people leader.
Having a CDL is highly preferred along w/ Transportation experience specific to the food industry.

Relocation assistance is available.
This role is responsible to manage the transportation functions, which may include supervising drivers, dispatching, routing, and/or planning (to include for-hire cartage and/or backhauls), to ensure safe, timely, and accurate delivery to customers. Partners with, and coordinates transportation-related activities with other departments such as warehouse distribution, maintenance, etc. May work within a nonunion or union driver's environment depending on assigned location. 
  • Responsible for the management of the transportation operations as assigned, which may include supervising drivers, dispatching, routing, and/or planning (to include for-hire cartage and/or backhauls), to ensure safe, timely, and accurate delivery to customers.  
  • Work with cross-functional departments (i.e., warehouse distribution, maintenance, customer service) as it relates to the transportation operations and ensures prompt and timely resolution of any issues.  
  • Responsible for managing, planning, and coordinating deliveries, backhauls, and for-hire cartage; partner with other departments to determine the most efficient, economical, and cost-effective routes and shipping methods and to ensure high quality, cost-effective and timely logistics services that meet customer expectations and business objectives.  
  • May negotiate rates for third-party services/contract drivers based on business needs. 
  • Manage the dispatch process based on the required deliveries/shipment schedule; ensure efficient transportation planning and scheduling of drivers and deliveries to maximize resources, reduce miles and ensure efficient utilization of equipment and drivers within the assigned location(s).  
  • Manage and ensure department compliance with DOT/CSA, OSHA, and other government regulatory agencies. 
  •  Ensure Transportation Supervisors review drivers' hours of service (HOS) requirements, trip reporting, and other DOT/CSA requirements and record-keeping and address any issues in a timely manner. 
  • Partner with the Fleet Operations and Compliance team to ensure compliance with DOT/CSA and safety regulations, review reporting and compliance of the onboard computer system and make recommendations for the replacement and maintenance of equipment. 
  • Oversee the analysis of transportation activities; recommend and/or implement changes based on the results of such analysis.  
  • Develop and maintain ongoing reporting to track transportation activities and expenses to include, but are not limited to, cost per mile, operating ratio, driver/truck utilization, and availability, as well as delivery performance (accuracy, timeliness, and customer satisfaction).  
  • Monitor equipment maintenance and availability of equipment for the assigned location(s).  
  • Ensure procedures for the efficient operation and utilization of equipment are followed; address any issues or concerns promptly.  
  • Work with the maintenance team to ensure equipment (tractor/trailer) is in proper working condition; ensure preventative and corrective maintenance, and inspections are completed in a timely manner.  
  • Maintain, promote and reinforce safety programs and security awareness.  
  • Report, record, investigate and/or address any issues, accidents, or work-related injuries accordingly to ensure compliance with company policies as well as OSHA and DOT/CSA regulations.  
  • Develop, maintain and update policies, procedures, and processes to improve operational efficiency and ensure regulatory compliance.  
  • Communicate and/or implement approved/required changes to management and transportation department. 
  • Responsible for the transportation operations P&L to include, but not limited to, expense and capital budgeting, cost controls, revenue and productivity objectives, and operational execution. Also responsible for equipment utilization and efficient fuel mileage; identify overall opportunities for cost savings, efficiencies, and continuous improvement.  
  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with warehouse management, managed freight, and/or customers; work with various contacts as necessary on schedules, changes to pick-up or delivery schedules, or any transportation-related issues/concerns.  
  • Participate in labor relations negotiations and renewal of contracts, recommend contract changes, administer union contracts and manage union matters, and/or grievance and arbitration procedures as required.  
  • Responsible for department management including staffing, training, performance management, and career development of associates, and developing and monitoring department goals.  
  • Maintain current knowledge of legal regulations, industry trends, and best practices in Transportation/Logistics; make recommendations to improve current programs and processes and to ensure company legal compliance (i.e., DOT/CSA, OSHA, etc.).  
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed. 

Job Requirements

  • Associate degree (Required) in Logistics. (Or bachelor's degree) in Transportation Supply Chain Management or related area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Five years of transportation planning/logistics/dispatch experience. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and must be available on-call during evening and weekend hours as needed to address issues (i.e., equipment breakdowns, weather emergencies, etc.); general schedule is Monday - Friday. 
  • Experience with transportation operations and related systems, expertise in governmental safety and regulatory compliance (i.e., DOT/CSA, OSHA, etc.). 
  • Two years of supervisory/management experience.  
  • Strong knowledge of transportation/logistics; an understanding of transportation activities such as dispatch, DOT/CSA requirements, backhauls, contract carriers, Bill of Lading, Manifest, etc.  
  • Knowledge of transportation onboarding software required; experience with Cadec or Omnitracs preferred.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.  
  • Strong organization, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.  
  • Good leadership abilities with the capability to work in a hands-on environment.  
  • Good analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, and business acumen skills.  
  • Ability to work across business units, as well as with vendors and third-party services within a time-sensitive work environment.  
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  
  • Ability to travel up to 15% as necessary. 
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