Location: 
Chicago
Employment Type: 
Full-Time

Position Summary:

As a member of the Alternative Protein Supply Management team, the Manager, Transportation & Warehousing will be responsible for the commercial relationship and performance management pertaining to our 3rd party Transportation and Warehousing requirements. This role will initially focus on the planning and execution of the Transportation and Warehousing requirements for our facilities, and 3rd party co-manufacturers. The role will evolve to assume responsibility for performance management and optimization of all Alternative Protein 3rd party Transportation and Warehousing.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in process improvement in supply chain and have the ability to lead others through influence.

Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate freight rates with Dedicated Carriers and Warehousing
  • Facilitate the selection and implementation of Dedicated carrier and Warehousing solutions
  • Statistical reporting on all key metrics and represent 3rd Party performance results at Period End
  • Continuous improvement of processes within and supporting all aspects of Transportation and Warehousing
  • Facilitate and execute RFP’s as required to support savings opportunities
  • Identify, plan and manage the successful completion of process improvement projects that focus on high service and low cost dedicated transportation
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOP’s) pertaining to service and performance of our 3rd party dedicated fleets and warehousing
  • Work with Supply Chain Planning to identify issues and provide practical cost effective solutions
  • Periodic travel required
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience and Education

  • 5-10 years logistics experience, preferably in transportation and warehousing field
  • Related post-secondary degree, diploma or professional designation
  • Extensive experience leading and/or driving operation and strategic projects
  • Demonstrated experience using SAP and linked interfaces to 3rd party distribution
  • Proven ability identify and implement process improvement
  • Commercial experience in the areas of transportation management and or Operational experience (e.g. route planning, scheduling, dispatching, network optimization, freight costing) and performance management
  • Prior experience in consumer goods or food manufacturing would be an asset
  • Prior experience in related functions such as customer service, warehousing or supply planning would be an asset

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Alignment to the Maple Leaf values
  • Strong leadership and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and quantitative skills
  • Strong process orientation with an ability to think strategically
  • Proven ability to influence and develop relationships cross functionally