Logistics Manager

Natural Beauty Growers is one of the top wholesale greenhouse growers in the nation. Our beautiful products include a variety of annuals and perennials that we provide to retail stores, and young plants that we market to other greenhouse organizations. We have over 58 acres of greenhouse space in three Midwestern states.
POSITION SUMMARY
Responsible for managing effective transportation for all inbound and outbound raw materials and finished goods for Natural Beauty. This position will also develop policies, procedures and systems to ensure cost effective shipments and efficient logistical processes while maintaining a high level of internal and external customer service.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
-Manages the logistic and transportation aspects of operations for all Natural Beauty’s locations.
-Develops methods and procedures for safe, efficient, cost effective and timely delivery of product to ensure a high level of customer
service and satisfaction. Evaluates existing procedures and standards. Initiates changes designed to improve control and efficiency of
logistical areas.
-Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with all modes of transportation, agents, contract carriers, small parcel
carriers and brokers to obtain an acceptable level of pricing and service from these vendors. Maintain related contract and rate files.
-Determines most efficient and economical routing and mode of transportation. Builds multi-stop loads in respect to order of delivery,
efficiency and cube.
-Coordinates activities of traffic staff engaged in routing and scheduling shipments. Works closely with Facility Managers on interviews,
annual reviews and any disciplinary actions.
-Conducts an ongoing analysis of alternative beneficial methods of transportation, both in-bound and custom delivery.
-Negotiates contracts and provides specs for new transportation equipment, both leased and purchased.
-Works closely with purchasing, properly prioritizing scheduling of in-bound goods and return credit of damaged or unwanted goods.
-Ensures compliance with DOT regulations along with all state and local regulations and company policy.
-Prepares and tracks the department budget.
-Responsible for accident reporting, insurance coverage requirements and policy updates.
-Oversees freight audit process in addition to all associated claims. Allocates freight charges to appropriate departments.
-Coordinates the transfer of goods between warehouses and among customer locations.
-Oversees that all necessary internal and driver paperwork, transfers documents etc. are accurately created.
-Maintains a positive, professional attitude towards work and co-workers. Sets the standard for quality, efficiency and productivity.
-Able to perform all Traffic Manager and Specialist duties in their absence.
QUALIFICATIONS
A minimum of five years of logistics or traffic experience, to include supervisory responsibilities. An associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field a plus. Must have experience with carrier management and rate negotiation. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and routing software. Strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills. Proven leadership ability.