Transportation Manager

Reports To: V.P. of Production

Position Summary:

The Transportation Manager will execute, direct, and coordinate shipments into and out of an organization.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Hires and trains transportation staff

  • Supervises clerks working with tariff classifications or billing

  • Oversees the daily workflow, schedules, and assignments of transportation employees

  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive

  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy

General Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the coordination and routing of shipments.

  • Directs dispatching and routing  activities and tracks transportation vehicles

  • Ensures that customer difficulties or problems are investigated and resolved

  • Negotiates and secures contracts with transportation providers and customers

  • Directs all maintenance, repair, and replacement of shipping equipment or vehicles

  • Implements safety audits and trains staff members on safety issues

  • Maintains knowledge of best practices including the most efficient and cost-effective shipping methods

  • Maintains knowledge of regulations related to transportation including those related to hazardous shipments, employee safety, and freight classifications

  • In collaboration with other managers, develops and implements policies, procedures, goals, and objectives for transportation operations

  • Ensures compliance with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, environmental policies, and government regulations

  • Reviews and analyzes expenditures and other financial information; uses results to develop and  implement plans, policies, and budgets

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Related bachelor degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 6 years experience in a supply chain related department for a manufacturing company

  • Experience with MRP/ERP software and utilization

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook

  • Possesses knowledge of international import/export compliance

  • Expert knowledge of compliance requirements, supply chain processes, industry trends, and best practices in the transportation industry

  • Excellent change management and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to drive organizational transformation by thinking critically and implementing effective solutions

  • Excellent communication and listening skills, with the ability to serve as the voice of the customer and to build consensus with stakeholders

  • Strong complex negotiation skills and a track record of successfully negotiating favorable terms

  • Understanding of standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk

  • Comfortable presenting to internal and external business partners a must

  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills

  • Ability to interact professionally with all levels of an organization and command respect

  • Trustworthy with the ability to use discretion in all situations