Grow with a company that has strategies in play to keep it competitive in the market for years to come.  In a newly elevated role, this is a unique time for someone to put their thumbprint on how the company handles transportation and services customers.  The Director will have total responsibility for day-to-day operations of the transportation network, performance, and workflow, utilizing a company-owned fleet, team of drivers, fleet maintenance, and support staff.

Assignment: 4276
Title: Director of Transportation
Industry: Woodworking
Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Southeast

Our Client:

Our client is a well-established, highly respected, and profitable manufacturer, this privately-owned company is experiencing its highest ever level of sales.  Its investment in innovation to enter new markets and opportunities, and its commitment to the workforce ensure continued growth.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create functional strategies and specific objectives for the overall functionality of the transportation division
  • Develop budgets (cost center P&L for this department), projects, and procedures to support the functional infrastructure
  • Lead a team of truck drivers using excellent lead-by-example management techniques and ensuring safety throughout the transportation division
  • Manage the fleet through preventative maintenance and buy/sell decisions
  • Minimize cost by securing backhauls with company purchased materials as well as outsourced non-perishable cargo
  • Maintain system-wide fleet routing
  • Manage an office staff of dispatchers, brokers, safety officer, and a team of drivers
  • Manage deliveries in accordance with policy, quality, budget, and customer satisfaction
  • Develop, implement, and train associates in new methods of handling to reduce quality issues
  • Develop, maintain, and analyze logistical control data
  • Implement TMS rollout programs to enhance/streamline overall efficiency
  • Ensure all programs comply with state and federal regulations

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 -10 years Managerial experience in Logistics
  • Experience with private fleet delivery of manufactured goods, preferably to a dealer/distributor customer base
  • Ability/experience leading a large team of drives, including communication, routing & dispatch, pay initiatives
  • Deep, solid knowledge of the overall transportation division function including fleet management – preventative maintenance and buy/sell decisions
  • Cost center P&L, budgets, costs, taxes (fuel & highway)
  • General knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Act and Department of Transportation guidelines
  • Working knowledge of exports
  • Strong cross-functional collaborative leadership
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Change management – comfortable creating and communication change
  • Understanding of PeopleNet or similar e-tracking system
  • MS Office to create spreadsheets for communication to management
  • Bachelor’s degree in Logistics or equivalent experience and training


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