GENERAL SUMMARY: This position is responsible for developing and maintaining efficient and economical Logistics Solutions for American Greetings and its customers under the Director of International Logistics. This role is directly responsible and accountable for carrier negotiations for pricing under a $40-50 million dollar freight expense, outbound and inbound routing control, operational contact with plants, development of cost data and analysis, interplant movements, legal interpretations and contracts, and advises other AG divisions on Transportation matters. Responsible for seasonal distribution programs and Field Sales support. Has direct supervisory responsibility for the Transportation Specialists, Senior Analyst and Tracing Clerks, along with the Supervisor of the Mail Center and Shipping, Receiving and Warehousing and dotted line authority over plant shipping and receiving personnel. ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Negotiate transportation pricing and service arrangements with carriers and consolidators of all modes and type. Negotiations are carried on at the National Accounts to Vice Presidential level with the carriers. Negotiations take place within the very competitive transportation environment with millions of dollars at stake during any individual negotiation. This occurs under the backdrop of a $40-50 million dollar bottom line freight expense to AG and in consideration of the critical need to provide quality transportation to our customers. Responsible for developing logistics strategies for distribution challenges above and beyond the daily, ongoing needs of the corporation: including competitive takeovers, special product distributions, fixture/product roll outs, etc. Responsible for developing and executing contingency plans to respond to major weather events, labor disruptions and any unforeseen occurrences which might hinder our abilities to get our product to our customers. Holiday/Seasonal warehouse/Distribution System - Determine geographic/population areas, volumes and coverage needed. Publish invitations to bid - both warehouse and line-haul carriers. Develop parameters, secure approvals for each program and implement. Calculate, analyze and compare bids for costs, coverage and services. Project cost of each program, secure budge approval. Negotiate high cost, high volume areas. Publish program operating instructions, list of operators. Direct and monitor on-going programs. Direct end-of-program returns. Review actual costs and analyze each area for cost reduction potentials. Direct AG Distribution centers and plants in operations with carriers in assuring proper equipment supply, loading and movement of goods. Conducts and evaluates Transportation cost studies relating to pricing proposals, expansion of markets, new plant facilities, development of new products, Corporate Account Profitability, packaging and shipping containers and classifications. Manages functions in the Transportation department including: Tracing and Claims. Determines procedures, sets priorities, evaluates performance, and communicates with other departments with whom Transportation interacts. Responsible for area that serves as liaison with Field Sales, Sales Administration and Customer Service in meeting special customer transportation qualifications and in initiating action to resolve carrier transit/service difficulties. Interacts with Sales at all levels. Establishes standards of performance for the carriers, reviews carrier operations and communicates AG needs to the carriers at the executive management level. In this function, the incumbent has a profound impact on the servicing of 60,000 AG customers and their level of satisfaction. Directs the activities of Supervisor of Mail Center and Shipping, Receiving and Warehouse areas. Directs the activities of exempt, timecard and union associates. Background Required: three years in-depth knowledge of Pricing Practices to conduct intense negotiations with carriers and understand the methodology for analyzing the substance of widely varied pricing arrangements four years of good knowledge of the many facets of Transportation including carrier operations, documentation, and Transportation Law. Background may be partly shipper and partly carrier or all shipper. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 2 yrs of break in time is required to adequately perform the duties of this position. Transportation at AG is not a separate component of operation - it is integrally related to all company operations.
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