Sr Manager Logistics - Sourcing

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Oct 14, 2017
Feb 17, 2018
Employment Status
Full Time
The Senior Manager -Transportation Procurement is responsible for partnering closely with operations business teams to source transportation capacity solutions which deliver against business requirements for cost, speed and accuracy.  Lead carrier identification due diligence, rate negotiation and contracting by leveraging industry experience to efficiently match internal requirements with external capability.  Negotiate, develop, and oversee transportation contracts for various modes of transportation managed by the Transportation Optimization and Procurement department.   This position is responsible for leading the procurement process, managing high value spot orders, developing/negotiating/monitoring supplier agreements, developing and maintaining supplier relationships, developing category strategies, developing and implementing processes and procedures, managing total cost of ownership, and integrating knowledge across modes for assigned transportation spend.

Guides the development, design, organization, and control of multiple and/or major supply streams, and contractual processes. Develops the strategy and processes for managing external service providers. Conducts procurement, selection, analysis, and develops contracts.


  • Develop short & long-term strategies using market analysis, user requirements, and company objectives for assigned transportation spend that will deliver value as measured by improvement in speed, cost and accuracy.  Interface with internal customers to define and formalize requirements in order to draft Request for Quotes (RFQs), Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Request for Information (RFIs).  Leads proposal evaluations, due diligence, and supplier negotiations
  • Negotiates business terms and conditions and coordinate all legal terms and conditions with the appropriate corporate legal representatives.
  • Monitoring and reviewing performance of implemented solution vs expectations with operational teams; supporting supplier performance management
  • Serves as escalation point and stakeholder for all aspects of supplier performance management program in partnership with operations teams. 
  • Owning commercial aspect of multiple 3rd partysupplier relationships
  • Developing and executing analysis which incorporates a deep understanding of current and future network strategies and leveraging these insights to deliver value to the organization
  • Leading projects as assigned and delegating responsibility to others within the team for contribution to the projects


  • 4-year degree, MBA preferred
  • Proven expertise in developing and executing procurement strategies for various modes of transportation (specifically international ocean, dray, deconsolidation)
  • Proven expertise in performance management of 3rd party providers.
  • Proven expertise in modeling and pricing transportation networks
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult situations.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with multiple business partners (internal and external)
  • Project management experience
  • Negotiations experience
  • Clear communication and presentation skills
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Desired Requirements

  • Transportation Systems experience including working knowledge of JDA transportation management solutions
  • Experience with SAP, SciQuest, or equivalent sourcing tool
  • Working knowledge of Transportation EDI standards
  • International transportation industry experience 

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