Director, Transportation and Global Trade Compliance

Bloomington, MN
Jun 02, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Major Function

Lead the transportation and global trade compliance function to include contracting, execution, and performance of all inbound, interplant, and outbound freight as well as ensuing trade compliance accuracy and consistency. Responsible for establishing strategies, plans and processes to ensure the Company meets compliance standards, delivering cost savings, elevated customer service performance, and strengthening the effectiveness of compliance and transportation relationships with internal and external customers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead Toro transportation services to include carrier selection, performance levels and cost management for all modes; domestic and international ensuring adherence to all transportation regulatory laws and guidelines

  • Oversight for Northern and Southern U.S. border transportation needs

  • Ensure trade compliance adherence and the maintenance of participating trade programs

  • Lead selection process and/or maintenance of tools and technology needed to tender freight, provide in-transit visibility, assist with classification, provide RPS and assist with freight payment and audit

  • Update business partners and senior leaders with industry trends – operational & financial

  • Communicate global trade implications based on country of origin and tariff rules and regulations to business partners and senior leaders

  • Provide financial guidance on transportation & trade costs to the organization during the planning process and throughout the year

  • Introduce and promote best practices related to transportation and global trade compliance

  • Partner with key stakeholders including manufacturing, sourcing, and the commercial teams to drive continuous improvement and provide the highest level of service at a competitive price

  • Advance the services provided by the transportation team and the global trade team via the introduction of new technology and 3rd party partnerships

  • Leverage and expand upon key metrics that provide the organization with visibility into carrier performance & costs, sourcing and trade implications

  • Routinely assess network design and financial health of the network

  • Partner with Product Development (New & Current) to ensure compliance with all customs requirements

  • All other tasks and projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Logistics, Engineering, Manufacturing, or related field required; advanced degree preferred

  • Ten (10) or more years’ progressive experience in Transportation, Logistics, and/or Supply Chain management with multiple locations and a demonstrated understanding of end-to-end supply chain strategy

  • Adept at negotiating carrier, customer brokers and logistics provider contracts

  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing Logistics Operations in a highly seasonal / variable volume business

  • Direct experience with SAP, Mercury Gate, and / or other enterprise systems is required.

  • Strong project management skills

  • Excellent analytical skills with the demonstrated ability to analyze multifaceted, complex situations, problems, and concepts.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • Highly self-motivated and directed, able to work well under pressure, manage and prioritize multiple initiatives concurrently, attend to details, and meet deadlines

  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to be flexible, adaptable, and change priorities and direction as needed, allowing for optimum effectiveness

  • Ability to maintain composure during high-stress situations and maintain focus on ultimate objectives

Job Dimensions

  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative / operations offices.

  • Able to travel both domestically and internationally, approximately 15 -20%.

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse, and to handle other computer components.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.