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Senior Transportation Specialist, Rail

Company: Graymont
Location: Sandy
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

United States - UT - Sandy

Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec
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Manage all aspects relative to the movement of Graymont's lime and limestone products by rail. Assist in negotiating contracts with railroads, lessors, and third-party service providers, as well as manage a fleet of approximately 1000 leased rail cars. Ensure product is delivered on time, at the lowest cost possible, and free of exceptions. Manage service providers to Graymont standards. Provide a point of contact for sales, manufacturing, terminal operations, procurement etc. as part of the logistics team.

  • Lead continuous improvement opportunities for current processes within the role to foster further simplification, visibility, and efficiency.
    • Root cause resolutions - identify constraints, root causes, developing solutions, implementation, and tracking.
    • Negotiate all inbound/outbound rail freight contracts with guidance from the Logistics Manager.
    • Negotiate leases, agreements and manage rail car fleet of - 1,000 cars (including maintenance) with guidance from the Logistics Manager.
      • OT-5
      • Manage, and routinely measure, service providers performance to Graymont standards.
      • Review sales demands for all rail car shipping destinations, determine average rail cycle times, and make recommendations to change the rail car fleet size and locations.
        • Provide fleet management and tactical planning to ensure timely supply of rail cars and low-cost utilization of rail fleet
          • Track, expedite, manage, and optimize service cost components.
          • Interpret sales forecast from commercial into demand along with maintaining appropriate safety-stocks fleet numbers
          • Calibrate optimal fleet size based off forecasts and improved efficiencies of fleet management.
          • Issue and manage monthly key performance indicators (KPI's)
            • Lease Expense
            • Repair and Maintenance
            • Cycle Time/Service Performance
            • Demurrage Expense
            • Empty Repositioning Expense
            • Maintain awareness of all industry developments via key trade associations, councils, conferences, publications, etc.
            • In conjunction with finance, develop and input into budget tools, terminal freight cost forecasts
            • Support the Logistics Manager working with both internal (sales, operations, manufacturing) and external (service providers, agencies, customers) representing rail shipping.
            • Drive tactical improvement and cost reduction initiatives ensuring rail service a value-add to the organization.
              • Coordinate and prioritize day to day movement of rail cars to facilities and customers using efficient routings
              • Deliver timely and effective communication of any service exceptions or change of ETAs; develop and communicate recovery plans
              • Act as an effective and proactive liaison to multiple departments such as supply chain, sales, terminal and plant management, as well as, maintenance shops and storage yards
              • Submit railcar bad orders to schedule repairs, etc.
              • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with key railroad personnel
              • Create manual waybills and or diversions on railroad websites using the correct route, destination, car numbers, weights, etc.
              • Analyze invoices and create purchase requisitions in JDE and ensure purchase order release process is accomplished timely and accurately
                • Retrieve,validate and scan supply chain related invoices and create purchase orders timely and accurately in accordance with the Procure to Pay (P2P) process. Communicate directly with Graymont Accounts Payable and dispute incorrect invoices directly with supply chain suppliers.
                • Review supply chain blanket order purchase order requirements, maintain purchase order tracking spreadsheet, create new purchase orders and update current purchase orders with new amounts.
                • Manage/Oversee Rail Tracing System - Shipxpress
                  • Create shipment reports and other ad hoc reports in JDE/Shipxpress daily
                    • Car location
                    • Bad Order
                    • Dwell time
                    • Cycle Time
                    • Enter and maintain private fleet information including physical car characteristics, lease term information, and the current fleet allocation in an ERP system, Shipxpress and an excel database.
                    • Oversee the repairs and maintenance of rail fleet. Maintain budget of repairs and overall fleet.
                    • Assist in the review and implementation of new technology (Yard Management Systems and Tracking Tools) for integration of visibility and metric tracking for the logistics team and other stakeholders.
                      • Integrate analysis of data to provide necessary business insights and make recommendations to improve the business and optimize our fleet QUALIFICATIONS:
                        • Rail experience demonstrating progressive leadership ability in a Logistics/Supply Chain environment.
                        • Undergraduate degree
                        • Industry certification preferred: PLog., APICS, or other Logistics/Supply Chain Association designation.
                        • Strong initiative and motivation to understand the business, identify, investigate, and take action on value creation opportunities.
                        • Strong organizational and analytical skills with the ability to work both independently and in a team environment to meet established deadlines.
                        • Drive to overcome obstacles and successfully complete what is started; focused squarely on value-added priorities.
                        • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships across functions, departments, and/or locations.
                        • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills; able to adapt the message to the audience.
                        • Financial and business acumen
                        • Basic Computer knowledge, JDE or other ERP systems experience a plus, Prolific in Microsoft Suite, Excel, experience in pivot tables a plus
                        • Problem solving, complex, and decentralized inventory planning
                        • Ability to travel up to 10% of time.

Keywords: Graymont, Sandy , Senior Transportation Specialist, Rail, Accounting, Auditing , Sandy, Utah

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