Corporate Transportation Procurement Manager in Garner, NC at Butterball

Date Posted: 6/16/2022

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Job Description

The Corporate Transportation Procurement Manager is a highly visible and critical role reporting to the Director of Logistics managing the truckload finished goods freight movements. This position orchestrates the relationships with Butterball’s motor carriers and 3PL brokers and properly segments the vendors into strategic, preferred, transactional, seasonal, and dedicated partnerships.  This position will be responsible for helping design the truckload procurement annual strategy of RFPs/RFQs, mini bids, and spot market utilization. This position will help drive cost savings, manage vendor relationships, oversee carrier and 3PL risk/compliance.  In addition, this position is responsible for ensuring the freight settlement and freight pay auditing standards are accurately matching the contractual or agreed upon rates.

Essential Functions, Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Develop strategy to drive transportation pricing, service, and capacity management.
  • Identify, select, develop, and contract long-term relationships with both motor carriers and 3PL brokers.
  • Lead segmentation efforts of vendors into a spectrum of classifications such as strategic partner, preferred carrier, transactional carrier, seasonal (short-term) carrier and dedicated carriage carrier.
  • Execute the procurement strategy using RFPs/RFQs, mini bids, spot market, cost plus.
  • Manage contracts, pricing, negotiations, and relationships with all carriers and 3PL brokers.
  • Conduct regular business cadence meetings with current suppliers and improve results of on time delivery, tender acceptance, correct billing, and real time visibility of shipment status.
  • Ensure freight payment terms with vendors are consistently being met and ensure our freight payment audit standards are regularly followed.
  • Audit transportation accessorial charges such as unloading and detention charges for cost improvement and carrier improvement.
  • Facilitate the screening and opportunity of vetting new prospective carriers and brokers.
  • Manage carrier risk and liability and ensure providers meet our required insurance requirements.
  • Manage supplier relationships for capacity and high levels of consistent service.
  • Evaluate cost/service tradeoffs and provide solution alternatives to customers and sales.
  • Identify trends and opportunities for improvement through utilization of weekly metrics and reporting on KPIs and Carrier Compliance.
  • Review corporate financials and provide input for supply chain and logistics costs.
  • Formulate and lead the execution of the strategy to handle the seasonal surge business.
  • Conduct carrier visits and industry conferences as necessary.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and transportation regulations.
  • Familiarity with shipment modes including truckload, multi-stop truckload, less than truckload (LTL), intermodal and rail.
  • Knowledge of SAP, Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Procurement software is preferred.
  • Analytical capacities to problem solve through data gathering, develop solutions, socialize solutions, execute change, and measure the results.

Education & Experience:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in Logistics, Supply Chain, Engineering or similar field.
  • 5+ years of experience in Logistics, Transportation, Manufacturing Operations, or similar field
  • 2+ years of direct people leadership experience
  • Transportation experience for a manufacturer or shipper of food products is a plus.
  • Refrigerated carrier, intermodal, 3PL experience preferred.


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