Transportation Manager in North Chicago, IL at Johnson Service Group

Date Posted: 5/31/2022

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Job Description

JobID: 391279

Johnson Service Group (JSG) is a nationally recognized Engineering, Professional and Technical Staffing firm specializing in Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics. We are currently recruiting for a Transportation Manager.     

Position Summary

The Transportation Manager is a member of the Logistics team.  This position will enable reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions while also ensure that shipment transparency occurs from initial routing requests to final invoicing. This position is also analytic intensive, with strong capabilities to create key, effective management dashboards.


  • This position is directly and indirectly accountable for sourcing all modes of transportation, including but not limited to, Ocean, Truck Load (TL), Less Than Truck Load (LTL), Small Parcel, Air (Domestic or International), and other services. 
  • Key responsibility to define/develop/manage KPI, as well as create the underlying reporting and dashboards to support the advancement and growth of Homewerks.
  • Support TMS and FourKites software maintenance, as well as other technology platforms.
  • Support the development of transportation strategies, bidding, negotiation, and selection of providers for all modes of transportation.
  • Negotiate best-in-class rates, terms and conditions with transportation providers while ensuring providers have the capabilities to service our needs.
  • Collaborate with Distribution, Sourcing, Planning, Sales, and Information Technology to ensure smooth execution with all Transportation partners including but not limited to the clear and efficient selection of optimal (cost & performance) inbound and outbound modes of transportation (including utilization of a TMS where applicable).
  • Identify and implement metrics (internal and external scorecards) to manage transportation costs and ensure carrier performance (delivery, quality, and service) while creating accountability.
  • Collaborate with the Homewerks organization to increase transparency of shipment and related cost information while streamlining all business processes connected to transportation.
  • Develop & maintain costing tools to help the business understand the transportation costs per product category.
  • Inbound shipments:
    • Develop, implement, and maintain routing guides for suppliers.
    • Establish and maintain routing guidelines for Customer & Consumer returns to Homewerks.
  • Outbound shipments:
    • Understand customer requirements, including but not limited to customer preferred carriers, etc., to ensure compliance and performance (collect & prepaid)
    • Establish and maintain routing guide for Homewerks controlled shipments.
  • Participate in the budgeting process – projecting activity levels while comparing to prior periods and assessing market level dynamics to aid in financial planning.
  • Assist in management of freight pay and audit functions for all carrier invoices.
  • Manage and resolve carrier claims.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Business degree from a four-year college or university.
  • 5-10+ years of experience sourcing transportation services with emphasis on ocean (in depth understanding of transportation stages from port to door while partnering with freight forwarders and steam ship lines), LTL and small parcel.
  • Seasoned and creative problem solver that has demonstrated use of Continuous Improvement tools / Lean methods to stream-line processes and improve performance.
  • Experience with strategic sourcing process, spend analysis and supplier screening, negotiating agreements, scorecards, and savings tracking.
  • Experience with selection, implementation, and utilization of Transportation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Financial aptitude to understand costs, drivers, and communicate with other stakeholders within the business.

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