The Logistics Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of processes, policies and procedures for domestic and international shipping and receiving logistics of feed grains, feed stock, alcohol, distiller’s grains and other related co-products. Working in conjunction with other plant management, manages and coordinates inventories such as grain, distiller’s grains, and alcohol. Provides leadership to the Logistics Department to ship or receive products and direct activities so that approved products are shipped on-schedule, within quality standards, and meet cost objectives by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate employees while suEssential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
1. Maintain a high standard of customer service within the grains area.
2. Manage staffing in the Shipping & Receiving Department with the least amount of overhead to meet the staffing plan. The Logistics Manager is responsible to ensure that Material Handlers and Security Guards are adequately trained in current operating procedures, equipped and motivated, so that total logistics objectives can be accomplished in a safe, timely, and cost effective manner. Communicates regularly with all Material Handlers and Security Guards, both individually and as a group to ensure consistent operation among the shifts. Conducts employee performance reviews based on job descriptions to determine competency, knowledge, and development needs of all Shipping & Receiving and Security employees.
3. Coordinates filling and emptying of the corn and DDGS silos, Flat Storage piles, and denaturant tank level, including ordering denaturant loads.
4. Coordinate with grain originator, DDGS merchandiser, and alcohol merchandiser to make sure all customer service needs are met.
5. Plan and coordinate inbound and outbound short-line rail traffic logistics and daily & weekly rail switches with the Short-Line Rail Company, and main-line rail traffic logistics with grain originator, DDGS merchandiser, and alcohol merchandiser.
6. Plan and coordinate with grain originator, DDGS merchandiser, and alcohol merchandiser all truck logistics for the receiving of grain, shipment of alcohol, and shipment of DDGS.
7. Make certain that all daily reports are turned in and accurate.
8. Communicates directly with maintenance department to coordinate maintenance and repair work in shipping and receiving areas, including issuing safety permits. Participates in the plant maintenance program. Evaluates and inspects all maintenance projects to ensure safety. Assists with diagnosing and troubleshooting maintenance related issues.
9. Supports all departments to efficiently utilize manpower to ensure a safe environment, efficient operation, and clean facility. Promotes teamwork within the Shipping & Receiving department, Security, and with all other departments.
10. Ensure compliance with current federal, state and local regulations. Consult with EH&S Coordinator, Lab Manager, and Human Resources Department as appropriate.
11. Direct and coordinate various programs essential to operating procedures (e.g., training, safety, housekeeping, cost reduction, worker involvement, security, etc.). Participates in projects to maintain safety, health, and environmental policies and procedures. This includes directing, maintaining, and enforcing the safety program for Material Handlers and Security Guards including the investigation, completion, and submission of incident reports.
12. Make sure areas of responsibility are done on a regular basis (e.g. cleaning schedule and routine maintenance of the grains area).
13. Monitor performance of the security guards (e.g. making sure they are entering trucks into the system at appropriate stages).
14. Complete all other duties as assignedpporting all related policies, goals, and objectives of the company, along with providing exceptional customer service.
Education and/or Experience
This position requires a BA/BS in Business, Agricultural Business, Supply Chain or a 4-year degree in related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. 7-10 years of grain origination, rail & truck logistics and/or commodity related logistics experience. Experience in managing Third Party Logistics and other outside services. Strong understanding of Commodity transportation markets, import and customs regulations and processes. Experience in developing transportation cost models and/or performing detailed cost analysis. Strong negotiations and contract development skills.