Transportation Planning Manager - Jackson, MI in Jackson MI

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Dawn Foods
Transportation Planning Manager - Jackson, MI
Job ID: 
Jackson MI
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Job Types:
Planning/Scheduling, Transportation Analyst/Mgr.
  • The position is responsible for the movement of Dawn Foods materials, ingredients, and products by shipment planning, executing, and freight settlement with 3rd party carriers.
  • Accountable for a team of Logistics Planners to execute day-to-day operations and communication to internal stakeholders (ex. Manufacturing, Replenishment, Distribution, Customer Service) and external stakeholders (ex. Customers, 3rd party warehouses, 3rd party carriers).
  • Responsible for reporting, analytics, payables auditing, compliance, and continuous improvement opportunities for function and Dawn Foods.
  • Builds the organization and capability of team members to ensure safe and effective delivery of business objectives while continuously focusing on team member engagement and commitment to Dawn&##39;s values and Circle of Excellence.
  • Ensures full compliance with all regulatory requirements and drives a culture of safety and quality.
  • Manages through robust utilization of appropriate key performance indicators to ensure optimal efficiency.
  • Fundamentals of the Position
  • Responsible for planning of daily transportation and execution within BluJay TMS to include expedited, special requests, and crisis management. Accomplished by directing self and team to prioritize and complete daily tasks.
  • Resolve service and operational issues including but not limited to dropped loads, rejected/refused loads, transit delays and appointment scheduling.
  • Ensure Team is the point of contact for load status requests, timely communication and updates are provided to customer service, customers, vendors, 3rd party carriers, manufacturing, replenishment, and distribution centers.
  • Develop operational relationship with customer service, vendors, 3rd party carriers, manufacturing, replenishment, and distribution centers. Responds to customer and internal stakeholder inquiries.
  • Interact with 3rd party carriers on rate quotes for exception lanes as required.
  • Responsible for freight settlement function in BluJay TMS, review of 3rd party carrier statements, blocked carrier invoice resolution and carrier inquiries regarding freight payment status.
  • Conduct root cause analysis to understand and solve issues within transportation, make recommendations to Logistics and Supply Chain Leadership.
  • Responsible for weekly and monthly KPI&##39;s (ex. on time delivery, routing guide compliance, 3rd party carrier invoice aging, utilization, etc.) and corresponding reporting and analysis using MS Excel, Tableau, or PowerBI. Reports developed and published for various users throughout organization.
  • Responsible for team success to include development, training, retention and recruiting activities.
  • Collaborate with Transportation Manager to achieve cost, savings, and performance goals specific to Logistics/Transportation.
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and suggest alternatives that will drive improvements.
  • Support Logistics/Transportation with transportation capacity and bid requirements; assist with execution of transportation RFPs.
  • Ensures processes, systems and operations comply with applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Actively participates in the Dawn corporate culture based on the Circle of Excellence which is our commitment to achieving the highest standards for our customers, our products, and our people.


  • Degree: Bachelor&##39;s degree or equivalent experience, required.
  • Subjects: Supply Chain Management, Transportation, Business, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science
  • 7+ years of relevant/recent experience leading a team within supply chain operations (transportation, logistics, sourcing, procurement, customer service) or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • 5+ years transportation planning experience using Transportation Management Software (TMS)
  • 5+ years experience in food industry, preferred
  • Working knowledge of Transportation Management Systems, BluJay TMS or other SaaS TMS solutions, required.
  • Experience with top tier ERP system (JDE, Oracle, SAP), required.
  • Experience in building and leading high performing teams, required.
  • High-level of proficiency with computer applications including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and reporting applications such as Tableau, Power BI, etc., required.
  • Experience in daily collaboration with 3rd party providers, preferred.
  • Office based position on fast paced work environment.
  • Continuous interactions with internal and external stakeholders via phone, email, and instant messaging.
  • Participate in Distribution/Supply Chain meetings and/or initiatives.
  • Directing team in achieving daily, weekly, monthly, and annual objectives
  • Sitting, walking, lifting

Here at Dawn, our crisis management team is meeting regularly to assess our response to COVID-19. As part of this, we are looking at potential changes in our interview and onboarding process, as your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. We encourage you to check back frequently and know that recruiters will be in touch with candidates as needed. We appreciate your interest in becoming part of the Dawn Family and will continue to make updates as new information becomes available.

Thank you,
Dawn Recruitment Team

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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