Transportation Manager - Field / Harvesting Operations -#8070S at Confidential - Salinas, California - Joe Produce | Produce Jobs, Produce Careers, Agriculture Jobs, Agriculture Careers

Transportation Manager - Field / Harvesting Operations -#8070S

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Job Description: 

Are you a dynamic leader with a passion for logistics and a flair for entrepreneurship, teamwork, communications and process development? Do you dream of managing a crucial aspect of a rapidly growing agricultural enterprise, as if it were your own business? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity waiting for you!

Our client, an innovative grower shipper of fresh vegetables, has seen remarkable growth over the past several years. Their unwavering dedication to customer service, quality, and a family-oriented culture has set them apart as an industry leader, while staying true to their core values.

In this role, you won't be just another transportation professional. We're on the hunt for someone extraordinary—a visionary with remarkable business acumen, attention to detail and fantastic people skills, who can take the reins of our transportation arm and steer it to success. As the Transportation Manager, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of our farming enterprise.

It's important to emphasize that our client’s business, department, and team are currently in full operation. However, they recognize that there's room for enhancement within their current systems, processes, and procedures. They’re fortunate to have a dedicated team who consistently delivers outstanding results through their hard work. Our client’s goal is to support them in achieving even more while reducing their workload and maximizing efficiencies. They're committed to fostering continuous improvement and maintaining a strong spirit of teamwork.

This is a unique opportunity to leverage your business acumen and valuable experience in transportation and logistics to make this segment of the business your own while working for an established and highly respected company that offers competitive compensation and benefits and room to grow in your career

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Team Leadership: Lead a team of 3 supervisors and 25 indirect reports.
  • Fleet Management: Oversee the utilization of the company's fleet of trucks, trailers, and outside haulers, ensuring they are in top working condition and compliant with regulations.
  • Budget and Cost Management: Develop and manage the transportation budget, analyzing expenses and identifying cost-saving opportunities while maintaining quality and efficiency.
  • Transportation Planning: Develop and implement transportation strategies that optimize the movement of raw agricultural products, machinery, and supplies to and from our farms.
  • Regional Transitions: Responsible for coordinating, overseeing, strategizing, and implementing the transition to Yuma, AZ, as well as the subsequent return to the Salinas Valley.
  • Reporting: Prepare regular reports on transportation metrics, including key performance indicators (KPIs), and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Vendor Management: Collaborate with external transportation partners and vendors, negotiating contracts and maintaining strong working relationships.
  • Communication: Effectively collaborate and communicate with all department supervisors on transportation needs.
  • Safety: Promote a culture of safety within the transportation department, implementing safety protocols and conducting regular safety training for drivers and staff.
  • Maintenance: Collaborate with the maintenance department on equipment preventive maintenance programs, including required BIT inspections schedule.
  • DOT/FMCSA/CHP Compliance: Manage all inspections and audits and monitor FMCSA reports online
  • Records Management: Manage records and documentation related to DOT compliance including Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR), hours of service, daily inspections and timekeeping records. Manage Drivers: Manage and plan schedules and shifts.
  • Fuel Management: Develop and maintain fuel usage program for commercial trucks.
  • Fleet Tracking System: Oversee the effective utilization of company GPS tracking software and reports
  • Proven experience with optimizing the movement of agricultural products and supplies.
  • Experience in developing transportation strategies.
  • Experience in overseeing and maintaining a fleet of commercial trucks and trailers.
  • Advanced knowledge in California (CHP) and Federal DOT compliance regulations, including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Experience in coordinating and implementing large-scale transitions.
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Experience with GPS fleet tracking systems.
  • Analytical skills for expense analysis and cost-saving identification.
  • Proficiency in creating transportation metrics reports.
  • Ability to travel to or relocate to Yuma during different seasons.
  • Excellent leadership and team management skills with personnel management

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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