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JOB FILLED - Transportation Manager

Job Description: 

Employer Introduction:
Established in 1999, Pacific Trellis Fruit® is one of North America’s top year-round importers, growers and marketers of premium fresh fruit, including grapes, peaches, plums, nectarines and cherries. With the acquisition of Dulcinea® Farms in 2014, Pacific Trellis Fruit® added PureHeart® Mini Seedless Watermelons, Tuscan Style® Cantaloupe and SunnyGold® Yellow Mini Seedless Watermelons amongst other premium melons to its portfolio. Pacific Trellis Fruit is also featuring its sweetest new addition: Kiss Melons. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the company also has sales offices in Fresno, CA, Gloucester, NJ and Nogales, AZ.

Job Summary:
The Transportation Manager performs a key department management and team leadership role, to ensure the planning and execution of product transportation services related to customer order fulfillment. This is a hands-on role that requires a quick-thinking, flexible, leader that is able to manage multiple and diverse priorities with a strong emphasis on organization and effective communication skills. This is a demanding and fast paced position requiring a proactive and positive thinker who can exercise good judgment, customer service and initiative in delivering departmental performance requirements and financial objectives.


  • Create and deliver overall financial objectives (i.e., contract rates).
  • Drive operational performance results (i.e., on time delivery, response rate, claims management, etc.).
  • Manage carrier relationships, contract terms, processes, and systems (i.e., bookings, tracking and
  • logging of loads/deliveries and timely communication of delays or issues).
  • Communicate timely and accurately information of product in transport leadership and management.
  • Management of daily activities with the transportation team and transportation vendor partners.
  • Maintains exceptional working knowledge of customer requirements.
  • Claim management to applicable inland transportation activities.
  • Analyze and provide recommendations on efficiencies for improved labor, processes, and equipment.
  • Prepare cost analysis, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Create contract terms and business bids.
  • Develop and execute departmental operating plans that address costs and seasonal business volumes.
  • Manges the follow up on loads confirmed, keeping daily updates and proactively communicates with sales regarding OTD issues.
  • Develops and manages relationships with new vendors and contract terms.
  • Leads the day-to-day route scheduling, with multiple vendors to meet product transport requirements.
  • Facilitates route optimization, scheduling, and program changes as necessary to meet the client needs.
  • Serves as a point of contact for employees and vendors, responding to transportation related inquires, suggestions, and resolves complaints in a prompt, responsive, and professional manner.
  • Leads TMS system use, training, and administration.
  • Other duties assigned as required*

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Proficient business and operations management skills to grow the department and develop additional service offerings.
  • Ability to multi-task timely, confidently, and comfortably in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and computer skills.
  • Team Player, assertive, friendly, and effective leadership skills required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work through conflict and effectively address issues.
  • Ability to adapt and function effectively in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Proficient knowledge of commercial transportation regulations.
  • Fact-based decision-making ability and open to new ways of doing things.
  • Ability to be on-call and work extended days and/or weekends.
  • Driven and proactive self-development/learning of operations, processes, and systems.
  • Strong working knowledge of Transportation Management Systems (i.e., Emerge).

Education / Experience / Certifications:

  • BA in logistics, transportation, supply chain management, or equivalent degree from an accredited institution, in a related field or equivalent years of experience (highly preferred).
  • 4+ years of experience in produce commercial transportation operations.
  • 4+ years experience in leading and managing a transportation department, team, operational plans, and budgets.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish (preferred).


  • Ability to travel overnight as required to other facilities and office locations.
  • Physical Requirements and Working Environment.
  • Work in an office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, speaking on the phone, and working on a computer.

*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job.


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