Regional Logistics Planner

ID: REF1186H
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Memphis, TN
Post Date: 1/1/1970

Job Description

We are currently looking for a Regional Buyer to join our Global Logistics team. The Regional Buyer will be responsible for adding value to the Logistics and Distribution Network. The Buyer is responsible for procurement of Full-Truckload and Less-than-Truckload services as well as in depth analytical insight to measure and improve vendor service levels and relationships.

This position must reside at Corporate HQ in Memphis. Strong collaborative and communication skills are vital, as success will be achieved through and with other team members.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Manages carrier selection, lane assignment and routing determination
  • Drives contract negotiations using RFPs, bid packages, analysis of results, negotiations, lane recommendations and contract finalization to achieve high service levels at appropriate rates
  • Troubleshoots and resolves daily transportation issues as necessary
  • Develops reports to effectively monitor carrier performance and makes recommendations for corrective action to positively impact costs and service
  • Leads frequent business meetings with transportation vendors to review performance and identify opportunities for addition participation
  • Has a good understanding of current market trends to make informed buying decisions
  • Identifies and qualifies new carriers to be added to transportation network
  • Manages relevant systems and data to achieve accurate and timely payment to vendors
  • Manages cargo security program to ensure all freight is handled in accordance with security and food safety requirement guidelines
  • Conducts and supports multiple projects and other duties as assigned simultaneously
  • Ensures consistent and adequate plant and business unit collaboration to maintain strategic alignment
  • Performs regular presentations and updates to the business unit and executive team regarding initiatives and network performance


Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to comfortably and effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. This means the ability to develop agendas, lead meetings as a facilitator, and document & publish critical results
  • Persuasiveness – Utilize interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance. Must have the ability to persuade stakeholders internally and suppliers externally through strong relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to easily interface with plant personnel, manage projects and drive cost and process improvement
  • Analytical Skills – Must be able to relate & compare, securing relevant information and identifying key issues. This includes seeking and organizing information, and conducting relevant data analysis
  • Financial & Qualitative Acumen – Demonstrate an understanding of the use, interpretation and impact of key quantitative and financial measures
  • Visionary – Must be able to challenge existing processes and paradigms
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced team environment while also delivering independent results and maintaining calm composure

Qualifications – Mandatory:

  • B.S/B.A degree in supply chain, logistics, business or related field from a four-year accredited college or university
  • At least 3 years logistics operations experience. Examples include practical experience in warehousing, ocean export, domestic trucking, inland port and rail operations using best practices and KPIs
  • Strong Microsoft Office (Excel/PowerPoint/Word) and analytical skills
  • Project management experience
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deal with all levels of the organization
  • Willingness to travel on occasion (approximately 15%)

Qualifications – Preferred:

  • Manufacturing operations experience
  • Tableau software experience
  • Transportation Management System experience

Additional Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

GEC Packaging Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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