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Transportation Logistics Manager

Company Overview

Vital Proteins is an emerging, dynamic brand consisting of a team of passionate individuals who believe whole food-based nutrition is essential for overall health, fitness and wellbeing. Our team, where job titles and hierarchy are meaningless, is comprised of intelligent and innovative talent who work collaboratively to ensure creativity, success, and global growth. Vital Proteins seeks to develop and support the right people, with the right chemistry, who continually ask questions, and in turn will develop and tactically execute good ideas. We are looking for individuals to help us think smarter and put a lot of ideas on the table in a short amount of time. Building a great company is our goal. Quality individuals and getting the team right is our business plan. 


We are looking to fill the position of Transportation & Logistics Manager to handle daily logistics operations within our organization’s supply chain network.  The successful applicant will maintain high levels of accuracy in day-to-day operations, lead and develop the transportation and logistics team, and provide impeccable customer service to our clients and vendors, while maintaining data integrity within the ERP & TMS platforms. This position fills in for the absence of the Director of Operations and Warehouse & Distribution Manager in our Franklin Park, IL. 


What you will be responsible for:

  • Resolve problems concerning transportation, logistics systems, imports or exports, or customer issues
  • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
  • Maintain metrics, reports, process documentation, customer service logs, or training or safety records
  • Supervise the work of logistics and transportation specialists, planners, or schedulers.
  • Direct inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.
  • Direct or coordinate comprehensive logistical or reverse logistical functions for product life cycles, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, recycling, reuse, or final disposal of resources.
  • Negotiate contracts for transportation, distribution, or logistics services.
  • Analyze the financial impact of proposed logistics changes, such as routing, shipping modes, product volumes or mixes, or carriers.
  • Recommend optimal transportation modes, routing, equipment, or frequency.
  • Monitor product import or export processes to ensure compliance with regulatory or legal requirements.
  • Participate in carrier management processes, such as selection, qualification, or performance evaluation.
  • Plan or implement improvements to internal or external logistics systems or processes.
  • Analyze all aspects of corporate logistics to determine the most cost-effective or efficient means of transporting products or supplies.
  • Create policies or procedures for supply chain and 3PL network logistics activities.
  • Plan or implement material flow management systems to meet production requirements.
  • Communicate freight transportation information to customers or suppliers, using transportation management, electronic logistics marketplace, or electronic freight information systems, to improve efficiency, speed, or quality of transportation services.
  • Implement specific customer requirements, such as internal reporting or customized transportation metrics.
  • Ensure carrier compliance with company policies or procedures for product transit or delivery.
  • Recommend purchase of new or improved technology, such as automated systems.
  • Design models for use in evaluating logistics programs or services.
  • Conduct or review audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
  • Other duties as assigned

Who you are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 5 + years progressive management experience in a transportation and logistics functions within a mid-large size organization 
  • ERP and TMS experience, preferably within NetSuite platform
  • Experience with planning the transport of a wide array of products in the food and beverage space, across all transportation modes 
  • Experience with international modes of shipping
  • Experience with managing the internal and external inventory control logistics within an ERP system 
  • Have strong communication skills and able to work across multiple channels and departments to ensure efficient delivery of products
  • A problem solver with an eye for detail who can react and pivot to changes quickly in a rapidly growing environment
  • Able to work occasional weekends, holidays, and evenings


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