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Sr. Load Planner - Indianapolis, IN #7723818

Company: SpartanNash

Date: 11/21/2020

City: Indianapolis, IN

Employment type: Full-time

SpartanNash is a value-added wholesale grocery distributor — supplying more than 2,100 independent grocery retail locations throughout the United States — as well as a grocery retailer, with more than 155 corporate supermarkets in nine states. We also serve the military community through our MDV division; in addition to offering premier fresh produce distribution through Caito Foods and third-party logistics through BRT.

At SpartanNash, relationships matter, and our Corporate team takes that sentiment to heart in the way we work as one totally aligned team, support and respect each other and share the highest standards of excellence. We're always looking for the next great idea or a new way to approach a challenge, and we collaborate and innovate to achieve our goals.

A day in the life of a Sr. Load Planner is never the same but, in this role, you will be responsible for negotiating contracts, freight, and spot market rates with shippers and carriers to achieve targeted profit and budget.

What you'll Do:

  • Responsible for logistics contract negotiation and administration for drivers and/or carriers as assigned.
  • Manage all load tendering transactions and expedition of freight through Lean Logistics transportation management system.
  • Negotiate with customers on contract rates and/or on spot quote basis with "for hire' cartage, ensuring profitability on all miles traveled.
  • Negotiate rates with the shippers on behalf of Company fleets.
  • Responsible for on-boarding and educating drivers and/or carriers on service expectations, operational expectations and Company's distribution network.
  • Coordinate on-boarding with logistics team (i.e., TMS analyst, payment clerk, etc.).
  • Responsible for P&L review, ensuring profitable load planning, increase of revenue by truck, cost of equipment and preventative maintenance expenses.
  • Oversee and/or assist with data entry of information for fleet movements ensuring accuracy for driver reporting, customer reporting, and invoicing information.
  • Partner with logistics accounting to reconcile invoices and process claims as needed.
  • Act as subject matter expert for determining market cost and conditions, and participate in cross functional projects to support supply chain initiatives that includes meeting freight cost objective and cost benefit analysis.
  • Develop and determine carrier base for assigned business units; lead the creation and execution of bid proposals, negotiations with carrier base regarding contracts, pricing, etc. and selection of carriers to ensure profitability and to meet budgeted cost per mile.
  • Conduct contract carrier surveys, review and analyze results, and determine action steps as necessary. Prepare scorecards, reports, and lead the carrier performance meetings.
  • Determine carrier market conditions and impact to the Company and publish market conditions to For Hire Cartage associates for comparable rate comparison. Ensure a strong understanding of competitor rates and market conditions (cost per mile, operating capabilities, delivery schedules and timelines, etc.) and make recommendations for most efficient means of product delivery and to improve on-time delivery performance.
  • Act as a primary contact and as department subject matter expert for market cost and conditions.
  • Participate in special project analysis (i.e., open/closing facility).
  • Act as the point person for all Overages, Shortages, and Damages (OS&D) claims processing.
  • Responsible for determining liability, gathering all required documents, and working with accounting to ensure a resolution is achieved.

Sound Like You? Here's what you'll need:

  • Bachelor's Degree is required. BA in Business, Logistics, Supply Chain or related field or civilian or military experience is preferred.
  • Three (3) years Experience in Logistics, Supply Chain, Transportation operations or related area is required
  • One (1) year Negotiation experience required.
  • Experience with truckload rate negotiation, inbound transportation with common carriers, and 3rd Party Logistics and supply chain processes strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Mercury Gate software is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Strong organization, prioritization and multi-tasking skills.
  • Must have a strong commitment to customer service, solution execution and follow through.
  • Must be organized, detail orientated, team oriented and able to prioritize and handle multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with all transportation modes. In-depth knowledge and understanding of DOT regulations, driver hours of service requirements, carrier pricing and warehouse operations.
  • Strong knowledge of freight carrier contracts and contract negotiation.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Word).
  • Ability to travel up to 10%.
  • This is a Salaried role with a strong Commission Plan

Physical Requirement

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. May be required to travel. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

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