Sr. Manager, International Transportation Procurement

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Responsibilities include the successful development, implementation and maintenance of carrier/provider programs and transportation strategies for all international transportation (Ocean Freight, import drayage, chassis programs, customs brokerage, and freight forwarding operations), ensuring excellent service, competitive costs and consistent capacity.

This position is responsible for all aspects of the international transportation activities to include: systemic controls, process controls, risk mitigation strategies, contract management, relationship management, bid events, negotiations, benchmarking activities, industry outlook, carrier/provider relationships, 5 year strategic and financial planning and timely systemic updates to ensure stable capacity solutions at controlled costs.

Responsibilities include the development of cost controls, strategies and analysis to meet transportation expense targets with an annual freight budget exceeding 100M.

The Sr. Manager, International Transportation Procurement will be accountable for the leadership of the International Procurement Team to meet all performance metrics.
Responsible for developing and maintaining an open, engaging labor relation's environment, remaining issue free.

Strategic Sourcing Activities:
  • Lead the development and execution of activities, to support international freight movements within service level expectations and budgeted costs.
  • Responsible for the development, procurement and sustainability of a service provider network to meet and exceed the requirements of Ross Stores, Inc. consistent with the supply-chain strategy. The service provider network must support cost controls, performance metrics, capacity requirements, company growth and business continuity.
  • Develop and direct strategic initiatives to support expense targets, required performance standards, capacity requirements, and future growth opportunities.
  • Develop executable Business Continuity strategy to minimize interruptions with inventory flow.
  • Develop budget and 5 year financial plans aligned to strategic international transportation plans and Ross financial targets.
  • Develop strategic bid plans considering current and future industry state, aligning to the strategic international transportation plans and Ross financial targets.
  • Provide direction and guidance on procurement policies to ensure integrity, controls and transparency within the organization.

Lead and execute comprehensive and objective bid processes, negotiations and sourcing initiatives:
  • Development and execution of systemic, analytical and transparent bid processes, negotiations, recommendations and logical selection processes to support the international transportation strategy, financial targets, required service levels and forecasted growth.
  • Ensure current, accurate, consistent and complete information is provided to business partners to support logical and fair business practices.
  • Responsible for the quantitative and qualitative bid evaluation process.
  • Responsible for benchmarking and industry outlook reviews, supporting the ability to meet current and future financial targets and the refinement of current and future strategic and financial objectives.
  • Responsible to drive negotiations to control costs.
  • Develop, validate and facilitate award scenarios, recommendations, executive materials, executive reviews and implementation of solution.
  • Ensure timely systemic implementation and communications resulting from all rate, capacity and carrier/provider assignment negotiations to required business partners.

  • Responsible to foster professional business relationships with Ross business partners, ensuring relationships with vendors and suppliers are based on price, quality, security, service, sustainability and reputation, carefully guarding the professional integrity of Ross. These relationships will be supported by adherence to Ross contracting processes and the Ross Code of Conduct and Business Ethics policy, specifically maintaining an objective assessment of vendors and suppliers.
  • Review and assess contracts for consistency, and to ensure required content as directed by the Ross supply chain strategy.
  • Collaborate with internal and external legal counsel and risk management resources to ensure compliance with Ross overarching sourcing strategy.
  • Ensure controls are in place and validated to support contractual, insurance and risk management compliance with current legal regulations and Ross/dd's DISCOUNTS.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee policies and procedures to ensure Ross meets standards established internally and complies with all international transportation regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure processes and controls are in place to accurately support the validation and confirmation invoice payments.
  • Maintain compliance with Ross' Code of Conduct and Business Ethics, specifically maintaining an objective assessment of vendors and supplier's services.
  • Ensure confidentiality of all Ross sensitive information.

  • Lead, manage and develop direct reports.
  • Develop annual goals and objectives, perform midyear and annual performance reviews, support individual development plans and grow individual team member competencies to strengthen the supply chain bench strength and succession plans.
  • Perform all projects requested by the Sr. Director, Transportation Procurement.

  • Analysis and Judgment
  • Credibility and Trust
  • Influence
  • Negotiation
  • Builds Organizational Capability
  • Drive Results
  • Leadership
  • Values Driven
  • Communication
  • Confronting Tough Issues

  • Minimum 7 years transportation procurement and contractual experience
  • Minimum 5 years manager level experience
  • Preferred 4-6 years of retail international transportation experience
  • Knowledge of transportation regulatory requirements
  • Strong analytical skills required
  • Data driven approach to problem solving
  • Experience working within a Transportation management System (TMS)
  • Broad logistics expertise
  • Broad working knowledge of transportation, contracts, contractual language, claims and insurance requirements
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communications skills and be able to communicate with all levels and departments both within and outside the company
  • Strategic thinking: ability to identify long-term issues and develop mitigation solutions
  • Project management skills are a plus
  • Skillful negotiator
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Working knowledge of MS Windows, Word, Excel, and Access
  • Travel required up to 25%

Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

1-2 Exempt and non-exempt support staff

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management's discretion.

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