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Overview

The International Strategy & Optimization Lead Consultant develops, manages and implements strategies and supporting analytics to optimize the international network, including decisions involving the Direct Import operations, carriers and drayage network.  This involves building relationships and collaborating with key internal and external partners as we optimize the Supply Chain, reducing lead times and minimizing expenses, while holding partners accountable.

This position communicates and advises on global strategies, systems and policies for OD international regions and is accountable for performance optimization.  Candidate will develop and maintain dashboards to ensure controls are in place to monitor bookings and carrier performance, enabling the pursuit of continuous improvement opportunities to optimize the International Supply Chain.

Strong strategic relationships and partnerships, internal and external, are key to the success of this position.

This position operates independently and requires principle knowledge of International Logistics (e.g., Asia consolidation / deconsolidation operations), Distribution Center operations, Cross-dock operations, International Transportation, and LTL operations.

Responsibilities 

  1. Conduct research and perform International network optimization activities.  Requires knowledge of International and domestic operating principles relating to Supply Chain (Distribution and Transportation), including in depth knowledge of Llamasoft software.  This includes evaluation of port of loading (POL), port of destination (POD) and all associated logistics movements. 

 

  1. Perform network and data analytics to quantify impact and make recommendations to international Supply Chain strategies from Origin (e.g., Asia) to final destination.  Assist in implementing strategic changes, including partner training and development of measurements and standard operating procedures.

 

  1. Liase closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure services are properly coordinated / executed in support of and in conjunction with the activities/services of other departments as well as other third party service providers.  These include (but are not limited to) local DC & Crossdocks, Loss Prevention, IT, International Logistics, Inventory Management, Outbound Transportation schedulers and partners, Inbound freight forwarding agents, Drayage contractors, SC Field Operations, Internal Procurement, Global Sourcing Office, and other DI warehouse locations.  Proactively identify up-stream and down-stream issues and take corrective action to avoid service failures.  Drive improved service, quality, and productivity to create value and benefit for all parties.  

                                        

  1. Monitor bookings and carrier performance on an on-going basis.  Spearhead and participate in Quarter Business Reviews with external business partners in efforts to drive vendor accountability and service level transparency.  Monitor and improve vendor performance through KPI scorecard measurements and targeted improvement efforts. 

Continue to explore service and financial improvement opportunities.

 

  1. Develop and maintain analytics Dashboards to identify opportunities for service, quality and financial improvements.  Strategically develop and execute contingency plans for space or operational requirements.

 

  1. Conduct inbound container and carrier forecasting to improve on-time performance, reduce lead time and mitigate demurrage/detention costs.  Provide international and domestic distribution network with regular volume, space, and operational forecast updates to optimize operating efficiencies.
     
  2. Daily management of consolidated loads from origin to destination to optimize logistics performance.  Daily management of Deconsolidation facilities (east / west coasts) to optimize logistics performance. 

 

  1. Perform Network Strategy work as directed across Supply Chain organizational boundaries to support other needs and projects as needed.  Develop and execute strategy to efficiently support special projects.

 

  1. Spearhead, plan and manage the implementation of International systems.  Provide associate training and on-going Operations support as a systems subject matter expert.

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At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Physical:

  • Health Insurance
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
  • Ergonomic Support
  • Return-to-Work Programs

Emotional:

  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Support Programs

Work-Life:

  • Location Events & Activities
  • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
  • Recognition & Rewards Programs
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Paid Holidays (as applicable by business unit)
  • Paid Time Off

Financial:

  • Retirement Programs
  • 401(k) Match
  • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
  • HSA Match
  • HRA Funding
  • Discounts/Perks
  • Life/Disability Plans

Community:

  • Charitable Giving
  • Volunteering & Mentorship

At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Emotional:

  • Employee Assistance Programs

Community:

  • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion

As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

  • Description

    Overview

    The International Strategy & Optimization Lead Consultant develops, manages and implements strategies and supporting analytics to optimize the international network, including decisions involving the Direct Import operations, carriers and drayage network.  This involves building relationships and collaborating with key internal and external partners as we optimize the Supply Chain, reducing lead times and minimizing expenses, while holding partners accountable.

    This position communicates and advises on global strategies, systems and policies for OD international regions and is accountable for performance optimization.  Candidate will develop and maintain dashboards to ensure controls are in place to monitor bookings and carrier performance, enabling the pursuit of continuous improvement opportunities to optimize the International Supply Chain.

    Strong strategic relationships and partnerships, internal and external, are key to the success of this position.

    This position operates independently and requires principle knowledge of International Logistics (e.g., Asia consolidation / deconsolidation operations), Distribution Center operations, Cross-dock operations, International Transportation, and LTL operations.

    Responsibilities 

    1. Conduct research and perform International network optimization activities.  Requires knowledge of International and domestic operating principles relating to Supply Chain (Distribution and Transportation), including in depth knowledge of Llamasoft software.  This includes evaluation of port of loading (POL), port of destination (POD) and all associated logistics movements. 

     

    1. Perform network and data analytics to quantify impact and make recommendations to international Supply Chain strategies from Origin (e.g., Asia) to final destination.  Assist in implementing strategic changes, including partner training and development of measurements and standard operating procedures.

     

    1. Liase closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure services are properly coordinated / executed in support of and in conjunction with the activities/services of other departments as well as other third party service providers.  These include (but are not limited to) local DC & Crossdocks, Loss Prevention, IT, International Logistics, Inventory Management, Outbound Transportation schedulers and partners, Inbound freight forwarding agents, Drayage contractors, SC Field Operations, Internal Procurement, Global Sourcing Office, and other DI warehouse locations.  Proactively identify up-stream and down-stream issues and take corrective action to avoid service failures.  Drive improved service, quality, and productivity to create value and benefit for all parties.  

                                            

    1. Monitor bookings and carrier performance on an on-going basis.  Spearhead and participate in Quarter Business Reviews with external business partners in efforts to drive vendor accountability and service level transparency.  Monitor and improve vendor performance through KPI scorecard measurements and targeted improvement efforts. 

    Continue to explore service and financial improvement opportunities.

     

    1. Develop and maintain analytics Dashboards to identify opportunities for service, quality and financial improvements.  Strategically develop and execute contingency plans for space or operational requirements.

     

    1. Conduct inbound container and carrier forecasting to improve on-time performance, reduce lead time and mitigate demurrage/detention costs.  Provide international and domestic distribution network with regular volume, space, and operational forecast updates to optimize operating efficiencies.
       
    2. Daily management of consolidated loads from origin to destination to optimize logistics performance.  Daily management of Deconsolidation facilities (east / west coasts) to optimize logistics performance. 

     

    1. Perform Network Strategy work as directed across Supply Chain organizational boundaries to support other needs and projects as needed.  Develop and execute strategy to efficiently support special projects.

     

    1. Spearhead, plan and manage the implementation of International systems.  Provide associate training and on-going Operations support as a systems subject matter expert.

    Read More Read Less

  • Benefits

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Physical:

    • Health Insurance
    • Wellness Fairs
    • Flu shots
    • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
    • Ergonomic Support
    • Return-to-Work Programs

    Emotional:

    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Support Programs

    Work-Life:

    • Location Events & Activities
    • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
    • Recognition & Rewards Programs
    • Flexible Work Schedules
    • Paid Holidays (as applicable by business unit)
    • Paid Time Off

    Financial:

    • Retirement Programs
    • 401(k) Match
    • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
    • HSA Match
    • HRA Funding
    • Discounts/Perks
    • Life/Disability Plans

    Community:

    • Charitable Giving
    • Volunteering & Mentorship
  • Benefits Part-Time

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Emotional:

    • Employee Assistance Programs

    Community:

    • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion
  • About Us

    As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

 
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Career Progression

  • 2008
    SUPPLY CHAIN TRAINER
  • 2011
    DISTRIBUTION MANAGER
  • 2015
    SR. MANAGER, SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
  • 2019
    SUPPLY CHAIN REGIONAL VP

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