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Overview

This position communicates and sets the strategy on logistics, systems, policies and is accountable for performance optimization across all modes (FTL, LTL, 3PL final mile, Private Fleet and ocean).  Candidate will develop and maintain dashboards to ensure controls are in place to monitor cost, service metrics and carrier performance, enabling the pursuit of continuous improvement opportunities to optimize the Supply Chain.  Additionally, responsibilities include ownership of freight auditing functions.

Strong communication skills, strategic relationships and partnerships are key to the success of this position.  Liaise closely with internal and external stakeholders including (but not limited to) local DC & Crossdocks, Loss Prevention, IT, International Logistics, Inventory Management, Corporate Transportation, freight forwarding agents, drayage contractors, SC Field Operations & Transportation, Procurement, Global Sourcing Office, and Direct Import Operations. 

This position requires principle knowledge of domestic transportation (FTL, LTL, final mile, vendor consolidation) and international logistics (e.g., ocean, Asia consolidation / deconsolidation operations), Distribution Center operations, and Cross-dock operations. 

 

  1. Responsible for primary ownership with all carriers for Office Depot.  Use strategic leadership to transform procurement processes in the transportation service categories that support key business initiatives and objectives including productivity, service levels and growth channels.
  2. Develop multi-year procurement strategies with local, regional and national carriers to optimize financial and service benefits to Office Depot, including achieving targeted freight cost savings. 
  • Influence and negotiate both internally and externally.  Internal influence extends beyond Supply Chain and includes Finance, Sales, Procurement, including influencing Directors and VPs.
  • External negotiation of contracts and pricing with Carriers, managing multi-million dollar negotiations with Carrier executives and operational management. 
  • Maximize the value of the carrier relationships to drive incremental value and ensure contract adherence. Continually monitor carrier performance (key performance indicators) at both national and region levels, and conduct carrier reviews when necessary.
  1. Incorporate detailed understanding of business needs and transportation markets.
  2. Leads and participates in cross-functional projects to develop and implement short and long-term plans that increase customer service, deliver significant cost reduction and limit variability.
  3. Identify and leverage opportunities for continuous improvement and manage financial risk.
  4. Provide category expertise for industry dynamics including economic/market conditions, complexity of players and contingency plans to mitigate risk.
  5. Lead creative thinking that fosters curiosity and drive change and innovation.
  6. Ensure compliance with Office Depot and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
  7. Develop resource planning and communicate productivity plans, pipeline and risks to achieving targets.
  8. Perform network / data analytics to quantify impact and make recommendations to optimize the domestic and 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.

Level of Formal Education:

Bachelors degree or equivalent experience

Area of Study:

Supply Chain, Business, Engineering

Years of Experience:

Minimum 7 year experience in related field

Type of Experience:

International Logistics

Technical Competencies:

  • Microsoft Office Suite

Skills and Ability:

  • Leadership and delivering results
  • Strategic thinking
  • Deep knowledge of the supply chain
  • Change management
  • Interpersonal skills and relationship building
  • Communication and cross-functional collaboration
  • Problem solving and general business acumen
  • Initiative and the ability to identify opportunities, prioritize, build and execute plans
  • Continuous improvement focus
  • Financial acumen

 

 

Information Systems:

(People Soft, etc.)

 

  • Oracle

Personal Attributes:

  • Flexibility
  • Eager and willing to add to their knowledge base and skills
  • Resilient
  • Innovative
  • Demonstrated self-starter capable of excelling in a fast-paced, high-energy environment
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to present data in a concise and proficient manner

Other/Preferred:

 

  • Systematic thinking and process orientation, global perspective

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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

    This position communicates and sets the strategy on logistics, systems, policies and is accountable for performance optimization across all modes (FTL, LTL, 3PL final mile, Private Fleet and ocean).  Candidate will develop and maintain dashboards to ensure controls are in place to monitor cost, service metrics and carrier performance, enabling the pursuit of continuous improvement opportunities to optimize the Supply Chain.  Additionally, responsibilities include ownership of freight auditing functions.

    Strong communication skills, strategic relationships and partnerships are key to the success of this position.  Liaise closely with internal and external stakeholders including (but not limited to) local DC & Crossdocks, Loss Prevention, IT, International Logistics, Inventory Management, Corporate Transportation, freight forwarding agents, drayage contractors, SC Field Operations & Transportation, Procurement, Global Sourcing Office, and Direct Import Operations. 

    This position requires principle knowledge of domestic transportation (FTL, LTL, final mile, vendor consolidation) and international logistics (e.g., ocean, Asia consolidation / deconsolidation operations), Distribution Center operations, and Cross-dock operations. 

     

    1. Responsible for primary ownership with all carriers for Office Depot.  Use strategic leadership to transform procurement processes in the transportation service categories that support key business initiatives and objectives including productivity, service levels and growth channels.
    2. Develop multi-year procurement strategies with local, regional and national carriers to optimize financial and service benefits to Office Depot, including achieving targeted freight cost savings. 
    • Influence and negotiate both internally and externally.  Internal influence extends beyond Supply Chain and includes Finance, Sales, Procurement, including influencing Directors and VPs.
    • External negotiation of contracts and pricing with Carriers, managing multi-million dollar negotiations with Carrier executives and operational management. 
    • Maximize the value of the carrier relationships to drive incremental value and ensure contract adherence. Continually monitor carrier performance (key performance indicators) at both national and region levels, and conduct carrier reviews when necessary.
    1. Incorporate detailed understanding of business needs and transportation markets.
    2. Leads and participates in cross-functional projects to develop and implement short and long-term plans that increase customer service, deliver significant cost reduction and limit variability.
    3. Identify and leverage opportunities for continuous improvement and manage financial risk.
    4. Provide category expertise for industry dynamics including economic/market conditions, complexity of players and contingency plans to mitigate risk.
    5. Lead creative thinking that fosters curiosity and drive change and innovation.
    6. Ensure compliance with Office Depot and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
    7. Develop resource planning and communicate productivity plans, pipeline and risks to achieving targets.
    8. Perform network / data analytics to quantify impact and make recommendations to optimize the domestic and 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.

    Level of Formal Education:

    Bachelors degree or equivalent experience

    Area of Study:

    Supply Chain, Business, Engineering

    Years of Experience:

    Minimum 7 year experience in related field

    Type of Experience:

    International Logistics

    Technical Competencies:

    • Microsoft Office Suite

    Skills and Ability:

    • Leadership and delivering results
    • Strategic thinking
    • Deep knowledge of the supply chain
    • Change management
    • Interpersonal skills and relationship building
    • Communication and cross-functional collaboration
    • Problem solving and general business acumen
    • Initiative and the ability to identify opportunities, prioritize, build and execute plans
    • Continuous improvement focus
    • Financial acumen

     

     

    Information Systems:

    (People Soft, etc.)

     

    • Oracle

    Personal Attributes:

    • Flexibility
    • Eager and willing to add to their knowledge base and skills
    • Resilient
    • Innovative
    • Demonstrated self-starter capable of excelling in a fast-paced, high-energy environment
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Adaptability
    • Ability to present data in a concise and proficient manner

    Other/Preferred:

     

    • Systematic thinking and process orientation, global perspective

    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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