Transportation and Logistics Manager

Posted by
Food Lifeline
Seattle, WA
Published 20 days ago

Who We Are:

Food Lifeline believes that hunger doesn’t have to happen, and our mission is to feed people experiencing hunger today and work to end hunger for tomorrow. We’re currently hiring a Transportation and Logistics Manager to lead our transportation team.

Who You Are:

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are a senior leader who is ready to lead a transportation team with vison to move our transportation team into the future. You have extensive knowledge of transportation management systems and have excellent analytical skills. You promote safety, professionalism, and respect in the workplace. 

You have a proven ability to manage, develop and train transportation team members. You are committed to using equity as a process and an outcome of your work. You are known for your ability to think strategically and holistically yet also able to drive tactics and projects to fruition.

You have confidence in your skills and knowledge and the humility to reflect, listen to understand, and be changed. You have outstanding communication and diplomacy skills and are a natural motivator who can influence at all levels. You are courageous enough to take risks, shoulder responsibility, fail occasionally, and continually learn.

Most of all, you wake up in the morning eager to use your skills to build a movement to end hunger.

Ready to join Food Lifeline? Apply now!

To join our team as our Transportation and Logistics Manager, please read the full job description and apply online at the Food Lifeline Website under the About Us tab. Complete applications must include a resume and cover letter and this posting will remain open until filled.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and seek to bring our values of diversity and inclusion to our hiring process. Beyond our commitment to non-discrimination, we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization and who have lived experience of inequity.

General Position Summary:

Ensure efficient utilization of transportation staff and assets that supports the

programs and clients that Food Lifeline serves.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

• Display extensive knowledge of transportation management systems and

have excellent analytical skills

• Possess familiarity and expertise with transportation-related policies, as well

as safety rules, and government regulations

• Promote safe work activities by conducting periodic safety audits, attending

company safety meetings, and meeting with individual staff members

• Develop metrics for evaluating existing transportation processes that creates

the opportunity for pinpointing areas that could help improve logistical

inefficiencies. This data is used to evaluate and assess internal operational


• Knowledge of principles and methods for moving goods including the relative

costs and benefits

• Manage, develop, and train transportation staff, analyze future needs and

develop plans to meet and fill future position needs in advance. Develop and

manage staff in alignment with Food Lifeline’s core values and work directly

with individual team members to ensure skills development.

• Ensure transportation program’s compliance with all DOT requirements

including but not limited to ensuring that drivers maintain licenses and meet

DOT requirements, meet safety regulations – including substance abuse

testing programs - and are up to date on overall transportation industry

regulations; initiates appropriate action for non-compliance.

• Develop and maintain active programs to train volunteers on the use of nonCDL box trucks and a CDL training program for employed full time drivers

who are interested in obtaining their Class A license.

• Ensure transportation program and staff meet all safety and food safety

program requirements

• Develop and maintain transportation metrics to help manage expenses as well

as operational needs

• Manage and track all transportation expenses and review and negotiate lower

costs for all expenses

• On an ongoing and routine basis, review and analyze all routes to increase

efficiency and maximize mission delivery

Review all equipment and determine a replacement or repair plan to maintain

safety and efficacy. (both for today and long-term planning) collaborate with

Director of Operations and COO to develop capitol replacement plan based on

organizational needs.

• Collaborate with Technology team to review and suggest software additions or

enhancements to improve efficiency

• Evaluates and hires third party freight carriers including trucking and rail


• Performs supervisory functions for Department including: establishing staffing

needs; recommend/approve hiring; establish work schedules; orient, train,

develop, and assure continuing education for staff; assign work; access and

manage performance; advocate for employees; resolve complaints; counsel,

coach, and mentor; recommend/approve terminations.

Secondary Functions:

• Establishes schedules, assigns vehicles and drivers, and coordinates loading

dock activates for delivery of food product to affiliated agencies or


• Manages schedule and assigns drivers and vehicles for pick-up of food

products from participating donors.

• Coordinates inbound deliveries from major food gathering program donors

and schedules dock loading/unloading activities at the warehouses.

• Makes changes to schedules as issues arise and communicates those changes

to drivers.

• Schedules fleet maintenance and repair in conjunction with Fleet Maintenance


• Coordinates pick-up and delivery activities for special events and food drives.

• Trains drivers on donor receipting practices.

• Attends and participates in meetings and on committees.

• Develops reports on transportation and logistics activities.

• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Job Scope:

• Has reoccurring work situations with occasional variations from the norm.

• Moderate level of work complexity.

• Operates from established and well-known procedures.

• Performs work independently with minimal supervision.

• Decisions are made within policy constraints.

• Budgetary accountability: yes

• Management of capital assets: yes

• Responsibility for planning: Accountable for operational planning for functional

area. Partially accountable for strategic planning for functional area.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position supervises Class “A”, Non-Class “A” Drivers and “Transportation


• Full supervisory responsibility including daily work direction and

absence/overtime approval and also recommending/approving hiring,

termination, pay changes, job changes.

Administration and Management -- Knowledge of business and management

principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources

modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people

and resources.

• Documenting/Recording Information -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing,

or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

• Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge -- Keeping up-to-date technically and

applying new knowledge to your job.

• Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards -- Using

relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or

processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Interpersonal Contacts:

• Internal 85 % • External 15%

• In person 60 % • Telephone 20 % • E-mail 20%

Specific Job Skills:

• Must have a demonstrated understanding of the intersections between

hunger, poverty, racial inequity and social injustice. Must have awareness of

the issues faced by community members experiencing poverty or facing food


• Must have a demonstrated commitment to workplace safety and food safety

and conduct self and team in a manner that is consistent with Food Lifeline's

Food Safety Program and local food safety regulations.

• Knowledge of transportation industry modes, methods, practices and


• Knowledge of cargo, freight and transportation logistic practices.

• Knowledge of Food Lifeline’s programs, policies and procedures.

• Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and be able to

read, analyze, interpret and write policies, procedures, and regulations.

• Ability to problem-solve a variety of different issues.

• Ability to evaluate information and use sound judgment to reach a decision.

• Ability to mediate conflict and negotiate agreements.

• Ability to apply concepts of basic math: addition, subtraction, multiplication,

division, and percentages.

• Ability to understand and to analyze performance measurements and data.

• Skill in using computer software to create documents, spreadsheets, graphs,

schedules and to use e-mail.

• Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks.

• Ability to conduct effective meetings.

• Ability to train both in a group situation and one-on-one.

• Ability to lead and supervise others.

• Ability to assign and delegate work to others.

• Ability to evaluate, coach and correct performance of others.

• Ability to build and maintain good working relationships.

Education and/or Experience:

• Must have Washington State Food Handler’s permit and ServSafe Manager

Certification or be able to obtain within 30 days of employment.

• Minimum 4 years’ experience in transportation industry with responsibility for

coordinating and scheduling freight deliveries and/or pickups required.

• Minimum 2 years budgeting and budget management

• Experience planning for and developing strategic plans or a transportation


• Minimum 3 years management experience, experience managing drivers

• Experience in complex problem solving and creative planning/ thinking.

Job Conditions:

Work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and

ventilation. Position requires extensive computer and phone work. Position

occasionally visits loading docks where it is exposed to weather and exhaust fumes.

Position is required to negotiate with third parties on occasion and may be subject to

multiple demands, deadlines, issues or requests simultaneously. Position requires

on-call status and may be required to solve problems or make decisions during offhours.

Physical Demands:

Requires extended periods of sitting, use of desktop computer terminal, and the

ability to routinely lift and carry up to 10 pounds. When in loading dock or warehouse

areas it is subjected to moving power and manual equipment, noise typical of

warehouse areas, fumes or smells and temperature fluctuations.

Who We Are:

Food Lifeline believes that hunger doesn’t have to happen, and our mission is to feed people experiencing hunger today and work to end hunger for tomorrow. We’re currently hiring a Transportation and Logistics Manager to lead our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    May 31, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 14, 2021
  • Professional Level


$68,000 - $70,000Salary


Medical, Dental, and Vision 100% paid by employer

Medical, Dental, and Vision 100% paid by employer

Level of Language Proficiency

The ability to proficiently read and write English.

The ability to proficiently read and write English.


815 S 96th St, Seattle, WA 98108, United States

How to Apply

Please include cover letter.

Please include cover letter.

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