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Manager of Rail Logistics

Company: Didion
Location: Poynette
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

Didion is more than corn - we're about curiosity. For nearly 50 years Didion Milling has been storing, milling and transporting corn products that end up in some of the food that's probably on your pantry shelf right now. We are an organization that is on a never-ending quest for knowledge and improvement. Didion is also an industrial alcohol producer, and helping the world to meet a new demand for hand sanitizer. When we say, " we make a difference ," we mean it; for our dedicated team, for local farmers, for hungry nations, for top-brand food manufacturers, for our local economies and the communities we call home.

The Manager of Rail Logistics is a key member of the Didion team and provides leadership for Rail logistics for all Didion locations. The role works collaboratively across departments and locations to develop, align and implement Rail transportation/logistic services to improve rail transportation efficiencies, customer satisfaction with logistics and the company's bottom-line results. This role will work closely with the team that operationalizes rail transportation of product to Didion's customers.

Implement a safe and efficient rail transportation strategy that supports the company's overall strategic business plan, performance objectives, and customer expectations.
Understand and execute best-in-class rail transportation/logistics practices.
Bring to work a positive, proactive demeanor resulting in superior teamwork, mentoring, and collaboration with team members while demonstrating a commitment to excellence.
Steadfast adherence to all safety requirements at all times while instilling a culture of "safety first" throughout the department.
Work closely with Mill and alcohol personal located in Cambria and Markesan to ensure safe and efficient rail yard operations.
Work with local, regional and Class 1 railroads to establish the best available route and rates.
Manage and direct all rail car maintenance
Manage the leasing and or purchasing of rail cars including in service monitoring
Work closely with sales on Demurrage Billing and Turn expectations.
Establishing relationships with all railroads and problem solving transportation delays and concerns.
Providing customer service to internal and external customers related to rail shipments.
Driving continuous improvement by identifying ways to streamline processes, reduce waste, enhance safety, customer service, and cost savings.
Develop fleet, implements standards, and successfully leads negotiations with equipment suppliers, Local/Regional and Class 1 Railroads to optimize efficiencies.
Oversee asset planning and monitor budgets.
Develop strong relationships with our customers and their rail logistics/operations teams.
Develop and manage the variable and fixed rail logistics budgets.
Identify, develop and implement distribution cost savings projects.
Insure compliance with rail logistical regulations
Insure food safety and security delivery compliance
Work with operations and construction to ensure layout of facilities and grounds result in efficient flow of rail fleet and related equipment.
An unfailing commitment to follow all safety procedures, performs risk assessments prior to commencing unfamiliar tasks, and seeks to identify and implement proactive safety improvements.
WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY AND BENCH STRENGTH are significantly greater due to:
A proactive commitment to learn production and business processes in order to strengthen contributions to the organization.
Continuous vigilance in identifying needed additions and improvements to the facilities' operating systems.
Committed and unfailing support for co-workers, production personnel, and all other team members working to achieve operational and personnel performance excellence.

To qualify for this position, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the desired job outcomes. Specific requirements include:
A Bachelor degree in applicable field (Supply Chain, Logistics, Business, etc.) and a minimum of one year of rail experience in logistics, production scheduling is desired. For candidates without a bachelor degree, a minimum of 5-years of business-related work experience is desired.
Experience in customs, food safety/manufacturing preferred.
Railroad Knowledge - Understanding of railroad transportation network, interchange and railroad websites to facilitate routing and diversions of equipment, way billing and expediting delayed shipments
Exposure to rail pricing, marketing and negotiations with railroads or rail car lessors is a plus
Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite
Strong communication skills: written, interpersonal, small group and presentations.
Project management, team building and problem solving skills. Ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail
Ability to re-prioritize based on current dynamics
Strong interpersonal skills to build rapport; ability to proactively seek solutions using diplomacy and tact, ability to collaborate and cooperate with others to resolve issues quickly
Decision-making which demonstrates sound judgment for results and is cost-efficient
Self-starter that demonstrates desire to grow professionally, making use of constructive feedback

Keywords: Didion, Madison , Manager of Rail Logistics, Executive , Poynette, Wisconsin

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