Manager of Rail Logistics
Posted on: November 23, 2021
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
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
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
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
Work closely with sales on Demurrage Billing and Turn
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
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
Develop and manage the variable and fixed rail logistics
Identify, develop and implement distribution cost savings
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
PERSONAL AND WORK ENVIRONMENT SAFETY is achieved through:
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
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
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
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
Self-starter that demonstrates desire to grow professionally,
making use of constructive feedback
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