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Transportation Services Sr. Manager

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota; Marshall, Minnesota

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Who we are!

Schwan’s Company, a U.S. affiliate of the global lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang Corporation, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of quality foods offered through retail-grocery and food-service channels. Its many popular brands include Red Baron®, Tony’s®, Big Daddy’s®, Villa Prima™ and Freschetta® pizza; Mrs. Smith’s® and Edwards® desserts; and Pagoda® Asian-style snacks. To learn more about Schwan’s, visit

What we are looking for:

This position is responsible for managing the transportation operation by directing the transportation planning, scheduling, and tendering function, the system support functions, the analysis and reporting function, pallet management function, projects management function, carrier rate and service management function, claims management function, and the freight audit function.

What you will get from us:

  • Opportunity to work in a growing segment of a major food manufacturer and showcase your leadership and technical skills to make a big impact on the profitable growth of Schwan’s Company.
  • Opportunities for career growth with a well-established food company.
  • A culture focused on ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its employees.
  • Support and mentorship from team members who are authentic, good-natured and highly skilled.
  • Competitive wages, incentive pay and a comprehensive package of benefits.
  • Directs the activities of the transportation operation by planning and defining business objectives that are in alignment with corporate goals and objectives, organizes resources for maximum productivity, provides leadership for internal and external stakeholders, and ensures compliance to plans, goals, and other measures of accountability.
  • Provides leadership, coaching, training, mentoring, and professional development for direct reports; makes hiring, termination and discipline decisions; engages in team-building activities as well as providing conflict resolution.
  • Responsible to ensure skills, knowledge and abilities are commensurate with the needs of each position in transportation.
  • Directs activities for the freight planning, scheduling, and tendering; freight rate and service negotiation; carrier management and evaluation; freight auditing; freight coding processes; freight payment; information analysis, measurement and dissemination; and special projects including process design and development to ensure the best cost transportation services.
  • Directs software implementation for various Networks Transport and Networks Carrier applications, process engineering activities, and other activities to meet the tactical and strategic needs of the Transportation department and the organization.
  • Directs activities for pallet management and claims management.
  • Responsible for the allocation of personnel and other resources.
  • Develops and manages the various department annual budgets, costs and expenses, and system flows.
  • Develop and implement strategies and processes to incorporate freight management resulting from acquisition.
  • Directs, trains and develops subordinates, if applicable
  • Responsible to conduct yourself and ensure your subordinates (if applicable) conduct themselves in a manner consistent with company mission, values, code of ethics, policies, and other standards of conduct.

What we need from you: 

  • The desire to make a meaningful difference.  Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently.  We need someone who competes to win!
  • Authentic leader: direct communicator, able to build strong relationships across the company, with all levels.
  • Must have great collaboration skills, with the ability to effectively work closely with cross-functional teams.
Preferred Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Years of Related Experience: Five to seven years related experience and/or training.


  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of project management processes and supply chain principles. Demonstrate managerial experience and professional leadership skills.
  • Have Knowledge/skills in Microsoft Project, Windows, Access, Excel, Word, Visio, and have a working knowledge of SQL programming language.
  • Have knowledge of typical data structures, network and system relationships, data transfers, entity relationships, and client/server relationships and structures.
  • Have an understanding of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)structure, functionality, business, processes as well as related interfaces and data exchanges as they correlate to supply chain.
  • Have a basic understanding of SAP, ORACLE and/or relational databases. 
  • Must have complete understanding of Manugistics Transportation-related modules' functionality, settings, and structure.
  • Must posses strong written and oral communication skills as well as strong presentation skills. Must be analytical with strong complex problem-solving skills demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Must exhibit high levels of organization skills such as; the ability to work independently and under stressful situations, the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the organization.
  • Must be able to lead and facilitate projects and analyze software systems and data as well as business processes.
  • Must have the ability to understand and create budgets, position requires intermediate financial analysis skills. Must be able to supervise staff, include policy administration, performance appraisals, discipline, and supervisory employment and bidding selections.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the job. An individual must be able to perform all of the duties and responsibilities listed in a fully competent manner to be considered successful in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

Job Type: Full-time Business Unit: Req #: 23-3016

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  • Mrs. Smith's
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Mrs Smiths
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