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Title:  Sr. Manager - Regional Transportation (West Region)


Los Angeles, CA, US, 90040

Company:  Univar Solutions USA Inc
Requisition ID:  24855


Opportunity open for candidates in the following locations: Phoenix, AZ and Kent, WA


Primary Purpose:

The Senior Regional Transportation Manager (SRTM) is responsible for the strategic development of plans required to deliver financial and service goals within Transportation/Logistics function.  Coordination and holistic execution of over $30 million in spend across dozens of branch locations and multiple districts within a geographic region.  The SRTM collaborates with the Commercial GMs, Regional Operations Director, District Operations Managers, and leads a team of District Transportation Managers that executes strategic initiatives and day to day operational activity to ensure effective and efficient Transportation operations within the region.  The SRTM participates in the annual carrier RFP creating the route guide of awarded carrier partners within the Region’s districts and ensures the initiatives and day to day operational activity to effectively and efficiently meet Univar Solutions’ transportation capacity requirements and financial targets. 


Key Deliverables:

General (5% of time spent)

  • Accountable for developing and delivering annual operating plan and cost savings objectives
  • Provide coaching and guidance to District Transportation managers and supervisors in the performance of duties and functions for their respective responsibilities


Private Fleet Dispatch Optimization (35% of time spent)

  • Directly responsible for maintaining an efficient cost advantaged company private fleet across multiple locations
    • Maximize driver DOT HOS
    • Develop and manage execution of route plans to reduce regional Cost Per Mile (CPM) on private fleets
  • Mode mix and management
  • Collaborate with Operations team to develop retention and recruiting strategies for the private fleets within the region


Route Guide and Lane Management (40% of time spent)

  • Develops lane level sourcing strategy between Private, Common, and dedicated fleets
  • Conducts the Negotiation of truckload rates with common carriers to mitigate inflation and implement cost saving projects
  • Provide interface and direction for common carriers on issues and improvement projects
  • Implements strategies for on-time delivery performance for company owned private fleet and carriers alike
  • Supervise the management of regional carrier relationships on a proactive basis -- leveraging data, driving carrier compliance, and supporting on time payments that will promote long-standing and trusting carrier relationships


Capacity Management (10% of time spent)

  • Collaborate with operations and commercial leaders to define near term (<12 months); short term (12-36 months) and long term (>36 months) capacity requirements for the District
  • Develop and maintain transportation capacity sufficient to support a 20% surge in volume through the use of private fleet, common carrier, or dedicated carrier solutions
  • Ensure carrier execution against transportation requirements, meeting requirements of customers
  • Collaborate with other DTMs within the region and national procurement team for any dedicated capacity needs in order to ensure capacity requirements for region


Asset Utilization (10% of time spent)

  • Provide guidance to Branch Operations supervisors and managers on the effective and efficient use of the private fleet
  • Develop and implement capital replacement strategy for all private fleet assets within the region
  • Accountable for developing and delivering plans that ensure the efficient gains in asset utilization within the region
  • Support of the annual procurement bid and bid readiness.  Development of the right portfolio of carriers for the District to ensure adequate capacity availability at costs that deliver against our AOP           


Key Stakeholders:

The SRTM will interact with the following individuals and teams:

  • Regional Director of Transportation
  • District Transportation Managers
  • Regional Vice President – Commercial
  • Commercial Team members
  • Freight Pay & Audit Supervisor
  • District Transportation Planners
  • Carrier Partners
  • HR
  • Labor Relations
  • Fleet Operations
  • District General Manager
  • Regional Operations Director
  • District Operations Manager
  • Branch Operations Manager
  • Transport Operations Supervisor
  • Dispatcher


Financial Responsibility: 

  • Decision Making authority for SPOT rate transactions
  • Transportation budgetary responsibility for ~$30M


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Manage District Transportation Managers



  • College degree and a minimum of 7 years of logistics/supply-chain experience
  • MBA strongly preferred
  • Experience in HAZMAT and tanker transportation operations strongly desired
  • Previous experience in distribution environment preferred.
  • Multi-modal Transportation experience including TL and LTL, as well as legal, regulatory, and operational issues, including customer service, logistics and carrier operations.
  • Multi-year experience managing private fleets with demonstrated efficiency and effectiveness


Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

  • Budgeting (P&L) experience
  • In depth SAP and SAPTM system knowledge
  • Working knowledge of DOT rules and regulations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to influence across internal/external functions.  Exceptional interpersonal skills and dedication to working in team environment
  • Demonstrated drive for results and sense of urgency; ability to prioritize and address conflict constructively/problem-solve in a multi-tasking environment. 
  • Strong analytical and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to lead, influence and manage stakeholders across multiple geographic regions, departments, and vendors. 
  • Ability to lead and manage process change and organizational change; drive to effectively engage and articulate Supply Chain concepts at the tactical levels.
  • Highly effective collaboration between operations, transportation planning, and commercial critical for defining and directing the proper mix of carrier and private fleet to ensure on-time delivery performance
  • Detailed operational and tactical knowledge of how to maximize private fleet efficiencies coupled with exceptionally strong interpersonal and influencing skills are critical for success


About Univar Solutions


Want to work for a company that is reimagining distribution?  Join Univar Solutions, the premier global distributor of chemicals and ingredients.  Our goal is to function as a direct extension of our customers’ teams; to serve as an ally in their quest of business success. 

At Univar Solutions, we’re building on our more than 90 years of experience  and drawing on deep resources – inventory and logistics experts, scientists, PhDs, procurement, customer service, sales and marketers to deliver consultative services and an unmatched portfolio to solve customers’ formulation and operational challenges.  When you work for Univar Solutions, you’ll play an important role in shaping how we deliver more than chemical and ingredients. 


Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous PTO and much more.



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