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Manager, International Transportation

Location: Burnsville, MN, United States

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Northern Tool + Equipment is seeking a talented International Transportation Manager to advance Northern Tool & Equipment’s international transportation function to support our current and future business needs. This role must establish and foster relationships with internal stakeholders up to and including executives, as well as external trading partners to progress NTE’s international supply chain capabilities and performance.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Develops and executes a comprehensive sourcing strategy to competitively tension and contract ocean, intermodal, drayage, and brokerage services to best support NTE’s supply chain needs.
  2. Provides subject matter expertise and continuously expands knowledge of industry trends, market conditions, capabilities, and technology tools as well as plans to manage risks.
  3. Establishes internal and external KPIs and develops actions to monitor, manage and improve performance.
  4. Maintains collaborative, executive level carrier relationships to drive mutually beneficial initiatives and results.
  5. Works with Logistics Solutions Manager to establish a transportation management system (TMS) for international transportation and onboard spend into TMS.
  6. Partners with key stakeholders (i.e. merchandise, inventory planning, DCs) across NTE to provide visibility and insights into the fulfillment of supply into the distribution centers and manufacturing facilities.
  7. Liaises cross-functionally including with the Trade Compliance leader to meet established import/export policies and comply to regulations.
  8. Participates in annual budgeting process, monitors expenses to targets throughout the fiscal year, adjusts, and communicates as needed to meet commitments.

What you will bring to the table:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Supply Chain or Logistics.
  • At least 10 years of progressive experience in International Logistics/Transportation/Supply Chain.
  • Demonstrated experience with sourcing and operational management of ocean, intermodal, drayage, and brokerage.
  • Previous experience operating in a transportation management system (TMS).
  • Track record of developing innovative solutions and successfully executing them
  • Experience establishing and managing a budget.
  • Background with analyzing large sets of raw data and translating them into actionable information.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain a robust performance culture to drive continuous improvement.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate cross-functionally.
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust and maintain relationships up to the executive level.
  • Exhibits Northern Tool + Equipment’s 12 Core Competencies.

About Us

At Northern Tool + Equipment we’ve created a problem-solver’s paradise. A place where both pros who need the perfect tool to expertly finish the job, and do-it-yourselfers, who are looking for the right tool along with a bit of guidance, feel right at home. Our blueprint for success is Made for This. We’re poised to create a world-class customer experience while we strive to enter new markets and drive growth through exceptional customer insight. The plan is well on its way to resounding success, with over 130 retail stores across 24 states, plus a selection of products from the top national brands, and the addition of global manufacturing operations designed to create our own specialized tools and equipment. We’ve always had a way of either seeing what’s next, or defining it, but we need great people to grow along with us. We're looking for people who have the mindset of putting the customer first; team members who are ready to equip every problem solver who walks through our doors with the right tools and advice to tackle the tough jobs well; and individuals who are ready to help us boldly build what’s next.

As a Top Midsize Employer, we proudly offer:

• A comprehensive benefits package to cover healthcare, retirement, and wellness programs to help you be your best self financially and physically.

• Generous Employee Discount on the products we sell.

• 401K with employer match

• Holidays off NTE recognizes 7 federal holidays.

• Hybrid work schedule.

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