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Vice President, Transportation & Customs Compliance

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials, LLC
Location: Carson
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
At Lakeshore, we create innovative learning materials and world-class guest experiences for teachers, parents and children. Since 1954, we've grown into a global community-with a thriving e-commerce business, multiple catalogs, 60+ retail stores, a peerless national sales force, plus international offices that support our preeminent supply chain division. But today we're working better, smarter and faster than ever-and setting our sights even higher. We're building an infrastructure designed for scalability, embracing data-driven decision-making and using technology to improve efficiency and ensure the best tools for the best work. Most importantly, we continue to invest in a diverse team of inquisitive top talent who fuel each other's passions and curiosity, take risks, try new things and believe that every new day brings opportunities for growth.
Job Description
In a time of unprecedented expansion, we are seeking an accomplished VP to build a foundation, vision and strategy for our Transportation & Customs Compliance department. Reporting to the Chief Supply Chain Officer, the role will help outline game-changing objectives and strategize process improvements as we scale for continued growth. The position also will oversee all aspects of the Inbound and Outbound Transportation Operations and Customs Compliance departments, manage our Transportation and Shipping teams, and work with our external partners, including ground, ocean and air providers. In addition, the role will be responsible for all transportation contract negotiations-including but not limited to Import/Export contracts, Domestic Rail contracts, Domestic LTL/FTL contracts, Small Parcel contracts and deliveries to our 61 retail stores.The ideal candidate has superior leadership competencies and global industry expertise in multimodal transportation. We are seeking someone with exceptional people management skills to guide and support a large group of global team members, build effective executive relationships and demonstrate the ability to influence carrier leadership. And we're here to help you succeed-Lakeshore recently earned its Great Place to Work - Certification--- and is proud to put its associates first.A day on the job looks like this:

  • Overseeing all aspects of the transportation business to actively contribute to the development, execution and realization of Lakeshore's growth strategy
  • Overseeing product movement and carrier sourcing, as well as developing the strategy for both domestic and international deliveries
  • Recommending and implementing an optimal structural design to deliver sustained processes
  • Developing and implementing centralized supply chain strategies and controlling the efficient flow of goods, services and information from potential sources to affiliates
  • Developing a comprehensive global strategy focusing on emerging technologies to drive efficiencies and keep pace with new and existing regulations
  • Ensuring successful regional adoption and capability development across our markets to enable efficient and compliant movement of cross-border trade, focusing on order-fulfillment operations
  • Coordinating the effective use of carriers to meet inbound and outbound capacity, service and least-cost objectives
  • Leading all pricing negotiations and contract management efforts
  • Providing analysis and strategic direction in relation to all shipping data-including net pricing and all accessorial charges-to drive efficiency and cost reduction
  • Creating transportation capacity strategies and developing contingency plans to cost-effectively support varying levels of company sales and changes to supply/demand patterns
  • Establishing and utilizing Key Performance Indicators that drive competitive costs and services
  • Analyzing and assessing industry and market dynamics on a regular basis to evaluate transportation costs and service trends
  • Overseeing all aspects of customs compliance for entire product categories
  • Building relationships and trust with cross-functional partners
  • Coaching, leading and mentoring the Transportation team to ensure that performance standards are aligned with organizational standards; providing performance feedback and reviews as required
    Qualifications
    Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
    • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Transportation, Operations Management or related field-or equivalent experience in a relevant field
    • 10-15 years of industry-related experience; 5 years in upper management required
    • Experience in multichannel distribution network and global supply chain
    • Expert knowledge of domestic and import transportation
    • Industry-standard ERP knowledge and experience with transportation management systems a plus
    • Strong interpersonal competencies, including people-management skills for coaching and supporting large teams
    • Business and intellectual competencies, including industry knowledge and understanding, negotiating, strategic and tactical planning, warehousing and transportation, problem analysis, written and oral communication, people development, visioning and creativity
      Additional Information
      And here's our end of the bargain!
      • Competitive compensation based on skills and experience, plus a bonus plan
      • Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
      • 401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
      • Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
      • On-site preschool for our employees' children
      • On-site employee gym for all levels/fitness needs
      • Generous employee discount on products that make you smarter
      • Casual dress---and we really mean itAt Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

        To learn more about Lakeshore, visit www.lakeshorelearning.com/careers

        Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
        People are selected to become members of the Lakeshore family based on skill, merit and mind-boggling talent-not based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, domestic partnership status, military status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, alienage, AIDS or AIDS-related complex status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If things aren't equal, we all lose.To learn about how we collect and use Applicant information, please visit our Employee/Applicant Privacy Policy. INDRLL2

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