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Director, Domestic and International Distribution

Company: Graphic Packaging
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: February 16, 2020

Job Description:

Director, Domestic and International Distribution


Corporate real estate and network design expert to source & manage all corporate real estate to include owned, leased and warehouse operating agreements that meet all network delivery objectives. Manage strategic alignment with all GPI business units to right size all warehouse operations to meet current and future storage requirements. Create three to five year forward looking strategy to align the warehouse network infrastructure needs with a changing real estate market. Also manage international logistics for the corporation, including the sourcing of ocean freight from shipping carriers, overseeing export loading operations at mills and ports to enable timely shipments to international customers, developing and implementing strategies to optimize international logistics network, overseeing order entry and customer service function, and ensuring compliance with US and international law for documents and customs.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Responsible for all facility lease & warehouse operator contracts. Focus is on warehouse infrastructure (currently 115 sites; 4 million sq. feet; $50MM annual spend) as well as sales offices and public warehouse facilities. Also manage approximately $25MM of export-related logistics.
  • Serve as the primary negotiating authority for the company on all property lease & warehouse operating agreements to secure better-than-market rates and an overall supply chain with low total landed cost structure.
  • Coordinates all projects with our contracted real estate broker. Role is responsible for identifying and evaluating alternate site locations & estimating annual market inflation.
  • Leads regular business reviews with key supply partners.
  • Work with business units and legal team to secure most favorable contract terms through stage-gate contract process, timely negotiations, payment terms and other considerations in regional markets.
  • Optimize the entire warehouse network and storage footprint. The role is a stakeholder to the logistics and geographic strategy. This role has the primary sourcing vote for site & operator selection.
  • Provide overall strategic leadership with all business units to develop a forward looking long term strategy for warehouse services. Provide strategic analysis to ensure that all divisional requirements are met and aligned support is available.
  • Evaluate domestic warehousing for mergers & acquisitions to identify & realize synergies and develop cost reduction opportunities.
  • Collaborate with GPI IT to automate business unit reporting within SAP and/or Qlikview to speed access to critical warehouse metrics to drive data base inventory and warehouse decisions.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Finance to forecast warehousing cost and to develop annual financial forecast for both warehousing cost and/or capital requirements.
  • Responsible for developing all warehouse Strategic Procurement Initiative (SPI) cost reduction projects, development of project charters, monthly reporting of savings, and savings outlook on forward months using SPI Center internal systems.
  • Manage the processing of import/export shipments via any mode of transport from order entry to final destination or to whatever degree is required. Seek to automate all processes.
  • Evaluate, implement, and maintain appropriate optimization tools to ensure the proper utilization of the international commercial terms of sale (incoterms) most appropriate to the entire organization.
  • Utilize optimization tools to ensure implementation of best practices for and by the global supply chain.
  • Single point of contact for all GPI locations for the development, implementation, and maintenance of strategic supply chain and logistics plans and activities for international and domestic operations that support it.
  • Direct management and supervision of all GPI export distribution centers and/or supporting warehouses to ensure efficient and cost effective operations (eg. Savannah).
  • Provide sufficient COFC/container equipment supply and protect international service levels.
  • Support all GPI transport to and from Canada and Mexico insuring smooth transport and NAFTA compliance.
  • Consistently review all U.S. Ports of loading to seek reduced freight cost, other competitive port options and increased service levels.
  • Produce and maintain appropriate reporting dashboards and scorecards for departmental value creation reporting.
  • Negotiate all transport, ocean carrier and other brokerage/agency, and other service contracts specific to the global supply chain.
  • Maintain a centralized file network for distribution data maintenance and retention including but not limited to contractual, regulatory, and compliance information.
  • Create, implement, and maintain appropriate processes and practices to ensure GPI maintains thorough and complete compliance with all applicable domestic and foreign policies and regulations governing the movement of cargo from and to the United States.
  • 25% travel required
  • 7-10 + years of supply chain operations, warehouse network optimization, or transportation experience in a logistics organization
  • Demonstrated leadership in regional distribution center development and implementation
  • Managerial experience is a plus
  • Transportation Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Strong leadership skills, both with direct reports and ability to lead others through influence.
    • Organizational agility: know how to get things done in a large company.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Strong systems aptitude and proficient in Microsoft Office applications, with emphasis on Outlook, Word and Excel. Proficiency in Microsoft Access. Logistics Management System background with specific focus on warehousing and ocean freight.
    • Advanced computer skills including a moderate understanding of ERP and TMS applications (e.g., SAP, JDE, etc.).
    • Bachelor's Degree required.
    • MBA a plus
      • Ability to critically analyze and prepare reports, statements, and projections.
      • Ability to define problems, to collect data, to establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
      • Work involves confidential and sensitive information. Discretion is essential.
      • Strong analytical and organizational skills, detail orientation, and interpersonal skills.
      • Demonstrated ability to implement creative solutions while working under pressure.

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