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Transportation Planner I

GAF • Gainesville, TX

Posted 13 days ago

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The Transportation Planner I, is responsible for managing all load tendering activities for their assigned Plant, in a manner that ensures cost effective transportation of finished goods at service levels that meet corporate objectives. Responsibilities include working with Corporate Transportation/Logistics in developing and managing a “carrier base” that sufficiently meets cost/service requirements of the Plant and the customers it serves. This includes ongoing communications, and negotiation, with the established carriers as well as prospecting for new carriers that add value and strengthen the established base. The Transportation Planner I will use computer applications to determine shipping requirements, measure carrier performance, manage shipment reliability, perform cost/service analysis, and coordinate activities related to shipment scheduling through delivery. 


35%    Responsible to ensure that all orders are dispatched and assigned for pickup on the appropriate ship date to meet promised delivery dates, within approved traffic lane pricing guidelines. Manage shipment demand through daily review of order intake against Plant and carrier capacities using established “Ship Cap” processes.

15%    Negotiate rates and truck service with motor carriers doing business with GAFMC, for assigned Plants within approved traffic lane pricing guidelines.

10%    Work with the Dock Coordinator and Carriers to ensure that all shipments are scheduled and picked up on a daily basis within dock schedule guidelines to meet daily manpower deployment objectives for the Plant. 

10%    For those Plants that deploy private fleet equipment, ensure that fleet trucks assigned to the Plant are dispatched and deployed in a cost effective manner, under established private fleet deployment and pricing guidelines.

10%    With assistance from Corporate Transportation and the Logistics Manager, develop and maintain a carrier base to support the planned service sales territories and shipment volume. Actively participate in efforts to expand the carrier base to meet demand spikes caused by sales promotions, seasonal buys, weather related business spikes, etc.

10%    Partner with the Shipping Lead to provide appropriate levels of preparation and follow up to ensure Job Site (Time Sensitive) deliveries are delivered as promised. Also ensure that carrier equipment is loaded to maximum capacity under established “vary item” process, including working with carriers to ensure that the equipment provided meets established order weights.  Ensure that all shipping paperwork (Bill of Lading, Picking Slip, etc.)  is generated on a timely basis, distributed accurately, contains accurate information (including tarp instructions) and is appropriately retained for audit purposes.

5%      Partner with the Shipping Lead to ensure that Customer Service, IUT planners and Sales are provided with accurate and timely information regarding late shipments, late deliveries, missed pickups, rescheduled orders, expedited orders etc. 

5%      Work effectively as a team member within the Logistics Department. Actively participate in a positive manner to implement, support, monitor, and achieve Logistics metrics and goals.  Identify and implement process improvements that reduce cost and improve customer service.

 Level Based Competencies are to be designated based on job level and content. 

  • Adaptability
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge & Skills
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Decision Making
  • Communication

Technical knowledge/skills

  • Familiar with standard Manufacturing concepts, practices & procedures
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ERP systems (PS or SAP)
  • Acquaintance with Warehouse Management Systems (WMS -RF)
  • Adept  working with Inventory Management Systems and processes , such as FIFO, LIFO, WIP, Physical counts, Cycle counts and process controls
  • Knowledge of Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and software, such as web-based Carrier Point or Red Prairie.

General knowledge/skills

  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work under limited supervision
  • Intermediate organization and scheduling skills
  • Intermediate time management skills
  • Intermediate negotiation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain or other related fields required.
  • 0-3 years of Transportation/Logistics Experience
Job ID: 9742
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