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Transportation Planning Manager in Des Plaines, IL at DSC Logistics

Date Posted: 2/11/2019

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Job Description

DSC Logistics is a leader in transforming logistics and supply chain management into a critical business strategy based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking and high-performance operations. DSC achieves the business goals of Fortune 500 and other dynamic companies by designing, integrating, managing and adapting customized supply chain solutions. As a Lead Logistics Partner (LLP) and third-party logistics (3PL) provider, DSC delivers value by reducing total system costs, optimizing business processes, facilitating growth and change, and maximizing the potential of the supply chain. In today’s environment, filled with rapid and unpredictable change, DSC helps customers achieve their goals by being ready for anything!

The Transportation Planning Manager leads and directs a team of planners who are responsible to ensure product moves on time and on budget. The Transportation Planning Manager will actively collaborate across functions with our supply chain partners to ensure we provide the best services and costs, contingency management, and problem solving for supply chain issues with the least amount of cost and disruption. A focus on continual improvement through process, metrics, and technology will be critical for success. We have a passion for our people and their development; The Transportation Planning Manager will be required to create an environment that enables learning and growth through experience and stretch opportunities.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a team of Transportation Analysts and Specialists: clearly communicate vision and priorities, drive strong engagement, and lead team in delivering exceptional service and cost results
  • Responsible for providing overall leadership, oversight, and performance against KPI’s for the Planning Team
  • Collaborate with Director of Transportation Operations to ensure team is following best practices and trained to use available systems and technology
  • Develop the Planning team through effective measurement of performance and productivity, providing feedback and guidance where needed
  • Analyze planning strategies to ensure value based ROI
  • Direct the development and implementation of continuous improvement efforts
  • Lead key strategic projects such as peak planning, optimization, and shipment schedule redesigns
  • Build a strong collaborative relationship with all internal and external parties through effective communication, conflict resolution, and compliance management
  • Identify key opportunities to leverage and improve logistical efficiencies across the supply-chain operation, including; defining appropriate metrics, leading the implementation of routing analytics, refining processes, and driving results
  • Identify constraints and issues associated with established inbound production plans, develop options available for resolving issues, develop key conclusions and recommendations based upon the plans and effectively and proactively communicate options, conclusions and recommendations to business leaders
  • Work directly with shipping facilities to maintain safety stocks and other planning parameters; driving discipline in safety stock and inventory reviews necessary to establish, monitor and improve on-time and in full delivery performance
  • Communicate business performance and opportunities to leadership and devise clear plans for KPI improvements
  • May be required to be on call and work non-conventional hours based on business needs

Job Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-7 years’ experience in a Transportation, SCM, or related field
  • At least 2 years direct team management experience with proven ability to lead, communicate, and work within the framework of the Team
  • Robust analytical and problem solving skills; proven ability to identify and resolve problems in a proactive and timely manner
  • Results oriented with good planning, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Ability to handle situations, issues and information with sound judgement, diplomacy and sensitivity
  • Knowledge of applicable transportation regulations and best practices
  • Demonstrated competency in MS Office and Google applications
  • Proficiency in TMS systems and optimization technologies


  • Bachelor’s degree with specialization in Logistics, Transportation or Supply Chain Management
  • Experience working in MercuryGate TMS

The salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a market competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 401(k) match and tuition reimbursement.

DSC Logistics is an equal opportunity employer. It is DSC’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.