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Transportation Sourcing Specialist

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Job ID WAY08153 Date posted 09/10/2020 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

The Transportation Sourcing Specialist will perform activities that ensure efficient transportation of materials and products from origin to destination. We seek a professional who will participate in Identifying and selecting the most appropriate and cost-effective transportation.

This position will also provide stakeholders in business units with accurate and market based freight pricing and ensure that accurate freight rates are loaded in appropriate rating systems. Additionally, they will build a firm understanding of freight markets within the position's scope of responsibility and use this understanding to communicate market insights, context, and knowledge to stakeholders within Cargill. Likewise, the Sourcing Specialist will work to improve organizational understanding of customer and plant specific shipping requirements across several large business units within Cargill and assist in effectively managing to these requirements and communicating them to our suppliers.

  • Support Cargill Transportation and Logistics' carrier management strategy through negotiations, relationship management, and supplier selection
  • Monitor carrier performance and take corrective action to reverse negative trends and maintain required service levels
  • Negotiate rates with carriers and run one-off bid events in e-sourcing tool.
  • Update transportation websites and databases for contracts, freight rates, and estimates, insurance information, customer information, etc.
  • Independently analyze current transportation operations practices to resolve process and cost improvement opportunities.
  • You will work under general supervision and independently solve moderately.
  • Other duties as assigned

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
This position is posted internally as well as externally.


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in business, transportation, supply chain or a related field.
  • Minimum of two years of working experience of the fundamentals in transportation, logistics, operations or supply chain management.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel expertise.
  • Knowledge creating and leading large scale sourcing events using procurement/optimization software

Preferred Qualifications
  • Functional knowledge of technology and ERP systems, including Transportation Management System (TMS)
  • Five years of experience in the areas of transportation, logistics, operations, SCM, preferably in the truck mode (dry van)
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Financial modeling skills
  • Functional knowledge of technology and ERP systems, including Transportation Management System (TMS).
  • Experience implementing process, systems, and organizational changes.

Success Factors / Abilities 
  • Demonstrated client/customer focus role and strong relationship builder
  • Demonstrated ability to excel in ambiguous situations
  • Self-starter – highly motivated with demonstrated initiative
  • Highly collaborative - ability to excel in a team environment
  • Strong negotiation and problem-solving skills

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