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Central Planning and Dispatch Logistics Specialist at Advanced Drainage Systems in Hilliard, Ohio

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Job Description:


We're looking for a Central Planning and Dispatch Logistics Specialist to join our team!

Headquartered in Hilliard Ohio, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc (ADS) is the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of water management products and drainage solutions. Our innovative products and superior drainage solutions are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including residential, non-residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications. We have established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging our national sales and distribution platform, overall product breadth and scale, and our manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1966, we operate a global network of 3,700 employees, 61 manufacturing plants and 29 distribution centers. In July, 2014 we became a public company traded on the NYSE®. To enable our continued growth, we are looking to add top talent to our dynamic organization.


The CP& D Logistics Specialist is responsible for the planning, scheduling, and on-time shipment of all designated interplant moves, company wide. This includes, but not limited to : tooling, raw material, interplant and purchased products. The CP&D Logistics Specialist will work closely with the local plant fleets, OTR department, and approved common carriers to determine the most efficient and cost-effective shipping method for all internal freight, without disruption to the production schedule. This position requires the flexibility to work 40+ hours per week and off-hours / on-demand (on call) as needed. The CP&D Logistics Specialist reports to the Central Planning and Dispatch Manager but will work closely and receive guidance from all members of the Production Planning, Supply Chain, Customer Service, and Corporate Logistics teams.

Primary Job Responsibilities

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Proactively plan all designated shipments, without disruption to production schedule or customer demand
  • Responsible for maintaining, tracking and analyzing all inbound and outbound shipments, including working with carriers
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with all plants and carriers
  • Consistently chooses the most economical shipping methods
  • Schedules on-time delivery and pick up appointments
  • Proficient on TMS systems: Oracle, Loadmaster and Blu-Jay
  • Make decisions based upon Production and Tooling schedule
  • Facilitates corporate policy in regards to best shipping practices
  • Negotiate prices with carriers
  • Monitor high cost lanes and missed opportunities
  • Perform analysis on all data collected from external and internal sources and prepare monthly metrics
  • Understand and practice ADS core values and leadership behaviors

Job Skills

This position should possess the following skills/knowledge:
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and team building skills
  • Ability to listen effectively
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal DOT regulations and freight trends
  • Familiarity with shipping characteristics of ADS products
  • Effective written & oral communication
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Understanding of the complexity and the changing dynamic of the production schedule
  • Ability to create contingency plans and remain flexible
  • Courteous, friendly, and positive representation of ADS and the Logistics Team
  • Ability to stay organized and quickly switch from task to task
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Advanced computer skills including MS Office, Oracle, Loadmaster and Blu-Jay
  • Knowledge of common carrier markets

Educational Requirements:
  • Undergraduate college degree required

Preferred Experience:
  • Logistics/supply chain background
  • Minimum 2-3 years of dispatching experience
  • Understanding of ADS plant network
  • 1-2 years working with common carriers

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit at a minimum for 8-10 hours with a majority of computer and phone time

EEO Statement

Advanced Drainage Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.