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Transportation Technical Analyst


Boise, ID, US, 83702-6924

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role provides technical support for company logistics systems and industry systems. Responsible for the collection, review and analysis of transportation data and carrier proposals. Conducts cost studies to support and validate carrier negotiations around rates and provides cost/benefit analysis. Reports monthly operational and financial metrics. Provides training and peer leadership to transportation team. Ensures optimal use of company assets (owned or leased). Informs internal and external customers of status by written reports and oral communicate on. Analyzes daily information for service trends and develops proactive resolutions with carriers, plant yards and internal customers. Responsible for rail fleet deployment, maintenance, and compliance testing. Available for on call duty rotation.?

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform qualitative and quantities analysis using a variety of tools to solve transportation related business problems. Gather, consolidate, prepare and/or validate data for analysis. Create and maintain metrics.
  • Provide support for domestic freight RFPs and RFIs by preparing and maintaining the data. Support contract negotiations by providing industry insights as well as summarizing carrier performance.
  • Responsible for rail fleet deployment, maintenance, and compliance testing. Provides timely, cost-conscious car disposition, technical drawings and instructions to mobile vendors and shops.
  • Responsible for maintaining and working effectively with the transportation system tools along with providing efficient data management and analytical solutions for day-to-day business as well as on-going projects.
  • Manages and deploys company owned rail assets including hazardous tanks. Collects daily railcar movement information from on-line tracing systems and communicates status to internal and external customers. Notes problem areas and communicates recovery plans to appropriate internal and external parties. Accountabilities include balancing seasonal car demand while meeting annual compliance requirements.
  • Closely monitors customer orders and stock transfers to ensure optimal car placement. Tracks overall utilization and makes recommendations on car movement between specific fleets as appropriate.
  • Manages lease, freight, and maintenance invoices ensuring payment is provided on time.
  • Serves as Subject Matter Expert on transportation system. Responsible to support plants with technical system issues. Serves as back up for rail car billing. Must ensure 100% accuracy in rail car billing to prevent Federal Rail and Public Utility violations.

Typical Education

Associate's Degree (A.A. or equivalent)

Relevant Experience

  • 5+ years related experience and/or training?
  • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of all transportation modes and distribution patterns for bulk shipments. Must have knowledge of production scheduling systems, plant operations, and safety requirements. Must be proficient with Microsoft software packages. Rail car expediting experience is a plus.
  • Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Must exhibit excellent customer service attitude and be a team player. Must be able to work independently, have good problem resolution skills and excellent organizational skills. Must be able to work under pressure and demonstrate ability to meet deadlines with multiple projects. Must have the ability to complete complex assignments that are broad in nature and usually require originality and ingenuity. Must serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Requires ability to read and interpret safety rules, maintenance instructions, Department of Transportation regulations and Bureau of Explosives Tariff. Requires ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, percentages, proportions, and volume with the use of basic algebra and geometry

Job Requisition ID:?8976

Travel Required:?Less than 10%

Location(s):?Simplot Headquarters - Boise?

Country:?United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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