Director, Transportation in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 7/12/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Director of Transportation who will join our Hawthorne team (a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro) who will lead our North American Logistics team.  The ideal candidate will be located in the Vancouver, WA area, however, this opportunity can be remote with the expectation of supporting the West Coast during normal working hours (PST).

This  role is responsible for leadership in strategy, planning & execution of transportation for Hawthorne. Overall responsibilities include implementation of best practices across transportation disciplines to support world class operations. This position has direct responsibility for all service, financial and corporate compliance metrics related to freight in and freight outbound from this distribution network. This position understands and promotes safe and compliant warehouse operations and ensures freedom to operate through the enforcement of standard operating procedures, company policy, all legal/regulatory considerations, and company/regional safety and quality procedures.


What you’ll do in this role:

  • Lead game changing solutions and strategic initiatives within transportation to drive improved operational efficiency, truck utilization and network design.

  • Develop transportation strategies in alignment with Supply Chain goals. 

  • Relationship owner between the 3PL warehouse and transportation providers and all business partners (Business Development Teams, Purchasing, Customer Service, Sales, etc.) to promote exceptional service to customers.

  • Maintain all 3rd party logistics contracts, including annual renewals and any changes associated with SC operational changes.

  • Drive operational excellence through key performance indicators (for freight inbound to the distribution network, and freight outbound to customers) that hold providers accountable for improved performance.

  • Foster a team environment and engage providers to drive superior performance. 

  • Provides support for future distribution and network changes, system installations, new product launches, product transitions, and acquisitions.

  • Develop & execute talent acquisition and performance management in the context of organizational succession plans. 

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, supply chain management, operations, finance or other related degree.

  • Experienced leader in Supply Chain distribution, leading transportation for a multi-site distribution network. 

  • Minimum 10 years of leadership in transportation roles (both field & corporate) with a consumer goods company, including demonstrated experience with cost crushing, best practice freight management and people development.

  • Requires experience and understanding of end to end Supply Chain including transportation, customer service, financial policies and procedures. Exposure to private fleet management preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of compliance and safety requirements associated with the management of multi-site distribution networks.

  • Strong business acumen, with a solid record of leading change and delivering results.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and initiative in developing and  executing strategies, effectively communicating with all levels of Management.

  • Flexibility to accommodate 25% travel is required based on business needs.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong team development skills, analytical  capabilities, presentation and project management skills. 

  • Contract management and effective negotiation and communication skills

  • Highest knowledge and demonstrated performance of Key Performance Indicators, including success stories through culture change

  • Has led through or sponsored at a management level future TMS solution.

  • Ability to initiate/manage cross-functional teams and multi-disciplinary projects 

  • Adaptability – efficient under pressure, always meet deadlines

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  •  Offer extremely competitive benefits including Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • 13 paid holidays and a generous vacation policy.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE), and Scotts Young Professionals 

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.