Logistics Manager in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 11/24/2020

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 Logistics Manager to join our Hawthorne Supply Chain team in Vancouver, Washington!

Our Supply Chain Team is the engine that delivers the most innovative hydroponic products and systems to our customers through our advanced global distribution network.

We are looking for a Logistics Manager who will thrive at our Vancouver, WA location.  This role will focus on driving improved service and value through key partnerships.  The candidate will work closely with Operations, Compliance, Category, Demand Planning, Finance and Procurement teams to deliver best in class results.  The Logistics Manager will be responsible for identifying supply chain opportunities, leading RFP negotiations, and contracting with transportation providers for domestic and international transportation.

This role will has high growth potential into a senior leadership role within our supply chain group!

What you'll do in this role:

  • Adapt transportation strategies around operational needs and industry trends

  • Develop transportation provider strategy to select and maintain suppliers that provide maximum value to the organization at the right cost and that support budgetary goals

  • Act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for freight sourcing and supplier capabilities

  • Provide recommendations for adoption of best practices and process improvements that will enhance team performance and contribute to team goals and objectives

  • Influence through industry knowledge, expertise, and current market updates

  • Collaborate with Finance to develop savings calculations and validation methodologies for freight vendor sourcing events

  • Negotiate transportation service agreements and pricing

  • Manage transportation service providers to key performance metrics

  • Lead RFP process with ocean freight, truckload, less than truckload, and parcel carriers

  • Drive private fleet optimization and performance improvement

  • Support enterprise projects forging relationships across organization

  • Innovate and implement new programs driving service and cost benefits

  • Partner with Finance to report on savings/cost avoidance

  • Review and recommend changes to contracts, terms and conditions, and pricing to best fit sourcing strategies and alignment to business needs

  • Serve as the key point of contact for transportation activities and provide full insight into strategy, policies, processes, and procedures

  • Effectively communicate the impact of decisions to team and leadership as appropriate

  • Actively seek support from direct and cross-functional teams and leadership

  • Communicate freight vendor selection decisions to respective teams, impacted employees, leadership, and suppliers, as appropriate

  • Answer complex questions related to contracts, policies, terms and conditions, and pricing

What you'll need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 7+ years of experience in transportation management in a leadership role

  • Direct experience managing a portfolio of carriers including private fleet operations

  • ERP and transportation management system experience

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to travel as needed

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

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

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

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

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy


Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

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.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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.