Port Manager

National City, CA 91950

Employment Type: Contract Category: Manufacturing Job Number: [SA] Port Manager 4294514

We are seeking a Port Manager for a contract opportunity with a reputable OEM company in National City. The Port Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of port operations including efficient flow of vehicles from a plant or port to dealers and/or locations, ensuring vehicles are processed and handled by logistics providers who meet needed business goals and objectives, support the collection of quality assurance data and the quality initiatives and training efforts with the port contractor.

The Port Manager will be responsible to:

  • Manage the vehicle flow through local port facilities, plans vehicle movement into, through, and out of the port facility in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate vessel discharge with steam ship, stevedore, and contractor to achieve efficient discharge with no damage.
  • Manage stock, dwell, aged inventory to ensure compliance to company standards, including alignment of supply with demand at dealer and regional levels.
  • Ensure port contractor meets performance standards, track performance metrics and ensure corrective action
  • Perform time studies on any process for efficiency, safety, quality and cost.
  • Manage daily vehicle assignments and overall vehicles and accessory parts inventory to maximize wholesale performance and service to regions and dealers.
  • Coordinates port contractor resources with corporate and regional priorities, as well as available truck and rail capacity.
  • Establish monthly forecasts and monitor progress
  • Support port counter measures and re-work activities working with the port coordinator to communicate resources and proper processes to the contractor.
  • Supports implementation and works directly with the port coordinator to achieve a culture of LEAN thinking, waste reduction and continuous improvement in all aspects of port operations and quality.
  • Ensures port has implemented proper installer training and processes to achieve port’s quality and efficiency objectives.
  • Manages accessory parts availability and overall quality to ensure maximum productivity.
  • Enters information regarding parts received and shipped into the parts system to maintain inventory compliance.
  • Works with contractor on ordering required parts/ accessories, processes parts shipments and resolves issues or problems related to parts and accessories.
  • Notifies/reports to Corporate Parts Department of any shortages, delivery discrepancies and or damages resulting from part, packaging/dunnage and/or transportation. Ensure non-compliance parts are properly disposition
  • Responsible for carrying out all management responsibilities at the port location in accordance with company policies and all applicable laws. Including interviewing, hiring, and training port employees; planning, assigning, and directing all work priorities; delivering performance appraisals; addressing complaints and resolving any personnel issues. 
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a positive, productive working relationship between port personnel and contracted personnel, including port processor and transportation companies.
  • Lead, manage and influence processor, carrier, dealer and region by interfacing and collaborating with all levels within the business to ensure common achievements.
  • Reviews and/or approves all purchases and payments to contractors. Including coordination and approval of over time activities.
  • Protects company interests in all port damage issues resulting from vehicle processing at the port facility.
  • Maintain records and files related to J-SOX and internal controls related to vessel arrivals, duties paid, inventory, record retention, etc.
  • Prepare and present required US Customs documents according to guidelines, as needed
  • Lead port efforts and coordinate as needed to support finance’s yearly physical audits, including track and resolution of items found




Port Manager Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree with emphasis in Business, Engineering, Transportation, Logistics, or equivalent work experience required.
  • 5+ years of experience in the automotive retail industry required
  • Vehicle logistics and/or port operations preferred
  • LEAN Manufacturing experience highly desired
  • SixSigma Green Belt Certification highly desired
  • This position will be required to successfully obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In order to obtain a TWIC, you must be complete a thorough background investigation conducted by the TSA.
  • Knowledge of management methods, practices and principles; automotive technology; finished vehicle logistics processes and procedures; port and transportation processes and procedures; accounting and finance related to analyzing financial reports; budgeting principles and general administrative practices.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage assigned departments and functions; select, train, supervise, motivate, and evaluate staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare reports and business correspondence; make management presentations; define problems, collect data, develop conclusions and propose solutions.
  • Proficient w/ Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


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