Abbott Sr. Logistics Supervisor in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Primary Job Function

Plans, schedules, and routes inbound and outbound domestic and international shipments of freight, using knowledge of postal regulations, tariffs, and company policy. Coordinates with carriers, audits freight bills, prepares and negotiates claims, and selects or recommends carriers to ensure efficient, timely, and least expensive movements of goods and material. Maintains compliance with federal and foreign regulations governing the shipment, receipt and documentation of imported/exported products. Conducts research on transportation methods, rates and routes. Develops programs to audit and monitor carrier rates and charges and evaluates past performance and cost of shipping routes.

Core Job Responsibilities

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.

  • Assists in negotiating, awarding, administering and reviewing service agreements with carriers, customs brokers and transportation suppliers with management input.

  • Monitors the carriers' on-time performance and quality of shipments by reviewing and validating the carrier performance reports. Works with the carriers to improve performance when the agreed upon timeliness and/or quality drops below established service goals.

  • Conducts analysis of alternate methods of transportation and programs, along with projected cost and service improvements.

  • Assists in developing long-term logistics strategies for Abbott Vascular. Responsible for analyzing current logistical capabilities and recommending future logistical strategies based on Abbott Vascular's future needs.

  • Provides traffic advice and assistance, and consults with Abbott Vascular locations to ensure efficiency of time and costs (i.e., recommending and selecting carriers, exporting and importing).; 6. Negotiates with transportation, freight audit vendors and brokers to obtain the best service and price for contract and individual shipments when necessary.

  • Reviews, coordinates and writes freight vendor contracts for legal review and approval to establish a list of well-suited freight vendors.

  • Audits freight vendor by conducting periodic reviews of vendors' service in order to ensure quality service and to resolve any problems (e.g., hub visit, delivery, packaging).

  • Performs analysis, identifies root cause, and recommends corrective action utilizing transportation carrier and related information.

  • Expedites difficult shipping situations (e.g., dangerous goods, new product introductions, customs clearance, etc.) to ensure timely delivery. Works with carriers, freight forwarders, and regulatory agencies to identify and resolve shipping issues.

  • Advises and trouble-shoots the carrier computer shipping software as needed (e.g., software and server update) to enable the user to perform their shipping duties.

  • Collects data through needs surveys and carriers' service history and analyzes it to identify efficiencies and inefficiencies to develop cost-reduction plans.

  • Collects shipping data from the computer systems and log sheets in order to compile the monthly Freight Cost Analysis report for management's review.

  • Manages the freight bill payment and audit process with the vendor through contract negotiations and other means.

  • Provides training and direction as needed to the Traffic Assistant(s) in the preparation of domestic and exports and imports, freight claims, freight bill payment and audit process and carrier pick up

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 6+ years of related work experience

  • Bilingual English-Spanish

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email corpjat@abbott.com