Rail Transportation Specialist

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Rail Transportation Specialist

CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Processing and Food Ingredients group. We are looking for a Rail Transportation Specialist to manage rail rates, billing and logistics for PFI, optimizing oil and meal rail rates and fleet in a cost effective and efficient manner. You must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, strong analytical skills and able to work with large data sets. Excellent prioritization of work and time management abilities with the ability to anticipate issues and take proactive steps to mitigate is essential. You will: Provide professional analysis of rail rate structures and spreads and/or rates for alternative modes of transportation to ensure and maximize market competitiveness.Source competitive freight rates and provide recommendations to internal customers so CHS utilizes the lowest cost of transportation possible while meeting the market needs.Assist with rate negotiation for confidential rail contracts and new business/marketing opportunities.Monitor and maintain rail rates and databases with current and accurate information.Effectively and timely communicate changes and resulting impacts to CHS.Rate daily shipments timely and accurately and communicate cost saving alternatives.Suggest improvements to systems and processes regarding rail rates.Accomplish timely, accurate and professional support of all rail logistical needs to PFI and its customers, both internal and external.Coordinate empty and loaded railcar logistics and manage repositioning of private car fleet.Effectively communicate with stakeholders efficient and economical options for execution via rail.Resolve problems regarding the movement of railcars as well as with various customer issues related to their supply chain.Communicate with railroads to expedite shipments that hold priority for CHS.Create and maintain data and logistics reports related to railcar movements.Provide reports, analysis and recommendations for efficient and economic utilization of equipment.Conduct logistical studies, including car cost/benefit analysis.Research and recommend rail routing options with regard to customer opportunities.Develop and maintain a high level of internal and external professional relationships to maximize value to CHS.Process rail billing, diversions and shipment rating through SAP's Transportation Module and third-party rail carrier systems.Maintain and promote a strong safety culture and follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations. Identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions. Basic Qualifications: (required)Bachelor?s degree in Business, Finance, Logistics, Transportation, Supply Chain or related field5 plus years of related experience to include:Transportation logistics and rates Rail supply chain, export, or plant schedulingAbility to read and correctly interpret contracts and tariff authorities Preferred Qualifications: (desired)Knowledge of transportation rates and negotiationKnowledge of oilseed processing business, merchandising and bulk product handlingProficient with Microsoft office suite (excel, outlook)Experience in working with the Transportation Module (TM) of SAPKnowledge of grain commodity or energy tradingExperience with mapping softwareLean or Six Sigma Certification
Experience with SQL, Python, and/or R programming

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