Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC

MFP - Director of Transportation

Job Locations US-CA-Ukiah | US-CA-Scotia
Job ID 2020-1724


The Mendocino Family of Companies (Mendocino Forest Products Company, Mendocino Redwood Company, Humboldt Redwood Company, and Allweather Wood), is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally certified redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber products throughout California and the Western U.S. Our culture is based in environmental stewardship and community support. The company maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certification for its forestlands, manufacturing, and distribution operations.


The Mendocino Family of Companies is looking for an experienced Director of Transportation to join our Management  Team in Ukiah, CA! As the key member of the Company’s transporation team, the Director of Transportation will be responsible for all day to day transportation operations, strategy, and management to continually refine the transportation operations of the company and its subsidiaries.  Accountable for allocating appropriate resources to achieve timely and accurate delivery of product to the customer in the most efficient and safe manner.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The key areas of focus for this position are as follows;   

  • Lead the strategic direction and analyze financial reports, customer profitability, and other company data, identifying trends and opportunities.
  • Direct all transportation planning and execution, including negotiation of rail, truck, and ocean freight contracts.
  • Collaborate with department managers/supervisors on transportation systems, standard practices, processes, and procedures to improve customer service, safety, efficiency, accuracy, product care and driver morale.
  • Drive efficiencies and cost reduction throughout the delivery function and associated operating functions while maintaining a high level of performance.
  • Responsible for coordinating the day-to-day transportation operations of the company and directing major projects.
  • Supervise a team of employees, delegating tasks accordingly, monitoring performance, and conducting regular follow-ups with business objectives.
  • Optimize the transportation network from the inside, by constantly researching and testing software tools, management methodologies, and workflow processes.
  • Oversee the entire budgeting process for their department, from proposal to expense control.
  • Maintain awareness of all financial transactions, ensuring that projects are in line with their allotted budgets and establishing rates with carriers and providers.
  • Establish and maintain compliance of all programs with state and federal regulations, including those imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • Address safety concerns and customer complaints promptly.
  • Manage rail function supporting mill and reload locations across all company sites.


  • Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B.S.) from an accredited four-year College, or University.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in managing multiple wholesale, lumber, distribution and or warehousing centers.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience leading a team in rail, truck, and ocean freight
  • Working knowledge of Transportation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Experience coordinating business unit demand and supply planning functions to support capacity planning and all order fulfillment requirements.
  • Applicant must have a proven track record challenging status quo and implementing change management.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and functional capability with the other applications in Microsoft Office



The director of transportation sets the direction for the entire department, providing guidance and mentorship to employees, and taking responsibility for overall performance


Transportation expertise

The director of transportation has expertise and knowledge about industry trends, supply chain processes, best practices, and compliance requirements



The director of transportation drives projects from start to finish and assigns responsibilities, tracking and ensuring that deadlines are met



The director of transportation must be an excellent, well-rounded communicator adept at making presentations, facilitating meetings, negotiating contracts, and holding one-on-one conversations


Data analysis

To identify project strengths and weaknesses, the director of transportation should be able to synthesize data from multiple sources and distill their findings into action steps for improvement


 Equal Opportunity Employer, Valuing Diversity of our Workforce and Offering a Drug Free Workplace


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