Senior International Logistics Manager

Supply Chain Grand Rapids, Michigan


Position at Knape and Vogt

Job Description Summary

The Senior International Logistics Manager is responsible for the distribution, movement, and storage of the company's supplies. The primary duties include building a team that fully supports and drives progress and process improvements in our ocean, drayage and air relationships.  The person in this role will focus on the Asia Pacific supply chain delivery, routes, containers, expedites, and consolidated freight. This individual will leverage their knowledge of world class best practices to guide logistics decisions. Working together with operations, strategic sourcing, sales and product management, the Senior Manager International Logistics will ensure Knape & Vogt is providing the right solutions from the right freight partners with the right terms and conditions, in support of our operational goals.  This position reports to the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Planning.  

 The duties and responsibilities of the position will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Focus on Asia Pacific supply chain delivery, routes containers, expedites and consolidated freight
  • Responsible for day-to-day ocean shipment processes globally and drayage domestically acting as the lead, coordinating, and facilitating decisions that keep freight continuously moving
  • Coaches the team execution toward KPI’s and holds team members accountable for high performance
  • Owns tactical relationship with global logistics partners
  • Provides input into the department strategy plan and cascades the execution to the team
  • Define, plan and execute mid-size projects to improve the existing business and set the stage for future growth, this includes partnership changes (i.e. ocean and drayage changes) and evaluating and rebidding freight routes
  • Perform freight analysis, carrier metrics, and establish budgeting guidelines
  • Drives and supports the annual bid processes for ocean and drayage; is tasked with developing, improving and maintaining the bid files keeping up with industry standards, associated communications, obtaining rate quotes from carriers, arranging, and analyzing all areas of the bids, providing insight, and making recommendations for approval
  • Define reporting requirements such as rate impact analysis, root cause analysis, and performance reporting to support recommendations
  • Evaluate performance against KV’s organizational goals (or KPIs) including performance vs budget, on-time performance; recommend, implement and execute strategies to improve KPI’s
  • Drive continuous improvement through all areas of responsibility, internal and external
  • Building relationships with team members and external customers to work through supply chain issues
  • Support strategic sourcing team with special projects and assignments
  • Drive organizational effectiveness and excellence through developing processes, leading teams, enabling a highly motivated work environment, and creating innovative approaches for improvement
  • Embrace and foster our Company Behaviors of Smarter-Faster-Better, Drive Bold Change, Integrity Matters Most, Care More Than the Customer, Mission Over Ego, and Play For Each Other
  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Customer Focus
  • Developing Talent
  • Process Management
  • Decision Quality
  • Results, Action Oriented
  • Displaying Technical Expertise
  • Time Management
  • Safety Conscious
  • Learning Quickly


  • Work Experience: 10 years of Supply Chain and/or logistics related experience in a manufacturing environment including managing suppliers and contracts; 5 years working with Asia pacific supply chain and Asian culture; extensive experience in international trade
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation, Logistics, or Supply Chain/Sourcing
  • Computer Skills: Advanced Excel and databases, ERP Systems, and Transportation Management System(s)
  • Organizational Skills: High degree of multi-tasking experience within a matrixed environment
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively across a diverse supplier-base; good verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills with ability to deal with individuals at all levels, both inside and outside the organization
  • Physical, Mental and Visual Skills: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions; While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear and use fingers and hands
  • Physical Environment: Normal office environment; manufacturing and warehouse environment and exposure to moving equipment
  • Travel: Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Preferred Requirements:

  • Work Experience: Ability to work, program, and drive reports out of Power BI tools.
  • Education: Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in Business, Transportation, Logistics, or Supply Chain/Sourcing
  • Computer Skills: Oracle ERP system 

KV is a dedicated equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. KV encourages applicants of all ages.