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  • Logistics Specialist - Rail

    Job Locations CA-AB-Calgary
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  • Why work for Lafarge?

    Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions.  From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions.  Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you.   Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us!  More information can be found at .


    The Logistics Specialist is responsible for the short-term execution of the WCAN sourcing plan and the tactical management of WCAN’s railcar fleets.  This entails close coordination and communication with all plants and terminals in WCAN, rail carrier customer service and operations personnel, and logistics functions in the US and ECAN.  The position will also be responsible for working with carriers, terminal managers and customs brokers on various EDI and data issues.  The Logistics Specialist will also be critical in ensuring that rail fleet utilization is maximized without compromising supply chain performance.  The Logistics Specialist assists the Distribution and Sales organization in the development and execution of strategies to drive cost reductions and performance improvement.


    • Assist the Rail Modal Manager in providing cost-effective, timely transportation of cementitious products in order to maximize profitability.
    • Develop tools and processes to ensure that plants and terminals are supplied with the correct number of cars.
    • Develop and maintain plant rail shipment plans. Drive plant adherence to these plans.
    • Ensure plants and terminals are completing various rail-related tracking reports.
    • Assist in data exchange with carriers, freight analysis and performance metrics.
    • Develop methods for tracking and tracing to ensure proper delivery of Lafarge cementitious products.
    • Minimize terminal outages (product availability/quality customer service)
    • Manage all rail carrier vendor payables and work with rail carriers to resolve data and invoicing issues.
    • Develop a knowledge base of all three modes of transportation (Barge, Rail and Motor Carrier) used by the business unit. Provide relief in supply chain jobs as necessary. 
    • Work with the Rail Modal Manager and Logistics Manager to ensure that weekly shipping plans are in line with the sourcing plan.
    • Assist Performance Analyst with rail related analyses.
    • Achieve total shipments objective to meet demand requirements
    • Develop and implement action plans for deviations from supply plan
    • Ensure effective communication across functions and inter-regionally
    • Assist Rail Modal Manager in various ad-hoc projects.





    • Fulfilled rail service demand for both inbound and outbound products.
    • Cost performance of rail relative to plan.
    • Optimal asset utilization (load size, cycle times and gate-to-gate at origin-destinations)
    • Regular performance management reporting.
    • Accurate and timely data management related to rail tracing application information.
    • Support of business and financial analysis
    • Develop an understanding of inter-regional transportation issues and communicate with other regions when required
    • Develop an understanding of tariff and customs regulations that is required for all modes of transportation

    Relationships with Others’ Jobs:

    • Modal Managers, Logistics Managers, Sales Managers
    • Operations and Terminal Managers, Plant Shipping Personnel
    • Finance
    • US and ECAN Rail Modal and Logistics Managers
    • Purchasing


    Education and Work Experience:

    • Three to five years of logistics / supply chain related work experience
    • Minimum three years of experience as an employee or customer of a Class I railroad
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Information Systems or Engineering

    Knowledge and Skills:

    • Ability to analyze supply chain activity, identifying trends and potential performance gaps
    • Familiarity with rail transportation and North American Class I rail network, preferably Western Canada and NW US.
    • Demonstrated ability to compile, process, and analyze large volumes of data and convert that information to drive business decisions.
    • Effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to influence others
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully work with a diverse group of people
    • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal direction and to take initiative where warranted
    • Demonstrated ability to use research and analytical tools and methodologies
    • Familiarity with ERP systems desired (preferably SAP based systems)
    • Proficiency in Excel

    Supply Chain Organization Specific Competencies:

    • Customer Focus
    • Drive for Results

     Job Specific Competency Profile (Lominger):

    • Business Acumen
    • Informing
    • Functional/Technical Skills
    • Process Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Learning on the Fly
    • Planning


    Pre-employment medical including drug & alcohol testing and a criminal record check may be required.

    As the world leader in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim Ltd and its subsidiaries have the assets necessary to meet the building and design challenges of today’s increasing urbanization.  Globally, LafargeHolcim has 115,000 employees, a well-balanced local presence in 90 countries and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. With the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions, strong R&D and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, LafargeHolcim has the building solutions to meet customers’ needs, from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project.  We are committed to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure while contributing to a higher quality of life.  We are positioned to deliver on this commitment. 


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