Director of Transportation – Tacoma, WA / Beachwood, OH

Director of Transportation
Northwest Hardwoods, Inc.
Location:  Tacoma, WA or Beachwood, OH



Northwest Hardwoods is the leading manufacture of hardwood lumber in North America.  A fully integrated, global supplier of wood products, NWH serves the furniture, cabinet, molding and millwork industries.  NWH’s Supply Chain organization is looking to fill the role of Director of Transportation.



  • Develop, lead and manage a high performing team which has responsibility for domestic and import/export shipments.
  • Develop a transportation strategy which will include OTR, intermodal and steamship lines.
  • Implement the Transportation strategy utilizing any number of local, national and international carriers to provide consistent and reliable transit at the lowest possible cost.
  • Manage relationships with all shipping partners, (OTR, intermodal and steamship).
  • Develop and maintain transportation and carrier related KPI’s.
  • Manage escalations as needed to remedy transportation issues.
  • Manage cross border activity with Mexico and Canada.  With the help of  3rd party brokers, manage FTZ moves meeting all regulatory expectations.
  • Negotiate contracts with freight carriers; conduct RFP as needed.
  • Manage appropriate technologies, such as TMS, to take advantage of efficiencies and improve performance.
  • Work collaboratively with leaders across the organization; proactively communicate so that we can set reasonable expectations and price accordingly.



The successful candidate will step into a role that has an exciting mix of both strategic and operational responsibilities and significantly impacts the company’s overall performance.

  • BA/BS in Supply Chain Management, Business, Logistics, or similar field or 10-15 years transportation and/or operations management experience.
  • 8+ years team management experience.
  • Extensive transportation experience across a variety of modes; OTR, intermodal and steamship lines.
  • Experience conducting RFPs and negotiating transportation contracts.
  • Highly knowledgeable with logistics and supply chain best practices and processes.
  • Strong leader with examples of improving performance and cost savings; KPI implementation experience.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; Ability to identify gaps, recommend improvements and take action.
  • Experience with TMS.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with capacity to cultivate and maintain strong working relationships.



  • This role will report to the Vice President of Supply Chain.
  • Transportation department is currently divided into two teams, export/imports and domestic, and consists of 18 full time employees spread across three offices.


Northwest Hardwoods, Inc. provides a competitive benefit package that includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage, short- and long-term disability benefits, life insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, 401(K) Retirement Plan with matching company contribution, and profit-sharing program.


Candidates who meet these qualifications will be considered further.


To apply please submit your resume and letter of interest to:


Northwest Hardwoods, Inc is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.