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Director of Logistics


This is a Contract position in Azalia, MI posted November 18, 2021.

Director of Logistics

Corporate Monroe, Michigan


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties as assigned):

  • This position will work closely with management to define, implement, and drive execution of key strategic initiatives to enable the La-Z-Boy supply chain area to operate effectively and efficiently
  • Meet goals for raw materials and product availability across the company’s US and Mexico plant operations.
  • Logistic expense goals are planned, organized and executed to AOP expectations.
  • Ongoing comparison of worldwide supply chain costs, logistic and distribution network design and best in class to identify next improvement opportunities.
  • Network with other companies and professional associations to identify successful approaches that can be implemented here.
  • Provide management control and oversight to freight partners worldwide to meet customer service needs at lowest total cost.
  • Investigate and implement information technology and automation to supply chain as appropriate to improve customer service and/or reduce cost.
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for established long-term freight forwarder strategy along with sister divisions.
  • Determine proper channel strategy to achieve best landed freight cost while not negatively impacting service.
  • Along with the VP Supply Chain, assess areas for operational improvement and develop strategies, metrics and initiatives to ensure LZB logistics resources are utilized most effectively in the implementation of supply chain projects to deliver successful results
  • Working with carriers and LZB fleet to assure that all freight is effectively managed and that internal and external customer needs are met in the most cost effective manner.
  • Develop and maintain carrier contracts and relationships assuring ample resources are available to meet LZB’s freight needs.
  • Work closely with functional business leadership within Operations to identify and propose opportunities for dramatically improving core business process performance.
  • Assist in the continued development of LZB’s channel strategies for global sourcing and finished goods distribution through LZB’s regional distribution network.
  • Lead the effort and implementation of new technology to more effectively manager inbound, interplant and outbound transportation management.
  • Oversee the freight audit and payment process for all logistics outside service providers.
  • Work with La-Z-Boy Transportation in effective planning and utilization of the company’s private fleet operations.
  • Develop and document policies and procedures which will contribute to implementation of best practices in supply chain functional areas
  • Ability to develop and mentor people and build a strong team



  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, logistics, supply chain, or a related field with 10+ years of relevant experience including 5+ years of supervisory/leadership experience.
  • 15+ years in leading a transportation/logistics network with at least 5 years directly leading global supply chain networks
  • Demonstrated experience managing import/export compliance
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and develop talent
  • Outstanding communication skills both verbal and written; Ability to effectively communicate at all levels in the organization from Senior Leadership to Shop Floor Operations
  • Knowledge of DOT regulations  
  • Experience working in a global business utilizing ERP, Visibility, YMS and TMS platforms
  • Experience in performing network analysis to determine where distribution center should be located given service, cost and capacity objectives
  •  Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Graduate Degree and professional certifications a plus
  • Knowledge of freight rating systems that will be the foundation of the TMS.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, six sigma, problem solving, value stream mapping, international business and global sourcing, business process reengineering.
  • Travel required: 20%


  • Experience with Transportation Management software

  • Experience with Materials and Procurement for manufacturing



    Office environment/no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands


    Communicate Transparently

    Lead the Team

    Impact and Influence

    Deliver Results

    Coach and Develop

    At La-Z-Boy, we are committed to fostering an environment in which all employees feel valued, included, and empowered to do their best work and bring great ideas to the table. We understand that our employees’ diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints add value to our ability to create and deliver the best possible service, quality products, and is of upmost importance as we work together to Build Something Amazing.

    OTHER DUTIES:  Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the incumbent for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled:
    La-Z-Boy is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. It is our practice to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals. All employment decisions and related entities will be made on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy and commitment to ensure equal opportunity is provided in all employment opportunities and practices, regardless of race, color, religion, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. La-Z-Boy is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an online application, please e-mail [email protected] or call (see application details). Only messages left for this purpose will be returned. If you would like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under law, please CLICK HERE .