Transportation & Safety Manager - Salem, Virginia

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Position Purpose/Summary

Join the Blue Ridge Beverage Team!

Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Inc., a leading distributor of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages in Central and Southwest Virginia, is looking for a TRANSPORTATION & SAFETY MANAGER to grow with us.

The Transportation & Safety Manager reports directly to the SVP, Operations and is responsible for developing, managing, and administering the company's transportation and safety programs.
We offer competitive pay, a comprehensive benefits package, and a great team environment!

Full Time, Exempt
Location: Salem, VA

Salary Range: DOE

Position Benefits

  • Paid time off plus 3 scheduled paid holidays
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Comprehensive Medical Insurance including health, dental, prescription, and vision care
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for health care and dependent care
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with some employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program

Position Duties

  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and administering fleet safety and occupational health and safety programs to ensure legal compliance.
  • Responsible for leading the company's safety program, including conducting audits, annual safety-related training sessions, investigations, and evaluations at the division level, and implementing measures to improve safety practices.
  • Leads the company’s corporate and division level safety committees and committee process.
  • Documents, investigates, and reports to appropriate managers any known or reported improper conduct or behavior by any individual which could endanger the individual’s own safety or that of others.
  • Maintains documentation required by various state and federal agencies, including OSHA, DOT, FMCSA, and the Virginia DMV.
  • Responsible for managing all company driver training programs, including the Federal Entry-Level Driver Training program. Recommends retraining and discipline for drivers as needed.
  • Reviews pending and upcoming changes to federal and state DOT and safety regulations. Updates existing practices to ensure the company is compliant.
  • Works with SVP, Operations, and division operations managers to define fleet requirements across the business, including purchasing, leasing, and maintenance.
  • Coordinates with division operations managers to ensure that all vehicle maintenance is completed as scheduled and that all vehicle safety concerns are addressed immediately.
  • Collaborates with SVP, Operations and division operations and delivery managers to ensure that the delivery functions are staffed with personnel who have the necessary skills, experience, knowledge, and abilities.
  • Builds consensus on transportation priorities, objectives, and strategies, and gains alignment across all divisions and cross-functional partners across the company.
  • Collaborates with managers to develop and implement policies, procedures, goals, and objectives for transportation operations.
  • Assists in managing the company's property insurance, including claims management, and ensuring all vehicles and drivers are properly documented.
  • Oversees all aspects of driver onboarding, driver safety, and compliance programs.
  • Ensures drivers are compliant with DOT and company regulations and manages the tracking of all relevant information on drivers and vehicles.
  • Coordinates disaster and emergency response planning and activities with other applicable company leaders.
  • Conduct bi-annual route studies at each division focusing on routing efficiencies and appropriate service frequencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Relationships & Roles

  • Maintains professional internal and external relationships throughout the company.
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity.
  • Interacts and collaborates with company employees at all levels in a respectful manner.
  • Leads by example, builds trust, values others, holds employees accountable, and communicates effectively with others in a team environment.
  • Demonstrates sense of urgency in accomplishing goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and able to work nights and early mornings as training, team-building, and other circumstances dictate.

Minimum Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience in safety and/or transportation, or an equivalent combination of experience in both areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and comply with OSHA and other federal, state, and local safety and transportation regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience managing accidents, incidents, and emergencies.
  • Demonstrated success in developing, implementing, and evaluating training programs, including best practices in safety and transportation activities.
  • Demonstrated successful working relationships with clients, suppliers, and other internal and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated successful and positive personal leadership, interpersonal, organizational, administrative, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in setting priorities; exceptional analytical, organization, and problem-solving skills; strong ability to multi-task across diverse projects, issues, and scenarios, with the ability to pivot quickly.
  • OSHA certification required, or willingness to obtain.
  • Exceptional oral, written, and overall communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Excellent driving record.
  • Availability to travel to all company locations, up to 25% depending on the circumstances and project and sometimes with limited notice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a distribution setting, especially in beverage distribution.
  • Holding or having held a Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL”) is a plus.
  • Delivery, operations, or sales experience in the three-tier system of beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcohol beverages.


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