Dispatcher
VersaCold Logistics Services
Lachine, QC
VersaCold is a food-first supply chain company with one of North America’s largest cold chain networks. We're dedicated to ensuring the safety, quality and freshness of the food families eat. With 65 years of experience, we collaborate as entrusted partners to maintain cold chain integrity and deliver customized solutions to complex business challenges. The foundation of our culture is based upon The VersaCold Way demonstrating our commitment to health and safety, integrity, innovation, performance and collaboration.

We are a growing organization and currently looking for a passionate and motivated Dispatcher to join our winning team.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Shift: Days

Reports To: Manager, Terminal Operations

Office/Facility: Lachine Facility – Lachine, QC

POSITION SUMMARY

The Dispatcher is responsible for organizing and executing the daily pick-up and delivery objectives for the Terminal by coordinating the scheduling and routing of Driver trips and working closely with the drivers to achieve and maintain high service levels. The Dispatcher works closely with the Terminal Operations team to ensure all trips are coordinated, company resources are optimized, and customer needs are being fully met and/or exceeded. The Dispatcher works with Drivers to ensure 100% compliance with Transportation Safety Plan policies and procedures, while ensuring professional on-time service on pick-ups and deliveries.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Safety & Compliance

Promotes a culture where Health & Safety is the #1 priority.
Operates within the Code of Business Conduct, company policies and procedures, and all statutes and legislation governing the workplace.
Works with Drivers to ensure Driver hours are not exceeded.
Understands and adheres to all Transportation Safety policies and guidelines.
Ensures compliance with prescribed Health & Safety programs and Cold Chain Assurance programs, as directed by terminal management team and regional Health & Safety and Cold Chain Assurance leads. May participate in Joint Health & Safety meetings.
Customer Experience

Promotes a culture where Health & Safety is the #1 priority.
Operates within the Code of Business Conduct, company policies and procedures, and all statutes and legislation governing the workplace.
Works with Drivers to ensure Driver hours are not exceeded.
Understands and adheres to all Transportation Safety policies and guidelines.
Ensures compliance with prescribed Health & Safety programs and Cold Chain Assurance programs, as directed by terminal management team and regional Health & Safety and Cold Chain Assurance leads. May participate in Joint Health & Safety meetings.
Operational Excellence

Manages inbound shipment ETA’s to maximize efficiency and ensure customer needs are met.
Collaborates with the operations team to determine equipment requirements and schedules.
Develops efficient routing patterns locally to meet required schedules.
Ensures all documentation relating to the movement of orders or shipments in or out of the facility is completed accurately and on time.
Communicates with Drivers to ensure they are operating in the most safe and effective manner, and are compliant with transportation legislation and company policies and procedures.
Coordinates team member and resources involved in the daily pick-up and delivery of freight, including Dispatchers, Drivers, Third Party Carriers and Owner Operators.
Ensures appropriate Driver resource is sent to each call, based on current location, truck size, capacity, schedule, and whether shipment is fresh/frozen. Ensures the most efficient and effective resource is dispatched to meet customer service schedules.
Ensures regular communication with Drivers to keep apprised of Driver locations across the network so they may assign next pickup according to proximity.
Ensures the collection, audit, tracking and filing of internal paperwork from Drivers (PODs, fuel slips, and maintenance records).
Keeps in communication with the dock and central line haul dispatch regarding shipments that will be arriving late or not according to schedule.
Provides a daily exceptions report to Supervisor, Dispatch, showing all on time and late departures.
Recommends continuous improvement efforts and identifies cost saving and growth initiatives.
Answers inbound phone calls relating to line haul delays, driver check in, hours of service & carrier check-ins.
Provides vacation and sick coverage for senior dispatch functions.
Performs other duties as assigned in accordance with the company vision, mission, strategy and culture.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

0-2 years’ experience working in an FTL & LTL transportation environment in a planning or dispatch role.
Scheduling or customer service experience.
Experience working with company drivers, owner operators and third party carriers.
University degree or College Diploma is an asset
Bilingualism required
Excellent customer service abilities with a natural desire to provide exceptional service and build strong relationships with Drivers.
Proven ability to work in a fast-paced warehouse environment to ensure accuracy, compliance and a team culture of excellence.
Proven analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to quickly understand and identify issues and propose solutions.
Proven ability to effectively prioritize work flow to ensure deadlines are met in a fast-paced environment. Able to adapt to shifting priorities.
Analytical; logical thinker with ability to think two steps ahead and successfully analyze different pieces of information and put them together like a puzzle.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Dedicated to continuous improvement and ability to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and enhance results. Ability to manage and adapt to change.
Approachable, positive demeanor with a hands-on and team-oriented work style.
Knowledge of the logistics, supply chain and/or transportation industry preferred.
Commitment to health and safety in the workplace.
Takes initiative, is proactive in their work, and results-oriented.
Microsoft Office skills with an emphasis on Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience working effectively in a unionized environment governed by collective agreements is an asset.
Working knowledge of labor management, transportation, financial and other key technologies.

VersaCold is an equal opportunity employer. Please note, while we appreciate all applications only qualified candidates will be contacted.