Shipping Supervisor in Kent, WA at Davis Wire

Date Posted: 2/9/2021

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Kent, WA
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

US Wire Group is the parent of three independent companies (five manufacturing facilities) which produce steel wire and cable/wire related products that serve many industries. The independent business model fosters entrepreneurship and growth and allows professional development at all levels. US Wire Group is part of the Metals Processing Group and wholly owned by The Heico Companies, LLC.

Our philosophy of developing a close customer contact to provide prompt, responsive service and to meet our customer's changing needs allows us to be leaders within our respective industries. Products are marketed domestically through a direct sales force, manufacturer's representatives, and an established network of independent distributors. Our company is diverse and has a solid management base, product/market niches and efficient manufacturing capabilities.

Directs and coordinates activities of shipping personnel concerned with documentation and routing of outgoing freight and verification and reshipment of incoming freight. Additionally, this position is also required to provide guidance and assist with day to day operations to ensure that all incoming and outgoing shipments are completed.


Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinates with manufacturing, sales, customer services and production scheduling in scheduling, routing, and shipping finished goods by common carriers.
  • Schedules common carriers and rail shipments and directs common carrier personnel while they are on company property to ensure compliance with safety rules and regulations.
  • Audits all prepaid freight bills.
  • Reviews and negotiates rates with common carriers.
  • Inspects in-coming/out-going finished goods for quality, quantity, and condition.
  • Records truck rates and charges on all customer orders.
  • Maintains knowledge of freight rates for intrastate/interstate iron and steel.
  • Maintains and periodically reviews routing policy.
  • Assist in taking physical inventories, as required.
  • Maintains finished product storage areas and advises sales of any surplus or slow-moving materials.
  • Develops departmental cost improvement programs.
  • Reviews documents to ensure that assigned classifications and tariffs are in accordance with mode of transportation and destination of shipment.
  • Investigates shipper or consignee complaints regarding lost or damaged merchandise or shortages in shipment to determine responsibility.
  • Directs preparation of claims against carrier responsible and corresponds with shipper or consignee to effect settlement.
  • Train shipping employees to work effectively
  • Work as an effective member of the Shipping team and be able to perform all responsibilities of the Shipping position


Job Requirements


  • High School or Equivalent – Bachelor’s preferred
  • Must be 18 years or older due to work environment and labor laws
  • Must be able to pass preemployment background, drug/alcohol, and physical screenings
  • Must be able to understand loading documents, be able to use bar code reader
  • Must be able to understand or gain understanding of Washington Department of Transportation regulations including height, width, and weight restrictions for all common carriers
  • Must be able to work independently, as a team, and be able to work with both internal and external customers
  • Ability to think strategically and problem solve
  • Must have Ability to calculate figures and Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Must be able to work inside and outside in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Forklift/Material Handling experience – at least one year’s experience
  • Basic competency with computer and Microsoft Suite
  • Available to work after normal schedule and occasional Saturdays (less than 1 a month)
  • Authorized to work for any employer in the United States of America


Physical Requirements


  • Must be able to work outside in all kinds of weather conditions, and in a dusty environment around metals
  • Sight – hand and eye coordination, depth perception needed to operate forklift
  • Hearing – must be able to hear others and warning sounds of forklift and other heavy machinery
  • Speech – must be able to communicate effectively with others while working
  • Must be able to stand, bend, kneel, and lift for long periods – frequent to constant
  • Must be able to squat, stoop, twist, climb, crawl, reach, grasp, and fine manipulation, operate foot controls, and work above shoulders occasional to constant
  • Must be able to lift 25 to 50 pounds on an occasional basis, and 75 to 100 pounds seldomly
  • Must be able to climb a ladder
  • Must be able to operate a forklift, pallet jack, and overhead crane
  • Must be able to climb and work from elevated platforms


Key Leadership Competencies


  • Leadership Capability - Has the leadership acumen and credibility to work across the entire organization and develop talent. Should be hands-on, but able to delegate appropriately with the ability to motivate, inspire and commit an organization to a course of action and achieve results.
  • Strategic Thinking - Strong strategic capabilities and overall business acumen. Fact-based, data-driven and analytical. Creative mindset with the ability to identify and mobilize around new opportunities very quickly.
  • Innovation Focus - Confident ability to drive change and express and advocate for new ideas and ways of doing things. Willingness to take appropriate business risks, recognizing that to succeed overall, one will occasionally fail.
  • Collaborative Style – Engages stakeholders in problem solving and decision making. Is adept at bringing people together to tackle issues rather than dictate solutions. Has a collegial, inclusive working style and is professional and courteous. Builds strong relationships both internally and externally. Is both confident and humble.
  • Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively deliver and reinforce consistent messages at all levels. Excellent listening skills.