Superior Foods International

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Import Logistics Coordinator
  2. Location: Watsonville, CA
  3. Number: 10177
  4. Post Date: 3/29/2018
Job description

The Import Logistics Coordinator is a detailed oriented self-motivated team player able to work across department lines, providing best in class service to our internal and external customer base. The Import Logistics Coordinator will work independently within broad guidelines, function effectively under constant time constraints and have the ability to work on a number of initiatives at once.

The position will monitor and coordinate daily activity of imported ocean containers into their assigned port(s), troubleshoot problem shipments, formulate solutions and notify appropriate stakeholders. This includes managing relationships with drayage companies to avoid demurrage fees, and recommending processes and concepts to improve efficiencies, cost savings and profitability.

Additionally, the position will coordinate domestic shipments with truck carriers throughout the country, to ensure product is picked up and delivered in a timely manner. Follow up on status of loads once scheduled and update internal sales, and purchasing groups of any issues that may affect the customer requirements. The position is responsible for gathering relevant shipping and receiving information from the various carriers and warehouses, as well as the accuracy of completeness of this information entered into the system.



  • For assigned Port(s), manage and coordinate movement of Imported Ocean containers to customer’s or Superior Foods warehouses.
  • Generate downloads for all shipments to the US
  • Provide early identification of problem shipments. Communicate/resolve with stakeholders and coordinate/implement solutions.
  • Work closely with transportation providers ensuring efficient and effective execution of defined processes. This includes confirming shipment ETA’s, reviewing routing, confirming shipping line, government agencies and port releases, requesting/confirming wire payments, scheduling delivery appointments, dispatching orders and confirming empty container returns.
  • Audit the 7501 Customs entry summary for each assigned shipment. Ensure accuracy of information based on established procedures. Raise discrepancies to the attention of the Logistics Manager.
  • Perform invoicing and allocate freight costs. Liaison with Account Managers, Accounting and transportation providers, as needed, to resolve discrepancies.
  • As needed, assist in negotiating freight rates with transportation providers, targeting cost reduction, freight savings and service.


  • Coordinate scheduled loads via data entry, e-mail, phone, etc.
  • Update appointment spreadsheets
  • Follow up and track status of scheduled shipments
  • Update pending invoices including detentions and off-loading
  • Update and maintain pending changes on orders
  • Communicate any challenges or delays directly with order originator.
  • Schedule pick-up and delivery appointments
  • Maintain tracking sheet
  • Other related projects as requested.
  • Allocate freight costs (monitor fuel charts, etc)
  • Correct freight variances
  • Assist in carrier negotiations
  • Trade Compliance 10 plus 2’s
  • Documents filing


  • College degree in logistics/transportation preferred or 3 years equivalent of related Logistics experience in an Import/Export environment preferred but not required
  • Ability to learn and understand vessel clearance and port procedures.
  • Ability to read, interpret and analyze domestic and international shipping documents, contracts and procedures.
  • Understanding of mathematics and basic accounting principles.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage conflicting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to solve challenging logistical problems and work with minimal direction.
  • Proficient with Word, Excel.
  • High level of initiative and proven team player. Work includes extensive telephone contact with carriers and cross-functional groups.
  • Foreign language skills a plus


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Requires high school diploma, BS or BA preferred-not required and 3-5 years related work experience or appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Understanding of mathematics and basic accounting principles.
  • Must be well organized and possess excellent telephone communication skills.
  • Must possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Customs and FDA knowledge helpful.
  • Working knowledge, Excel, Word  and Power point
  • Must be able to adjust tasks in accordance with changing deadlines and priorities. Strong customer service skills essential.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity please submit resume and cover letter to: and a copy to  Include the job title and BlueSkySearch in the subject title line. Cover letter should indicate: 1) Why you are interersted in this position; 2) Your relevant experience and how it relates; 3) In what type of company culture do you thrive; and 4) your desired salary. If selected for consideration, we will be in touch to arrange a brief telephone interview within two weeks.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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