Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Logistics

Ottawa, KS, US

Logistics Manager

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position


Develop logistic strategy and provide best practices to all sites, be part of the local leadership team. Develop people and processes in inbound and outbound logistics following the best lean practice in industry.

Main tasks and responsibilities


  • Provide Logistic teams the functional knowledge including new model launch planning, change control, bill of material, parts follow-up, shop floor scheduling, inventory planning, distribution, logistics, material handling, packaging, and industrial material to support the plant assembly processes with production and non-production materials.
  • Meet Kalmar production system, QS 9000, ISO 14001, other guidelines and regulations
  • Coordinate deliveries between manufacturing sites and Kalmar’s 3PL providers
  • Develop Supply Chain strategy for Ottawa, KS site in line with the strategic targets and future expansion and/or modification of the plant’s logistics equipment, resources, and or future facilities to determine the effect on logistics operations
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with material and production planning team, to allow flexibility to production, improve our internal processes and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Develop and improve supplier’s delivery KPI's to evaluate performance and establish actions plan supporting Ottawa, KS planning and sourcing team to improve supplier performance.
  • Review future manufacturing requirements and recommend to the plant management the most economical work patterns related to receiving, repacking, kitting, and sequencing 2 Bin material flows.
  • Develop department policy deployment objectives, implement lean practices in logistic flows, coach and develop employees.
  • Participate with Supply Chain Mgmt. scheduling, customers, and plant when there are production critical supply issues.
  • Support Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, People, Environment (SQDCPE) objectives and operating systems implementation
  • Prepare the logistics team for the challenges ahead with a strong focus on people by coaching and mentoring employees as required.
  • Develop and support plan for every part (PFEP) and logistic strategy across the external warehouse in Olathe, KS and the main assembly manufacturing process in Ottawa, KS.
  • Strong ability to interface with plant hourly, salaried personnel, plant management, staff operations, logistic carriers, and production suppliers
  • Continuously work on improvement of inventory levels and inventory accuracy

What you’ll need to succeed





  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business administration, Engineering or Supply Chain is required with a certification in logistics or planning preferred (APICs, CPIM)
  • Degrees in Material Planning and Logistics, Supply Chain mgmt., Material Handling/Packaging Engineering, Business Administration, Industrial Operations, Logistics, desirable

Additional Requirements:


  • 10 years’ experience required as leader in Material planning and logistics in automotive, truck or heavy equipment industry with strong lean manufacturing requirements
  • Former experience in scheduling, distribution, supply chain, inventory planning, bill of material, change control, new model launch, logistics, material handling line feed processes, non-production stores, material flow.
  • Strong analytical skills and quick decision-making capability
  • Good problem-solving skills and continuous improvement mentality
  • Need to work well under pressure and to be able to work under crisis management when necessary
  • Proficient in computer applications (ERP system, Google or Windows 365 etc...)
  • Having a long-term interest in Material Planning and Logistics career desired
  • •Self-motivated and willing to accept responsibilities outside of initial job description
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment

You will be part of


Kalmar currently employs more than 4,800 professionals worldwide. One of our most important values is: We do it together. We value team skills, as well as innovativeness, customer orientation, and a willingness to commit to continuous improvement. We work closely with our customers and partners - across language, cultural, and professional borders. We see diversity as a common strength and valuable resource for Kalmar’s future.    

Interested to join?


Please submit your resume/CV to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.