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Logistics Planning Manager

Medina, MN
Posted on mar 7, 2023 Full time R17060
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.

The Manager of Outbound Process, Cost and Continuous Improvement will oversee a team of (3) Analysts and contractor that will collectively work to identify opportunities and implement changes to improve cost, service and quality in the outbound supply chain.  Additionally, the manager will ensure that outbound operational processes are standardized and documented and will have responsibility to drive improved outbound freight budgeting and forecasting processes. 

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision for the team of analysts and supply-chain engineer, including supporting employee development 

  • Improve and standardize data visibility from 3PL’s (Transportation Management, Freight Payment, etc), establish data warehouses to enable KPI dashboards 

  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of data from 3PL’s and partner with ops finance to establish improved processes to tie freight activity to payments and GL coding 

  • Develop detailed annual outbound budgets and quarterly freight forecasts in conjunction with ops finance and the outbound ops manager; budgets and forecasts should be clearly tied to performance goals and cost drivers 

  • Establish process to summarize and report comprehensive actual outbound freight costs and cost drivers vs budget on a quarterly, monthly, and weekly basis 

  • Monitor and manage performance against budgets; develop and implement corrective actions when performance is not in line with budget 

  • Partner with logistics sourcing and outbound operations teams to develop and implement a process to forecast space and carrier capacity needs for outbound shipping based on SIOP and business unit outputs; forecasts should be communicated to our 3PL providers at regular intervals 

  • Utilize cost and service data/metrics to identify opportunities and implement changes that will reduce costs or improve service through network, provider or systems changes 

  • Utilize supply-chain engineering tools / software (Llamasoft/JDA) to consistently analyze outbound network for optimal cost, service and quality performance 

  • Drive and deliver annual outbound VIP (Value Improvement Process) cost improvement goals as established in budgeting process; provide leadership for overall MP&L VIP program 

  • Ensure all outbound shipping, handling and planning processes are documented, standardized and reviewed regularly; perform audits to provide assurance that processes are being followed 

  • Develop and implement an improved crate forecasting process; eliminate crate shortages 

  • Support the outbound operations team by providing actionable metrics that they can use to drive performance (lead time, on-time ship, cost) improvements with our service providers 

  • Partner with internal IS, and 3PL IS teams to further develop and automate current logistics reporting 

  • Participate in NPI and PDP work streams to ensure outbound logistics costs are accurately accounted for in financial projections for new products 

  • Partner with operations team to develop, implement and execute process to seamlessly integrate new products into the outbound supply chain 


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain or related field

  • 5+ years logistics experience 

  • 2+ years of team management experience

  • Proven track record of cost reduction, problem solving and process improvement 

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and initiatives within budget limits and time constraints 

  • Strong financial acumen 

  • Demonstrated ability to drive continuous improvement and motivate others 

  • Team player with proven ability to establish collaborative cross-functional working relationships and lead teams towards a common goal 

  • Exceptional analytical skills and ability to summarize data into executive dashboards (Excel, Alteryx, Power BI) 

  • Inquisitive, desire to get into details to understand and solve complex problems that impact our customers 

  • Strategic vision and ability to properly evaluate trade-offs to manage and balance logistics costs, service and quality 

  • Experience developing and presenting PowerPoint presentations; expected to present to operations and executive leaders 

  • Operates with a sense of urgency to address issues and opportunities for improvement 


  • MBA  
  • Automotive / powersports logistics experience

Working conditions 

  • Standard fast-paced office environment 

  • Up to 25% travel required 



We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.