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Sr. Logistics Manager

Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




Oversees all aspects of daily operations. Directly responsible for insuring regional and corporate wholesale objectives are executed at the operational level. Insures adherence by Kia America’s (KUS) logistics vendor of KUS policies, procedures and objectives. Oversee all Port Installed Option (PIO) operation, including but not limited to parts inventory management and installation facilitation.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 40%

Work with all 5 KUS regions, Fleet and logistics provider to develop and monitor daily, weekly and monthly port production targets. Resolve port production issues as they arise.


2nd Priority - 20%

Maintain open and regular communications between KUS's logistics provider and KUS corporate/regional management teams to ensure all necessary Port Installed Options (PIO) parts are available for all port processing.


3rd Priority - 20%

Monitor vendor billing, including off-site storage, transportation and general processing expenses.


4th Priority - 10%

Conduct regular audits of logistics provider and VPCs to ensure compliance with KUS policies, goals and objectives.


5th Priority- 10%

Negotiate and monitor contractual agreement with logistics vendor.


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience

Overall Experience

  • General knowledge of vehicle handling processes and procedures
  • Extensive knowledge of US Customs practices relating to importation of new vehicles.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of vehicle transportation practices and processes; operation of large scale logistics networks
  • In-depth understanding of distribution management; P&L responsibility for a large scale logistics network;
  • Knowledge of US Customs regulations and practices; management experience in a union environment.
  • Knowledge of AAR rail multi-level fleet sizing methodology

Directly Related Experience

  • 10+ years of experience in wholesale automotive logistics network design; design of automated payment and tracking systems
  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory or management experience in vehicle logistics or port operations with an automotive importer or manufacturer.
  • 7+ years of experience in selecting and developing vehicle processing facilities
  • 5+ years of experience in negotiating short and long term land leases with governmental agencies; management of a vehicle processing or post-production facility
  • 5+ experience in contracting and managing shipments via ocean carrier; experience in contracting and managing shipment via rail; experience in contracting and managing shipments via truck;


Excellent communication skills required (written and oral)
Excellent MS Office suite skills (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel).


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Developing Talent
Driving Continuous Improvement
Inspiring and Motivating Others
Managing Risk
Setting a Strategic Vision


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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