Transportation Specialist- Produce


Full Time USD 68K - 75K
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Imperfect Foods

Imperfect Foods delivers sustainable, affordable groceries. Shop produce, groceries, and snacks in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Midwest, East Coast, Southwest, and South. Coming soon to the Southeast.

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About Imperfect
Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 with a mission to reduce food waste and build a better food system for everyone. We offer imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality meat and dairy. Our customers can get the healthy, seasonal produce they want alongside the grocery staples they rely on, without having to compromise their budget or values. We’re proving that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more, and that shopping for quality ingredients can support the people and resources that it takes to grow our favorite foods.
We're headquartered in San Francisco with operations all over the country!
Please consider completing the optional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) survey below. Doing so will help keep us accountable for the DEI commitments we have made as a company. By choosing to disclose elements of your identity, you are informing us about our candidate pool and the ways we can continue to improve making Imperfect Foods an inclusive company for everyone. Responses will in no way affect your candidacy for the position you apply for.  Information collected will be kept secure and confidential and will be used solely to evaluate our DEI efforts. We thank you in advance for helping us to become a better company for people of all backgrounds.
About the Role:
We're looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic, and highly motivated problem-solver who lives and breathes transportation and logistics. No detail is too big or too small to be overlooked. This is a unique opportunity for a talented individual to get in on the ground floor of one of the most exciting startups in the sustainable food movement.
In this position, the candidate is responsible for coordinating shipments of Grocery and Dry freight between growers/vendors and the Imperfect packing facilities and developing new and existing LTL and FTL carriers. This person will monitor and verify documentation and ensure good arrivals, supporting and working in tandem with the purchasing and receiving department. On occasion, this person may support the purchasing department by inputting purchase orders and various other tasks. This individual enjoys problem solving and negotiating the unexpected. The ideal candidate is highly organized, proficient in Excel, Google Docs/Sheets and QuickBooks, and/or other ERP systems.


  • Serve as the primary communication bridge between our purchasing and operations teams and the vendor/shipper as to the timely pickup and delivery of all P.O.’s
  • Research LTL and FTL carriers and continually improve logistics efficiencies and pricing
  • Prepare and manage all required shipping documentation
  • Set up and confirm timely pickup and deliveries
  • Ensure product arrives at cross-dock/Fulfillment Center and is picked and loaded for long hauls
  • Manage shipments of product from pickup to delivery
  • Ensure product is shipped at correct/optimum temperature
  • Track shipments and update Purchasing/Merchandisers/Operations team
  • Research and resolve any late or missing loads.
  • File claim with truckers for missing/damaged product
  • Create solutions for any-and-all transportation issues
  • Reconcile any freight payment issues with accounting
  • Update carrier list with new vendors and rates between growing areas and packing centers
  • Effectively negotiate best freight rates and service
  • Assist the Purchasing team as needed with P.O. creation and other duties

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 3- 7 years of experience in the perishables transportation field
  • High accuracy and fast data input
  • 10 key proficiency a plus
  • Has direct understanding and experience with dispatching LTL trucks to coolers in produce growing regions, seasons and availability and delivering locally and across country
  • Knowledge of west coast to midwest trucking routes and potential seasonal conditions is required
  • Knows refrigerated as well as Dry FTL asset-based carriers, truck brokers and west coast regional LTL carriers
  • Ability to identify regional LTL carriers in midwest, northeast and southeast
  • Knows how to problem solve with shippers, coolers and carriers
  • Previous experience in produce transportation strongly preferred
  • Understands all parts of a logistics business – purchasing, operations and cold chain

About You:

  • You’re experienced working with a dynamic fast paced team
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • You’re highly organized and strong attention to detail
  • You’re able to problem-solve and think on your feet 
  • You excel doing independent and unsupervised work
  • Passionate about Imperfect’s mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all

Details of Position

  • Full-time exempt position reporting to the Inbound Transportation Manager
  • Remote position, but must be able to align with business hours on the West Coast
  • Salary range: $68,000 - $75,000
  • Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!
  • Evening, weekend, and holiday work required occasionally

Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary work; involves sitting most of the time
  • Occasional movement around the office may be necessary
  • Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens
  • Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets

Imperfect's commitment to DEIImperfect Foods is steadfast in its commitment to being an actively anti-racist company.We understand that it is necessary to take ownership and accountability for building an equitable workplace where all members of our organization can truly belong. It is our responsibility to ensure that every department at every level of our business reflects the diversity of the world we live in. We aim to achieve this through our hiring practices and by championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programming that fosters a supportive work environment where everyone can thrive and have connections across teams.
DEI programming is available for all employees and we highly encourage staff participation. It is only with everyone’s unique perspectives, experiences, and beliefs that we can help shape a culture of belonging and create an environment where all Imperfectionists are celebrated.
U.S. E-Verify Notice: Imperfect Foods participates in E-Verify in the United States. Imperfect will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
COVID update for on-site employees: All Imperfect Foods employees must be fully vaccinated to be on-site or at company functions. For roles that require an employee to be on-site to fulfill their job functions: job offers are contingent on providing proof of vaccination (e.g., a copy of a vaccine card or other similar official document confirming vaccination status).
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