Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff, and as partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
The Global Shipping Officer will serve as a member of the Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) team, within the Operational Excellence Department of CRS Overseas Operations. The Global Shipping Officer will work under the leadership of the Global Shipping Manager to complete activities that support CRS country programs. These activities will be focused on providing day to day shipping and forwarding management of food aid commodities donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development/Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to CRS’ country programs and will also focus on supporting other international shipping activities, as required. CRS is the largest Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) in food aid and shipped approximately $250M (commodity and freight) during fiscal year 2016. Responsibilities will include operations support for various country programs, providing shipping advice, guidance, and assistance for all shipping-related ac
tivities and initiatives in compliance with CRS principles and standards, donor regulations, and industry standards.
* Proactively supports country programs with USG food commodities in pipeline management, planning and placing Sales Orders, and managing shipping operations, including:
* Monitor and track shipments from sales order submission until delivery of cargo as per agreed upon freight contract terms;
* Review of claims status reports and resolve any issues that would prevent claim submission and the reimbursement of fees;
* Interpret and clarify commercial, USG and other donor rules, standards, and regulations related to international transport and shipping;
* Review of monetization plans and contracts;
* Responsible for managing day-to-day operations in partnership with CRS’ international freight forwarder (3PL);
* Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives for CRS staff through the development and facilitation of training related to various shipping functions;
* Review and facilitate requests for approval of freight fund transfers to carriers;
* Liaise with the Transportation Departments of USAID and USDA on relevant shipping issues;
* Assist with the coordination of ad hoc shipments of other goods (other than USG food aid), as needed
Education and Experience:
* Bachelor’s degree required (in Supply Chain or other relevant area preferred); strong preference for relevant academic and/or industry certification in SCM (such as APICS);
* Minimum of 3 years of work experience with international shipping, preferably USG-contracted, either directly with USG or with PVO partner;
* Strong knowledge of general shipping practices and regulations, international import/export legislation, and customs regulations;
* Strong understanding of logistics, commodity and supply chain management including contracting under US government regulations;
* Experience with collecting, organizing, analyzing, and reporting on information with accuracy and attention to detail;
* International development experience, including in a developing country, preferred;
* Experience working with USG donors and demonstrated understanding of USG regulations related to public resources, particularly USAID and USDA commodity programs preferred;
* Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio);
* Fluency in English required.
* Excellent interpersonal, communication, representation, customer service, and networking skills;
* Strong analytical and organizational skills resulting in the ability to make sound judgment;
* Ability to take initiative, as well as to work well both independently and with a team;
* Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics;
* Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented.
Required/Desired Foreign Language
* Fluency in at least one international language (French or Spanish preferred) a strong plus
Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable)
* Ability and willingness to travel overseas and in the U.S., as needed (up to 25%) and operate under multiple cultural settings
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
* Serves with Integrity
* Models Stewardship
* Cultivates Constructive Relationships
* Promotes Learning
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
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Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.