Transportation Planner (132) Torrance, California


Robert Taira founded King’s Hawaiian in Hilo Hawaii 63 years ago and, after capturing the lion’s share of the bakery business on the big island, moved the business to Honolulu in the 60’s. There, King’s Hawaiian became not only the largest bakery business and a successful restaurant, but also the largest customer in Hawaii of the US Postal Service due to the huge mail order business from stateside consumers who craved the Original Sweet Bread. To realize the next vision in his plan, Robert moved the business to Torrance, CA in the early 70’s where it resides today with two restaurants and two bakery plants including one of the most modern in the industry. King’s Hawaiian is continuing to grow and recently built a new bakery facility near Atlanta GA that went live in October 2011. The company, which is still 100% family owned, is now led by Robert’s son Mark who serves as CEO and continues the family’s long time commitment to irresistible quality and behavioral values that make King’s Hawaiian a great place to work.

Mission Statement: We deliver irresistible Hawaiian foods and Aloha Spirit that families love everywhere everyday.

Core Values: Excellence / Dignity / Telling it like it is, in a way that can be heard


This new position is based in Torrance, CA and will report to the Director of Supply Chain. This position will have overall responsibility for maintaining excellent relationships between King's Hawaiian, and our network of 3PL's and third party carriers; will be the first point of contact between carriers, customer service and distribution centers; and will coordinate transportation (both outbound and inbound) of our products within our network.


-Coordination of all daily routing and tendering of Plant outbound transportation.

-Coordinate the scheduling and routing of inbound shipments of raw materials and other supplies.

-Track and evaluate shipper performance and equipment utilization.

-Provide accurate cost/service information and operational reporting.

-Develop and maintain information and business requirements for the Transportation Management System (TMS).

-Regularly communicate effectively with internal departments such as Shipping and Receiving, Inventory Control, Customer Service, Planning and Sales as required to ensure coordination of efforts.

-Maintain effective relationships with contracted transportation providers.

-Participate in the development of department objectives and strategic issues.

-Identify research, recommend and implement various projects aimed at improving transportation cost and operations performance.


The ideal candidate will have:

-5+ years of experience in Transportation, Customer Service or Distribution functions.

-3+ years experience in transportation and shipment planning.

-2+ years of Transportation Management System (TMS) experience.

-Bachelor's degree (Logistics or Supply Chain preferred).

-Must work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.

-Financial management knowledge.

-Cost analysis skills.

-Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with all levels of personnel.

-Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

-A personal commitment and ability to demonstrate the King's Hawaiian Core Values.

Note: This Position Description indicates the critical features of the role as they are presently envisioned. They are subject to change at any time due to business conditions or other reasons. The  incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

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