Head of Transportation

Job title : Head of Transportation
Location : Tokyo
Job type : Permanent
Discipline Logistics & Supply Chain
Salary : 8,000,000 to 10,000,000
Contact : Wayne Yoshida
Email : email Wayne
Reference : JOB_006805[856]


To coordinate and control all activities associated with the inbound and outbound movement of inventory, physical assets and other items monitoring performance and actively seeking new solutions which will improve efficiency and reduce costs.


  • Maintain an overview of all current transportation activities undertaken by the company and actively seek opportunities to drive network and vendor performance improvement

  • Oversee all processes relating to the inbound delivery of goods from vendors including both local supply and imports.

  • Oversee all processes relating to the outbound shipment of goods from the company and/or third-party storage locations to retail stores and other TRU locations, including transfer of inventory from store to store.

  • Control all third-party transportation contracts and manage relationships with transportation partners to optimise service levels and cost performance

  • Maintain an overview of new developments and changes in legislation relating to the transportation sector in Japan and provide timely strategic guidance to the Leadership Team


  • In conjunction with other Teams oversee the systems for scheduling the receipt of inventory from vendors at the company logistics facilities and stores. Ensure that inventory availability targets are met whilst optimizing the utilization of goods-receiving capacity.

  • Control inbound import shipments from origin including arrangements for vessel off-loading, brokerage (including customs clearance) and onward delivery (drayage) to the company logistics facilities.

  • Ensure the timely availability of appropriate transport at the copmany logistics facilities for collection of outbound goods. Continuously monitor vendor performance against KPI’s.

  • Oversee transportation delivery performance to stores including costs, timeliness and service levels

  • Manage the process for delivery of EComm sales to customers. Evaluate providers, negotiate contracts and monitor performance to optimise service and minimise costs.

  • Actively seek opportunities for cost-reduction / service improvement by working in conjunction with transportation vendors on areas including routing & scheduling, load consolidation, back-haul, vehicle selection & availability, driver performance etc.

  • Oversee transportation operations and provide routine reports of operating costs and service levels.

  • Review all transportation contracts and report on vendor performance against contractual obligations.

  • Control the process for routine transportation vendor review and contract renewal including RFP process, vendor consolidation and the development of a standard operating contract

  • Assume responsibility for all Health, Safety & Environmental issues relating to the transportation operations. Actively seek opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint of the transport operations


  • Graduate. Ideally in transport, logistics, supply chain or a related discipline

  • [Essential] At least 10 years’ experience in a senior transportation role with

    full cost centre responsibility

  • [Essential] Extensive current knowledge of the transport industry in Japan

  • [Essential] Previous experience in retail FMCG distribution services in Japan

  • [Essential] Previous experience controlling 3rd Party transport contracts with

    multiple providers including contract negotiations

  • [Desirable] Experience of working for a transport company would be an


  • [Desirable] Exposure to working with a multi-national company would be an


  • Collaborative style with well-developed senior management expertise.

    Confident in leading teams to deliver results

  • Advanced analytical skills and good commercial awareness

  • Practiced communicator with good spoken/written English language skills