Terminal Manager

Forward Air La Vergne , TN 37086

Posted 7 days ago

Position: Terminal Manager

Job Description:

Forward Air, Inc. is seeking a capable and career-oriented Terminal Manager to lead our fast-paced shipping/dock operation. The ideal candidate will supervise and coordinate all activities of dockworkers and other support personnel. He/she will provide planning for, direction to, and will control available resources associated with the timely, damage-free, and safe loading/unloading of freight on assigned shifts. In addition, he/she will provide dockworker training, performance feed-back, and provide disciplinary recommendations when necessary.

Core Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Ensure all work is performed according to Forward Air approved procedures, standards, and specifications for dock operations

  • Guarantee audit compliance within all areas of the operation

  • Review terminal operating reports and adjust labor schedules for increased efficiencies

  • Create onboarding strategies for hiring, training and overall employee retention

  • Focus on employee development: organic growth through cross-training

  • Ensure accurate daily asset reporting: Trailers, Forklifts, TAP Scanners, Load Bars and Containers

  • Manage and react to day-to-day operational requirements in a professional and timely manner

  • Directly supervise all activities of dockworkers and support personnel engaged in loading and unloading trucks and trailers

  • Assign job tasks to workers according to unloading and loading schedules

  • Ensure appropriate load plans and proper load balance to ensure safe vehicle operation

  • Coordinate work assignments, monitor performance, and provide training on relevant job duties

  • Provide a clean, safe working environment for all personnel and visiting customers

  • Foster safe handling, loading, unloading, and storage of Hazardous Materials as provided by the Department of Transportation

  • Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds

  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to ninety (90) pounds

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong team player that thrives in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to drive performance of direct reports and lead a team in a lean manufacturing environment

  • Understand P&L statements and analyze areas for production improvement.

  • Must be willing to work various shifts and days per week.

  • International/Import experience is a plus

  • Minimum 3 years management experience

  • Degree preferred

  • Transportation experience preferred

  • Demonstrated operational management experience of minimum 15 person unit or larger required

  • Knowledge of proper freight handling techniques

  • Knowledge of Hazardous Materials handling

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of operations

  • Must be flexible to work weekends and nights

  • Forklift and general freight handling experience


  • Ideal candidate will possess a "can do" attitude with a "will do" work ethic

  • Must have the ability to work in a fast paced environment

  • General computer skills - Microsoft Office, Outlook, AS400

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills

Forward Air is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Since 1990, Forward Air has been a leading provider of ground transportation and related logistics services to the North American air freight and expedited LTL market. We offer surface shipping on an accelerated "time-definite" basis, delivering cargo at a specific time, but under less time-sensitive situations - supplying you with a cost effective, reliable alternative to air transportation. We work with companies of all sizes to develop tangible advantages and build the best products to meet your specific needs. Forward Air presents to the wholesale transportation community (logistics companies, freight forwarders, integrated air cargo carriers, passenger/ cargo airlines, and non-traditional shippers), a single-source provider that can deliver more supply chain services and a superior menu of choices. Throughout the years we have added supplementary lines to our linehaul service, such as full truckload operations (Truckload Services), final-mile coverage (Complete Cartage), and an Airline Logistics program, and we will continue to expand our services to meet the changing needs and growth of our customer base.

Forward Air is structured to optimize both savings and service to our customers. Direct partnerships with owner-operators and other surface transportation providers, enable us to remain cost-competitive. The Forward Air network is designed with over 90 facilities located at or near major U.S. and Canadian airports, 12 regional sort centers and over 300 beyond points (secondary airports provided through our Complete Cartage service), creating one of the most comprehensive linehaul networks in the industry.

Ranked 3rd in Newsweeks 2022 "Americas Most Trustworthy Companies" publication

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