Transportation Lead Driver

The Mcclatchy Company Kennewick , WA 99336

Posted 6 months ago

Salary: $45,000 Annual

The Transportation Lead Driver will supervise drivers in the loading and delivery of all publications and products and help maintain, improve and supervise an efficient and transportation/distribution system and small fleet. Routinely balancing working hours driving partial shifts. Be willing and able to perform both duties concurrently.


  • Proven record of performance in a transportation/distribution/driving role.

  • AA or higher desired education level preferred; may be substituted for with a leadership role or multiple years of safely driving a truck (at least 26,000 GVW). .

  • Requires planning, scheduling, communication, employee reporting and tracking skills.

  • Working knowledge of DOT regulations and ability to work nights/weekends.

  • Clean driving abstract required.

  • Forklift experience a plus.


Five nights a week including weekends. Be accessible during time off if schedules / conditions require.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Supervises, trains, coaches and motivates drivers in a manner which instills teamwork, progression of skills, efficiency with high priority given to meeting deadlines and bundle and load accuracy.

  • Redistributes drivers as needed.

  • Work and dispatches from home as required.

  • Schedules drivers to cover all loading and delivery shifts.

  • Ensure all drivers report to work on time and comply with company policies or initiate progressive coaching as needed.

  • Process daily manifests, carrier mail, product samples, store copies, other publications, & miscellaneous supplies prior to distribution.

  • Monitor drivers' performance to ensure it complies with DOT regulations; keep required up-to-date files.

  • Ensure that all truck runs are delivered within established time frames meeting or exceeding predetermined deadlines.

  • Prepare daily distribution reports, Log trucks in and out ensuring the safety and vehicle checks are done pre and post operation.

  • Ensure all vehicles are clean and coordinate their maintenance.

  • Accountable for the accuracy of time cards/Kronos for all drivers.

  • Provide training to new drivers including orientation & driver safety classes.

  • Initiate reasoned contingency action in the event of vehicle failure/accident to ensure delivery of the load. Arrange for appropriate vehicle recovery as needed and post-accident report and urinalysis as appropriate.

  • Write and administer written and performance appraisals in accordance with company and departmental standards.

  • Reasonably proficient in using a computer on a company network.

  • Other duties as assigned.


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Transportation Lead Driver

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