River Services Fleet Dispatcher
Cargill - Reserve, LA

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Cargill Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain consists of 11 businesses that operate on an integrated global basis. We source, trade, process and distribute grain and oilseeds. The main bulk products handled are wheat, corn, oilseeds, barley and sorghum, as well as vegetable oils, meals and ethanol.

The River Services Fleet Dispatcher plans, prioritizes, coordinates and directs all barge and vessel movements within the fleet, as well as, shifting of barges to various other gulf grain elevators and terminals. Initiates a decision making process that fully optimizes fleet resources while meeting both internal and external customer schedules and expectations.

Principal Accountabilities:
30%: Analyzes and uses discretion to manage all available resources while communicating with and directing fleet vessels. The River Services Fleet Dispatcher plans and directs all activity within the fleet. All barge movements in the fleet are at the direction of the dispatcher to maximize vessel resource utilization.

25%: Initiates and completes a decision making process to determine the correct number of long term harbor boats to be chartered to meet / exceed customer expectations. Use discretionary authority to constantly evaluate and increase or decrease the number of short-term charter vessels by hiring or releasing a short-term charter vessel.

15%: Systematically collects and organizes barge related information schedules from internal and external customers. The collected information will then be used to analyze and prioritize customer schedules. Once priorities are established, fleet resources are then scheduled to meet customer expectations while maximizing productivity and tug utilization.

10%: Accurately inputs data entry and documentation of all barge movements in the fleet as well as the ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite to compliment customer reports, vessel tracking, work orders, etc.

10%: Negotiates spot move towing rates and short-term charter vessel rates with towing vendors. This involves a decision making process to determine the better value when making a decision and not a decision based on price alone. Also analyzes risk factors involved when moving barges on charted vessels as opposed to tripping barges on an outside vendors thereby reducing risk during periods of harsh weather conditions.

5%: Dispatcher may have to use discretion to quote a rate to a customer that is not covered by the normal rate schedule. In this case the dispatcher must quote a rate that covers expenses as well as provides value to the customer.

5%: Generates and distributes customer information in the form of computer-generated reports, telephone conversation, faxed reports and e-mail communications. By keeping the customers well informed with up-to-date prioritized information, they are then able to reduce ship demurrage, reduce rail demurrage and integrate rail unloading with barge unloading thereby increasing overall productivity of the grain elevator insuring that there is no downtime at the elevator waiting on product.

Relocation assistance will not be provided.


Bachelor's Degree OR 2+ years managing river/ocean transport, railroad, or truck logistics

Strong communication skills

Basic computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, ie MS Word and Excel

Strong organizational, problem-solving and decision making skills

Proven ability to work effectively within a team

Ability to work a shift schedule including night shifts and holidays. Typical rotating schedule is a 12-hr shift

Experience in the Marine Industry - preferably in the Gulf or Intracoastal waterway area

Experience in Bulk cargo handling and commodity export

Cargill is an EEO/AA employer.



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