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Senior Manager, Global Logistics Freight and Operations

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Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


KLA has manufacturing sites across the globe, including Belgium, China, Germany, Israel, Singapore and Milpitas (CA).  The Global Operations (GOPS) team, comprised of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Global Logistics,  Manufacturing Engineering, Installation, and Quality, is responsible for manufacturing our leading-edge technology.  We partner with our world-wide supply base and our design engineering teams to bring new products to market.  The GOPS team is continuously working to build our products Better, Faster, Cheaper.


Sr. Manager Global Freight and Logistics Operations – Job Description

Job Summary:

This role is responsible for managing and working with the Senior Director of Global Logistics to develop and implement strategy for Global Freight operations.  This includes managing third party transportation providers, customs brokers and reverse logistics.  Role includes direct reports located in US and Singapore with indirect reports across the Globe.  Role includes optimizing operations in freight to balance customer/internal commitments with cost efficiency.   Works closely with spares planning, quality and MFG FG operations to capture logistics requirements and/or opportunities to support a cohesive and successful supply chain.   

As a Senior Manager, Global Freight and Logistics operations you will report to the Senior Director of Global Logistics and lead initiatives for evaluating supply chain distribution models, planning, procurement, inventory and repair product Logistics strategies, participating in the design of logistic processes and procedures, and analyzing the global operations logistics network to help devise a logistics network & strategy to optimize delivery to customers.

This individual must possess hands on logistics operational and technology know-how needed to work successfully in high-pressure, time sensitive situations where customer satisfaction and efficient performance is the ultimate goal.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and manage our global freight network and optimize freight solutions for our customers, KLA Corporation and internal business constituents and develop best practices to drive standardization, consistency and value to the business.
  • Implement/improve and manage appropriate standardized operational and business metrics to meet or exceed performance requirements on a Global/Regional basis
  • Deal directly with Third Party Freight Forwarders and Key Suppliers (Brokerage)  in both operational and contract negotiation/management, performance review and improvement plans.
  • Provide key leadership role in driving business results on a global scale, applying deep knowledge of regional relevance, regulatory compliance and staff development
  • Ensure performance of Global 3rd Party Freight Payment Provider ensuring processes, controls, reporting and audits are in place according to contract and findings executed at suppliers
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of domestic and International logistics networks for high-value goods including:  airfreight, both upper deck and regular freight, ocean and ground freight, small package courier as well as indepth knowledge of DG shipping and Battery shipments
  • Utilize previously technical, project management, and people management experience to actively lead global and regional teams and projects, inclusive of Freight RFP’s and Supplier implementation
  • Ensure Global SOP’s and Supply Chain / Logistics Network Flows are documented and updated
  • Leverage data models to analyze traffic lanes and modes utilized to identify patterns in freight movements (costs, service levels, special requests)




  • Prior experience managing global freight and return logistics operations and managing 3PL’s
  • Able to manage multiple and complex priorities across geographies, using an innovative approach to resolving issues
  • Solid financial acumen to understand drivers of both cost and operations and set priorities to manage cost and optimize value
  • Recognized collaboration and teamwork skills and ability to build strong relationships across Business Units, Regional and Functional Teams.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills. 
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, negotiation, and organizational skills are required.


Responsibility and Interaction:


  • Responsibility:
    • The tasks this individual is responsible for are often unstructured and the issues addressed are less defined requiring new perspectives and creative approaches.
    • This individual will apply attained experiences and knowledge in solving problems that are complex in scope requiring in-depth evaluation. 
    • Demonstrate good judgment in solving problems as well as identifying problems in advance and proposing solutions.
    • The potential impact of decisions made by this individual has significant operational or financial impact.


  • Interaction:
    • This individual must work effectively with direct staff to Senior Vice President level employees and employees within and outside of their function and organization. 
    • Limited supervision and direction is provided, as this individual can operate and drive results and set priorities independently.
    • The ideal candidate will be a proactive contributor and subject matter expert.
    • To be successful, this individual must demonstrate favorable results through regular leadership and influencing others.


Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • 10 years in Freight/Logistics field with strong preference for experience in semiconductor equipment industry or other complex, high-mix, low-volume products 
  • Strong business acumen, leadership and people management skills
  • Proven success in developing, delegating to, and empowering staff

Soft skills:

  •  Motivated by curiosity and continuous improvement
  •  Change agent experienced proposing and selling new ideas and challenging traditions
  • Ability to use data to influence, persuade, and secure buy-in for improvement initiatives
  •  Ability to work well in a highly matrixed environment
  •  Experienced working effectively with internal team, customers, and strategic technical suppliers
  •  Strategic thinker; demonstrated experience in taking objectives and converting them into actionable plans (e.g. cost reductions, etc.)
  • Creative, innovative and resourceful with a passion for speed, agility, simplification and proactive action

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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