Operations Management Trainee - Transportation

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Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

I. Job Summary
WM is looking for a candidate with strong leadership abilities who wants to grow their career in operations management. This training program gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to start a successful career at WM as a Route Manager.

Location is flexible within Ohio during training. You will travel to our Operation locations throughout Ohio, with possible travel to Michigan and Ohio, to train under our best District Managers and learn first hand how to become a highly effective Route Manager. Once you become a Route Manager, in most cases, travel will be minimal.

Operations Management Trainee (OMT) is a position part of a required developmental training program for a duration of 6 to 8 months designed to prepare the candidate for our Route Manager position. The duties and responsibilities are under the direction and supervision of WM frontline managers (e.g., Fleet, Sales, District or Route Managers) related to the assigned business activity. This position, through assigned work activities and projects, will develop a working knowledge of the WM day-to-day hauling or post-collection business operations including but not limited to route auditing, analysis and improvement recommendations, safety rules and practices and the function and role of intra-company departments as it pertains to day to day business and long term goals (HR, Finance/Accounting, Customer Service). The OMT training program is designed to develop individuals into frontline manager roles.

II. Duties and Responsibilities
  • Hauling Operations: Responsible for the knowledge development and progressive understanding and expertise in route planning, auditing, analysis and improvement and related logistics systems
  • Rides along with Waste Management drivers on existing routes to identify container weight and size, time, accessibility, risk, to determine the effectiveness of route sequencing,
  • increase route efficiency, and document specific route and customer data.
  • Works with all frontline managers to include Operations Improvement Manager, Fleet Manager, Sales Manager, District Managers, Route Managers and fellow Operations
  • Management Trainees to effectively analyze routes to uncover improvement opportunities and review and implement corrective actions
  • Develops a working knowledge of Waste Management's operational and general business applications including but not limited to Safety, Efficiency, Human Resources,
  • Customer Service, Finance and Accounting and Financial Planning. The incumbent is responsible for building a comprehensive understanding of how these functions contribute to the day to day and long term success of the business and the employees
  • Develops a strong understanding and dedication to the WM Safety Program; work with Corporate and local safety teams to continue to create an aware and observant safety conscious culture
  • Periodically attends and contributes to driver safety meetings to promote a favorable working relationship among all employees
  • Attend all mandatory training sessions; proficiency evaluations will occur following all sessions
  • Participate in area mentor programs
  • Develop working knowledge of day-to-day hauling operations and account for variances while promoting Waste Management Operating Standards
  • Perform other duties as assigned; may include special projects

III. Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory duties.

IV. Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (accredited), or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Preferred Education: Bachelor's Degree in related field (i.e. Business Management, Operations Management, Logistics, Transportation)
  • Experience: Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory/leadership experience
  • Experience preferred: Some experience in a transportation field and/or management.

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements
  • Valid State Driver's License and good driving record
  • Must be able to maintain a valid driver's license and clean driving record throughout the duration of employment in this position

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required
  • Must be willing to relocate within an assigned geographic area at the conclusion of the training program
  • Must be proficient with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, specifically MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint applications
  • Must be willing to work flexible start times
  • Must be able to ride in vehicle for up to 12 hours or sit at a desk for up to 12 hours per day
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have exceptional time management and organizational skills

V. Work Environment
While some of the OMT work is performed within an office atmosphere, frequent field assignments are the core foundation of the position. When conducting field assignments one should possess the ability to ascend into and descend from commercial vehicles (typically steps are 18 inches in height) and ride in commercial vehicles for over 12 consecutive hours.

At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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