The Tri-City Herald

333 West Canal Drive
Kennewick , WA
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Transportation Lead Driver

The Tri-City Herald
Kennewick, WA Full-time
Posted on May 20, 2019

Salary: 45,000 yr

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Redistributes drivers as needed.
  3. Work and dispatches from home as required.
  4. Schedules drivers to cover all loading and delivery shifts.
  5. Ensure all drivers report to work on time and comply with company policies or initiate progressive coaching as needed.
  6. Process daily manifests, carrier mail, product samples, store copies, other publications, & miscellaneous supplies prior to distribution.
  7. Monitor drivers' performance to ensure it complies with DOT regulations; keep required up-to-date files.
  8. Ensure that all truck runs are delivered within established time frames meeting or exceeding predetermined deadlines.
  9. Prepare daily distribution reports, Log trucks in and out ensuring the safety and vehicle checks are done pre and post operation.
  10. Ensure all vehicles are clean and coordinate their maintenance.
  11. Accountable for the accuracy of time cards/Kronos for all drivers.
  12. Provide training to new drivers including orientation & driver safety classes.
  13. 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.
  14. Write and administer written and performance appraisals in accordance with company and departmental standards.
  15. Reasonably proficient in using a computer on a company network.
  16. Other duties as assigned.