District Manager

Panalpina   •  

Los Angeles, CA

Industry: Transportation Services


15+ years

Posted 347 days ago

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions, combining its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 80 countries, and employs around 15,000 people worldwide.

We are looking to hire a District Manager for the West District in the USA who will also function as the Los Angeles Business Unit Manager who will focus on Customers, Quality and Productivity.


• Lead District Team by seting the tone for the organization aligned with Panalpina values

• Responsibility for the District and BU EBIT

• Develop and foster customer relationships and provide best in class customer service

• Adhere to corporate strategies and policies and to relevant Federal, state and local law

• Optimize the transaction, increase revenues and manage costs optimally;

• Encourage and develop employees within the District

• Centralization to the maximum and continuous strive for back-office efficiency to avoid doubling-up of activities

• Each District will continuously strive for maximum productivity to assume best use of all resources.

Key Tasks

• Responsibility for all operations activities at the District Level such as:

• Drive QHSE within the organization, ensuring a continuous improvement of the QHSE management system with a special focus on:

• the adherence to the global incident handling standards and the registration of incidents in the incident handling tool

• the adherence to the global corrective and preventive action standards as well as being actively involved in the root cause analysis and agreement of corrective and preventive actions for severe and reoccurring incidents, audit findings, KPI deviations etc.

• no major CAR-s from external audits against ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 are raised

• Responsible for the financial results and the continuous supervision of the financial status, including activities in the field of accounting, financial controlling and strategic planning;

• Prepare the local budget including the investment program, together with detailed documentation according to the instructions issued by Corporate Controlling;

• Develop and expand customer relationships;

• Implement the Internal Control System (ICS) and all processes included in the Internal Management System (IMS);

• Responsible for the standardization of processes, structures and systems according to corporate decisions;

• Arrange and continuously optimize organizational structures, including internal service providers, shared service and competence centres;

• Responsible for the supervision of personnel matters, with particular emphasis on staff training and career planning, including the identification and development of employees for further group wide roles in cooperation with local HR. Ensure the adherence to instructions, policies and guidelines defined by Global Process Owners and corporate functions;

• Ensure the adherence to the Panalpina Code of Conduct;

• Keep abreast on all applicable local and international laws, regulations, and legal obligations and of ensuring compliance;

• Strictly adhere to the global signing powers and scope of competence policy and the reporting & accounting manuals;

• Ensure a regular and consistent information flow to the Regional Management.


• Higher education level in Freight Forwarding and Business Administration

• Management experience of at least 15 years

• Relevant working experience of at least 10 years

• Industry experience of at least 5 years

• Preference will be given to candidates with international working experience


• Good strategic and planning skills, ability to translate strategy to operational plan and execute

• Proven track record in People management and Leadership Skills

• Good communication skills (open and confidential communication style)

• Solid know how in change management and innovation (analytical, systematic, creative, inventive)

• Strong decision-making capabilities and high accountability

• High result orientation and customer focus

• Ability to integrate and coordinate efforts/resources across functions and boundaries

• Management and organizational skills (prioritize, plan, assign, delegate, control)

• Act as a role model for Corporate Values and fully adheres to the Code of Conduct

• MS Office skills and good knowledge regarding PA IT systems

• Fluent in English with preference in additional languages