Joe Burns

Joe Burns

Experienced Logistics Professional

Kansas City, Missouri Area
Logistics and Supply Chain

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Joe Burns' Summary

Logistics professional with broad experience in virtually all aspects of logistics. Direct experience with client management, 3PL, LTL, TL, domestic and international. Direct management experience including problem resolution, staffing and departmental budgeting. TMS implementation and utilization experience.

Joe Burns' Experience

Logistics Manager / Supervisor of Supply Chain Analysis

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TMO; Research industry

October 2011Present (3 years) Lenexa, KS

Manage freight costs by ensuring processes are controlled to reduce spending with no degradation to customers service levels.

Consistently analyse logistics service needs and cost reduction opportunities. Utilize metrics to make fact-based/data-driven decisions.

Develop and build relationships with direct carriers and 3rd Party Logistics providers servicing Thermo Fisher.

Established and sustain a progressive relationship with transportation software provider, Kewill while acting as a project manager developing enhancements. Coordinate with internal IT team to implement enhancements.

Participate in cost negotiations for the best possible rates that meet both customer delivery and budget expectations.

Participate in Thermo Fisher Transportation meetings and projects.

Assist in filing freight damage claims and helping accounts payable department with carrier payments as needed.

Develop and maintain databases and report queries that allow efficient standard reporting and the ability to produce data for ad hoc requests in a timely manner.

Utilize software applications (Business Objects, Access, Excel etc.) to develop department-wide tools for tracking forecast performance and various reporting metrics

Participated in a cross-functional team to identify $2 million in potential transportation cost savings.

Led a cross-functional team to identify opportunities and implemented ongoing annual savings of over $200,000 in freight savings.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Sports industry

August 1998Present (16 years 2 months) kansas city, missouri area

Certified youth and High School Soccer Referee for Heartland Youth Soccer, Kansas State High School Athletics Association, Missouri State High School Association and numerous tournaments hosted by several different groups.

Global Logistics Analyst


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Consumer Goods industry

May 2010October 2011 (1 year 6 months) Overland Park, KS

Conducted analysis of various projects internally to evaluate sales proposals from supply chain vendors, including parcel shipments, international shipments and domestic LTL shipments.

Improved relationships with various LTL carriers and international 3rd Party Logistics companies.

Negotiated rate adjustments with LTL carriers resulting in a decreased annual transportation spend of $300,000.

Generated $250,000 in savings by improving utilization and mix of regional carriers.

Issue resolution functions for lost, missing or problem shipments including international containers, TL and LTL.

Coordinated logistics projects including trade shows and special roll outs increasing visibility, management and customer satisfaction while decreasing overall costs.

Audited monthly shipment report and identify opportunities for improvement in physical distribution resulting in process improvements and cost savings initiatives.

Helped define processes and procedures to streamline the daily operations both within the department and throughout the company by working with various other members of the organization to define the objective, create measurements and implement the changes.

Supported in maintaining international HTS file for all SKU’s as well as all governmental export licenses.

Assisted with all international logistics operations including tracking shipments, addressing customs issues, routing freight and other international compliance issues.

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

July 2006May 2010 (3 years 11 months) Overland Park, KS

Managed staff of up to seven employees providing 24/7 coverage, over $14 million in annual revenue and supported up to 34 clients while increasing revenue over 10% from 2006 to 2007 and over 12% from 2007 to 2008.

Responsible for team’s performance of clients KPI’s and creation of value propositions to clients.

Developed and coached staff members to coordinate planning and scheduling of appropriate modes of transportation based on needs, costs and service levels including developing and improving established internal operating procedures

Coordinated, on-boarded new clients and implemented Transportation Management System within the client’s transportation network. Launched PowerTMS with approximately 30 legacy clients.

Performed testing in TMS as new roll outs, rate changes and improvements were made.

Conducted and supervised Monthly and/or Quarterly Business Reviews with all clients often in a client facing meeting. QBR’s involved reviewing past performance, trends and upcoming changes/improvements needed to process, reporting or system.

Liaised with clients and IT group to coordinate needs and wishes of clients use within TMS.

Provided recommendations to clients for reducing costs and/or improving their process through analysis of data and industry knowledge to continually improve transportation services for clients.

Coordinated and resolved all internal and external customer service issues in a cost-effective and expeditious manner.

Prepared, developed and provided regular and ad-hoc reports related to the operations of clients’ activities through regular business review presentations both in person and via teleconference and discussions during normal operations.

Provided monthly analysis of revenue and margin by client including corrective action plans.

Created analytical tools through Excel and Access to compare weekly financial metrics across all clients.

Senior Logistics Analyst / Logistics Engineer

Penske Logistics

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

April 2000July 2006 (6 years 4 months) Kansas City, KS

Advanced relationship with client through on-site management of inbound transportation budget in excess of $55 million in a closed loop transportation network as a 3rd party logistics provider utilizing dry van equipment, intermodal equipment and rail.

Analyzed data leading to cost savings recommendations to Penske and GM management in excess of $5 million annually.

Led team of 3 logistics professionals in the development of processes and Access databases used throughout the division to standardize work. Improved efficiency by over 33%. Reduced errors to almost zero.

Monitored, adjusted and implemented daily truck routes consisting of over 35,000 annual routes, 350 suppliers and over 3500 parts for a General Motors Assembly Plant.

Generated an average of approximately $3 million annually in savings of transportation budget from 2001-2006 by negotiating freight rates, reevaluating modes and redesigning TL and LTL suppliers.

Initiated and led cross functional team to improve efficiencies at Penske Crossdock by coordinating staffing, inbound freight, requirements of the customer and equipment. Made recommendations of reductions of approximately 15% of head count and approximately 25% of equipment while incurring no service failures resulting in bottom line profit to Penske.

Logistics Coordinator

Seaboard Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SEB; Executive Office industry

August 1997January 2000 (2 years 6 months) Shawnee Mission, KS

Responsible for the successful implementation of centralizing the poultry division's transportation in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky with the pork division's transportation in Kansas City.

Managed a transportation budget of approximately $5 million annually and reported variance to sales and upper management.

Established a standard "base" freight rate for all loads by negotiating rates with carriers. By balancing carriers' rates and service, saved $47,000 in 1998 and $55,000 in 1999 while maintaining an exceptional 98+% on time deliveries to receivers both years.

Developed several spreadsheets and documents to use in day-to-day operations improving the system from handwritten ledgers to effectively using the computer to maintain a record of all work. Coordinated with the I.S. department to develop an AS/400 system that interfaced with the other divisions as well as outside, private warehouses. Acted as a liaison between plants, sales, traffic and I.S.

Investigated as well as obtained and evaluated information on damaged and rejected shipments

Warehouse Manager

Ferguson Enterprises

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WOSLY; Wholesale industry

April 1997August 1997 (5 months) Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area

Supervised warehouse staff including shipping, receiving, stocking and drivers.

Customer Sales/Carrier Sales

Turbo Logistics

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

June 1994October 1996 (2 years 5 months) Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area

Helped start a new office of 8 people for a transportation broker by negotiating freight rates and constant phone communication with carriers and customers. We generated $1.5 million in gross revenue. Responsible for covering 44% of the loads.

As Assistant Operations Manager supervising and motivating staff of eight, increased revenue from $230,000 per month to $300,000 per month during a 1-year period.

Promoted from carrier sales to customer sales after increasing revenues from $1.5 million to $3.6 million. Developed relationships with new and existing customers. Followed up on both leads and cold calls. Increased productivity from booking 5% of the office's loads to booking 28% of the office's loads and was second in revenues during a six month

Logistics Coordinator


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Food & Beverages industry

March 1991June 1994 (3 years 4 months) Dakota City, NE

Booked 100% of all outbound transportation for one of the largest beef plants in the country. Built relationships with sales, shipping, and numerous carriers. Through constant phone communication covered over 400 loads per week and maintained an above average over 97% on time deliveries to the receivers.

Effectively filled in for all 12 other coordinator positions on a weekly basis as vacations and business trips were taken. Adapted to the individual characteristics of each position. Successfully covered the freight and took care of all issues.

Joe Burns' Skills & Expertise

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Logistics
  3. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  4. Process Improvement
  5. Shipping
  6. 3PL
  7. Analysis
  8. Truckload
  9. LTL
  10. Strategic Sourcing
  11. Six Sigma
  12. Continuous Improvement
  13. Cold Calling
  14. Teamwork
  15. Operations Management
  16. Transportation Management
  17. Transportation
  18. Freight
  19. Management
  20. International Logistics
  21. Access
  22. Negotiation
  23. Container
  24. Logistics Management
  25. Supply Chain Management
  26. Microsoft Excel
  27. Supply Chain Optimization
  28. Coaching
  29. Contract Negotiation
  30. Supply Chain Operations
  31. Materials Management
  32. Lean Manufacturing
  33. Freight Forwarding
  34. Team Building
  35. Business Process Improvement
  36. Budgets
  37. Warehouse Management
  38. Customs Regulations

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Joe Burns' Education

University of Kansas - Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration


Penn State University

Bachelor's Degree, General Arts and Sciences, Liberal Studies Option


Activities and Societies: Minor in Business Logistics

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