Transportation Specialist at Imperfect Foods
San Francisco, CA, US

About Imperfect

Imperfect Foods was founded in 2015 with a mission to reduce food waste and build a better food system for everyone. We offer imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality meat and dairy. We deliver them conveniently to our customers’ doorsteps and pride ourselves on offering up to a 30% discount compared to grocery store prices. Our customers can get the healthy, seasonal produce they want alongside the grocery staples they rely on, without having to compromise their budget or values. We’re proving that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more, and that shopping for quality ingredients can support the people and resources that it takes to grow our favorite foods.

We're headquartered in San Francisco with operations all over the country. Check our website to see if there is an Imperfect near you!

We're looking for folks who are positive, motivated, and ready to change the world. If that sounds like you, drop us a line!

How we are protecting employees from COVID-19

At Imperfect Foods, employee health and safety is our top priority. We have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. We provide gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer to all essential employees who must report to work. Before entering our warehouse, employees have their temperatures checked. In addition, we take great care to ensure frequently touched surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and all warehouses are fully sanitized weekly.

We have also implemented an Emergency Sick Leave policy providing full-time and part-time employees 2 additional weeks of paid time off and up to 26 weeks paid leave if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

About the Role:

We're looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic, and highly motivated problem-solver who lives and breathes transportation and logistics. No detail is too big or too small to be overlooked. This is a unique opportunity for a talented individual to get in on the ground floor of one of the most exciting startups in the sustainable food movement.

In this position, the candidate is responsible for coordinating shipments of fresh produce between growers/vendors and the Imperfect packing facilities and developing new and existing LTL and FTL carriers. This person will monitor and verify documentation and ensure good arrivals, supporting and working in tandem with the purchasing and receiving department. On occasion, this person may support the purchasing department by inputting purchase orders and various other tasks. This individual enjoys problem solving and negotiating the unexpected. The ideal candidate is highly organized, proficient in Excel, Google Docs/Sheets and QuickBooks, and/or other ERP systems.


Serve as the primary communication bridge between our purchasing and operations teams and the grower/shipper as to the timely pickup and delivery of all P.O.’s

Research LTL and FTL carriers and continually improve logistics efficiencies and pricing

Prepare and manage all required shipping documentation

Set up and confirm timely pickup and deliveries

Ensure product arrives at cross-dock and is picked and loaded for long hauls

Manage shipments of product from pickup to delivery

Ensure product is shipped at correct/optimum temperature

Track shipments and update Purchasing/Merchandisers/Operations team

Research and resolve any late or missing loads

File claim with truckers for missing/damaged product

Create solutions for any-and-all transportation issues

Reconcile any freight payment issues with accounting

Update carrier list with new vendors and rates between growing areas and packing centers

Effectively negotiate best freight rates and service

Assist the Purchasing team as needed with P.O. creation and other duties

Skills and Qualifications

3- 7 years of experience in the perishables transportation field

High accuracy and fast data input

10 key proficiency a plus

Has direct understanding and experience with dispatching LTL trucks to coolers in produce growing regions, seasons and availability and delivering locally and across country

Knowledge of west coast to midwest trucking routes and potential seasonal conditions is required

Knows refrigerated FTL asset-based carriers, truck brokers and west coast regional LTL carriers

Ability to identify regional LTL carriers in midwest, northeast and southeast

Knows how to problem solve with shippers, coolers and carriers

Previous experience in produce transportation strongly preferred

Understands all parts of a logistics business – purchasing, operations and cold chain

About You:

You’re experienced working with a dynamic fast paced team

You have excellent written and oral communication skills

You’re highly organized and strong attention to detail

You’re able to problem-solve and think on your feet 

You excel at independent, unsupervised work

You're passionate about Imperfect’s mission to eliminate food waste and create a better food system for all

Details of the Position:

Full-time exempt position reporting to the Transportation Manager

Position based out of our San Francisco Headquarters in the Bayview district

Salary and employee stock options commensurate with experience

Competitive benefits package including health care, paid vacation, 401K, paid parental leave, and recurring credit towards your Imperfect account!

Evening, weekend, and holiday work required occasionally

Physical Requirements:

Sedentary work; involves sitting most of the time

Occasional movement around the office may be necessary

Regular work with computers, including keyboards, mouses, and screens

Standing desks and / or other ergonomic accommodation is available upon request

Regular use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets

Individuals seeking employment at Imperfect Foods are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

U.S. E-Verify Notice: Imperfect Foods participates in E-Verify in the United States. Imperfect will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.