Manager Freight

Advanced Drainage Systems

Wooster, OH


At ADS, no idea is off limits, and we celebrate creativity and bold moves.  For more than 50 years ADS has been manufacturing a variety of innovative and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional materials.  Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, we are a multi-billion dollar stormwater management company, manufacturing pipe and ancillary products. What does that mean? When it storms, we capture rain with our drain basins, convey it with pipe, store it using chambers and finally treat it with our water quality products, before safely returning water back to the environment. We handle, what we call, the entire lifecycle of a raindrop. Our products help prevent flooding, which increases quality of life for people living in large cities, suburbs, and rural towns. We also believe in creating a circular economy and are the largest plastic recycling company in North America. We use plastic shampoo and detergent bottles to create pipe, diverting over 500 million pounds of plastic from landfills every year. ADS operates a global network of over 60 manufacturing plants and 30 distribution centers. 


We have amazing stories to tell, and we need your help getting our story out there. To learn more about ADS, please visit our website at

Leadership Competencies

The successful candidate must bring high level of ethical, intellectual, professional, and personal values that complement the team.

  • Strategic Mindset – anticipates future trends and implications accurately
  • Decision Quality – relies on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment when making decisions
  • Customer Focus – identifies opportunities that benefit the business
  • Business Insight – keeps up with current and possible future policies, practices, and trends in the organization, function, and in the marketplace
  • Plans and Aligns – breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions
  • Optimizes Work Processes – seeks ways to improve processes, from small tweaks to complete reengineering
  • Ensures Accountability – establishes clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results
  • Collaborates – works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives
  • Develops Talent – develops others through coaching, feedback, exposure, and stretch assignments
  • Builds Effective Teams – forms teams with appropriate and diverse mix of styles, perspectives, and experience
  • Drives Vision and Purpose – talks about future possibilities in a positive way
  • Courage – faces difficult issues and supports others who do the same


The Freight Manager is responsible for effectively managing all operations within the Freight department. This includes order management, customer service, payload efficiencies, equipment maintenance and driver management. This position requires the flexibility to work 40+ hours per week and weeknights/weekends as required.


Primary Job Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety – creates a culture of safety and maintains a safe work environment, provides proper PPE & training, rewards safe driving behavior and holds team accountable, completes accident investigations, implements safety improvements, communicates safety opportunities, and immediately addresses safety concerns.
  • Staffing – driver hiring, engagement and retention activities. Builds relationships with Freight team, addresses concerns, recognizes achievements, provides performance feedback and development opportunities.
  • Service – works with manufacturing, sales, and supply chain partners to achieve customer satisfaction. Ensures effective delivery schedule and dispatching performance through management of Route Planner and Freight Administrator (if applicable). Monitors/manages fleet optimization and daily shipping goals via various reports such as speed gauge, log compliance, DOT stop/citation, out of route miles, headcount, driver utilization, payload efficiency, total lbs. shipped, past dues, returns, interplant deliveries, miles per gallon and OTIFNE (on time in full no errors). Partners with maintenance provider to reduce equipment downtime and complete preventative maintenance on tractor & trailer equipment.


Job Skills:

This position should possess the following skills/knowledge:

  • Frontline leadership soft skills such as team building and conflict resolution
  • FMCSA and State DOT Requirements
  • Proficient in Business Operational Systems, Power BI, and Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Familiar with complexity of dispatching loads with internal prioritization and external demand
  • Communicates effectively to internal and external partners
  • Takes initiative and applies previous learnings to new situations
  • Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail


Educational Requirements:

College degree required or equivalent experience with HS diploma 


Preferred Experience:

2 years in Transportation/Freight Management with supervisory experience

EEO Statement

ADS supports an inclusive workplace that values diversity of thought, experience, and background. We celebrate the power of our differences to create better solutions for our customers by ensuring employees can be their authentic selves each day. ADS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.