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Rail Operations Manager


Houston, TX, US

Company:  AmeriGas Propane, Inc.

When you work for AmeriGas, you become a part of something BIG! Founded in 1959, AmeriGas is the nation’s premiere propane company, serving over 2 million residential, commercial, industrial and motor fuel propane customers.  Together, our 8,500 dedicated professionals will deliver 1.5 billion gallons of propane from 1,400 distribution points across the United States.


The Rail Operations Manager is directly responsible for the logistics of approximately 300 million gallons with the timely distribution to terminal/retail locations, wholesale and other customers. They will insure adequate operating inventory levels at all terminal and rail-supplied locations. They have seasoned experience in team dynamics with both internal and external customers and effectively use their expertise to prudently manage supply distribution. They manage the railcar fleet, track leases, inventories, and detention and demurrage expenses to optimize the cost of gas while promoting security of supply.

Negotiates rail freight rates with railroads.


Key Characteristics:


  • Experienced in Rail Operations – Combines knowledge of Class 1 and shortline railroad markets with seasoned negotiation and communication skills to make sound judgments and decisions.
  • Leadership – Skilled in strategic planning, decision making and contingency planning. Maintains professional networking contacts and focuses on customer service.
  • Teamwork – Understands the seasonality of the business and the many internal and external factors that influence supply and demand.  Able to analyze the issues that surround the purchase and distribution of product and resolve conflicts in an effective manner.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Develop, implement and manage annual Rail Operations Plan to support the annual supply plan.
  • Internally work with Area Supply Managers, Regional Logistics Managers, Area Transportation Managers, Transportation Coordinators and Retail Operations on actual distribution patterns to make adjustments effectively.
  • Monitor delivery of propane with transportation teams, rail and terminal personnel to insure that no retail district, rail terminal or wholesale customer runs out of gas.
  • Manage rail personnel to ensure the appropriate administration of all rail-related information (safety, logistical and financial) and execution of the rail supply plan.
  • Manage rail assets and rates: transportation rate negotiations (when applicable), tank car leases or sub-leases when necessary.
  • Negotiate/execute track lease agreements where applicable.
  • Monitor and maintain adequate inventory levels at rail terminal and rail retail facilities for all geographies to insure adequate supply while maximizing corporate cash flow potential (capital inventory targets).
  • Monitor supply contract liftings and maintain acceptable performance standard.
  • Strategically assist and monitor retail operations on actual distribution patterns to make adjustments effectively.
  • Develop and implement programs to analyze annual contract performance, spot purchases and market prices to support future supply decisions and purchasing patterns.
  • Maintain ongoing communications with retail operations and/or Area Supply Managers to coordinate forecasts with supply and logistics activities.
  • Provide administrative support in the supply software system as required.
  • Understand and manage distribution of gallons within regions.
  • Monitor major national and international market conditions. Understand and anticipate their impact on regional supply areas and economics.
  • Represent Rail Operations in all inter-departmental communications and acquisitions when necessary.
  • Execute all rail related requests pertaining to the internal audit by providing the needed documentation and sharing knowledge of the supply chain processes and procedures.
  • Oversee training of new rail personnel in rail logistics processes.
  • Optimize rail processes and proactively manage demurrage/detention expenses to minimize charges where possible/applicable.
  • Act as a resource to S&L and retail on all rail related items.
  • Manage railcar repair costs.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Management level competency in the supply and distribution at a nationwide level.
  • Responsive to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.
  • Keeps management informed on a routine basis with the ability to communicate as needed to public groups or business groups.


Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in business or applicable field
  • 7 to 10 years industry related experience.
  • Demonstrated and progressive responsibility in leadership role in past positions

AmeriGas is a Drug Free Workplace.  Candidates must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and a criminal background check.  AmeriGas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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