Operations Manager

Location(s) USA-ID-Soda Springs
Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Mon - Friday
Operations Leadership


Savage is growing!!!  Are you looking for a career with opportunity to grow within the rail industry?  Savage is looking for a team member that has industrial rail-switching and supervisory experience to lead a specialized team in planning, organizing and managing our rail operation in Soda Springs, ID.  This team member will ensure rail-car switching, loading, warehouse and wash rack procedures are done in a safe, environmentally friendly, and efficient manner. 


This position will allow you to enjoy a full package of BENEFITS, including medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, retirement plan, paid time off, growth opportunities and life insurance plans.  


  • Professional interaction and collaboration with other Savage Team Members, customers and vendors
  • Participate in budget preparation, management of profit and loss, and daily communication with customers and railroads on scheduling and other issues to ensure a smooth and safe operation
  • Possesses experience and knowledge with;
    • Locomotive in plant-switching operations
    • Rail Car inspections
  • Learn, implement, teach, and execute the S7 Operating System
  • Understand the customer contract and rate structure
  • Develop and execute a business plan (including budgeting, projecting, variance analysis, and cost management)
  • Promote a safety culture where each employee has the value and attitude that unsafe behaviors and conditions will not happen on their shift
  • Committed to teaching and promoting personal responsibility for identifying and performing safe behaviors, conditions, and environmental responsibility
  • Proactive in problem solving, making decisions, organizing and directing people, and utilizing coaching techniques for improving behaviors


  • Hands on, hard-working, self-starter
  • In-depth knowledge of locomotive operations is a plus
  • Knowledge of AAR Rail car rules is a plus
  • Must have leadership skills to ensure team members follow procedures at all times even when no one is watching
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with and perform basic computer operations (spreadsheet, word processor, and email operations), and general office organization
  • Good written and oral skills with an ability to communicate with co-workers, customers, and other company personnel
  • Dynamic personality to lead employees and put safety first
  • Hands-on experience in rail-car switching and/or rail car maintenance preferred
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal requirements
  • Desire and willingness to learn 


  • College degree preferred
  • 2+ years management experience
  • 2+ years of rail-car switching and loading experience 

Physical Requirements

  • This position is required to work outdoors daily in various elements of weather
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various climates for up to 8 hours
  • Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds on an occasional basis
  • Must be able to climb steps and ladders
  • Must have the ability to work, walk, and stand on uneven ballast surfaces for long periods of time
  • Should have the ability to use basic hand tools 

With more than 70 years’ experience in hundreds of locations across North America and internationally, Savage is a trusted partner for safely moving and managing mission-critical materials with worry-free consistency while creating value for our Customers. Savage specializes in rail, truck and marine transportation, logistics, materials handling and other industrial and environmental services. We Hire Right, Train Right and Treat Right, and strive to provide our Team Members with opportunities to do things they never dreamed possible.


Savage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug free workplace. 


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