Cliffs Natural Resources

Supervisor - Transportation Operations - LS&I

Location: Ishpeming, MI
Country: United States
Job Code: 2915
Position Type: Salary


About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency. For more information, visit

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Purpose:  Provides day-to-day operations supervision and develops operation goals and objectives that will achieve a safe, efficient and reliable transportation system.

  • Supervise and coordinate all train movements on the LS&I Railroad, including mine, yards and ore dock operations.

  • Supervises transportation employees which include training, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, resolving problems, issuing discipline and overseeing work performed within the railroad system.

  • Lead with a clear direction and goals and provide coaching and guidance to employees through regular monitoring of employee performance.

  • Apply collective bargaining agreement(s) and company policies when carrying out duties, including managing and coaching employees, conducting investigations, recommending corrective action and responding to grievances/complaints.  

  • Monitor and enforce Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliance along with company, property, and departmental policies, rules, standards and collective bargaining agreements.

  • Work with local, county and state agencies on railroad issues to create and continue good relations.

  • Meet or exceed required number of efficiency tests on employees and enter them into the SafeTrack system.

  • Interact and direct if necessary other departments involved with operations.

  • Plan, schedule and coordinate train crews on a daily basis to meet operation needs.

  • Coordinate movement of trains and interchanges over LS&I territory.

  • Participate in activities related to derailments and disruptions in service, while working with engineering and mechanical to determine cause and future prevention.

  • Participate in investigations when necessary.

  • Enforce safe work practices, procedures and policies.

  • Meet deadlines, interface with management.

  • Ensures compliance and application of company policies, i.e., applicable safety rules, scheduled agreements, FRA operation standards and governmental regulations.

  • Supports continuous improvement initiative.

  • Provide job briefings.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of High School diploma/GED, 2 year degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years in railroad operations with emphasis in transportation preferred.

  • Relevant work experience in similar working conditions or regulatory/safety environment, preferred.

  • Experience in supervising a unionized workforce, preferred.

  • Competent in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Ellipse preferred.

  • Collaborative and team-oriented, can motivate others to achieve set objectives and maintains positive interactions. 

  • Self motivated with strong leadership skills - supervising, mentoring and coaching.

  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

  • Must be able to pass General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR) exam and remain qualified.

  • Valid drivers license and must be eligible to be insured under the LS&I vehicle insurance policy.

  • Supervisor experience required, in railroad operations preferred.

  • Strong ability to perform well under pressure and in stressful situations and circumstances.

  • Ability to understand train scheduling and Railroad Operating rules.

  • Must display logistical thinking, critical thinking and multitasking skills.

  • Ability to successfully collaborate in a team environment while prioritizing tasks and instructions.

  • Ability to work autonomously and adapt to changing situations.

  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.

  • Must have the ability to stay alert and prepared for unusual conditions or circumstances.

  • Demonstrate and encourage teamwork and high performance standards throughout the department and maintain positive interactions with others.

  • Administers the disciplinary action process when necessary.

  • Dedication to getting the job done while meeting established standards of quality and safety.

  • Demonstrates a proven track record in troubleshooting and problem solving.

  • Knowledge of FRA standards and operational regulations, including general railroad safety rules,  GCOR, air test requirements, train handling techniques and car movement operating.

  • Will be subject to CFR Part 219 Control of Alcohol and Drug Use.

  • Must practice safe work habits to prevent on the job accidents and injuries and makes the prevention of job accidents and injuries a priority.

  • Must utilize all protective equipment as assigned/required.

  • All positions require pre-employment background verification, physical and pre-employment drug/alcohol screening.

  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires LS&I employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at

Work Conditions:

  • Irregular hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Combination of office work and working outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions.

  • Lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Works safely and efficiently at various heights.

  • Respond to unexpected or emergency situations.  

  • Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week in all weather conditions.  You may be required to work various shifts, overtime, holidays and weekend.


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