Head of Transport - Supply Chain

Date: 19 Nov 2023

Location: Melbourne, AU

Company: kmartaustr

Brighter Futures Start Here


Kmart Group comprises two of Australia’s most loved iconic retail brands – Kmart Australia and New Zealand and Target Australia. As Australia’s largest non-food retailer, we operate as one business, with two brands that touch the lives of almost 2 million customers every week across Australia and New Zealand.


Owned by Wesfarmers Limited, in addition to Kmart and Target, Kmart Group also comprises ANKO Global and KAS Group Asia. We operate over 450 stores across Australia and New Zealand, has offices in Australia and around the world, and employs nearly 50,000 team members all focused on making everyday living brighter by providing great value products at the best prices for Australian and New Zealand families.

Join the team


A phenomenal opportunity exists for an engaging, forward thinking, and commercially savvy Head of Transport to lead the development and execution of Kmart and Target’s future-state strategic transportation plan and operating model. As a critical contributor to the broader and significant supply chain transformation program, at the core of this role is delivering a safer, faster service at a reduced cost, enhancing efficiency, and fostering robust transport partnerships and capabilities. This includes exploring automation opportunities and prioritising sustainability, with a commitment to transitioning to clean energy. 


Additionally, the role is responsible for optimising our current footprint, seamlessly integrating both Kmart and Target into a unified and efficient model across our ‘hub and spoke’ distribution network.


This is a senior leadership role reporting directly to the General Manager - Supply Chain and is the custodian of Kmart and Target’s transport Chain of Responsibility (CoR).


Based in Kmart’s National Office in Mulgrave, periodic travel will be required across sites in Australia and New Zealand.


What you’ll be doing


As the Head of Transport - Supply Chain, you will:


  • Spearhead the development and implementation of commercially viable strategies, policies, and procedures to guarantee seamless and hyper-efficient transport operations spanning Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lead the orchestration of transportation activities, from innovative route planning and scheduling to real-time vehicle tracking.
  • Continually review and analyse transportation costs and metrics, unleashing your analytical prowess to identify opportunities for enhancement and cost reduction.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with third-party transportation providers, lead and negotiate contracts, and ensure unwavering compliance with service level agreements (SLAs).
  • Take the helm in leading and managing a team of transportation professionals, providing expert guidance, coaching, and performance feedback to elevate service delivery standards.
  • Collaborate seamlessly with internal stakeholders—supply chain, warehousing, stores, and customer service—to synchronize transportation activities with overarching business goals.
  • Stay at the forefront of industry trends, regulations, and best practices, ensuring compliance and driving a culture of continuous improvement in our transportation operations.
  • Conduct meticulous audits and inspections, ensuring airtight adherence to safety regulations, vehicle maintenance standards, and driver compliance.
  • Develop and maintain robust relationships with key customers, addressing their unique transportation needs and swiftly resolving any issues or concerns.
  • Prepare and present compelling reports, analyses, and recommendations to senior management, showcasing transportation performance, cost savings, and game-changing process improvements.



To be successful in this role you’ll have:


  • Demonstrable transport and logistics experience working in a fast-paced, high-volume environment (preferably in the retail industry)
  • A track record of success in developing and executing strategic transportation initiatives that unlock value and deliver return on investment.
  • Results-oriented and solutions-focused with experience in managing a large P & L and driving sustainable improvement across key performance metrics.
  • An engaging, passionate and ‘no ego’ leadership style with deft collaboration, communication, influencing and stakeholder management capability.
  • Proven experience negotiating and managing contracts with 3rd parties and managing SLA performance.
  • Extensive experience in leading, engaging and developing high performing teams.
  • Deep knowledge of Health and Safety requirements including critical transport safety areas.
  • A positive change agent, with demonstrated results in continually evaluating and championing innovation.
  • Understanding of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and Transport Management Systems (TMS) would be highly regarded.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Logistics/Supply Chain, Business Management, or related discipline is essential (ideally MBA qualified).



Benefits we’ll offer you:


  • Flexible hybrid working options through our Flex Where, Flex When, Flex Well policy, spending 60% of your week in our National Office
  • A team member discount card that gives you a discount at Kmart, Target, Bunnings, and Officeworks
  • A free OnePass membership offering free delivery across Kmart, Target & Catch on eligible products
  • Access to the Kmart for You benefits program which entitles you to exclusive discounts and benefits in the areas of entertainment, travel, lifestyle, and health – with over 60 suppliers!
  • We want you to feel rewarded for your commitment and hard work that's why everyone gets the opportunity to participate in a bonus program
  • Free onsite parking when you’re required to come into the office
  • We offer inclusive parental leave, a family room and ongoing support offered though our partnership with Circle In for team members of all backgrounds and family circumstances
  • A dynamic learning and support program
  • Opportunity to fast track your career through our Mentor Program as a Mentee or Mentor
  • In-house café that serves breakfast, lunch and includes a collaborative space to work in
  • A reflection room that can be used for prayer, meditation, or time for you
  • A Kudos recognition program, where you are nominated by your peers to spin a wheel, to win a stack of cool prizes
  • Regular product sample sales with loads of discounted items to purchase
  • Wesfarmers is Kmart’s parent company and each year eligible employees can elect to purchase shares through a salary sacrifice arrangement
  • Great career opportunities across the broader Wesfarmers Group


A place you can belong


At Kmart and Target, we celebrate the rich diversity of the communities in which we operate and are committed to creating inclusive and safe environments where all our team members can contribute and succeed. We believe that all team members should feel valued, respected and safe irrespective of your gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, religious beliefs, education, age, disability, family responsibilities, sexual orientation and gender identity and we encourage applications from all candidates.


We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be their best, when applying for a role or working at Kmart. We encourage you to tell us about any workplace adjustments that you would like, by emailing diversity@kmart.com.au

If you would like to explore a career with Kmart and this sounds like the perfect role for you – apply now!

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.