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Friday, January 20, 2012

"Quad Graphics" Pricing Analyst w/ Political Skills,6059659861&key=18513229&c=879887026576&pagestamp=sedveetdsotwobncrl

“Job Title: Pricing Analyst

Job Description: Quad/Graphics is currently seeking a Pricing Analyst to work in the Bolingbrook, Illinois facility. The Pricing Analyst is responsible to analyze and price logistics products and services including, but not limited to, Standard A mail, periodicals, newspaper inserts and domestic transportation services to ensure profitability. Also responsible to identify, define and estimate distribution costs in response to customer requests on a timely basis, as well as perform account analysis as needed. This position will work on several technical platforms using a variety of software tools, programs and procedures. This position must manage multiple assignments simultaneously, adopt the tools required to accurately establish pricing schedules, and identify and resolve issues. Strong organization/analytical skills and attention to detail required. Strong written and verbal communication skills required for maintaining positive internal and external customer relations. Demonstrated systems experience and technology understanding.

Qualifications: Education/Experience Requirements: AA Degree / BA Degree preferred; and one to three years experience in a transportation or logistics environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience. One to three years of demonstrated experience working in Excel or PC based database platform required. Must maintain and increase understanding and proficiency in new logistics principles, techniques and regulations.”

The Quad Group is proving plentiful with positions combining an absurd number of duties. I remember the good old days when the Quad job board was rife with vacancies for line managers, project managers, consultants, and assistants for each. Since then, the matrix management model has withered to a predominantly operational management structure.

Anyway, this “pricing analyst” position is more truthfully a “cost estimator / account resolution / communications coordinator” vacancy. Quad must be hurting financially to bundle all those responsibilities into one staff member. Besides juggling those tasks, the hired applicant is expected to apply their “systems management” knowledge while learning “new” logistics principles, tactics, and laws. I can understand having to brush up on the latest statutory revisions from lawmakers, but last time I checked, we still relied primarily on interstate trucking to transport raw materials and on the postal service to transport periodicals. Do any readers want to share exactly what “new logistics principles” have come into existence (or come back into vogue) in the past five years?

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