The TRRA is a terminal railroad company located in the St. Louis metropolitan area and operates on the Missouri and Illinois sides of the Mississippi River. The company owns and operates Madison Yard in Venice, Illinois that processes approximately 1,000 freight cars per day for intermediate delivery between Class 1 railroads and approximately 200 cars per day for the 60 industries it serves. The TRRA owns approximately 170 miles of track including the two railroad bridges that cross the Mississippi in the St. Louis area and provides important routes for railroads through the metropolitan area.
The TRRA is a closely held corporation owned by the Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railroad, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway. The owning railroads are the primary customers of TRRA and account for 0% of revenue. The TRRA is governed by a board of seven directors consisting of 3 directors from the UP and 1 from each of the other owners.
There is currently a General Superintendent and a Chief Engineer who are responsible for the day to day operations as well as a Chief Financial Officer who is responsible for all accounting and treasury functions. Company Statistics:
Annual Revenues: Approximately $50 Million
Annual Capital Program: Approximately $2-3 Million
Total Assets: Approximately $400 Million
Total Employees: Approximately 228
Primary Activities and Responsibilities
The President of TRRA reports to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is looking for a strong leader who can motivate and engage a management and unionized workforce, help formulate a vision for TRRA that will carry the organization through the next decade and has the skills to develop and implement the strategies to achieve that vision. This will include ensuring that the operating and safety practices, business processes and financial controls incorporated the best practices of the industry and complement the practices of the owner railroads. Past experience with organized labor will be a valuable attribute given that a significant portion of the work force is represented by several different labor organizations as well as some industrial experience where strong safety programs are critical to success.
The business model for TRRA is different from most companies in that it is a closely held corporation with the owners being the primary customers. The owners want services provided efficiently at a price that will cover operating costs and provide the capital needed to support the business as an ongoing concern including anticipated growth. The successful candidate will need to have the skills necessary to balance the needs of the various owners while protecting the best interests of the TRRA.
Must have held leadership and/or administration positions with responsibility for large teams, with multiple direct reports. There will be a continued emphasis on strengthening business processes and an individual with a high ethical standard who can inspire and lead TRRA to a higher level of professionalism will be essential.
Attractive compensation package commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This position works for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA).
Lead the day to day operation and administration of the TRRA to achieve the goals and objectives set by the Board of Directors.
Oversee the development of a 5 year strategic plan as well as annual operating plans and capital budgets.
Lead, with guidance and input from the Board of Directors, the development of and ensure compliance with policies and procedures to achieve the highest level of ethics and professionalism for the organization.
Develop and implement policies ensuring safe and efficient operations consistent with the directives of the Board of Directors.
Communicate and meet regularly with the Board of Directors on the status of all TRRA matters.
Facilitate ongoing operational and financial reporting to Board of Directors.
Pursue business development opportunities to increase revenues consistent with company objectives set by the Board of Directors.
Ensure compliance with applicable government regulations and interface with government agencies.
Oversee relationships with labor organization representing TRRA employees.
Develop long range maintenance programs and capacity requirements to ensure TRRA infrastructure is sound and supports future traffic levels.
Continue facilitating PTC Implementation, Merchants & McArthur Bridge rehabilitations and other major projects currently scheduled.
Required Education, Training, Experience or Skills:
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in business administration, engineering, marketing, finance or management is required. An advanced degree is desirable.
Preferred Education, Training, Experience or Skills:
5-10 years experience/knowledge of the Railroad industry as an experienced executive. Previous engineering, operating and/or Railroad financial experience with significant fiscal responsibilities is a significant asset.
TRRA is a drug-free company and employees will be subject to random testing for drugs and/or alcohol.
Must pass a background screening.
May require a post-offer medical examination, including drug/alcohol and physical capabilities test.
Medical, Prescription, Vision and Dental Insurance
The foregoing is meant as a general description of the primary activities of the relevant position and is not meant to incorporate every function of the position.
TRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.
About Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis was incorporated in 1889, and since that time has played a vital role in railroad operations, providing an efficient, safe and economical method of interchanging rail traffic in St. Louis metropolitan area.TRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.