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Transportation Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) 2023

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Kansas City, KS, US, 76131

Company: BNSF



Who are we: 

We are one of the largest U.S. railroads transporting the nations freight across 28 western states and 3 Canadian provinces. As a member of our team, you will play a role in supporting the movement of essential products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply, and power communities throughout America and the world. Come make a difference with us! 


What makes us different: 

At BNSF, we do not just talk about culture, we live it. As a team member here, you would immediately experience how our culture is woven into what we do. Our goal is for everyone to achieve their highest potential by focusing on safety, continuous improvement, plus personal and professional growth. As an employee at BNSF, we have multiple programs to ensure that you will be recognized and appreciated for all your impactful work.  


We also have plenty of developmental opportunities to further your career! Many of our team members that joined BNSF have experienced multiple career paths that were completely unplanned to them. We make development a priority at BNSF. 


We are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture. We have been recognized by multiple organizations such as Forbes (Best Employer for Women and New College Grads), Military Times (Best for Vets), and the Human Rights Campaign (Best Place to Work) for our outstanding culture! 


EFLS Program: 

One way to join our Field Operations Leadership team is through our Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) Program, which requires a minimum of three years’ experience managing five or more employees or two years or more of military experience. This program provides comprehensive training for the activities you will supervise in our Engineering, Mechanical or Transportation departments. This also includes leadership training in orientation, technical training, and on-the-job training at your assigned location. Your vision will help inspire and drive success for our Engineering, Mechanical or Transportation teams. 


Upon arrival at BNSF, EFLS receive an overview of our railroad and industry during orientation at our Fort Worth, Texas headquarters. Once orientation is complete, EFLS in Engineering, Mechanical, or Transportation, will spend time at our Technical Training Center in Overland Park, Kan., learning to lead a diverse workgroup to safely and efficiently accomplish work assignments and goals that  align with the company's vision. 


Leaders in these roles work in a mostly outdoor environment while supporting our 24x7 operation in varied shifts, including holidays, nights, and weekends. Opportunities exist throughout the 28 states on the BNSF network. For this reason, relocation is often required and depends upon business need.  



  • Be a lifelong learner:  
    • Continue your education or pursue a graduate degree with us! Utilize our competitive tuition reimbursement program 
    • Access to countless career paths! Progress your career through both upward and lateral growth opportunities 
    • We invest in our employees with award-winning annual leadership training and various developmental opportunities. 
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Three weeks of paid vacation with accrual based on start of employment 
  • Set yourself up for financial success:  
    • Railroad Retirement annuity provides a larger long-term benefit and replaces Social Security 
    • 401(k) company match starting at 7.5% (with 6% a contribution from you)! 
    • Health Savings Account with company contribution 
    • Save more with access to our free financial resources 
    • Life Insurance
  • Competitive vision, dental, and medical insurance for you and your family. Pet insurance is also available! 
  • Extensive family support resources (including paid parental leave) 
  • Employee assistance programs to aid in work/life situations such as mental health, legal/financial questions, relationship support, and child/elder care plus more! 
  • Safety and performance recognition programs 
  • Access to comprehensive discounts on everyday items such as travel, fitness classes (partnership with Peloton), car dealerships, and even mortgages! 
  • Get connected! Join any of our company-sponsored business resource groups. There are plenty of networking opportunities within BNSF! 


Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding potential interviews, testing, and hiring events for this position.  Please check your e-mail on a daily basis.


Work Location: Chicago, IL, Phoenix, AZ, Bakersfield, CA, Barstow, CA, Fresno, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Richmond, CA, San Bernardino, CA, Stockton, CA, Wilmington, CA, Denver, CO, Cicero, IL, Corwith, IL, Galesburg, IL, Willow Springs, IL, Kansas City, KS, Lafayette, LA, Dilworth, MN, Minneapolis, MN, Springfield, MO, St Louis, MO, Havre, MT, Minot, ND, Alliance, NE, Lincoln, NE, Albuquerque, NM, Belen, NM, Clovis, NM, Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa, OK, Memphis, TN, Amarillo, TX, Dayton, TX, Haslet, TX, Houston, TX, Lubbock, TX, San Antonio, TX, Temple, TX, Everett, WA, Pasco, WA, Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA, Tacoma, WA, Vancouver, WA


Anticipated Start Date: January, February, June, July, September 2023 
Number of Positions: 40 
Salary: $$80,000

Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding potential interviews, testing, and hiring events for this position.  Please check your e-mail on a daily basis. 



  • An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location. Work/Training assignment could place an EFLS anywhere on BNSF's operating system (see System Map at  

  • Transportation EFLS are placed in a training location for their first six months of employment. Following completion of the training program, EFLS are placed in an open position across the BNSF network. Please note that the placement location may differ from the training location, depending on business need. 

  • Relocation assistance may be provided to those who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their current residence. This applies to both the training location and placement location, if the placement location differs from the training location 

  • Please reference the “Work Location” information above for a sample of some of the available training locations. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of training locations. 

  • There is limited availability at each of our training locations. 



  • Training for Transportation EFLS is a six-month program. This opportunity begins with a one to two-week comprehensive orientation at BNSF Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Following orientation, the trainee will complete several additional weeks at the BNSF Technical Training Center (TTC) in Overland Park, Kansas, their training location, and at the Network Operations Center (NOC) in Fort Worth.  

  • Overall, the trainee will learn to manage railroad terminal operations, work on specific logistics projects, manage a train crew (which consists of a conductor and engineer), and prepare for a field operations supervisory position.  




Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Participation in classroom and field training.  

  • Facilitate multiple safety briefings throughout the shift with crews, dispatchers, maintenance employees and other BNSF Team Members.  

  • Lead crew discussions on how to approach others about safety, relay information about safely servicing customer plants and facilities, ways to minimize risk, and create a culture of safety compliance.  

  • Hold employees accountable for compliance with rules and regulations established by the Federal Railroad Administration and BNSF Railway.  

  • Ensure compliance with attendance policies and rules violations.  

  • Ride trains with the crews and direct operational testing & audits for the crews.  

  • Assist crews with personnel paperwork, vacation requests, and provide transportation for crews to board and operate the trains timely.  

  • Correspond with customers by providing accurate and timely information regarding their shipments to and from customer facility/plants daily.  

  • Plan the movement of cars, inventory, locomotive, crews, and trains within a designated terminal and across an operational division/territory.  

  • Optimize crew utilization, the use of locomotives, and rail teams who work on track infrastructure to plan/execute track maintenance and repairs.  


Additionally, qualified candidates must be able to: 

  • Demonstrate leadership skills.  

  • Work effectively in a team environment.  

  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner.  

  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines.  

  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations.  

  • Demonstrate ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles.   


At the conclusion of the training program, EFLS will be promoted to the role of Terminal Trainmaster. Duties/Responsibilities for a Terminal Trainmaster include:  

  • Assist in implementing policy and the execution of the operating plan.  

  • Supervise Transportation (TY&E) employees and plan daily train and switching operations consistent with safety and efficiency.  

  • Conduct operations tests and safety meetings. investigate accidents and injuries.  

  • Monitor and control costs to meet goals.  

  • Ensure compliance with BNSF's equal employment policies, safety and operating rules, schedule agreements, and government regulations. 



  • Work in shifts (can be 12+ hours) in a field-based environment 

  • Work in a 24 by 7 operations environment including nights, weekends, evenings and holidays, on-call or available for emergency situations 

  • Work both indoors and outdoors in extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet). 

  • Work around heavy and moving machinery 

  • Environment requires personal protective equipment, hard hat, safety glasses, and gloves. These materials will be provided by BNSF 



  • Supervise train operations in a designated territory 

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and policies 

  • Supervise train, yard, and engine employees in a union environment 

  • Perform multiple safety briefings throughout the shift 



  • Lead crew discussions about Safety, relay information about safely servicing customer plants and facilities and ways to minimize risk. 

  • Plan the movement of cars, inventory, locomotive, crews, and trains within a designated terminal and across an Operational division/territory. 

  • Coordinate the arrival and departure of trains at an operational yard or terminal. 

  • Assign and coordinate daily schedules for personnel 

  • Provide customers with safe, efficient, and economical service 

  • Execute divisional plans, monitor, and manage costs 

  • Conduct operational tests, implement safety programs 



  • Interface and coordinate with other operating departments, including engineering and mechanical, and work groups to include dispatchers and yardmasters, to execute the operations plan 

  • Interact with customers by providing accurate and timely information regarding their shipments to and from customer facilities/plants daily 

The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.  



  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week and include 12-hour shift requirements.  

  • Schedule involves nights, weekends, and holidays, as BNSF is a 24x7 work environment.  



  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work. 


  • At least 18 years of age or older 

  • High School Diploma or GED 

  • Authorized to work in the US without Company sponsorship now AND in the future 

  • Willing and able to submit to a pre-employment drug (hair follicle) test 

  • Willing to be subject to an Employment, Criminal and Driving Background review 

  • Have at least 3 years of work experience supervising 5 or more employees in a fast-paced, operations and/or logistics environment or 2 years or more of military experience.  

  • Able and willing to relocate within the BNSF Railway operating system (western 28 states) upon hire 

  • Ability to relocate within the BNSF Railway operating system upon career progression and/or as business needs 

  • Able to work a minimum of 40 hours per week or more as business need requires 

  • Able to work varied shifts, holidays, nights, and weekends 

  • Able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions 

  • Able to walk on uneven terrain 

  • Able to visually distinguish among red, blue, yellow, and lunar (clear light) and able to see at night 

  • Able to hear and, with training, distinguish auditory signals 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Managing schedules, maintain files, create charts, reports, graphics, and spreadsheets 

  • Able to travel approximately 20% 

  • Valid Driver’s License  



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering, Operations, Logistics, Business Administration, Management, or related discipline 

  • Five (5) years of work or military experience supervising 15 or more employees in a fast-paced Business Management, Operations and/or Logistics environment 

  • Experience supervising a unionized workforce 


Transitioning veterans must be either on terminal leave or 100% separated by the EFLS start date; National Guard / Reservists may apply at any time. 



  • Criminal history 
  • Last 7 years of driving history
  • Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  • Social Security number
  • Education
  • Medical evaluation
  • Drug Screen
  • Other elements as needed

BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required        
to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF 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

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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