Open Position: Data Administrator - Transportation/Logistics

As Data Administrator you will ensure the availability, quality and completeness of shipment data used by our clients to monitor long distance shipments moving throughout North America. Utilizing on-line tracking, GPS and GIS software, our clients receive automated alerts and exception reports. The Data Administrator acts as their "go-to" contact to identify, document and resolve data discrepancies and take the appropriate action to eliminate recurring gaps -- often working directly with our customers transportation carriers to establish automated data feeds. As new shipment lanes come on line, the Data Administrator will ensure that the data feeds from carriers are updated to contain the data required by our customers and coordinates updates within our systems and databases.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelors level degree, preferably in business, logistics or computer science. Experience working in a small business environment where teamwork is essential and experience with MS Access, Excel and report creation software is highly desirable. Technical experience with database administration would also be a significant plus. Candidate should be self-directing, work well in a team environment, be highly dependable and trustworthy. This position requires a high level of attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

We are willing to train the right person in the technical aspects of the position. This is an initial contract to hire position with potential to transition to full-time employment following a successful probationary period.

Our employees receive a full range of employee benefits, including medical insurance, profit sharing market-competitive salaries and flexibility in work schedules. Candidates must be a US Citizen or hold a current work visa and successfully pass a routine background check and provide us with work-related references.

Compensation: Market Competitive - Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type: Full-Time

Open Position: BI Software Specialist

NorthEast Logistics Systems has an immediate opportunity for a creative BI Software Specialist to work with our clients in the design and implementation of custom dashboards, data grids and reports. 

If you have direct experience working with software products such as Domo, Logi-Analytics, DBXtra or Tableau we'd be interested in talking to you.

The ideal candidate would have at-least two years of hands-on experience in implementing, customizing and administering web-enabled Business Intelligence (BI) tools and working directly with clients to refine and enhance deliverables'.

Tech individuals with experience with ESRI-GIS, Python, SQLServer, T-SQL and .net applications development interested in an opportunity to move into a customer-facing role are encouraged to apply.

NELS has a team-oriented culture and seeks individuals exhibiting creativity, a demonstrated personal commitment to professional growth and prefer a small collegial work environment where both personal and team contributions are recognized and rewarded.

As a small, growing company this position has the potential to expand into other business and technical disciplines. 


  • Fulfill above noted technical and experiential requirements
  • Has an inquisitive mind and desire to master the latest data visualization technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience with MS Windows and web-based applications.
  • Handle phone calls and online service tickets from our customers located throughout the US.
  • Be part of on-call rotation during off-hours to handle immediate service issues. 
  • Close proximity to our offices in Framingham a plus.
  • US Citizenship is required and you must pass a comprehensive background check.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or relevant business experience or Associate-level certifications.

To Apply

We offer a full range of employee benefits, including medical insurance, profit sharing market-competitive salaries and flexibility in work schedules. Candidates must be a US Citizen and successfully pass a security screening process.

Please send a statement of interest/cover letter and resume to

NELS Participates in Cowen Global Transportation Conference

The video of the railcar panel at Cowen's 10th Annual Global Transportation Conference is available below. The discussion spanned a wide array of topics, including the sustainability of the demand recovery, investment in railcar assets by financial institutions, lease rates, the North American fleet dynamics in 2017, and realistic best-case and worst-case scenarios for railcar demand.

Rail Security: Are We Safer?

Richard Flynn's assessment of the rail industry's security strengths and vulnerabilities was presented at the 2017 Secure Rail Conference. The rail industry has made significant strides in rail security, particularly with respect to the transportation of hazardous materials while in transit. His presentation reviews the current state of rail security with an emphasis on legislative and voluntary actions to reduce vulnerabilities as they relate to recent terrorist tactics, and offers recommendations to further strengthen the U.S. rail network.


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Join NELS at the Secure Rail Conference in April 2017

Richard Flynn will be presenting at the Progressive Railroading Secure Rail Conference scheduled for April 5-6, 2017. This is the only rail industry conference wholly focused on security of the nation's railway system.

His session will review the current state of rail security with an emphasis on legislative and voluntary actions to reduce vulnerabilities – particularly with respect to HazMat shipments.

Video of the Cowen Railcar Outlook and Overview Panel

At Cowen and Company’s Eighth Annual Global Transportation Conference, analyst Matt Elkott hosted a railcar outlook and overview discussion panel featuring Railroad Financial Corp. President and Railway Age Financial Editor David Nahass, Northeast Logistics Systems LLC Founder and Principal Richard Flynn, and National Steel Car Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales Bob Pickel.

Watch video of the full panel discussion here !



NELS' response to proposed Eversource use of MBTA Rail Corridor

NorthEast Logistics Systems, LLC (NELS) an independent consulting firm in
Framingham, MA recently completed a study on the proposed use of the Central
Massachusetts Rail ROW as part of the Hudson-Sudbury Transmission Reliability
Project. The goal of the study was to identify alternative routes that would meet
Eversource’s needs for transmission line improvements, while causing the least
disruption to the communities involved -- particularly Sudbury, Stowe and Hudson.
As an outcome of the study, NELS identified and evaluated seven specific alternative
transmission line routes. It also assessed Eversource’s “Preferred Route”, which if
approved, would use a highly-valued portion of the rail-banked MBTA Massachusetts
Central Rail ROW and likely preempt future use as a transportation corridor, mid-term
and long-term.

“The original land-taking for the railroad was for transportation purposes. Using the
ROW for high voltage transmission lines, which would inhibit, in any way, future
transportation possibilities violates the provisions of rail-banking and the rights of the
landowners who originally succumbed to the land-taking." said Richard Flynn,
President of NELS.

“While transportation development may not materialize until 30 or 40 years from now,
no action should preempt future transportation use”. “Next generation, green,
transportation solutions will be needed along the Route 20 corridor at some point.”
Flynn said. “It could be new technology providing personal transportation.

“Advancements in on-demand driverless vehicles powered by fuel-cells or electric
technologies will be mainstream in coming years."
An example of successful rail-banking in Eastern Massachusetts is Cape Rail. A key
ROW between Stoughton and Taunton remained dormant from 1959, though preserved
and now the key connector in the extension of MBTA service to Fall River and New

Short-term, towns along the ROW from Sterling to Waltham, including Hudson, Stowe,
Marlboro, Sudbury, Wayland and Weston need to understand the once in a generation
chance to preserve a valuable transportation asset. “There are mixed feelings about
commuter rail”, Flynn added, – “particularly in its current form, but if there is a
consensus that there is no need for transportation on this corridor, rightfully, the land
should return to private owners. You can’t just reassign its use for power transmission”

NELS President to Present at Petroleum Transportation Summit


Company President, Richard Flynn will be a featured speaker this year at The 3rd North American Petroleum Transportation Summit in Houston, TX.

This year's summit aims to bring together the entire petroleum supply chain to discuss major challenges,
opportunities, increasing profitability and operational efficiencies.

Register now at !

NELS Team Presenting at Crude By Rail West

Moving Crude Supplies to West End Markets
December 3-4, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067


Wednesday, December 3
3:30-4:30 PM


Panelist for this session:
• How are railroads working to accommodate the increase in crude by rail?
• Where is rapidly-expanding production creating the most need for rail loading terminals?
• Expanding access to terminals by multiple transport modes
• Ongoing expansion of rail access to terminals to facilitate movement of crude
• What new infrastructure needs to get built but to avoid bottlenecks and maximize efficiencies?
• Where are routes being upgraded? Where are the pressures most severe?
• What limitations need to be considered in assessing connectivity between various production areas and corresponding downstream markets?

NELS Founder Presenting at Secure Rail Conference

Secure Rail Conference
February 2-3, 2015
Orlando, FL

Sheraton Lake Buena Vista
12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836


Tuesday, February 3


"Hazmat Security: Beyond the Tank Car" by Richard Flynn, Principal, NorthEast Logistics Systems LLC

As concerns over crude-oil train derailments rise, federal regulators are focusing on how to improve the safety of tank cars. But when it comes to crude oil transport, tank cars aren't the only consideration. Railroads need to determine ways to manage and mitigate risk, minimize liability insurance costs and address public concerns about hazmat trains operating through communities.

1. Examine lessons learned from similar cases involving PIH/TIH transportation, such as chlorine.
2. Determine ways railroads can minimize the risks involved with transporting crude oil.
3. Identify insurance companies' concerns about crude oil transport.
4. Improve communication and cooperation with federal regulators.