Distribution Manager

Distribution San Lorenzo, California


Responsible for managing a fast-paced Warehouse, Transportation and Delivery Department. Plays an active role as a key member of the management team to meet KPI’s and strategic goals. Provide supervision, direction and leadership to warehouse and dispatch employees to raise the standard of performance in meeting the goals of our internal and external customers. Plan, direct and monitor operation of the warehouse (including shipping and receiving) to ensure a high degree of accuracy, inventory control and customer service, monitoring labor cost. Responsibilities will include providing direction and leadership to teams. The DM will work with the GM to plan, direct, and monitor the operation of delivery and handling to ensure a high degree of accuracy and customer service safely, and at the most efficient cost.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for directing staff and operational control over the warehouse and dispatch team. Maintains the highest standards of quality, accuracy and safety. The operation is a fast-paced, food warehouse environment where our commitment to our customers is demonstrated by operational excellence.

  • Responsible to interpreting business needs and responds appropriately. Plans and coordinates work activities of warehouse functions (directly and indirectly), including receiving, picking, shipping, delivery, security, and inventory control. Actively manages the planning, scheduling, and logistics associated with making customer deliveries.
  • Train and coach team members to ensure staging, heating, accurate counts, verification, inventory counts, stock rotation of products, waste handling and documentation, deliveries, and excellent customer relations.
  • Responsible to develop, implement and manage administrative and business procedures or functions that support the warehouse and dispatch department related functions.
  • Plan, direct and manages team members to meet business objectives. Responsible for interviewing, scheduling, assigning work, reviewing performance, coordinating activities with other departments, approving timekeeping and time off, coaching and disciplining staff. Responsible for professional development and team building.
  • Oversees the preparation and loading of trucks for shipments and delivery of orders in conformance with company procedures and customer instructions.
  • Maintains and controls the physical condition of the warehouse equipment, supplies, security, facilities, grounds, etc.
  • Ensures team follows SOP’s and routines. Enforces and implements good operating procedures, resulting in minimal equipment damage.
  • Manages and controls warehouse and transportation expenses, Responsible for fuel card usage, inventory controls, registration and maintenance of vehicles.
  • Ensure full compliance to the fleet management program, DOT, OSHA and CalOSHA. Responsible for fleet maintenance, fuel reconciliation, DMV registration, refrigeration systems on the fleet, preventive maintenance plans, investigating vehicle accidents and employee injuries.
  • Builds and maintains excellent customer relations, acting proactively to resolve potential issues and adapting to ever-changing business environments.
  • Actively coach, train and develop team to build confidence, implement process control methods, and deliver KPI results. Eliminates daily barriers to support positive results.
  • Tenaciously addresses all unplanned department downtime events. Understands and monitors KPI's, department targets, and the root cause of poor performance. Implement corrective actions to drive results. Responsible to make the right decisions, quickly to achieve plans for the Company in coordination with team and cross-functional partners.
  • Follow all health and safety standards, GMP’s, food safety, FIFO, visual quality and PPE requirements. Sets priorities and gives direction based upon the daily plan. Controls labor costs.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience actively managing a fleet with daily routing within a multi-county demographic area.
  • Logistics or Supply chain experience within a fresh food or refrigerated operation
  • Related Degree or equivalent work experience that demonstrates controls and compliance knowledge in a food environment.
  • Certification or training in fleet management, Logistics, Inventory controls, Food Handling/ Serve Safe.
  • Knowledge of common inventory controls, shipping & receiving routines
  • Financial Acumen and Budgeting Experience.
  • Experience in lean and other continuous improvement initiatives helpful

Required Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Ability to set priorities and problem-solve, while working under pressure and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • A Metrics driven mindset with analytical skills
  • Ability to achieve objectives thru others
  • A thorough understanding of distribution management (customer service, sales, purchasing, warehouse, credit, information systems and logistics). Preferably from a large centralized organization.
  • Ability to motivate and develop team members.
  • Excellent communication skills, a professional demeanor and interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Critical Thinking - Demonstrated ability to determine root cause findings, take corrective actions, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a cold/ damp environment and stand for extended periods
  • Good computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

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