Area Distribution Manager

Manufacturing, Maintenance, Distribution and Transportation Fletcher, North Carolina


Position at Wilsonart

Roles and Responsibilities:

Responsible for leading complex distribution center operation with 130+ employees across multiple shifts.  

Maintain a safe and compliant working environment for facility related and operations related safety (OSHA), regulatory compliance policies and quality control practices.

Lead the departments to create and achieve department goals to support the overall plant and business unit goals.

Lead the continuous improvement effort of the area.

Coordinate priorities and resources with peer-level managers for enhanced performance.

Coordinate with Technical resources to support volatile customer needs.

Create the department goals and corresponding metrics to support the business objectives.

Communicate with the departmental Supervisors, Team Leads, and Employees on the progress of achieving the area and facility goals.

Evaluate and manage the daily metrics and key performance measures.

Ensure the organizations quality goals are met through compliance with ISO procedures and standard operating procedures.

Understand and manage cost drivers for the area and direct the organization’s focus on cost reduction.

Ensure special projects are completed as required.

Ensure monthly safety and goal meetings are conducted for all employees.

Coordinate training and development of personnel.

Guide and develop feedback to supervisors for their professional and personal growth.

Review and approve the annual performance evaluations and help others formulate goals.

Understand and support the organization vision, mission, and goals.

Collaborate with management to ensure inventories are maintained at optimal levels.


Bachelor Degree required (Engineering, Business, or other Technical Discipline)  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted.

Experience:  5+ years experience in a similar or industry related role.  2 years of which must be in a managerial capacity.  Experience in manufacturing environment is heavily preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong leadership and management skills with the demonstrated aptitude to accomplish goals with and through others

Knowledge of OSHA safety standards applicable to the work area and other pertinent rules/regulations governing work standards

Knowledge of the product and its manufacturing process

Knowledge of NEMA and ISO standards applicable to the operations

Working knowledge and application of lean and six sigma tools

Ability to interact and lead problem-solving with departments and peers in the organization.

Ability to manage multiple priorities, and influence others within the organization.

Ability to develop and manage an environment of trust, respect, and integrity within the workforce.

Strong oral, presentation and written communication skills with all levels of the organization.

Personal and professional commitment to integrity and the core values and ethics of Wilsonart.

Analytical- Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner (Utilizing structured methodology); Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and within budget; Manages project team activities.

Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness- Works within approved budget; proactively develops and implements cost-saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organization resources.

Diversity- Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.

Physical Requirements: Sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunities to move about. 

Wilsonart is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.