Director, Warehouse Operations and Inventory
TEAM The Director, Warehouse Operations and Inventory will report to the VP
POSITION This position will be responsible for all distribution operations and total flow of goods through the distribution warehouse locations. Including overall safety, quality and fleet operations. Will drive operational excellence for receiving, shipping, and material handling responsibilities in all warehouse locations across multiple states. In addition will implement national operational excellence in safety and fleet operations
TYPE Full Time; Salaried / Exempt
Responsible for the operational excellence management of all warehouse and fleet operations
Create and implement production standards and action plans for the team to ensure productivity, quality and accurate inventory
Prepare annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyze variances and implement corrective actions to meet financial objectives
Accountable for overall national physical inventory and reconciliation of warehouses. Implement process for streamlined tracking of raw materials and finished goods.
Directs the proper selection, purchase, and utilization of Company assets to support the warehouse operations. Ensure partnership with other departments to implement equipment upgrades, replacement, and maintenance.
Oversees the management of shipping and loading audits ensuring all required documentation is completed timely and accurately and that materials are handled and stored correctly to eliminate loss.
Enhance the utilization of current WMS system and ensure proper data entry by team members across all warehouse locations
Meets financial objectives by forecasting requirements, preparing an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions
Implement warehouse operations system improvements by analyzing process workflow, space requirements and equipment / product layout
Develop efficiency ideas, cost reduction measures, and lead the implementation of changes within the warehouse operations in partnership with direct reports and non-exempt employees. Proactively identify problems and propose timely solutions in partnership with region managers of warehouse locations.
Develop / implement department metrics to adjust warehouse operational performance and standards
Maintain and implement best in class physical condition of warehouses
Responsible for managing and developing team
Complete route cause corrective actions for shipping and receiving, logistics, inventory, etc. complaints or issues to implement timely resolutions and prevent future occurrences
Interact and maintain positive relationships with all levels of the organization
Compliant to all safety rules and regulations, and all Company’s policies and procedures
Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience that will allow for successful job performance
Minimum of 7-10 years’ experience managing / directing logistics and supply chain distribution, warehouse, inventory, etc. in a manufacturing environment within the food & beverage industry
Bilingual (English & Spanish) is preferred
3PL experience required
Prior managerial experience required
Strong ability to measure and perform against internal expectations, industry standards, WMS systems equipment and safety related programs
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, develop procedures and manage an WMS system
Experience with design and layout of distribution / warehouse facilities using lean manufacturing and/or Six Sigma.
Strong ability to coach and mentor team of employees
Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization
Continuous improvement mindset & prior utilization of lean manufacturing tools a plus
· Experience starting up and managing new locations.
· Must have prior P&L or Cost Center Control responsibility
· Must be proficient in Microsoft office, including Excel
· Experience with Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
· Experience in an analytical and project support role preferably with a multinational or global company.
· Strong analytical and research skills to evaluate complex operations data, distinguish multiple components of a problem and develop conclusions using quantitative methodologies.
· Systems acumen (SAP, Minitab, Excel, Access, etc.).