• Posted on: Oct 05, 2022
  • Location: Wausau, WI
  • Job ID: a1ed61d3
  • Type: Full Time
  • Posted on: Oct 05, 2022
  • Location: Wausau, WI
  • Job ID: a1ed61d3
  • Type: Full Time

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Senior Manager – Operational Excellence

This is a career game changer!  “A Players” read on!

Our Client is a well-established, innovative, and service oriented Manufacturing and Distribution company.  We are actively seeking to fill a Senior Manager position in Wisconsin. The ideal candidate will have experience in warehouse operations, distribution and transportation, will be honest, hard-working, and service oriented.  Please read the Job description thoroughly and if this looks like a good fit for you let’s have a discussion.  I am very confidential in these matters.  

***This IS NOT a remote opportunity. The Company is awesome, the opportunity is significant, the income is very significant and the Executive team is just that a TEAM. If you can’t make a move, this position is not an option for you.***

The Senior Manager – Operational Excellence own the design and setting the productivity agenda aligned with financial and CAPEX targets for Distribution.  The Senior Manager – Operational Excellence is the conduit between the tactical/operational and strategic initiatives in the Distribution Organization. This position requires a leader that can facilitate and drive change in a “ever changing” environment leveraging his/her strong interpersonal and influencing skills. leads the overall direction for corporate logistics to assure the best value and lowest cost customer order fulfillment, as well as product and material movement utilizing various modes of transportation. 

CORE VALUES: 

  • Safety – We believe that all injuries are preventable and by working together we can make safety a way of life, inside and outside the workplace.
  • Service – We believe in meeting every customer with the highest level of performance and quality.
  • Innovation – We believe in encouraging our employees to create ethical, forward thinking solutions.
  • Integrity – We believe in executing to the highest standards of ethical conduct and a commitment to open and honest communication.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Coordinates, leads and is responsible for the overall productivity agenda across distribution center inventory fulfillment, warehousing and modes of transportation/freight movement including truck load, partial truck, direct to customer delivery, less -than- truckload (LTL), parcel, and international freight.
  • Responsible for the training/coaching of Operational Excellence Leaders at the local plant level.
  • Focus on driving improvements in revenue and driving cost out of the business through more effective processes, elimination of non-value added or duplicate efforts, waste, and other related defects in the process.
  • Perform education to pillar teams and steering committee.
  • Coach and assist plants in their Zero Loss Thinking and Analysis
  • Execute LSS Belt projects to deliver hard cost savings
  • Responsible for the training/coaching of Operational Excellence at the local plant level
  • Champions logistics and warehousing best practices developed through continuous improvement.  Leads distribution center and logistics team projects, supports department project teams and recommends management solutions/concepts regarding network design and improvements to inventory control practices. 
  • Directs and maintains business process standards across company DC operations including inventory receipts, put-away, pick, pack, ship, inventory management (including cycle counting) and general logistics. Monitors compliance of DC locations to implement practices aligned with standards.  
  • Promotes innovative network design strategies including strategic partnerships with transportation-logistics service providers to optimize corporate strategies.
  • Maintains awareness of financial transactions, ensures that projects are in line with their allotted budgets, and establishes while also maintains negotiated rates with carriers and other service providers.
  • Reports performance of company logistical processes & KPIs (Cost of transportation, Order cycle times, Cost per pound, Cost per Unit, Distribution Cost as % of Sales, Cost per Mile, Cost per Package, etc.)
  • Maintains relationships by working closely with individuals and teams inside and outside of the company.  Builds partnerships with suppliers to obtain the best value for the company while maintaining integrity.
  • Works as a liaison between the corporate supply chain team, production operations, sales, and DC operations’ teams to ensure alignment of strategic initiatives and execution of transportation and logistics.
  • Mentors and develops direct reports and cross-departmental team members in logistics. Actively participates in the success of direct reports’ responsibilities, encourages and leads reports to target levels of work ethic, morale and productivity while achieving customer expectations.
  • Demonstrates a management mindset grounded by the company’s corporate safety culture. Assures safety is incorporated in plans and strategies.

A SENIOR MANAGER WILL POSSESS AND DEMONSTRATE:

  • Ability to manage multiple demands while maintaining solid communication skills both written, verbal, e-mail, telephone. 
  • Ability to articulate and convey conclusions, share information or convince key stake holders and sponsors.
  • Ability to work independently while demonstrating leadership skills that portray excellent teamwork and ability to partner with others.
  • Ability to solve complex problems by generating innovative solutions.
  • Dynamic self-motivation and ability to work an occasional flexible schedule across various shifts in pursuit of accomplishing goals.  
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute and influence others positively as an informal leader among department and location teams.

REQUIRED EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Operations Management, or Logistics
  • Minimum of 10 years of industry or similar experience involving distribution and transportation with process improvement experience.
  • Knowledge of ERP and other related logistics systems (Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Network Modeling).
  • Lean Certifications: Black belt or Master Black Belt Agile related certification, SAFE Program Consultants Certification
  • Experience using business intelligence software. Skilled in advanced EXCEL and Microsoft Office product usage.
  • Knowledge of warehouse operations tools including hand-held ERP technology, hand-held scanners, printers.
  • Previously demonstrated leadership experience.

PHYSICAL WORK REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to stand/bend/walk or sit for long periods of time depending upon day to day requirements.
  • Ability to travel regularly or as needed.  (up to 50%).

POSITION REPORTS TO:   VP of Distribution

COMPENSATION: (will be discussed confidentially as part of the initial interview process):

  • A very lucrative Base and Bonus structure commensurate with experience (Mid level target $125K). What do you bring to the table?
  • This is an ESOP company and is 100% owned by the employees. The annual ESOP benefit contribution is made and can be significant.
  • Full Benefits
  • Relocation assistance is available for a top candidate

 

CONCLUSION:  The Transportation Director will exemplify the high standards that have come to be associated with this company and contribute to their strength and competitiveness. As a business leader working with all departments and levels of the organization, the Transportation Director will demonstrate excellence in communication, politeness, honor, integrity and the willingness to do what our competition will not.  The safety of our employees, holding up to our Core Values, and growth is every owner’s prime objective.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

  • All 1000 employees of this company OWN THIS COMPANY and they act like it! It doesn’t matter if you have “Forklift driver” or “VP of Whatever” as a title, everyone in this company is equally valued and on the same team building this company.  You have to want to be a part of that and understand what it means!
  • If you have your MBA, that is great and is valued by the client. If you think by having your MBA you know everything and can sit at a desk and dictate what has to be done, you should not look at this opportunity.  In this role you need to be ready roll up your sleeves and help on the dock one minute and be prepared to address senior management or a key contact of a major customer in the next, and everything in-between.
  • You should be fully prepared to explain what you have accomplished in your career, how you got to where you are and where you want to go from here. This opportunity is a career game changer!  This client wants new thoughts, fresh approaches and someone with demonstrable success undertaking new initiatives and long term strategies.  As the VP of Distribution put it “This person has to want to own it!”
  • Wausau is a beautiful area of 100,000 people with Midwest values and a great place to raise a family. The cost of living is very reasonable, the schools are great and the people are very friendly.   

If you have these qualifications and are interested in having a confidential conversation, please apply.  Thanks!

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