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Distribution Manager

Bimbo Bakeries USA Grand Rapids Full-Time
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he Distribution Manager will act as a member of the Supply Chain function within the Business Unit.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and execution of all Bakery Shipping and Transportation OperationsAdministrative, and Strategic/Productivity activities related to the Bakery Shipping and Transportation functions. The Distribution Manager will be able to promote a culture of continuous improvement in operations and the working culture, be accountable for their operation and its performance, and partner with other departments and teams to ensure the overall business is run with a founder’s mentality.

Position Description:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Shipping Dock Management and Accountability (20%)

  • Promote a culture of safety through leadership, training, and constant focus
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with employees and ensure compliance with the terms of the collective bargaining unit
  • Establish and maintain working standards for floor associates

Transportation Management and Accountability (20%)

  • Promote a culture of safety through leadership, training, and constant focus
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with employees and ensure compliance with the terms of the collective bargaining unit
  • Establish and maintain working standards for transport drivers and bid runs

Cross-Functional Partnerships (20%)

  • Communicate order adjustments and givebacks to the Sales team in a timely manner
  • Partner with Manufacturing to ensure schedules are aligned to ensure order fill and on time delivery
  • Work with other regional and operational supply chain teams to learn best practices and apply them locally

Productivity Projects and Strategic Initiatives (15%)

  • Identify opportunities to optimize shipping dock and transportation operations
  • Plan and execute operational productivity projects for the Annual Operating Plan
  • Implement and champion national, regional, and local strategic initiatives (Product Accountability, Supply Chain Excellence, new technology and systems, etc.)

Scheduling and Staffing (10%)

  • Ensure  bakery is properly staffed to account for seasonal fluctuations in volume
  • Interview, hire, and onboard new associates
  • Schedule shipping and transport associates for effective and efficient operations and delivery of product
  • Keep overtime costs below the established plan 

Training and Development (10%)

  • Maintain compliance for all associates on required safety training
  • Train and develop supervisors and all department associates

Driver Compliance (5%)

  • Maintain compliance for all transportation drivers on DriveCam events, JJ Keller E-logs, and DOT requirements  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Three years of distribution / manufacturing management experience, food industry experience preferable.
  • Sound working knowledge of personal computers, including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Willingness to work some varied shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • High energy and desire to excel and drive positive change a must.
  • Knowledge of DOT, Federal and State regulations a plus.

Key Behavioral Competencies:

  • Results Orientation. The ideal candidate will have experience setting, achieving and exceeding business performance targets.  S/he will consistently strive to achieve goals, in spite of obstacles, and will set contingency plans to ensure goals are met. S/he will be energized by working toward a tangible goal and will seek opportunities to improve on the status quo in an effort to exceed targets. 
  • Collaborating & Influencing. Gains support and commitment up, down and across the organization, including from cross-functional leaders; uses internal and external contacts, connections and linkages to forge relationships and improve competitive position; partners with BU leadership, customers and cross-functional teams to identify and implement profit-driving strategies and programs. S/he will put broad business objectives before personal objectives and will be a team player with an open management style. 

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.

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A leader in the baking industry, we are known for our category-leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality. Our team of more than 27,000 U.S. associates operate bakeries across the United States to bring leading brands such as Arnold®, BallPark®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann's®, Francisco®, Freihofer's®, Marinela®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas'®, Mrs Baird’s ® and Tia Rosa® to customers and consumers in every city, town and village in America.

As bakers, every morning we rise to meet the opportunity to bake the freshest, highest-quality products, serve our customers and learn from one another. You can see our work, across America, every day. It is at breakfast tables, in children’s lunch boxes, and in kitchens at night, where families come together to share their evening. Our work is baked into life, every meal, every day.

It is because of our people that we have winning brands and exceptional products. We want you to bring your dedication and enthusiasm to work at Bimbo Bakeries USA!

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