Strategic Site Leader

Plymouth, WI
Jan 11, 2022
Feb 10, 2022
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

This facility, located in Plymouth, WI, is over 400,000 sq. ft. in size, warehousing 136,000+ SKUs and $50+ millions of inventory. A team of 200+ individuals ships 2.6 million lines of product annually to channel partners, leveraging technology such as SAP, LucasWare, and Mercury Gate.

Lead day-to-day operations execution of strategic improvement plans at The Toro Company’s (TTC) global parts distribution center. He/she will ensure all safety, quality, on-time delivery, cost & productivity, budgeting, and people objectives are met throughout the building, in service of a channel partner network of 135+ distributors, 5,000 dealers, hundreds of mass retail locations, and thousands of dot com and/or end-user customers.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for executing the annual strategic plan, focused on improvements to safety, quality, on-time delivery, technology, and productivity & cost improvements
  • Work with cross-functional teams, such as Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Sourcing, Logistics, Order Services, Inventory Control, and Finance to provide the quickest and least expensive order fulfillment process for our channel partners & TTC
  • Work cross-functionally with Operations leaders, HR, and Talent Development to set performance goals & expectations of leaders within the operation, to drive improved accountability & employee engagement
  • Coach leaders on best practices in areas such as inventory control, storage density, material flow (inbound & outbound), resource allocation, and volume analysis
  • Develop problem solving capabilities in managers & supervisors by teaching LEAN problem solving skills (see, solve, share, coach)
  • Promote LEAN process improvement programs via structured kaizen events; ensure proper participation, collaboration, and execution of continuous improvement ideas
  • Work with Talent Acquisition to build & maintain a strong team; partner in activities such as recruitment, hiring, proper on-boarding, and on-going training to meet employee & operational needs
  • Foster culture of collaboration and teamwork - defuse, resolve, and reduce conflict
  • Lead the management & execution of capital & operating expense budgets
  • Establish leading & lagging key performance indicators (KPIs) for operational performance; track results and report-out to stakeholders on variances, root causes, and countermeasures to improve performance & reduce process variation
  • Partner with Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) team members to execute actions to improve safety & security of people, building, and materials, ensuring all OSHA, state, and local regulations are met
  • Represent Toro in the local community to include but limited to organizations such as the Department of Transportation, OSHA, local utilities, Chamber of Commerce, and non-profit organizations
  • All other tasks and assignments as needed

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Business, or related field
  • 10+ years of Supply Chain experience in progressively complex positions; operations experience a plus
  • Proven ability to manage a unionized workforce within collective bargaining agreement
  • Demonstrated effective leadership of teams through change in a fast-paced & complex environment, within an organization that values logistics and distribution as a strategic advantage
  • Solid understanding or previous experience implementing automation within a parts distribution center or similar operation
  • Strong analytical, financial and P&L skills; demonstrated ability of managing cost performance
  • Strong management, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Ability to build relationships and influence at all levels across the organization
  • Self-motivated and directed, able to work well under pressure, manage and prioritize multiple initiatives concurrently, attend to details, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to anticipate problems and take action to minimize their likelihood and impact
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable, and change priorities and direction as needed, allowing for optimum effectiveness
  • Ability to create change & improve operational performance with streamlined, sustainable, and efficient processes
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds (Spanish fluency a plus)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, basic understanding of SAP WMS and MercuryGate TMS preferred

Other Job-Related Components:

  • Customer network of 135+ US and International distributors and mass accounts, 3,000 dealers, and thousands of potential direct ship customer locations
  • External contact with all modes of transportation companies, pool distribution, and customer logistics departments
  • Active interface with various divisions and departments within the Company, vendors, and customers
  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative/operations offices
  • Warehouse setting with moving equipment
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse, and to handle other computer components
  • Ability to travel up to 20%
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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