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Distribution Center Manager in Underwood, IA at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 1/17/2019

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Job Description

Running with Sasquatch is more than just a clever marketing campaign. As a Jack Link’s team member, Running with Sasquatch means we roll up our buffalo plaid sleeves and do the hard work first. We don’t shy away from challenges. In fact, we push hard and take risks. True to our North Woods roots, we’re a bunch of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things by driving results with innovation, creativity and a clear sense of urgency. Like our awesome protein products, we have an unwavering passion for quality, and you won’t find anything artificial here. What you see is what you get… authentic, humble and fun people who Run with Sasquatch!

Running with Sasquatch takes a team. We invite you to run with us, succeed with us, and celebrate with us. Most importantly, Feed Your Wild Side with us on our journey to be the dominant global leader of branded protein snacks!

Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Still family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities in four countries. Jack Link’s produces high-quality, great-tasting protein snacks that feed the wild sides of consumers around the world. Jack Link's Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link's, Lorissa's Kitchen, MATADOR, SQUATCH, World Kitchens Jerky, Bifi and Pepperami.

Come Run with Sasquatch as a Distribution Center Manager to be accountable for the efficient operation of our fast paced, consumer packaged goods distribution center.  In this role, you will manage expenses, minimize loss, and maximize revenue as well as establish and implement departmental policies, goals, objectives, and procedures. You will work in a highly-visible role and oversee all of the functions and activities of the distribution center to ensure quality, accuracy, safety and volume standards are being met. As a leader, you will coach and direct the development of the distribution center’s leadership and management team to ensure employees are being challenged, motivated, and rewarded, and that processes being used maximize efficiency and accuracy. 

  • Specifically, you will:
    Direct distribution center leadership teams to include guiding, directing and coaching leadership in the overall functionality and effectiveness of the distribution center, motivation and recognition systems for employees, and improvement processes in the center
  • Set departmental productivity, accuracy, and safety goals, tracking progress toward goals, and communicating progress to employees
  • Develop departmental and management performance goals with leadership teams and completing performance appraisals, conducting performance evaluations, determining appropriate compensatory rewards, and handling discharges 
  • Coordinate incentive program(s) and overseeing in-house trainings for employees
  • Ensure a smooth running distribution center within the supply chain by establishing warehouse guidelines, systems, processes, and procedures, as well as coach leadership on more effective ways to streamline work flow and improve productivity
  • Maximize the use of warehouse space by planning more effective uses of labor, inventory and equipment placement
  • Develop and implement departmental business plans, processes and budgets which enhance the distribution center’s efficacy and efficiency
  • Monitor successes, improvements and compliance with plan and budget, giving feedback to respective leadership 
  • Ensure the best value is negotiated on supplies, equipment, facility services and maintenance contracts
  • Liaison with other department managers to convey information to and from the distribution centers which would impact the order processing and shipping methods/timing to customers 

Job Requirements


  • 10+ years managing multiple high-volume warehouse with FTL, LTL parcel operations and optimizing for best practices and industry leading key performance indicators (preferably in CPG environment).
  • 7+ years of LEAN experience
  • Relevant functional/business process experience
  • New distribution center start up experience (preferred)
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) – Proficient understanding of warehouse management systems, their configurations, optimization and functionality to support the company’s distribution network (coupled with end to end Supply Chain operational processes).
  • Experience in successfully managing 3PL’s (Across all temperature states)
  • Slotting and Labor Management System (LMS)
  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment that is fast paced and demanding.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence in cross-functional situations.
  • Exhibits a strong ability to handle multiple demands with a sense of urgency, drive and energy.
  • Track record of developing and implementing change which positively impacts company performance.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work cross-functionally with internal and external teams
  • Dependable, highly motivated hands-on manager who thrives in a “self-driven” environment.
  • The candidate will also possess knowledge of packaging equipment functionality and design.
  • Candidate must demonstrate integrity and dedication have a positive work attitude and strong work ethic.

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