Functions of a distribution center manager

Supply Chain Headhunters are tasked with headhunting individuals in the industry for key, high-performing positions. The logistics industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the world, is currently experiencing high demand for key individuals who are able to oversee both local and global operations.

However, there are times when these individuals are not located in the city where the parent company operates and must be headhunted globally. Headhunters specialize in sourcing high-quality, qualified individuals with years of industry experience. Sourcing candidates is a time-consuming process. But, this process is critical in finding the best candidates to do the job.

Organizations are opting to outsource functions not related to their core operations. This means that many companies are now outsourcing their logistics and supply chain functions. Because of this, there has been a surge in distribution centers and a high demand for positions to be filled at the centers.

The question then arises: What is a distribution center manager and what do they do?

Distribution center manager

As the name implies, a distribution center manager works in a distribution facility. These managers are responsible for the management of the shipping and and receiving processes of the facility amongst other things. The manager will analyze and look for areas of improvement in the routing and distribution needs of the organization, both internally and externally.

Apart from this, the distribution manager oversees a team of associates and ensures that the team is adequately trained to perform their functions.

Other duties include:

  • Plan and manage the distribution of products to achieve business goals.
  • Design and implement continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Manage the storage and handling of supplies.
  • Create budgets.
  • Make sure that carriers deliver supplies on assigned routes.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Anticipate, meet, exceed customer expectations.
  • Draw up monthly reports on inventory levels and present these reports to management.

Distribution center managers must have excellent communication skills and be able to effectively manage and lead a team of employees. Strong leadership skills, a sense of urgency, time management and the ability to work under pressure are all soft skills a manager should possess.

Finding the right candidate will mean the business will flourish and profits will increase. For this reason, recruitment plays a crucial role in the placement of suitably qualified candidates who possess the right skill, knowledge, and experience to get the job done right the first time.

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