Distribution Warehouse Manager

Job Locations US-IL-Sycamore
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/17/2018 3:11 PM)
# of Openings
Regular Full-Time


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been propelled by the principles of its founder, J. Walter Becker, for nearly a century. Since the beginning, this family-run enterprise has been committed to building ideal relationships with its customers, employees and communities, creating some of the industry’s most innovative and trusted products along the way. This commitment to quality and service will continue to spur the success of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. and its family of companies, for generations to come.


IDEAL has made its mark by developing the iconic products and practical technology demanded by critical industries like data communications, aerospace, electrical, wire processing, automotive, construction and more.  Since the beginning, IDEAL INDUSTRIES has been a growing, energetic company, and that’s never been more true than today. It’s always been a compelling place to work and we’re poised for even more growth as we continue to move across the globe. With growth comes opportunity—and at IDEAL INDUSTRIES, the opportunity can be yours. 


The Warehouse Manager is responsible for overseeing all warehouse activities involving order fulfillment, inventory management, employee supervision, workforce safety and continuous improvement of the Sycamore Distribution Center and Irwindale Distribution Centers.


  • Evaluate and prioritize distribution to customers in order to maintain an optimal service level while managing inventory levels at the Sycamore distribution center and Irwindale warehouse.
  • Inventory management planning both for new product introductions and phase outs.
  • Drive continuous improvement throughout the distribution center utilizing LEAN manufacturing principles.
  • Present ideas and plans for continued improvements supported by appropriate analysis.
  • Develop key metrics and regularly review with plant senior staff to ensure corporate commitments are achieved.       Continually review and modify short and long-term plans that maintain and achieve key metrics.       Key metrics include but are not limited to: Safety, Housekeeping, Quality, Delivery, Productivity, Fixed capital efficiency (OEE), Lean projects.
  • Responsible for providing a safe and clean working environment for their employees.
  • Provide leadership and training to hourly warehouse employees in order to develop an environment that fosters worker responsibility and empowers employees to fully utilize skills in order to contribute to company goals.
  • Direct, train and monitor distribution warehouse employees to ensure compliance with all appropriate procedures and policies.
  • Co-Leadership through negotiations with suppliers for inter-modal and truckload services.
  • Responsible for process development and providing employee systems training for integration of ERP / WMS systems.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in a distribution center environment, with at least 5 of those years supervising employees.
  • Experience successfully working with other plant functions including: Production, Engineering, Quality, Human Resources, Materials, Lean, Sourcing, Maintenance/Facilities, and Accounting.
  • Proven track record of applying LEAN principles to drive distribution efficiencies (i.e. KanBan, visual systems).
  • Ability to coach, motivate, train and delegate responsibility.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including presentation, listening and managing skills as required to work in and manage teams. Solid conflict resolution and problem solving skills a must.
  • Demonstrated management leadership skills.
  • Ability to identify and manage projects from concept to implementation and successfully drive project results.
  • Able to understand, interpret and act on financials/budgets as they relate to the distribution center.
  • Able to make decisions and drive results for the distribution center based on an understanding and interpretation of internal business objectives and customer requirements.
  • A credible safety record in previous positions.


  • Must be a process thinker, capable of providing a detailed focus on process and system
  • limitations in order to drive sustainable results.
  • Working knowledge of Lean Manufacturing techniques, capable of establishing a continuous improvement roadmap to drive out waste within a distribution and transportation environment.
  • Sound leadership judgment, capable of establishing credibility with management team and direct reports such to drive a culture of high ethical standards while continually focusing on growth, performance improvement and cost reduction.
  • Must have strong project management skills.
  • Must have proficient communication skills (both written and oral).

IDEAL INDUSTRIES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.




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