Manager Distribution Operations

LEAN  Mission Statement:

  • At adidas we are committed to live the LEAN  philosophy and to apply LEAN  principles to our daily operation – maximizing customer value while minimizing waste and continuously improving our way of working.



  • The Operations Manager / Flow Manager will work to continuously optimize DC operations by engaging with various stakeholders to improve operational metrics and refine processes and remove waste from operations. Manage the overall floor operation process in the assigned area ensuring supervision has the tools and processes necessary to keep all associates on task while working safely, accurately, and effectively. Manage the flow of goods ensuring business requirements, service levels, and delivery schedules are met.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a shift and the material flow in Distribution Center and be accountable for achieving all productivity and quality targets
  • Responsible for overseeing a shift in an 24/7 operation
  • Demonstrates an inspirational attitude that contributes to a positive team environment
  • Creates a performance culture by setting clear expectations and targets, analyzing DC performance, and holding DC team accountable by giving appropriate and prompt feedback, including actively managing poor performance
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with team members along with willingness to set and maintain high standards of performance
  • Ensuring a constant orderflow to utilize labor and equipment in a high productive way and ensure fulfillment of key SLAs
  • Train and manage DC associates trough the supervision leadership teams
  • Maintain full working knowledge of the WCS and WMS platforms
  • Manage the collection, reporting and feedback regarding operations functions using the system and tools
  • Report on operations metrics to evaluate DC area performance in productivity, quality, and safety with clear focus on continuously defining actions and measure to drive improvements
  • Maintain all OSHA safety standards including all reporting of accidents, injuries, damages, and potential threats to safety
  • Communicate effectively with all Teams within the DC ensuring that short term targets are achieved, and necessary long-term improvements are shared and aligned
  • Actively develop cross-functional training and drive labor sharing between all areas within the DC
  • Communicate professionally with internal as well as external customers
  • Retain basic knowledge of all operations
  • Support & drive lean principles to optimize processes and to focus on key customer requirements
  • Celebrate accomplishment, reward behavior and performance that contribute to the operations success
  • Maintain key relationships with Distribution Coordinators in Receiving, Forklift, and Shipping, developing as needed, to assist in managing the operation
  • Manage supervision to ensure that associates have a safe and clean work environment (housekeeping/5S), and any unsafe acts, accidents, or injuries are immediately reported, and proper policies and procedures are followed
  • Assume the duties of the Director during periods of absence
  • Manage Labor provider on a day to day basis to drive productivity and ensure high quality of service


Key Relationships: 

  • Spartanburg Operations personnel
  • Department Supervisors and management to include but not limited to Receiving, Shipping, Distribution and Production Operations, Planning & Purchasing, Finance, Customer Service
  • Labor provider


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Strong people manager with the ability to effectively manage managers/supervisors with varying levels of experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to lead discussions in diverse groups of varying size 
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to use good judgment and make strong independent decisions
  • Technical skills: the ability to perform the tasks inside area of responsibility
  • Strong analytical capabilities, including experience handling large and complex data sets
  • Human relations skills: the ability to work with and through people
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to effectively send and receive messages
  • Administrative skills: ability to plan, organize, and coordinate
  • Conceptual skills: ability to obtain, interpret, and apply information needed to make sound decisions
  • Leadership skills: ability to engage followers in all aspects of the operation
  • Working knowledge of six sigma, lean and 5s techniques
  • Basic computer/keyboard skills necessary
  • Must be highly motivated and possess the ability to work independently with limited supervision in a high-volume/energy environment.
  • Ability to assess priorities and make decisions to meet key business objectives
  • Ability to manage multiple employees, performing multiple functions
  • Flexibility to cover unplanned shift on a short notice
  • Ability to work for long periods of time, typically 10-12 hours per day during peak seasonal periods. 


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Minimum of bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of related industry supply chain experience.  Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree a high school education with seven (7) years supervisory experience
  2. Minimum three (3) years managing people
  3. Demonstrated supervisory experience in a warehouse/distribution environment preferred using six sigma, lean and 5s techniques
  4. Must be able to work overtime and weekends as required


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Job Title:  Manager Distribution Operations

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Spartanburg
TEAM:  Supply Chain Management
State:  SC
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  206154