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Warehouse & Distribution Manager

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Date: Apr 8, 2021

Location: Waukegan, IL, US

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

The Warehouse Materials Manager is responsible for managing the shipping/receiving processes for raw material, finished goods, inventory processes, staging and pre-kit. This will be achieved by maintaining a culture of functional and operational excellence. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support operations to create a culture of functional excellence, accountability, professionalism and commitment to company values and standards 
  • Manage and direct work of team leaders and their teams 
  • Plan, lead, organize and control the delivery of the operations contribution to site objectives and overall performance in terms of HSE&S, service and quality, costs and personnel   
  • Follow all standard operating processes, looking for and responding effectively to hazards in safety, health, security and environment, taking account of people, plant, community and procedures  
  • Develop individual team members and build a team which collectively is capable of and fully involved in achieving the task. Enforce personal performance standards within team  
  • Ensure all safety rules/procedures are being observed and followed by team members 
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of warehouse, including: freight, returns, receiving, parcels, transfers, precut and inventory management. 
  • Lead and develop warehouse team to deliver unparalleled customer service 
  • Manage daily plan to exceed expectations for productivity and accuracy 
  • Maintain a clean, safe warehouse environment 
  • Ensure production inventory control, precut, shipping/receiving priorities are being followed and status is updated at shift end 
  • Account for proper allocation of person hours per shift  
  • Ensure all quality related process controls are being performed in accordance with established procedures  
  • Work with quality department to ensure all quality related process controls are working properly at all times and to determine new ways to ensure high quality product 
  • Communicate targets to team (s). Measure and communicate status versus results expected 
  • Lead an operational excellence agenda by coaching and teaching functional excellence 
  • Hold team accountable for performance standards and continuous improvement initiatives 
  • Ensure team follows standard operating procedures and processes 
  • Attract, lead, coach, appraise and develop employees, ensure staffing and stimulate talent (management) 
  • Mentor, challenge, and develop personnel with emphasis on change management, cross training employees and driving employee ownership of company results 
  • Communicate and hold team accountable for all housekeeping standards, complying with established corporate safety initiatives and maintaining a safe work environment  
  • Perform other key activities as required

Level of Autonomy

  • Inspires commitment to AkzoNobel’s purpose, vision, strategy, core principles, values and leadership behaviors. 
  • Acts as an ambassador and creates an open environment in which the team as a whole and its members individually can perform at their best. 
  • Stimulates, manages and follows through on employee engagement and builds on the workforce to reflect the societies and markets in which we do business (D&I). 
  • Ensures that job profiles are in place, sets objectives for team members, reviews development and provides clear, open and constructive feedback on performance combined with the appropriate actions. 
  • Strengthens the talent pipeline by developing talent and regularly assesses and discusses talent and internal movement. Continuously monitors and evaluates retention risk. 
  • Ensures reporting line is fully informed and acts in line with HSE and Compliance regulations.  
  • Manages and plans relevant budgets and proactively manages costs. 
  • Reports on progress on a continuous base.

Job Requirements

Essential Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science – related to Manufacturing, Logistics, Warehouse or related field from four-year college or university 
  • 5+ years of management experience within a high-volume distribution center 
  • Effective leadership, interpersonal skills, performance management, and people development skills required  
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and tasks with clear prioritization and organizational skills  
  • Effective communicator with all levels of the organization (employees, managers, customers) 
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office, ERP systems, etc.) 

Key Behavioural Competencies: 

  • Drive for results  
  • Customer focus  
  • Decision making  
  • Innovation and continuous improvement  
  • Inspiring others  
  • Value various perspectives 
  • Build strong team and develop people 
  • Demonstrate courage and integrity 


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 10114 

Nearest Major Market: Chicago