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Director, Distribution

At SpartanNash, we deliver the ingredients for a better life through customer-focused innovation. We do this for our supply chain customers and U.S. military commissaries, retail store guests and, most importantly, our Associates. In fact, we see a day when each will say, “I can’t live without them.”

Our SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,000 strong, ranging from bakery managers to order selectors; from IT developers to vice presidents of finance; from HR Business Partners to export specialists. Each of them plays an integral role in SpartanNash’s People First culture, Operational Excellence and Insights that Drive Solutions. Ready to contribute to the success of our food solutions company? Apply now!


4067 County Road 130 - Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311-9359

Job Description:

Position Summary:

This role is responsible for the assigned Distribution Centers (Bellefontaine and Lima, OH) operations to include, but not limited to, receiving, storage, shipping, delivery, personnel management, safety, and sanitation activities. Works in partnership with the senior distribution management to manage distribution operations in a productive, efficient and cost-efficient manner.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Oversight and direct distribution operations activities including but not limited to warehouse operations, transportation, safety & sanitation, and reclaim (as applicable).

  • Work with cross-functional departments within the distribution center and corporate office as it relates to the distribution center operations.

  • Responsible for the Distribution Center operations P&L cost centers to include, but limited to, expense and capital budgeting, planning, inventory (asset and product), cost controls, revenue and productivity objectives, and operational execution.

  • Make recommendation for equipment purchases and distribution center related capital expenditures.

  • Accountable to establish and/or ensure adherence to company practices, processes, procedures and policies.

  • Responsible for the development and execution of facility operations planning to include productivity levels, staffing requirements, seasonal operation needs, distribution center capacity, etc.

  • Maintain strict compliance to Company sanitation, risk management and asset management programs; audit programs to ensure adherence to such programs to include, but not limited to, safety, training, facility maintenance and inventory, security, and proper utilization and maintenance of material handling and transportation equipment.

  • Responsible for accurate record keeping and timely reporting of data as required, such as distribution center scorecards, productivity and metrics reporting.

  • Establish and/or maintain expected service metrics to customers such as on-time delivery, selection and inventory accuracy, cost per case, product damage, and other reporting metrics as required.

  • Ensure facility compliance with legal regulations and laws (i.e., OSHA, EPA, FDA, Dept. of Agriculture, FCC, DOT), as well as company policy, procedures and guidelines.

  • Participate on assigned projects and initiatives (i.e., operational effectiveness, profitability, etc.)

  • Evaluate business operations and technology for improvement opportunities; recommend and implement approved changes to processes and/or technology.

  • Responsible for department management including staffing, training, performance management and career development of associates, and developing and monitoring department goals.

  • Develop and monitor department budget as required.

  • Maintain current knowledge of legal regulations, industry trends and best practices within Distribution Center operations; make recommendations to improve current processes and to ensure company legal compliance.

  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required) in Business Administration or Supply Chain Management, or other related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • 10 years distribution center experience; three years management/director level experience required.

  • Bellefontaine Tobacco Operations Only: Prior Cigarette/Tobacco distribution experience preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong organization, prioritization, decision-making, problem solving and conflict management skills.

  • Strong leadership abilities with capability to work in a hands-on environment.

  • Strong strategic planning and business acumen skills.

  • Experience working across business units, and ability to leverage resources to accomplish company goals.

  • Strong knowledge of distribution center operations; knowledge of warehouse management systems.

  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to travel up to 10% as necessary.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

May be required to lift and/or move 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. Temperatures may vary for those subject to any of the following areas: computer/server room, print shop, production area). The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate but may be high in distribution settings. Travel requirements vary by assignment.

As part of our People First culture, SpartanNash is proud to offer a robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.

SpartanNash is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and veteran, that celebrates diversity and believes employing a diverse workforce is key to our success. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals.

We are not able to sponsor work visas for this position.

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