First Supply

  • Director of Logistics and Warehouse Operations

    Location US-WI-Madison
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/4/2018 9:25 AM)
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    # Positions
  • Overview

    First Supply® is a leading main channel wholesale distributor providing industrial customers and building contractors with an extensive line of products and services. First Supply features manufacturer product lines in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, builder, waterworks, pump/well & septic, industrial and municipal markets. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, First Supply has more than 700 employees in 28 operating facilities serving Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan UP. The company has over $60 million in inventory and over $275 million in annual sales. 


    First Supply also owns and operates 18 Kitchen & Bath Stores in 5 midwestern states under the Gerhard's Kitchen & Bath and Kohler Signature Store brands. Gerhard's is the largest, most versatile kitchen & bath store in the upper Midwest. We offer a huge variety of kitchen and bath choices from contemporary to traditional styles, along with service you won't find anywhere else. The Kohler Signature Stores are a kitchen and bath showroom that provides a distinguished Kohler experience where designers and homeowners can get hands on with hundreds of products, exclusively from the Kohler brands!


    The Director of Logistics and Warehouse Operations is responsible for providing direct leadership to the all logistics, distribution and transportation operations.  The position will also provide strategic direction for these areas for branch warehouse and kitchen and bath store operations.  The Director interfaces with stakeholders and collaborates with a variety of other functional areas in order to deliver program and company results that achieve business goals and objectives. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer for Distribution.


    • With the General Managers, lead the company for superior warehousing and delivery services
    • Ensure efficiency, dependability and consistency within the department across all locations
    • With the General Managers, prepare, submit for approval and oversee implementation of departmental budgets
    • With the branch managers, select, evaluate, develop and mentor warehouse and delivery managers and departmental staff
    • Promote equal opportunity and affirmative action employment practices
    • With general managers, set and clearly communicate accountability parameters for department members
    • Develop and distribute specifications and pricing for all delivery vehicles and warehouse equipment
    • Identify, record and reallocate underutilized or unused distribution assets including vehicles, racking or material handling equipment
    • Ensure accuracy of inventory
    • Ensure corporate compliance with DOT and OSHA regulations
    • Lead and be responsible for superior central distribution center operations
    • Select, evaluate, develop and mentor CDC staff for efficiency, dependability and consistency
    • Promote equal opportunity and affirmative action employment practices
    • Prepare, submit for approval and oversee implementation of its budget
    • Lead and be responsible for superior inter-company transfer
    • Select, evaluate, develop and mentor any staff or contract carriers used
    • Promote equal opportunity and affirmative action employment practices
    • Prepare, submit for approval and oversee implementation of its budget
    • Participate in the development, physical layout and startup of new facilities
    • Drive compliance toward aesthetically pleasing warehouse space, both indoors and outdoors, at all locations 
    • Ensure the logistic operations of First Supply LLC are in accordance with the values, principles, vision, mission and policies of First Supply LLC and meet all legal requirements
    • Assist with the development of corporate financial and organizational policies and goals
    • Responsible for the communication, interpretation and implementation of the approved policies and goals within the department
    • Participate in outside professional activities that are advantageous toward enhancing the prestige of our corporation
    • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


    • College degree required; Graduate degree preferred
    • Demonstrated experience in warehouse and logistics operations with progressive levels of responsibility
    • Experience managing and directing staff to achieve superior results
    • Ability to operate and manage successfully in a matrixed environment
    • Advanced computer knowledge and skills with the ability to develop expertise in First Supply LLC’s business and logistics software

    First Supply LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.  In order to be selected for the position, candidates must submit to a drug test with negative results on employment offer, the ability to be bonded as defined by First Supply LLC's fidelity bond insurance carrier, and have a valid driver’s license and a driving record which meets underwriting standards.



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