First Supply

  • Branch Manager

    Location US-IA-Dubuque
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/16/2018 12:51 PM)
    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 Branch Manager is responsible for achieving successful financial and talent objectives for their branch, as well as the local management presence for First Supply customers.

    This position is responsible for Cedar Rapids IA, Dubuque IA, and Platteville WI.


    • Assumes responsibility for attainment of financial goals as established by the Regional General Manager and approved by the Board of Directors
    • Supports the corporate educational plan for facility staff and ensures follow-through
    • Enforces corporate directed programs, including marketing, sales, purchasing, distribution, accounting/finance, safety, education and employee services
    • Assumes primary responsibility for efficient, cost-effective facility operation
    • Works closely on budget and sales forecasts with Regional General Manager
    • Assists Corporate Credit staff with collection of customer accounts
    • Approves wage, bonus and commission schedules in line with budget and operating constraints
    • Work within budgetary and corporate guidelines on expenditures for capital equipment with Regional Operations Manager and Regional General Manager
    • Manages the day-to-day activities of the facility, overseeing work accomplished by the managers and supervisors; ensures work is consistent with corporate policies and objectives
    • Ensures inventory management consistent with sales, cash flow and financial goals
    • Oversee sales, delivery, distribution, pricing, accounting and customer service
    • Assumes responsibility for the physical plant and maintenance
    • Reviews financial and operating reports; monitors all departments on a daily basis
    • Serves as the principal public relations spokesperson for the facility
    • Conducts regular staff meetings
    • Interacts effectively with customers, maintaining and developing customer relationships
    • Keeps abreast of industry trends; attends trade shows, conventions and seminars as appropriate or as directed
    • Performs the duties inherent in all supervisory positions
    • Promotes equal opportunity and affirmative action employment practices
    • Directs training duties as needed
    • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned by the Regional General Manager



    • College degree in related field or equivalent experience
    • 5+ years of progressive management experience with demonstrated success
    • 3+ years experience in a wholesale distribution enterprise
    • 2+ years experience with plumbing or HVAC or fluid handling
    • Solid computer proficiency, particularly with Microsoft Office and Excel
    • ERP experience required
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to interact with customers effectively in person and by telephone


    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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