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Vice President Distribution & Operations

Wilton Brands Inc
Romeoville, IL 60446
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We're passionate about bringing the love of baking and decorating to everyone, everywhere, every day.

Our message is simple - we know you love baking (because we do, too) and we're constantly evolving to bring you quality products that make baking and decorating fun and easy. We're not just for the decorators of wow-worthy cakes, we're for cupcake makers and cookie bakers who love to say, "I made that!"

Wilton Brands LLC ("Wilton") is owned by Dr. August Oetker KG, a privately held company based in Germany. Dr. Oetker is a global leader in the food and beverage industries. Learn more about Wilton at http://www.wilton.com.

The Vice President, DC (Distribution Center) Operations will provide strategic supply chain leadership oversight of distribution, logistics (including 3PL), EHS&S, as well as strategic projects within the supply chain. The VP DC & Business Operations will develop and closely monitor key processes and metrics for each function within the supply chain. They will participate as part of the Supply Chain executive team, support corporate & cross functional initiatives.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Participate as an active member of the global operations leadership team.
  • Lead and oversee all aspects of the Distribution Center (Romeoville, 3PL, Gingerbread, Ongoing Strategic Initiatives)
  • Optimize operational resources while executing cost reductions and inventory controls
  • Work closely with staff to lead all initiatives that include ensuring qualified capacity, cost reduction, and continuous improvement.
  • Drive operational excellence, combining both strategic and tactical change, and develop an operational leadership team that has the skills, responsiveness, ability, and commitment to meet or exceed required business results.
  • Interface with key contacts outside the company, including customers, suppliers, and 3PL partners to optimize supply chain performance.
  • Provide general leadership/coaching in developing and enabling capabilities to support the implementation of key systems to improve supply chain fundamentals.
  • Actively manage career development of direct reports. Review performance and provide coaching, counseling, and mentoring as required to increase performance. Ensure identified development needs of staff members are met by job opportunities and training.
  • Work closely with Inventory and Demand Planning, Order management, EDI, to adhere to retailer requirements and to reduce chargebacks
  • Lead integration activities with new ownership
  • Manage labor force of both temporary and permanent associates with ramp up and down during peak season
  • Achieve monthly goals in safety, quality, volume, and cost

  • Lead all distribution planning and strategic activities.
  • Ensures retailer orders are shipped to guarantee on-time customer deliveries, demonstrating the highest level of quality control.
  • Develop partnerships with outside carriers in shipping; establish quality transportation services.
  • Assist in the identification and implementation of continuous improvement opportunities and customer satisfaction opportunities.

P&L Management:
  • Responsible for meeting the overall operational financial performance. Ensures and holds direct reports accountable for meeting and controlling operating expenses and established targets.
  • Develops operating budget of distribution and logistics
  • Works with accounting weekly, monthly, annually to manage spend, develop modelling on programs, develop standards, report on standards, manage to budget assumptions

Customer Service & Reliability:
  • Sets vision for operational priorities across distribution for the organization
  • Leads strategic and tactical operations deliverables to ensure customer and quality standards are met within specifications.
  • Collaborates with internal and external functional partners to ensure operations can meet customer demand.
  • Ensures that customers are satisfied and that any inquiries, incidents and issues are resolved in timely manner.
  • Works with IT and other cross functional areas to ensure capability is aligned with Marketing and Sales strategies

Safety & Operational Excellence:
  • Responsible for setting Safety and Operational Excellence expectations DC's
  • Implement efficiency improvements which may include standardization of information management systems, safety, reliability and vehicle maintenance.
  • Promotes a learning culture to achieve high performance in distribution, safety and quality. Ensures employees are in compliance with DOT and OSHA standards.
  • Promotes and leads employee safety program standards for employees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Leadership Abilities:

  • Understanding/Experience with Distribution Management systems and Technology
  • Must be hands-on and lead by example, balancing both the tactical and strategic.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in developing partnerships with internal stakeholders and managing matrix relationships.
  • Decisive, yet collaborative with strong motivational and leadership qualities; excels at morale and team building within the organization.
  • Open and balanced management style, with the ability to appropriately delegate responsibility, while staying involved in the details of the business to ensure performance meets or exceeds planned objectives.
  • Strong communicator who is candid, direct and respectful at all levels.
  • Highly responsive, ethical and responsible behavior with a professional approach and a desire to be held accountable for results
  • An ability to adapt and be able to deal with ambiguity and rapid change
  • Strong team builder who has the demonstrated ability to attract recruit, develop and retain talent. A leader who creates loyalty, trust and following, and can instill a culture of accountability and focus on performance.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A minimum of 10-15 years of experience in the supply chain operations, including at least 10 years in leadership roles.
  • Experience in inventory and order management cross functional partnership
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change and generate meaningful results through processes and people, rather than technology investment.
  • Strong business acumen with a history of operational excellence, and experience managing costs and profitability.
  • Deep experience setting the global sourcing and supply chain strategy for a highly sku-intensive based organization.
  • Proven hands on project management and change management experience and someone who can see the big picture, but comfortable in executing on tactical issues.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), organizational, analytical and problem- solving skills, along with attention to detail
  • Strong team builder who has the demonstrated ability to attract recruit, develop and retain talent. A leader who creates loyalty, trust and following, and can instill a culture of accountability and focus on performance.
  • A Bachelor's degree is essential.

Wilton Brands LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, individuals with disability or veteran status as provided by law. Wilton Brands LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

If you need accommodation to access the information provided on our website, please contact us at 630-810-2416 or send an e-mail to: careers@wilton.com We will be happy to help you!


Posted: 2020-05-09 Expires: 2020-06-08

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