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Distribution Manager in Phoenix, AZ at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 7/8/2021

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Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 33 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.

The Distribution Manager will act as a member of the Supply Chain function within the Business Unit.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and execution of all Bakery Shipping and Transportation Operations, Administrative, and Strategic/Productivity activities related to the Bakery Shipping and Transportation functions. The Distribution Manager will be able to promote a culture of continuous improvement in operations and the working culture, be accountable for their operation and its performance, and partner with other departments and teams to ensure the overall business is run with a founder’s mentality.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Promote a culture of safety through leadership, training, and constant focus
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with employees and ensure compliance with the terms of the collective bargaining unit
  • Establish and maintain working standards for floor associates
  • Promote a culture of safety through leadership, training, and constant focus
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with employees and ensure compliance with the terms of the collective bargaining unit
  • Establish and maintain working standards for transport drivers and bid runs
  • Communicate order adjustments and givebacks to the Sales team in a timely manner
  • Partner with Manufacturing to ensure schedules are aligned to ensure order fill and on time delivery
  • Work with other regional and operational supply chain teams to learn best practices and apply them locally
  • Identify opportunities to optimize shipping dock and transportation operations
  • Plan and execute operational productivity projects for the Annual Operating Plan
  • Implement and champion national, regional, and local strategic initiatives (Product Accountability, Supply Chain
  • Excellence, new technology and systems, etc.)
  • Ensure bakery is properly staffed to account for seasonal fluctuations in volume
  • Interview, hire, and onboard new associates
  • Schedule shipping and transport associates for effective and efficient operations and delivery of product
  • Keep overtime costs below the established plan
  • Maintain compliance for all associates on required safety training
  • Train and develop supervisors and all department associates
  • Maintain compliance for all transportation drivers on DriveCam events, JJ Keller E-logs, and DOT requirements

Job Requirements

Key Behavioral Competencies:

  • Results Orientation: The ideal candidate will have experience setting, achieving and exceeding business performance targets.S/he will consistently strive to achieve goals, in spite of obstacles, and will set contingency plans to ensure goals are met. S/he will be energized by working toward a tangible goal and will seek opportunities to improve on the status quo in an effort to exceed targets. 

  • Collaborating & Influencing: Gains support and commitment up, down and across the organization, including from cross-functional leaders; uses internal and external contacts, connections and linkages to forge relationships and improve competitive position; partners with BU leadership, customers and cross-functional teams to identify and implement profit-driving strategies and programs. S/he will put broad business objectives before personal objectives and will be a team player with an open management style. 

Education and Work History:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain or related field or equivalent experience. A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted.
  • Three years of distribution / manufacturing management experience, food industry experience preferable.
  • Sound working knowledge of personal computers, including Microsoft Office applications.
  • Willingness to work some varied shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • High energy and desire to excel and drive positive change a must.
  • Knowledge of DOT, Federal and State regulations a plus.

*The physical and mental 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 requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.

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