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Distribution Manager in Decatur, GA at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 3/21/2020

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    Decatur, GA
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    1-3 years
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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 32 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (“BBUSA”) includes BBUSA and its subsidiaries and affiliated entities, including, but not limited to, Wholesome Harvest Baking, East Balt, and Acelerada. BBUSA 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

Shipping Dock Management and Accountability

  • 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.

Transportation Management and Accountability

  • 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.

Cross-Functional Partnerships

  • 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.

Productivity Projects and Strategic Initiatives

  • 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.)

Scheduling and Staffing

  • 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

Training and Development

  • Maintain compliance for all associates on required safety training.
  • Train and develop supervisors and all department associates.

Driver Compliance

  • Maintain compliance for all transportation drivers on DriveCam events, JJ Keller E-logs, and DOT requirements.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.  A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted. 


Seven or more years of hands-on management experience and direct manufacturing experience with a consumer baked goods company.  Extensive knowledge of bakery operations/processing/formulations. Strong technical skills and working knowledge of bakery equipment. Knowledge of safety related issues including compliance with State, Federal and Local regulations. Computer Literate.
Reasonable accommodation may be made for those who are able to perform the essential duties of the job. 


The ability to work closely in a team based environment with all associates.
The ability to analyze data using the IPM System and to develop intra- department teams to establish goals and make decisions for the bakery.
The ability to help all teams throughout the bakery to achieve their goals.
Labor Relations experience.


Functional Proficiency
Results Achiever
Change Leadership
Learning and Adopting Best Practices
People Oriented Leadership

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.