Distribution Manager

Location: Langley, BC, Canada
Date Posted: 07-06-2018
Canada Bread Company, Limited is a leading producer and distributor of packaged fresh bread and bakery products with brands such as Dempster’s®, Villaggio®, POM®, Bon Matin®, Ben’s®, Healthy Way® and McGavins®. Dempster’s is the national brand leader and a market leader in the health and well-being segment of bread products in Canada. The growth strategy is to focus on market leadership in all commercial bread categories. The company operates 19 bakeries and employs approximately 4,550 associates across Canada.  It seeks to create value by leading innovation in products and service delivery in the bakery industry, enhancing distribution services and processes, and continuing to grow premium white and whole grain breads, tortillas, bagels, rye, buns and rolls.

As an independent business unit of Grupo Bimbo, Canada Bread seeks to grow value-added bakery segments by focusing on health and well-being, and penetrating new bakery segments and channels of distribution. The business will continue to grow market leadership and margins by investing in the premium whole grain product category, and by delivering continued product innovation in other bakery and snack categories.

MARKETS:
Canada Bread serves major grocery chains, retail outlets and foodservice operations across Canada. The company distributes branded products in the discount, mainstream and super-premium segments, and is the leading producer in most major bakery categories. It also produces private label products for grocery and foodservice outlet.

Canada Bread is looking to hire a Distribution Manager to join our Langley team.

Responsibilities:
  • Manage, forecast, and budget all spend related to the distribution centre and investigate and explain root cause behind variances or incremental spend
  • Develop, lead, and manage saving initiatives and projects directed at removing cost from the Supply Chain and optimising the network
  • Act as the key liaison for Operations, Sales and Franchisees
  • Analysing, managing, and reporting all service metrics and KPIs related to distribution and warehouse capacity (short and long term)
  • Manage the Day to day activities of the distribution department.
  • Manage lines and associates effectively and resolve immediate issues
  • Develop Standard operating procedures & controls 
  • Improve performance and productivity of production 
  • Identify and drive objective and measurable cost saving initiative
  • Provide support to Six Sigma / Lean initiatives 
  • Meet Customer Requirements by ensuring on time shipping.
  • Drive leadership coaching and development with supervisors & hourly associates
  • Motivate, train, develop, coach, supervisors and front line associates
  • Manage collective agreement and labour relation issues
  • Responsible for ensuring all supervisors & employees are aware of operating / safety procedures 
  • Participating in the Recruitment, selection and onboarding of new distribution supervisors and employees.
Required Skills & Experience
  • 10 years experience as a Distribution or Logistics Manager in a Food/Packaged Goods Company
  • Proven ability to lead a group of people and operate in a changing environment
  • Experience with complex distribution networks and managing 3PL warehouses and transportation
  • University degree (business preferred)
  • Professional designation an asset (i.e. CITT, P.Log)                                                          
  • Labour relations experience 
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Excellent business acumen with strong negotiation and process development skills
  • Experience leading projects and strong project management skills
  • Excellent MS Excel and Word skills
  • Oracle experience in a Supply Chain capacity
  • WMS and TMS skills as asset
Please note all offers of employment at Canada Bread Company, Limited are conditional upon the successful completion of a pre-hire background check. This may include anything up to and including a criminal history check, reference checks and/or credit check.

Canada Bread Company, Limited is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all interested individuals; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job seekers with disabilities who require accommodation during the recruitment process or would like more details about accessibility should contact Canada Bread Accessibility at CB_Accessibility@grupobimbo.com.
 
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