Vice President of Operations, Distribution and Logistics

Position Summary:

The Vice President of Operations and DC Logistics will plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee operations activities in the organization, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the organization. Expertise in warehouse operations (to include multiple locations) a must for this fast-growing overnight business model. Understanding pharmaceutical distribution will be key.


Reasonable Accommodations

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Essential Functions 

  • Provides leadership and direction to the business as it relates to overall warehouse operations and transportation strategy, organizational structure, organizational design, and long-term vision.
  • Collaborates with executive leadership to develop and meet company goals while supplying expertise and guidance on operations projects and systems.
  • Drives change and innovations in line with target performance metrics and will establish the strategic direction to achieve industry leading cost-effective solutions.
  • Creates efficiencies and leverages multi-locations distribution and transportation costs, while maintaining high service levels.
  • Ensures distribution operations are effectively managed by maximizing the utilization of all available resources.
  • Collaborates with other divisions and departments to carry out the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Identifies, recommends, and implements new processes, technologies, and systems to improve and streamline organizational processes and use of resources and materials.
  • Ensures that departmental decisions and project plans such as those for staffing, development, organization, material efficiency, and facilities are in line with the organizations business plan and vision.
  • Manages and creates critical performance metrics in the distribution locations, proactively resolve problems, introduces best practices, and fosters positive change as required. Holds leaders and teams accountable for performance.
  • Reviews and approves cost-control reports, cost estimates, and staffing requirements.
  • Establishes and administers the department budget; manages capital budgets effectively.
  • Develops and executes inventory management strategies that reduce costs and improves sales through better-in-stock positions, creates improved accuracy and forward visibility that save costs while improving availability and flow of product.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations governing our distribution center locations by monitoring implementation and practice to ensure compliance.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, constructive interpersonal relationships with team members at all levels.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative communication and relationships with third parties, such as suppliers, vendors, and customers; uses effective negotiation skills and resolves conflicts.
  • Oversees overall safety initiatives and functions for multi-locations.
  • Analyzes, identifies, and proposes action to the solutions of problems with the operations and leadership teams to increase the effectiveness of operations.
  • Builds a high performing team and talent pipeline that supports and nurtures future leaders of the organization.
  • Builds peer support and strong internal-company relationships with other key management personnel.
  • Actively participates in and contribute to company initiatives, projects, and committees as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications 

· Exceptional people leadership skills

· Strong warehouse operations background preferably in the pharmaceutical distribution field

· Dependability and willingness to accommodate work schedule

· Ability to develop, lead, and deliver strategic business plans and end-to-end change that produces favorable results

· End-to-end supply chain management, with a strong continuous improvement focus

· High level of comfort operating within a multi-functional organization

· Portray flexible and multi-tasking abilities

· Strong time management, organizational, and prioritization skills

· Accept responsibility and account for his/her actions

· Goal oriented professional who provides a sense of direction and perseveres to achieve positive results

· Sense of urgency and high level of decisiveness

Skills and Abilities 

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Operations, Logistics, Engineering, or another industry-related field.

Experience: Minimum 10 years or more of senior operations management experience required; working in the pharmaceutical distribution preferred; 3 years or more distribution leadership experience across multiple sites required, comprehensive warehouse management systems experience required.

Computer Skills: Must be proficient in Microsoft suite of products including Excel, Word, and Outlook; must possess the ability to learn and master computer systems used within the company.

Other Skills: Strategic thinking, strong communication skills, ability to work well under pressure, attention to detail, and possess strong management, and leadership skills. Strong business acumen with a broad understanding of fundamental business principles. Strong work ethic, characterized by initiative, drive, and goal orientation.

Interpersonal Skills: Must possess the ability to work comfortably in a group setting, be self-motivated and inspire the same in his/her team, be a problem-solver and thought-leader, have strong strategic and thinking skills, have a positive winning attitude, and have an ability to maintain composure in stressful and uncertain situations.

People Skills: Must possess the ability to build and maintain strong and lasting relationships as a representative of the business. Must be an approachable individual with a likeable personality that makes working and associating with him and the business preferable. Good people skills are needed to earn the trust of colleagues, direct reports, and senior management.