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VP Distribution Operations

Somerset, New Jersey

Job Description

Company: Guest Supply
Location: US-NJ-Somerset
Zip Code: 08873
Minimum Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 10 +
Position Type: Exempt
Travel Percentage: Up to 25%


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Who We Are:


Guest Supply is a leading global manufacturer and distributor to the Travel and Leisure industry, providing products to over 25,000 hotels in 88 countries. Rapidly approaching a billion dollars in annual revenue, Guest Supply has grown its’ business by over 200% in the last 7 years. Guest Supply is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Sysco. Sysco is a 50 billion dollar, industry leading, global food and beverage distribution company, employing hundreds of thousands of employees worldwide and home to the 13th largest sales organization in the world.


Position Summary:


The Vice President of Distribution Operations is responsible for all aspects of long range strategic planning for the Company’s Re-Distribution Center and other Distribution Centers, domestic and internationally, incorporating the latest software and technology for the management of warehouse inventory and logistics in support of the Company’s strategic, operational and annual growth plans.  This role will develop and monitor a dashboard of key performance metrics measuring all aspects of its high-traffic and fast-moving operations to optimize efficiencies and ensure on-time and on-target performance of the distribution operations.  In addition, this role will hire (as needed), develop and lead a team of leaders to ensure the day-to-day effective management of the facilities and other related operations.  General areas of responsibility include strategic planning, warehouse layout and utilization, systems integration and design, logistics planning and output, personnel development and leadership, executive communications and information flow to subordinate leaders, performance metrics, facility security and maintenance, freight management, and budget management.


Primary Responsibilities (Essential Functions):


  • Set overall strategy for multiple Distribution Centers; develop and implement specific short- and long-term plans and programs in order to support the operational goals and annual growth plans.   Oversee the development and implementation of strategies, including but not limited to: performance metrics; technology, systems, equipment and facilities; logistics planning and output; policies & procedures; organizational development, workforce planning and training efforts. 
  • Responsible for the P&L of all Distribution Center locations; oversee the development of annual budgets to ensure facilities execute to minimize expenses.  Review performance metrics against operating plans and standards; provide reports to direct reports on interpretation of results and provide direction to address issues.   Diagnose operational issues and assist Managers in the development of solutions, action plans and communication to resolve issues. 
  • Talent Management – Direct planning and development of Distribution Operations team and establishment of goals for their performance.  Monitor, evaluate and provide feedback to managers on progress towards goals.  Coach and develop management in balancing the delivery of high productivity, quality and customer service.  Counsel and direct management on handling employee relations, staffing, disciplinary actions and maintaining a positive work environment.  Conduct regular department meetings to foster employee engagement, communicate any changes to company policies and procedures, address employee concerns, foster idea sharing and suggestions for improvement. Participate in staff selection, performance and compensation evaluations, corrective action and terminations, as necessary.  Promote continuous training and development of associates. 
  • Lead and facilitate change management in support of organizational goals.
  • Ensure that all Distribution Centers are in compliance with local, regional and federal laws and required documentation.  Proactively manage safety; immediately respond to any concerns and conduct proper follow up to ensure the issue was addressed.
  • Analyze growth of operating company against each Distribution Center’s facility size and location to accommodate and maintain proper storage, receiving, and shipping capabilities for present and future business.  Recommend and implement changes as needed.




Minimum Education, Including Degrees and Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics Management, Supply Chain or Business Administration


Minimum Experience (Years and Type of Experience):

  • 10 years’ distribution, supply chain and logistics experience, including operational management required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Management of multiple Distribution Centers preferred. 
  • DOT and OSHA knowledge required


Skills and Abilities (Type and Proficiency):

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and professional interactive skills.   Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with vendors, associates, other business areas and government agencies as required.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to build, grow and inspire individuals and teams and manage effectively up, down and across an organization. Collaborative management style.  Work alongside individual team members as a day-to-day partner in moving the business forward, holding teams accountable for forecasts and other sales objectives.  Delegates responsibilities effectively. Recognizes and acknowledges the value others bring to the organization.  Exhibits a high level of trust and accountability.
  • Well-developed strategic planning, business and financial management skills (i.e., pricing, forecasting, budget planning, etc.).
  • Strong analytical and technology skills in using productivity, performance and other related data.
  • Strong presentation and negotiation skills.   
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of P&L and key components to drive and sustain positive financial results.  
  • Fact-based decision making style and the type of senior executive who comes to the table with a pragmatic view of the marketplace and the opportunities within it, but who also recommends solutions at both a strategic and functional level.
  • A mastery of organizational and project management skills, including the ability to plan, prioritize and execute multiple initiatives/deadlines autonomously and shift priorities as necessary.  Able to manage large, complex projects and coordinate workload around multiple assignments.   Uses time effectively.  
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Develops alternative solutions. 
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Makes timely decisions.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions. Follows through on commitments.
  • Proficient use of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook). 
  • Familiarity with PeopleSoft, Hi Jump, Box or other ERP business application software preferred.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:


The physical, mental, and environmental conditions in which the work is performed. The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and other office/warehouse equipment and telephone to talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and lift up to 50 pounds and/or move up to 200 pounds with assistance.  During a regular work day, the employee may be required to stand and walk 50% of the time.
  • While this position will primarily work in an office, the employee may also work in a warehouse environment and may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, cold and elevated ambient temperature, outside weather conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
  • Domestic and international travel (~25%), including overnight, is required to visit other Distribution Centers and office locations, customer meetings, company events, staff meetings, training sessions, and/or industry or vendor trade shows.  Must maintain a valid passport for international travel.
  • May be required to utilize personal vehicle for business travel that may result in long periods of sitting.  Must maintain a valid driver license and provide proof of current automobile insurance coverage as set forth by Sysco.
  • If working remote, must have required software to ensure timely communications and have a dedicated work space free of any distractions and participate in customer or conference calls in a business friendly environment.  
  • This position may require evening, weekend or other shift work depending on customer and business needs. 


This job description indicates in general terms, the type and level of work performed as well as the typical responsibilities of employees in this classification. The duties described are not to be interpreted as being all-inclusive to any specific employee. Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. Nothing in this position description changes the at-will employment relationship existing between the Company and its employees. This job description supersedes prior job descriptions.


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Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.


Sysco is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.


This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Employment Type: Full Time

ReqID: 63352