Distribution Manager - Site Leader

Who is Oatey?

Since 1916, Oatey has provided reliable, high-quality products for the residential and commercial plumbing industries. Our purpose is to deliver quality, build trust and improve lives.

The Oatey family of companies are Oatey, Cherne, Keeney, Quick Drain, Hercules, Dearborn, GF Thompson, William H. Harvey, Masters, Contact, Belanger, and Lansas.

Our brands are synonymous with quality, integrity, and trust in the plumbing industry.

What we're looking for...

Oversees and manages all shipping and receiving activities for one of Oatey’s Distribution Centers in alignment with the company’s purpose, values, and vision to achieve safety, quality and performance goals while best supporting our customers. This role will foster a culture of continuous improvement and team development allowing the distribution site to maintain a best-in-class status and the business’s future growth and prosperity.

Expectations & Accountabilities...

  • Develop and implement distribution strategies and plans at the site location that align with the company's overall goals and objectives.

  • Oversee the efficient operation of the distribution centers, including inventory management, order picking, packing, and shipping.

  • Manage the daily activities to ensure productivity targets are met for each shift while maintaining quality standards.

  • Manage the allocation of resources, including labor, equipment, and space, to meet distribution demands efficiently.

  • Define and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the effectiveness of distribution processes and implement improvements as needed.

  • Implement and maintain inventory control procedures to minimize overstock and stockouts while ensuring accurate record-keeping.

  • Be a champion and provide a safe workplace. Ensure all associates adhere to safety guidelines.

  • Collaborate with EHSS manager regarding the implementation of corrective actions and facilities management for repairs and upkeep of the facility. This includes all material handling equipment and infrastructure changes and modifications to the distribution center.

  • Partner with Human Resources on the consistent implementation of policies and procedures including workforce planning and headcount to recruit and retain top talent, attendance, performance management, associate coaching, and leadership development skills with managers and supervisors to sustain a positive work culture.

  • Develop and manage the site’s operating budget.

  • Maintain effective communication with site leadership and other departments, such as procurement, sales, and customer service, to ensure alignment and meet customer demands.

  • Address and resolve issues or challenges that may arise in the distribution process, such as delays, damaged goods, or inventory discrepancies.

  • Develop and maintain a facility cleanliness program providing a “Tour Ready” environment for the associates, visitors, and customers. Ensure standard work is being applied consistently on all shifts.

  • Champion implementation of Lean Principles. Lead the Distribution Center team in establishing TPM, Kanban, 6S, and other lean tools and act as an enthusiastic advocate for continuous improvement. Continually review and improve processes to increase efficiency and improve standard work procedures in adherence with quality standards.

  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations, industry standards, and legal requirements related to distribution operations.

What you'll need to be successful...

  • 10 years proven experience in distribution and logistics management.

  • PC Computer Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • In-depth interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse population, facilitate conflict resolution with demonstrated trust and integrity.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and generate results in a fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated business acumen.

  • Written and oral communication skills with English fluency in both; presentation skills.

  • Experience with ERP/WMS systems

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate commitment and cooperation of others through individual leadership skills including decision making process, team building effectiveness, and organizational skills.

Qualifications that will set you apart...

  • A bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, logistics, business administration, or equivalent or relevant work experience.


At Oatey we are committed to help our Associates grow their career. Apply today and grow with Oatey!

Why Oatey?

  • At Oatey, our purpose has always been to deliver quality, build trust and improve lives.
  • We value Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage, Leadership, and Excellence above all else.
  • We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion - acknowledging, valuing, and leveraging the unique experiences and perspectives of our associates.
  • Our vision is to continue to grow as a market leader, to enrich the lives of our Associates, and to foster an inclusive environment in every regard.
  • Our purpose, mission, and vision are not possible without the right people, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive, engaging, and rewarding environment for our Associates.
  • Oatey has a total rewards philosophy which encompasses compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness, recognition, performance management, tuition reimbursement, mental health wellness, and talent development.

Oatey Total Rewards

  • Unlimited time off for salaried Associates
  • Annual Cash Profit Sharing (discretionary)
  • Health Insurance for our associates’ averages $100 or less a month (single coverage)
  • Generous benefits including up to $2,700 company contribution to Health Savings Account
  • 401(k) with a 5% company match
  • Tuition reimbursement in an environment that encourages advancement
  • Associate well-being benefits including CALM App and robust EAP offering
  • Recognized for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion