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Distribution Center Manager

Wm K Walthers, Inc
Milwaukee, WI
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Responsible for all elements of the company’s Distribution Center(s).  Specific tasks include determination and maintenance of manpower requirements, establishing department processes and work instructions, staff education, and overseeing all elements of receiving, stocking, picking, packing, shipping, and kit packing.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Staff Leadership

  1. Interview and hire prospective employees to ensure the very best fit for the team and work with HR to follow appropriate procedures
  2. Provide procedures for training new employees to ensure clear expectations are set and appropriate training & mentoring are provided
  3. Support DC operations by recognizing and reinforcing individual and team accomplishments through existing organizational tools and make recommendations for new, creative, and meaningful methods of recognition
  4. Effectively communicate job responsibilities, performance expectations, service standards, and company policies and ensure consistency on all communication with employees
  5. Review staff time off requests to ensure adequate coverage
  6. Ensure all sick and tardy policies are handled as per company standards and the policies are enforced consistently with all staff
  7. Oversee payroll for all staff weekly and ensure it is complete and accurate, before it is forwarded to payroll
  8. Conduct monthly meetings with procedures & support staff to review year to date performance and implement strategies to help each employee reach their goals.
  9. Provide prompt, courteous, and careful attention to employees’ problems and questions
  10. Following company procedures, accountable for timely delivery and content of all department staff performance evaluations and wage reviews conducting annual performance reviews when due.

DC Management

  1. Direct and mange day-to-day operations to successfully achieve DC goals, objectives, and overall DC efficiency
  2. Work with Supervisor to establish DC budget and staff goals on an annual basis utilizing past performance
  3. Develop department expense plan that aligns with corporate objectives
  4. Create and submit justification for capital expenses
  5.  Formulate and monitor the Pay-by-Performance standards and make adjustments accordingly
  6. Review and recommended wage changes on an annually basis for the Pay-by-Performance system
  7. Implement corrective action plans (where needed) to address budget deviations.
  8. Perform administrative functions, management reports & special projects as requested
  9. Maintain and model a calm demeanor during periods of high volume or unusual events, setting a positive example for the DC team
  10. Identify, evaluate and resolve problems quickly, utilizing innovative ideas and sound judgment
  11. Conduct weekly meetings with Warehouse Supervisor and discuss goals and objectives of various areas of the operations in the DC.  These areas include and are not limited to:

a.       House keeping

b.      Productivity goals

c.       Operating efficiencies – variable expenses

d.      Error rate

e.       Training

f.       Employee issues and concerns

  1. Quickly and consistently communicate any facility issues to staff and handle any repairs or replacement issues in a timely manner.
  2. Direct supervision of Maintenance department
  3. Ensure that all staff work with in the guidelines of the company handbook
  4. Provide forklift training and maintain forklift operator licenses are up to date
  5. Responsible for establishing daily, seasonal, and annual strategic goals for the DC.  Converts these goals into departmental action plans and effectively implements these plans

Teamwork

1.      Interface with and present information to senior officers by being professional and organized.

2.      Interact effectively and respectfully with peers by utilizing open, honest and professional communication skills.

3.      Attend management meetings – being on time and having pertinent information available.

4.      Influence the development of cross functional operational processes within the company and the interaction of these processes with other departments

 

Company Description
Serving model railroaders for four generations...
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., was founded in Milwaukee in 1932 — but it really started on Christmas Day in 1899 when seven-year-old Bill Walthers found his first wind-up toy train waiting under the tree! Milwaukee was a hotbed of railroading and technology in the early years of the 20th century, and Bill made the switch to electric trains over the years. His standard-gauge attic layout became a test-bed for his ideas and inventions to improve operation, which he shared through how-to articles in early hobby magazines.

As letters arrived asking for advice, Bill self-published what may have been the hobby’s first how-to book, the Signal and Control Manual for Model Railroaders. But as hobby shops were unheard of, many folks were unable to purchase supplies locally and began writing to see if they could buy directly from Bill. The idea of turning his hobby into a business began to take shape, leading to the very first Walthers ad in the in the May 1932 issue of The Model Maker (forerunner of today’s Railroad Model Craftsman). Offering a 24-page catalog for 15¢ listing rail, couplers and electrical supplies, sales were over $500.00 for the first year, and the fledgling company was off to a strong start.

Sales boomed during those Depression years as folks sought low-cost ways to have fun at home. By 1937, operations had to move from the family home to larger quarters in the Erie Terminal Building, where all of the O Scale milled-wood parts, metal castings, decals and more were made and packaged in-house. Production soon ramped up with the introduction of the first HO Scale models, which were also featured in their own catalog that year.

The 1939 New York World’s Fair introduced thousands of people to the hobby through the biggest operating O Scale layout built to that time, which featured cars and locos supplied by Walthers. Success was soon overshadowed as WWII brought a halt to most model production. Walthers soldiered on making decals and what little else it could from non-essential materials. By 1943, they were scraping the bottom of the barrel - literally - in a series of famous ads explaining the difficulties obtaining supplies for the duration.

While the postwar years were filled with promise, smaller homes and growing families left little room for O Scale railroads, and HO quickly gained in popularity. In 1958, Bill retired and his son Bruce took over, and just as full-size railroads were hard-hit by new technology, so too were model railroads. Leisure time was spent with TV sets, not train sets and many distributors simply abandoned the hobby business. Walthers took a different track, becoming a full-line distributor of other manufacturers’ products in 1960 while continuing to develop its HO and O Scale lines.

In 1972, Bruce’s son Phil joined the company as Wholesale Division President, becoming President in 1984 when Bruce retired. Under Phil’s guidance, Walthers began an unprecedented program of expansion that would eventually include HO plastic freight cars, Code 83 Track and Cornerstone structure kits. With hobbyists embracing home computers and the Internet as modeling tools, Phil’s own interest in the new technology played a key part in the design and development of walthers.com, which was launched in 1994.

During much of this time Stacey Walthers-Naffah, oldest of Phil’s four children, often came in on Saturdays to help her father and grandfather. In later years, she worked in the Distribution Center and spent one summer as an intern in the Publications Department. Following college and a career in marketing and advertising, Stacey officially became the fourth generation of the Walthers family to join the business in 2009. Over the years, she held the positions of Consumer Marketing Manager, Vice President of Marketing Communications and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, becoming President in 2018 following Phil’s retirement.

Walthers is on track for the future, dedicated to helping you find the information, supplies and equipment you need to make your model railroading fun, just as we’ve been since 1932. Be sure to visit walthers.com, and check out our monthly Walthers Flyer (available online and at participating dealers) and annual Model Railroad Reference Book for the latest Walthers products, as well thousands more items from our many suppliers.

Wm K Walthers, Inc

Why Work Here?
At Walthers you will join a team of people passionate about the model railroad industry!

Serving model railroaders for four generations... Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., was founded in Milwaukee in 1932 — but it really started on Christmas Day in 1899 when seven-year-old Bill Walthers found his first wind-up toy train waiting under the tree! Milwaukee was a hotbed of railroading and technology in the early years of the 20th century, and Bill made the switch to electric trains over the years. His standard-gauge attic layout became a test-bed for his ideas and inventions to improve operation, which he shared through how-to articles in early hobby magazines. As letters arrived asking for advice, Bill self-published what may have been the hobby’s first how-to book, the Signal and Control Manual for Model Railroaders. But as hobby shops were unheard of, many folks were unable to purchase supplies locally and began writing to see if they could buy directly from Bill. The idea of turning his hobby into a business began to take shape, leading to the very first Walthers ad in the in the May 1932 issue of The Model Maker (forerunner of today’s Railroad Model Craftsman). Offering a 24-page catalog for 15¢ listing rail, couplers and electrical supplies, sales were over $500.00 for the first year, and the fledgling company was off to a strong start. Sales boomed during those Depression years as folks sought low-cost ways to have fun at home. By 1937, operations had to move from the family home to larger quarters in the Erie Terminal Building, where all of the O Scale milled-wood parts, metal castings, decals and more were made and packaged in-house. Production soon ramped up with the introduction of the first HO Scale models, which were also featured in their own catalog that year. The 1939 New York World’s Fair introduced thousands of people to the hobby through the biggest operating O Scale layout built to that time, which featured cars and locos supplied by Walthers. Success was soon overshadowed as WWII brought a halt to most model production. Walthers soldiered on making decals and what little else it could from non-essential materials. By 1943, they were scraping the bottom of the barrel - literally - in a series of famous ads explaining the difficulties obtaining supplies for the duration. While the postwar years were filled with promise, smaller homes and growing families left little room for O Scale railroads, and HO quickly gained in popularity. In 1958, Bill retired and his son Bruce took over, and just as full-size railroads were hard-hit by new technology, so too were model railroads. Leisure time was spent with TV sets, not train sets and many distributors simply abandoned the hobby business. Walthers took a different track, becoming a full-line distributor of other manufacturers’ products in 1960 while continuing to develop its HO and O Scale lines. In 1972, Bruce’s son Phil joined the company as Wholesale Division President, becoming President in 1984 when Bruce retired. Under Phil’s guidance, Walthers began an unprecedented program of expansion that would eventually include HO plastic freight cars, Code 83 Track and Cornerstone structure kits. With hobbyists embracing home computers and the Internet as modeling tools, Phil’s own interest in the new technology played a key part in the design and development of walthers.com, which was launched in 1994. During much of this time Stacey Walthers-Naffah, oldest of Phil’s four children, often came in on Saturdays to help her father and grandfather. In later years, she worked in the Distribution Center and spent one summer as an intern in the Publications Department. Following college and a career in marketing and advertising, Stacey officially became the fourth generation of the Walthers family to join the business in 2009. Over the years, she held the positions of Consumer Marketing Manager, Vice President of Marketing Communications and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, becoming President in 2018 following Phil’s retirement. Walthers is on track for the future, dedicated to helping you find the information, supplies and equipment you need to make your model railroading fun, just as we’ve been since 1932. Be sure to visit walthers.com, and check out our monthly Walthers Flyer (available online and at participating dealers) and annual Model Railroad Reference Book for the latest Walthers products, as well thousands more items from our many suppliers.

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5601 W Florist Avenue

Milwaukee, WI
USA

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Transportation and Storage

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