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Distribution Center General Manager
Tennant Company | Louisville, Kentucky
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Job Description

Tennant is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions for industrial and commercial markets, with more than $820 million in annual revenues. With a vision to become a global leader in water-based sustainable cleaning and other technologies, Tennant creates innovative solutions, such as our ec-H2O products, that are changing the way the world cleans.


Tennant employees work to create a cleaner, safer, healthier world.  Tennant is a company that cares about what it's doing, and the sustainability of its products, and works every day to develop new solutions that clean exceptionally well, but don't damage the environment.  Employees of Tennant Company work with a spirit of Stewardship. Very simply, Stewardship is a filter for our actions and decision-making, as we strive to leave things in better condition than when we found them. 

The Distribution Center General Manager will be responsible for DC operations, comprising of approximately 90 people. The role will oversee all distribution activities to ensure successful performance through timely and accurate receiving, put-away, picking, packing and shipping. This includes identifying where the distribution center is under-performing and driving the team to implement sustainable solutions. Identify and proactively report on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to communicate performance status and identify areas for opportunity


Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with peers and internal customers in order to communicate effectively, collaborate across functions, and strategically    implement solutions.  This will require some travel to other Tennant facilities.
  • Motivate and lead warehouse personnel
  • Coordinate all inbound and outbound shipments
  • Manage all warehouse operations
  • Work with corporate and local vendors to acquire and maintain all material handling equipment, storage conveyors, and related asset
  • Partner with Materials Management and Sourcing teams to implement a process that will routinely identify opportunities to improve delivery and warehouse efficiency
  •  Work with Sales and Customer Service to establish effective communication about ongoing delivery issues related to distribution-related causes
  • Clearly identify roles and responsibilities within warehouse staff to drive effective accountability and ownership of actions.  Work with peers at remote locations to   identify opportunities to streamline processes and work flows impacting the LDC (Louisville Distribution Center).
  • Actively drive modernization through the DC in the areas of technology and -best in class' distribution processes.  This position will have a leading role in Tennant's Global Supply Chain E2E (End-2-End systems enhancement initiative) project Team.
  •  Manage a safe workplace by advocating safety training and accident preparedness


Required Skills:

  • Customer-focused
  • Experience with WMS systems (SAP WM / EWM preferred)
  • Project management experience
  • Proven ability to measure and perform against internal expectations and external industry standards
  • Strategic and proactive problem-solver
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Lean, Six Sigma, or other process improvement experience
  • Floor focused, hands on leadership style


Required Experience:

  • 10+ years Distribution experience (automotive parts distribution experience is a plus)
  • 7+ years of direct supervision experience
  • 5+ years of supervising exempt leadership experience
  • Bachelor degree in Operations Management, Engineering, or General Business

Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

About Tennant Company

Tennant Company (Tennant) is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that create a cleaner, safer world. The Company’s floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment, specialty surface coatings and related products are used to clean and coat floors in factories, office buildings, parking lots and streets, airports, hospitals, schools, warehouses and shopping centers. The Company sells its products domestically and internationally. On March 28, 2008, the Company acquired Sociedade Alfa Ltda. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary is Applied Sweepers. (Source: 10-K)

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