Senior Manager, Distribution
at The North West Company

Date Posted 2019-06-10

Job Description

In your role as the Senior Manager, Distribution at The North West Company (NWC); you will be accountable for inventory storage, rotation and selection practices at all NWC owned facilities and for ensuring that all contracted Third Party Logistics (3PL) providers adhere to NWC distribution specifications. The Senior Manager leads, coaches develops the distribution team and safeguards NWC people, facilities and equipment by ensuring that all asset management and health and safety policies are adhered and reported upon.

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary with a benefits package and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out for more information.

Your Role:

• Accountable for operations at Winnipeg Logistics Service Centre (WLSC) and Crescent Multi-Foods (CMF), ensuring teams achieve performance targets and stay within government legislation and NWC policies;
• Ensure that all contracted third party logistics providers deliver on agreed upon service level at prescribed costs;
• Manage inventory with high level of accuracy;
• Attend customer service requests with professionalism and within the agreed upon service levels;
• Maintenance of the WLSC and CMF facilities and equipment;
• Act as NWC distribution expert by keeping abreast of distribution best practices, operational and technology advancements;
• Advisory role, providing cost/benefit estimates for business cases development;
• Accountable to work within prescribed financial budget, making adjustments to labor scheduling as required;
• Possibility of travel from time to time to support projects and after-hours on-call support as required;
• Work with the Director of Logistics to build business cases to support capital requests; and
• Participate as a subject matter expert in cross functional projects and planning initiatives.

Desired Skills Experience:

• Experience working cross functionally with category, order management and operations teams and leading a distribution team of greater than 100 employees;
• Experience in slotting a warehouse for selection efficiencies and accuracy. Experience in retail distribution preferred;
• Aptitude for technology applications, specifically warehouse management systems is an asset;
• Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to balance a large group of diverse projects simultaneously;
• Excellent leadership, team building, and decision-making skills; Ability to resolve complex problems;
• Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills; and
• Strong grounding in financial reporting and analysis is an asset.

Location: Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB

Reports to: Director, Logistics

You may include your resume and cover letter together as a single document. A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Looking for a Rewarding Career Opportunity?

The North West Company (NWC) has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world and we can trace our roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. If you’re looking for a new career, consider NWC as we’re proud to offer a broad range of rewarding opportunities that will allow you to develop and contribute to the growth of our organization.

At NWC, our mission is to be a trusted provider of goods and services within hard-to-reach, underserved and less-developed markets throughout Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. While our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food, we strive to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Our stores include; Northern, North Mart, Giant Tiger junior discount store, AC Value Center and Cost-U-Less, Inc.

Between our Canadian and International Operations, we offer a variety of career opportunities across a geographically diverse area. From our Corporate roles, Distribution, Canadian Retail to International opportunities, we provide challenge and meaningful work, growth and development and competitive pay and benefits packages.

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