The Weir Group PLC

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Operations Manager - Distribution
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US-TX-Fort Worth
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Company Profiles

Weir has been in business since 1871 and our sustainability and success has been built on attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.


As a global company, employing around 15,000 people in over 70 countries, we reflect the diversity of our customers in the diversity of our people and ensure everyone is given the opportunity to flourish regardless of their gender, race, beliefs or background.


Weir is an inclusive and innovative organisation where you can be your authentic self. We continually develop our talent and diversity of thought to keep our business relevant, innovative and successful for the future.


Enabling our people to unleash their full potential is central to ‘We are Weir’, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities. We aim to be the most admired engineering business in our markets and we'll achieve that ambition by being the employer of choice in our markets.


We offer a wide range of career opportunities across a variety of technical and business roles in engineering, manufacturing and service locations worldwide.


Business Need / Purpose of Role

The Distribution Manager is responsible for developing and executing the warehouse strategy that meets the designated customer service levels while optimizing costs and ensuring all safety and compliance requirements are met.  This includes the following activities: receiving, distribution, shipping and inventory control.

Objectives & Measurement - Key Responsibilities

1) Warehouse Management

  • Develops Distribution strategy utilizing best practices such as systems integration and optimization, lean material flow, sku optimization, inventory control, etc. to drive operational excellence across the network to reduce costs.
  • Identifies and implements best in class technology and infrastructure suitable to the scope and size of the business along with disciplines that underlie  and support an integrated supply chain strategy
  • Manages and directs all warehousing activities (including receiving, distribution, shipping and inventory control) achieving productivity targets, budgetary targets (manpower, overtime, facility & equipment related costs)
    • Receiving of purchased parts and materials, including physical handling, quantity verification, management of supplier documentation
    • Put-away of purchased parts and materials in warehouse(s)
    • Pulling of parts and materials to kit work orders
    • Transport of parts and materials to appropriate manufacturing locations
    • Transport of manufactured product to warehouse(s) and timely put-away
    • Pulling of products to stage customer orders ready for shipment
    • Packaging and appropriate identification of product to internal, customer and legislative requirements.
    • Shipping of customer orders (internal and external), including physical handling of product, verification of product identification and quantities against customer order documentation, and creation and management of necessary domestic and international shipping documentation
    • Develop and maintain inventory control processes and procedures to ensure designated inventory accuracy
    • Perpetual cycle counting process
    • Annual physical inventory event
    • Management of the physical aspects of the Returned Material Authorization (RMA) process to maintain inventory record accuracy
  • Develop and implement plans to enhance distribution center(s) to world class standards (floor space utilization, racking utilization, FIFO, order fill-rate, order fill time, 5S, etc.)
  • Ensure absolute safety of all staff through setting guidelines and rules, providing appropriate training and conducting frequent compliance audits
  • Coordinates and ensures consistent safety and process training and implementation across all shifts


2) Logistics

  • Supports Logistics Strategy by providing input and supporting execution to optimize cost


3) Other

  • Ensures compliance to all safety and regulatory requirements, including OSHA, DOT, FAA, International Trade Compliance (at the direction of Legal ?)
  • Managing and maintaining all material handling equipment for DC
  • Optimize and lead all recycling and waste disposal activities for DC
  • Budgeting, monitoring and controlling departmental expenses
  • Defining and monitoring appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) and productivity targets for warehouse, shipping and receiving personnel and providing regular management reports of KPIs
  • Develop team members



  • Safety
  • OTD (to customer promise)
  • Manpower Utilization & Overtime

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises Distribution Supervision & Inventory Position

Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications


Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and eight to ten years of distribution/logistics/supply chain operations experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, managers, clients, and employees of organization.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables



Knowledge and experience with Distribution management software and hardware tools; MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, etc.)




Lean / Six Sigma black belt preferred. APICS preferred.



The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.



The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. In certain areas of the facility personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required, including safety glasses and steel-toed shoes, and ear plugs.

Core Competencies

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.


Delegation - Delegates work assignments; matches the responsibility to the person; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.


Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); fosters quality focus in others; improves processes, products and services.; continually works to improve supervisory skills.


Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.


Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.


Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.