Vice President of Logistics

Job Locations US-TN-Memphis
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


Our Client is a privately-owned manufacturer that has been in business over 100 years. They are seeking a Vice President of Logistics to manage and grow their distribution system that currently has 3 distribution centers in multiple states. The Vice President of Logistics will have a track record of success in a fast-paced distribution center and supply chain environment including developing people, safety performance, managing change, and continuous improvement. They serve as the key point of accountability for facility operations with responsibility for performance in production safety, quality cost, customer service, and associate relations. This position oversees the management of all areas of the facility and directs activities so that approved products are shipped on-schedule and within quality standards and cost objectives. The Vice President of Logistics will build, develop and manage an operations leadership team capable of carrying out needed operations strategies and execution excellence. Experience with opening new facilities and implementing systems is key.



  • Development and management of processes, procedures and service metrics
  • Establish clear priorities for area of responsibility and quality programs in support of organizational and strategic objectives and reprioritizing as necessary to meet objectives
  • Ensure staffing levels meet optimal production levels and cost savings
  • Initiate and coordinate major projects (e.g. facility layout changes, installation of capital equipment, major repairs, etc.).
  • Understand profit and loss, accounting functions, and the relationship of operational activities and decisions.
  • Negotiate agreements with vendors and collaboration partners.
  • Responsible for the development and formulation of long-and short-range planning, policies, programs, and objectives for the manufacturing plant.
  • Develop the operating plan and establish procedures for maintaining high standards of operations to ensure that products conform to customer and quality standards.
  • Review performance against operating plans and standards; provides reports on the interpretation of results and approves changes in direction of plans.
  • Formulate and recommend policies and programs that guide the organization in maintaining and improving its competitive position and the profitability of the distribution facility.
  • Identify, recommend and implement changes to improve productivity and reduce cost.
  • Direct the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of production standards.
  • Partner with Human Resources to deploy leadership development opportunities, building a diverse workforce, and introduction of change management concepts to build an engaged workforce.
  • Manage DC network that provides a competitive cost structure, while exceeding customer services expectations and KPIs
  • Provide yearly analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of competitors, clients and the ever-changing industry consistent with the strategic planning process and target dates
  • Partner with Finance to develop forecasted profitability analysis for any new business endeavor and manage to the profitability targets established
  • Identify profitability issues and propose resolutions to senior leadership
  • Maintain a working knowledge of government and industry quality codes and standards
  • Review measures according to established schedules
  • Report Executive Critical Measures to senior leadership team daily, weekly and monthly
  • Lead DC network development initiatives, drive strategic partnerships with partner service providers



  • 4-year Bachelor's degree in Business, Logistics, Engineering, Supply Chain, or related field; MBA a plus.
  • 7-10 years successful experience leading a distribution organization with P&L responsibilities
  • A wide range of logistics experience which may include start-ups, business turnarounds, expansion, new technologies, and equipment additions
  • Continuous improvement and lean manufacturing expertise
  • Excellent analytical skills, with experience in Microsoft applications to support those efforts
  • Demonstrated success in the management of people and very strong leadership traits.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical, numerical, and reasoning abilities; problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and functional level.
  • Proficient in WMS systems and how they relate to inventory control and accuracy; experience with NetSuite a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in the management of third-party providers in the areas of warehouse operations, value-added services, and transportation.


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