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If “Warehouse and Logistics” is your love language, prepare to swoon.
Yet another hot new job opening over at AMMEX, the Kent-based protective-glove distributor that’s been experiencing huge growth due to surging demand during the coronavirus pandemic. The company is looking for a Director of Third Party Warehouse and Logistics Operations, and it looks like an ideal role for logistics aces who are willing to do a bit of traveling.
This position, which reports to the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain, is itself a management role. It oversees all of AMMEX’s warehouse operations and outbound logistics, and is responsible for leading a small team. The company currently has warehouses in Fife, Wash.; Atlanta; Chicago; Toronto; and Amsterdam. Three more locations are expected to come online in 2021. Frequent travel to all locations is part and parcel (and suitcase?) of this job.
Drilling down a bit further, the role entails line-management responsibility for a full range of logistical operations, including material receipt, inventory control, order configuration, outbound processing, and shipment quality. In addition, this director develops an annual budget and monitors expenses related to warehouse and logistical functions.
AMMEX is looking for candidates with at least 15 years of experience in high-volume distribution operations, including expertise in managing both human beings and automated warehousing processes. A bachelor’s degree in supply-chain management or a related business discipline is a plus; an MBA is an even bigger one.
In addition, the company wants to see a deep familiarity with the Six Sigma/LEAN process-improvement framework and ISO-certified Quality Management system, as well as WMS, TMS, and Workforce Management applications. Finally, this is an inherently international position, so a demonstrated capacity for working across time zones, language barriers, and national boundaries would be quite helpful.
PS From PSP: As a recruitment professional – indeed, as an American – this piece from the New York Times on December 4 was troubling, to say the least. Core takeaway: “Although the unemployment rate fell last month, to 6.7 percent from 6.9 percent, it was for the worst of reasons: Many Americans gave up even looking for work. The number of adults not in the labor force — neither working nor actively seeking work — rose by 560,000, as the labor force participation rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points.”
The trend toward lower labor-force participation has been with us for some time now, with a few occasional upticks depending on circumstances. As you probably know, the folks who simply drop out of the labor market aren’t counted in US unemployment statistics, so this is a problem that often goes unnoticed.
Clearly, we need to do a better job of noticing it. It’s an issue I plan to revisit at least occasionally in future announcements, because it goes to the heart of something I take very seriously: the importance of lining people up with the opportunities that work best for them. Something has broken down in our society’s ability to do this, and it’s well worth our time and trouble to at least try to figure it out.