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Distribution Center Supervisor-Receiving

  • Thorlabs
  • Newton, New Jersey, USA
  • Jan 21, 2022
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

The position manages all inbound raw materials, supplies, and finished goods. Manages productivity, training, and schedules of department employees. Monitor inventory, shipping, and receiving functions via MRP operating framework. Develop and monitor performance metrics for department. Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.


Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:


  • Develops strategies for the use of local, domestic and global sourcing techniques to achieve best price, delivery and quality. Coordinates the negotiation of agreements with procurement to obtain these third-party service resources at the best price.
  • Manages the network of suppliers supporting the value chain.
  • Ensures that all suppliers comply with legal, quality and safety standards.
  • Develops and maintains third-party service provider relationships, including international and domestic freight, warehousing and related logistics services.
  • Investigates cause analysis issues for problem reconciliation and leads corrective action for complaints related to transportation, logistics handling and warehousing of finished products.
  • Ensures that compliance processes for the transportation of hazardous materials are thorough, well understood and properly implemented.
  • Collaborates with the Department Manager to manage the financial performance of the distribution center including supply cost control, staff overhead, and other expenditures.
  • Defines and forecasts needed skills, tools and equipment to meet project objectives.
  • Develops the appropriate physical work and procedures to satisfy internal customers.
  • Promotes continual output improvements and actively contributes to culture of excellence, innovation and accountability.
  • Provides leadership and direction to employees by increasing throughput and quality of the tasks.
  • Participate in interview.
  • Monitor attendance, performance, training; complete performance assessments; make termination recommendations as necessary.
  • Manage department priorities.




  • Minimum 2+ years of increasing responsibilities in DC environment.
  • Some manufacturing or related experience is a plus.



  • Associate degree or above


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated skills associated with building Vendor relationships.
  • Financial acumen and budgeting experience.
  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities and manage the workload of others.
  • Act as a role model and re-enforce positive attitude through the department
  • Proficient in using MS office, MRP and communication tools.


Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.