Distribution Manager at US03 Lonza Walkersville Inc. in Walkersville, Maryland

Posted in Science 9 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Lonza Bioscience is actively seeking a Distribution Manager to join our team in Walkersville, MD. This individual will be responsible for the daily management of operations and personnel in the Distribution areas. Participate in all aspects of personnel management including interviewing, training, coaching and developing. Responsible for performing and/or supervising day today tasks to ensure all vendor receipts and customer (internal and external) orders are accurately processed in a timely manner to satisfy customer requirements, while considering company safety, quality and delivery goals.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure all warehouse and shipping areas are operated in a safe, cGMP manner at all times

  • Ensure all related SOPs are updated promptly to reflect current practices.

  • Oversee daily area operations and ensure smooth workflow

  • Participate in selection process of 3PL for local handling inbound and outbound

  • SME for export and import documentations, mapping of cold chain shipment and procedures

  • Actively develops direct reports

  • Assign area task and duties to appropriate personnel

  • Ensure area personnel have adequate training in relation to their position

  • Define responsibilities of individuals and groups

  • Interact and maintain a good working relationship with other Lonza teams

  • Monitor area paperwork for accuracy and compliance

  • Ensure all inventory discrepancies are investigated and resolved

  • Lead representatives in area audits (internal and external)

  • Identify gaps in processes and procedures

  • Streamline area process and work flows to increase area efficiency

  • Carry out performance reviews and recommend advancements for operators where reasonable

  • Ensure all outstanding paperwork (CAPA, Deviations, Work Orders, etc.) is resolved in a timely manner

  • Maintain existing equipment in good repair including responding to building management system alerts. Propose/justify new equipment as needed.

  • Identify and Initiate and/or participate in process improvements or technological advancements that support the growth of the business.

  • Act as area representative for any project based implementations

  • Ensure adherence to Departmental SOP’s

  • Promote cross functional training within the team

  • Oversee the maintenance of department SOP’s and create new ones as needed

  • Provide regular documented reports measuring performance

  • Operate within annual budget including co-managing schedules including hours of operations, daily assignments, projects and vacation schedules.

  • Ensure customer shipments include proper transportation documentation and regulatory trade compliance.

  • Complete ongoing Employee Health & Safety (EHS) awareness training.

  • Complete training on job-related equipment (i.e. pallets jacks, fork trucks, order pickers, motor vehicle use).  Safely, properly and efficiently operate material handling equipment.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain or Business Management

  • Knowledge of operating Material Handling Equipment

  • APCIS/ASCM certification a plus

  • Substantial experience in high volume distribution, preferably in the life sciences industry

  • ERP inventory and logistics experience

  • Project management experience and ability to manage multiple projects at once

  • Supervisory experience

  • Experience managing operational expenses within annual budget

  • Experience with international shipping and associated regulatory requirements required. Knowledge of DOT/IATA HAZMAT regulations required.

  • Knowledge of forklift operation required.

  • Proficient on Microsoft Office suite and experience with an ERP business software environment required.

  • Team player who can excel in a “hands on” entrepreneurial environment.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.