Operations Management Trainee at Commonwealth Building Materials, Inc. in Lynchburg, Virginia

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Job Description:


Commonwealth Building Materials has six conveniently located yards across Virginia in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke. Teaming up with the top brands in the industry, we live by one simple pledge: getting the right products into our customers' hands as quickly and safely as possible. And our network of yards ensures that you are never too far from our shipping footprint.
Most of our employees have worked at Commonwealth Building Materials for over 10 years. We have a number of employees who started their careers in delivery and warehouse positions and later advanced into management. This is a testament to the great culture and work environment that Commonwealth Building Materials provides. We really define our employees as "family" and truly care about the health and welfare of everyone who works for us. Commonwealth Building Materials is a part of the GMS family.GMS is the leading North American distributor of gypsum wallboard, acoustical ceiling products and other specialty building materials. Founded in 1971, GMS now operates a network of more than 200 distribution centers nationwide. For more information about GMS, visit www.gms.comor any one of our subsidiary company websites.

Summary of Position:

Gain the skills, knowledge, and exposure necessary to advance your career through this unique opportunity in the Operations Management Trainee rotational program with Commonwealth Building Materials, Inc. This entry-level position provides the opportunity to train for your career in an entrepreneurial environment steeped in a tradition of success. Our team approach engages you in all aspects of our business - sales, operations and maintenance. This knowledge will enable you to implement more successful solutions within the function of operations. This position is based out of the Lynchburg, VA yard.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels in the yard, control shrinkage & damaged inventory, oversee monthly cycle counting & close out procedures, and negotiate pricing, terms, conditions & program details with vendors

  • Responsible for training and enforcing that all yard employees adhere to company safety, driving, and machinery policies

  • Organize and host weekly safety meetings with appropriate yard personnel

  • Perform weekly and monthly GMS management safety reviews

  • Maintain open and clear lines of communication with customers at all times, informing them of any issues related to their order & delivery if they should arise

  • Monitor the delivery of materials from other yards to coordinate with agreed upon "Drop Dead" time

  • Case pick reduction

  • Warehouse layout changes

  • Implementing new software

  • Reducing overweight trucks

Other Competencies:

  • Ability to self-manage, show initiative and be proactive

  • Communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing to coworkers and customers

  • Able to work in a fast-paced, building materials distribution yard

  • Ability to interpret customer needs, assess requirements and identify solutions

  • Strong verbal communication skills

  • Ability to organize work and manage time

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent work experience

  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Internship or related work experience in a customer facing or sales role preferred

  • Results oriented, attention to detail and good time management skills

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to remain in stationary position 70%

  • Occasionally, will move about inside the office to access files, office machinery, etc.

  • Must be able to operate basic office machinery

  • Must be able to communicate with team and management and be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

  • Constantly working in office environment

Mental Demands:

  • Must be able to problem solve and prioritize tasks

  • Must be able to manage stress depending on tasks

  • Must be able to multitask

  • Must be able to receive and analyze operations information

  • Must be able to quickly communicate solutions if problems occur

  • Must be able to demonstrate a high degree of sound judgement

Company Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation based on experience level

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability & Life Insurance

  • 401k

  • Paid holidays & vacation days

This job description is subject to change at any time.

Launch your career with a national building materials distributor and discover opportunities for growth and advancement. Our people have the independence and authority to make a difference. We invest in relationships, and every person is important. Our highest priority is serving others. We passionately pursue a safe work environment along with a relentless focus on operational excellence. We believe you can never go wrong doing the right thing.