Manager, Logistics and Distribution - Stafford, TX at Karl Storz Endoscopy in Stafford, Texas

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Job Description:

Company: KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. (KSEA)

Job Code: 11911

Pay Grade: TBD


KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG based in Tuttlingen, Germany, is a family-owned, global company committed to benefiting humanity by advancing medical technology through innovation and education.

For more than 75 years, KARL STORZ has been dedicated to earning its international reputation as a leader that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship, and clinical effectiveness.

I. Job Purpose and Core Tasks

The Manager, Logistics and Distribution leads a team responsible for the movement of goods from supplier or production ultimately to the customer encompassing packaging, inventory, warehousing, supply chain support, and logistics (inbound and outbound) processes. Through strategic planning and leadership, this position will optimize all logistics, transportation and distribution functions to drive KSEA-OR1 cost reductions and enhanced customer experience.

This position collaborates closely with Production, Incoming Inspection, Logistics Center, Global Supply Chain, Continuous Improvement and Project Success to guarantee and continually optimize KSEA-OR1 product availability to Product Deployment and Performance Support teams. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential to support clear cross-functional communication and effective change management to eliminate waste and improve operation effectiveness and efficiencies.

The manager is responsible for daily issue mitigation, staff development, training and skill enhancement while clearly communicating targets, performance expectations and supporting the success of each individual. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Logistics Support:

  • Daily oversight and training of team, developing and documenting procedures that best support KSEA-OR1 goals and objectives in alignment with global harmonized quality systems for KARL STORZ.

  • Stockroom inventory accuracy and backorder prevention, release materials to production and service in a lean warehouse environment utilizing FIFO best practices.

  • Ensures accuracy of all inventory transactions. Leads coordination of annual physical inventory.

  • Develops new strategies to streamline processes and reduce cost.

  • Ensures that quality, quantity, customer satisfaction, and financial commitments are met.

  • Develops and trends Key Logistics Performance Indicators regularly and on-time to identify issues and opportunities for process improvements.

  • Responsible for accuracy and timeliness of all shipments.

  • Coordinates all team activities and drives execution.

Risk Mitigations and Personnel Support:

  • Identifies training needs; ensures on-time completion of trainings. Determines its effectiveness through testing and/or demonstrated hands-on work.

  • Develops and fosters a mindset that focuses on continuous improvement activities, root cause investigation and countermeasure development. Leads the implementation and continuous improvement of safety processes, ensuring policy compliance and documentation of non-conformances.

  • Ensures all tools and equipment used in Receiving / Shipping / Material Storage areas meet safety standards and are maintained accordingly.

  • Supports an open environment for cost reduction opportunities within area.

  • Support the development and implementation of development and cross training plans.

  • Responsible for performance management, talent management and succession planning, ensuring that the appropriate tools and processes are in place to support the team.

  • May be responsible for significant dotted-line employee reporting relationships.

  • Applies broad and deep subject matter expertise to solve a variety of highly complex business issues.

  • Will spend part of his/her time as a member of continuous improvement teams undertaking projects and seeking ways to improve the quality of KSEA-OR1 products and services.

  • Participation as a member of continuous improvement teams, seeking ways to improve the quality of the assembly and distribution functions.

II. Minimum Knowledge, Education and Skill Requirements


Minimum years of relevant work experience:

  • 5 years in logistics/distribution role

Minimum education, certifications and/or credentials:

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field

  • Knowledge of Quality Systems

Minimum hard skill requirements (including computer and application proficiency):

  • SAP system experience

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office.

Minimum soft skill requirements:

  • Ability to prioritize and control workflow

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and work in a teaming environment to find an effective solution

  • Assist in the development and implementation of new processes and procedures

  • Ability to train to procedures and ensure continuous improvement

  • Ability to communicate product/project concerns/issues cross-functionally

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong customer service orientation

  • Strong attention to detail and adherence to SOPs

  • Models dependability and works well under pressure

  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed documentation

  • Strong management and leadership skills


Preferred years of relevant work experience:

  • 10 years management experience

Preferred education, certifications and/or credentials:

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred hard skill requirements:

  • ASCM based CLTD certification

  • SAP certification

Preferred soft skill requirements:

III. Essential Function

Must be able to maintain productive working relationships and treat fellow employees with respect.

Has contact with: Other departments and vendors

Physical requirement/Demands: Constant heavy work & difficult positions; Manual dexterity for computer and electronic work.

Mental requirements/Emotional Demands: Ability to adapt and demonstrate flexibility in dealing with changing priorities and work situations.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • Multicultural communication

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Presentation Skills

  • Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution

  • Problem solving

IV. Core Requirements

Degree of accountability: Generally managed

Degree of decision making: Diversified tasks

Financial/Budgetary: Limited to less than $1M costs and $5M revenues

Safety: Adhere to KARL STORZ Safety protocols

Quality: Adhere to KARL STORZ Quality Management System

Supervision: Manages work unit possibly through subordinates

Authority to Sign (not applicable for North America):

Travel: Up to 10% Travel during the year

Other duties consistent with the general nature and focus of the job and/or the goals and objectives of the department may be assigned.

Note for U.S. only: Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Vaccine requirements at KARL STORZ due to COVID-19

KARL STORZ is committed to maintaining a safe work environment for our employees and therefore we require the COVID-19 vaccine for all of our employees unless otherwise due to an underlying medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs. During the interview process, we encourage you to ask how COVID-19 may impact the role you are seeking and if you require a reasonable accommodation regarding the vaccine requirement see below on the process for requesting accommodation. Please click here to learn more about our overall response to COVID-19.

Employee Benefits Program Overview for U.S. Locations

  • Medical / Dental / Vision including a state of the art wellness program and pet insurance, too!*

  • 3 weeks' vacation, 10 holidays plus paid sick time*

  • 401K retirement savings plan providing a match of 60% of the employee's first 6% contribution

  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Life, STD, LTD & LTC Insurance

  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year

  • Fitness reimbursement up to $200 annually

  • Employee referral program of up to $2,000 per hire

  • And much more!

*Field sales, internships and part-time employees are not eligible except for where required by state law.

Non-employees, including temporary workers and consultants, are not eligible to participate in KARL STORZ benefits program.

KARL STORZ reserves the right to change or modify the employee's job description whether orally or in writing, at any time during the employment relationship. Additionally, KARL STORZ, through its supervisors, may require an employee to perform duties outside their normal description within the sole discretion of the supervisor. Employee must comply will all applicable KARL STORZ policies and procedures.

Equal Employment Opportunity & Reasonable Accommodation Statement

KARL STORZ is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills and unique experiences. To achieve this goal, we are committed to diverse voices and all applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic. KARL STORZ is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations during our recruitment process. Should you need assistance or accommodation please email us at

Notice to Employment Agencies

This recruitment assignment is being managed directly by KARL STORZ's Human Resources team. Human Resources will reach out to our preferred, contracted agency partners in the rare instance additional talent options are required. Your respect for this process is appreciated. KARL STORZ does not accept unsolicited Agency resumes. Resumes received which were unsolicited by KARL STORZ Human Resources department will be ineligible for referral fees.

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