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DC Department Leader (Area Manager)

Vermillion, SD
Posted on Apr 27, 2023 Full time R17827
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.


The Distribution Center Department Leader is responsible for supporting the overall operations of the distribution center, with direct accountability for leading, motivating, coaching their team. This role has direct accountability to the success operation of a value stream, shift, or functional team within the operation. The Operations Leader will manage and drive goals through their front-line leadership team to meet and exceed safety, delivery, quality and cost goals while adhering to the company’s values. In addition, this role will identify and lead the implementation of continuous improvement projects across the DC.



  • Establish goals and strategy for your specific value stream or shift and drive alignment through your team to meet or exceed targets
  • Overall accountability to value stream or shift’s safety, quality, productivity and lean goals
  • Define and manage departmental budget in the areas of labor (hours and cost), packaging, maintenance and other associated costs
  • Direct staff in the development, analysis, and preparation of reports (e.g. Weekly employee productivity, quality and safety performance reports, departmental processes, etc.).
  • Manage department activities and special projects to ensure efficiency and quality while exceeding daily order response and program goals.
  • Partner with leadership team to drive changes and improvements to standard operating procedures, work instructions, and other documented training
  • Support the ongoing efforts of Lean Management Operations within the facility, including reiterating a “6S” culture through ensuring the receiving docks are clean and organized
  • Lead process improvement projects through the use of prescribed methodologies and tools
  • Serve on committees and teams as department representative
  • Maintain a professional and safe working environment by inspecting and scheduling maintenance, and ensuring that all office and warehouse equipment is properly accounted for and functioning properly
  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) of the facility’s warehouse management system


  • Directly lead, manage, coach, & develop your direct report leadership team in accordance with company policies and procedures
  • Ensure you leadership team has the training, tools and support to effectively manage front-line associates
  • Manage staffing levels for value stream or shift, partnering with Human resources to ensure current and future appropriate levels
  • Provide ongoing mentorship, cross-training, and development in all areas of your department
  • Conduct performance reviews and coaching for your leadership team and front-line associates
  • Responsible for interviewing, selecting, and hiring warehouse associates in partnership with broader site leadership team
  • Support and coach your direct report leadership team with employee relations and corrective action issues
  • Communicate to all levels of the organization on topics of daily goals, performance feedback, departmental, organization and company initiatives
  • Effectively communicate in an accurate and timely manner to both internal and external customers, including senior management


  • Bachelor’s/4-year degree required, preferably in Operations or Supply Chain Management, Engineering or other related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • 6+ years of progressive leadership experience required; previous experience in a warehouse or operations environment required
  • Deep knowledge of distribution: logistics, fulfillment, operations, and facilities
  • Strong track record of leading leaders; developing talent and empowering them to be successful
  • Talented communicator, capable of communicating complex messages to different levels of an organization with proven results
  • Proven experience as a change agent and ability to establish a strong culture around continuous improvement, safety, quality and delivery
  • Ability to identify and understand complex issues, analyze and compare data, and draw conclusions as a result of analysis
  • Successful examples of managing multiple projects and priorities
  • Proven track record of high-end performance under pressure, addressing stressful situations in a manner that is professional, and measured
  • Ability to utilize interpersonal skills to help build a cohesive team and facilitate the completion of team goals
  • Experience reading, analyzing and interpreting regulations and procedures, and appropriately respond to common inquiries and grievances when interacting with employees
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office and other job-related applications

WORKING CONDITIONS                                        

  • Working conditions are that of a standard distribution center
  • Some travel is required (up to 10%)


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and use hands to handle and reach for materials, as well as communicate in a noisy environment
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • Required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds individually and up to 70 pounds with a partner

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.