Lawson Products Warehouse Supervisor in McCook, Illinois

Warehouse Supervisor

Location IL - McCook

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Lawson Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Supervisor Inbound : McCook, IL

Purpose: Assists the warehouse management team in coordinating warehouse operations. Supervises, trains and develops assigned warehouse staff in order to meet current and future needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the supervision, planning and control of the Inbound Materials Department, enforcing company policies, rules and regulations.

  • Ensures the efficient flow of Raw Materials and Finished Goods throughout the Packaging, Putaway Staging, Crossdock, Customer Returns and Quality Control Areas. Inclusive of the efficient flow of all receipts and Specials orders. Sets goals and priorities for the work team to ensure accurate, efficient and timely task completion.

  • Coordinates work activities with other supervisors, actively building relationships across functions. Communicates with other internal departments to plan and control warehouse activities in relation to company programs and goals.

  • Ensures the on-time receiving of material and efficient means, with a daily goal of zero to .25 days carry over. Ensures all inbound shipments are properly packaged, labeled, marked and placarded. Ensures all shipping containers meet or exceed Department of Transportation Regulations.

  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate and current warehouse inventory records. Assists in the oversight of the necessary functions which control these inventories.

  • Advises management of problems, requesting guidance and counsel as appropriate. Recommends solutions to warehouse operational problems. Assists with the creation and maintenance of Standard Work Instructions. Identifies opportunities for long-term improvements.

  • Ensures the work team understands and supports the focus on operational excellence. Mentors and coaches the work team in their decision-making efforts. Builds alignment of the work team by brainstorming to provide solutions to operational problems. Encourages participation, effectively listening to the work team and explaining difficult issues.

  • Supervises warehouse employees in accordance with Lawson's policies and applicable laws, including: training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints; and resolving problems in accordance with the guidelines set forth by Lawson's management. Trains and develops employees, maintaining accurate and timely records of all training. Provides input into the succession-planning process.

  • Updates and maintains employee records including attendance, production, error, and safety.

  • Trains and enforces strict compliance of OSHA regulations as they apply to warehouse operations. Maintains a working knowledge of all safety guidelines and regulations, especially those related to the handling and storage of hazardous materials, both domestic and international.

  • Promotes quality and accuracy standards in all warehouse functions. Assists with the creation, enforcement, and achievement of Production and Quality Standards.

  • Promotes the efficient utilization of warehouse space, equipment and supplies. Ensures the warehouse equipment is used and maintained in an efficient and safe manner. Ensures the maintenance of Lawson’s facility and grounds.

  • Works within budgetary/ financial objectives set by warehouse management.


  • Associate's degree from a two-year College or technical school, Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Five years' related warehouse experience including at least one year in a supervisory position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • SAP or equivalent ERP experience, MS Office, and Lean experience preferred.

Other Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as effective listening skills.

  • Able to lead and influence others to achieve the business objectives. Able to lead department meetings to provide feedback, goals and operational updates.

  • Able to think strategically and make fact-based decisions in a timely manner with limited information and a rapid assimilation of the facts.

  • Able to analyze data with an operational understanding to identify, prevent, and solve problems.

  • Able to create and interpret production reports to discover trends.

  • Able to multi-task, coordinating multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Computer skills with a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office. SAP WM/MM highly desired. Warehouse Management System (WMS)/ Transportation Management System (TMS) knowledge a plus.

  • Certified to drive sit-dow, reach and/or stand up material handling lift trucks

  • Experience with lean processes or Six Sigma certification preferred.

  • Serves as a role model for Lawson Products, practicing high ethical standards and appropriate code of conduct.

  • Builds confidence and respect of others through a positive and energizing style.

  • Remains current on internal and external business issues.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision for writing paperwork and distance vision for viewing entire department and forklift operations.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.