Distribution Operations Manager

in North Chicago, IL

Distribution Operations Manager Job

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  • Job Location

    North Chicago, IL, US

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    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 25 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Distribution Operations Manager

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.

  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO

  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution

  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.

  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position works out of our North Chicago, IL location in the Core Lab Division. Our diagnostic solutions are used in hospitals, laboratories, and clinics around the globe. The crucial information derived from our tests, instruments and informatics systems are often the first step in patient care decision making for hundreds of health conditions from heart attacks to blood disorders to infectious diseases and cancers.

As the Distribution Operations Manager, you’ll be responsible for Distribution Operations that process approximately 2,500 orders daily for all US customers and International Core Diagnostics affiliates. A state of the art, highly automated, facility and order processing system are utilized to process orders. Distribution Operations processes in excess of $1.7 billion in sales worldwide. This position is responsible for all warehousing operations at K-complex in support of Distribution as well as the receiving, storage, and handling of manufacturing commodities. Major functions include warehousing, shipping, dock operations, and inventory control.

What You’ll Work On

  • Manage highly automated distribution system.

  • Technologies include pick by light; wireless network communication; automated inventory replenishment.; and fault tolerance computer platforms.

  • Manage dock operations responsible for preparing all domestic and international shipments before they are given to various carriers.

  • Manage warehousing and control of $45 million inventory: all of Core Diagnostics Reagent, Instruments and Spare Parts inventory for domestic distribution and international distribution including manufacturing commodities.

  • Manage receiving functions K-complex for both finished goods and commodities.

  • Develop budget plans/updates for approval by upper management.

  • Total budget responsibility of $20-25MM and total capital budget of $500M.

  • Manage two shift operations with a head count responsibility around 85 Abbott employees and 12-15 contract employees.

  • Responsible for establishing, implementing, and maintaining the Quality System including quality policy, planning, the organizational structure to support the Quality System, and management review of the Quality System to determine its effectiveness.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, operations.

  • 6-8 years management experience.

  • 10 – 12 Total combined years of experience in Operations / Material Management / Distribution / Warehousing.

  • A background in computerized inventory systems as well as budgeting and financial analysis is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA desirable.

  • APICS certification desirable.

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate cross-functional and build consensus across functional, business unite and geographic boundaries.

  • Knowledge of domestic and international shipping processes.

  • CAPA certified and experience with SAP and other distribution shipping systems.

  • Must have excellent employee relations skills along with experience managing in an operations environment.

* Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:  www.abbottbenefits.com

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

The base pay for this position is $125,300.00 – $250,700.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • distribution operations management
  • operations management
  • budgeting
  • international shipping
  • employee relations
  • budget management
  • business administration
  • financial analysis
  • budget planning
  • sap
  • inventory management
  • computerized inventory systems
  • wireless network communication


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Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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