Director - Supply Chain & Logistics

Lube-Tech Golden Valley , MN 55427

Posted 2 months ago

At the core of every successful company, you'll find a great team. Our team is truly a family and the heart and soul of the company. With a Purpose to "make tomorrow a little bit better than today" for each other, our customers, and our communities, we work together to create an environment where you can love what you do and be your best every day as you write yourself into the Lube-Tech story. And that's one of the reasons we are the proud recipient of the 2019 & 2020 Top Workplace award, issued by the Minneapolis Star Tribune!

We promise to:

Provide a safe environment: We care about each other, and it's a top priority to ensure we all go home to our families without an incident.

Celebrate what makes us unique: We look for greatness in everyone, listen to every voice, and find ways to bring out the best in each other.

Empower each other: We trust each other and create a place where everyone matters and can make a difference.

Since 1925, Lube-Tech and its founding companies have demonstrated a people-first, customer-focused approach. Lube-Tech is a family-owned company that provides advanced energy, fluid technology, lubricants, and services to OEMs and customers within the automotive, fleet, and manufacturing industries. Lube-Tech also operates Reliable Plus, a vehicle wash company that provides product and service solutions to customers within the c-store, grocery, fleet, and automotive industries.


The Director of Supply Chain & Logistics will be responsible for defining and executing strategic initiatives in alignment with the company's overall strategies to foster ongoing growth. This role would manage leaders and team members within SIOP (Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning), Logistics, and Strategic Sourcing.

This role will have a key role in assisting the overall company drive growth by defining and implementing supply chain and logistics strategy supportive of growth by delivering value for Lube-Tech's customers. This would include defining and implementing strategies to drive world class sourcing and logistics strategies. These strategies should address global sourcing of raw materials and MRO, domestic and international shipping utilizing every mode of transportation (airfreight, ocean, trucking, small parcel) and establishment of a global distribution hub network, inbound shipping to Lube-Tech's manufacturing and distribution points, movement of inventory between distribution hubs, and 3rd Party outbound transportation to our customers. Currently, Lube-Tech has manufacturing and distribution hubs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Louisiana, shipping to customers in over 70 countries.

This role will work closely with our Senior Leadership team across sales, account management, customer service, product management, and operations to ensure seamless customer order fulfillment globally.


  • Function within the guidelines of the Lube-Tech purpose and values; demonstrate servant leadership with ability to build strong, collaborative team. Ensure the safety and wellbeing of our teammates.

  • Provide leadership to Logistics and Supply Chain team that inspires and motivates others to act as a high performing team: customer service focused, collaborative, accountable, efficient with a strong sense of urgency.

  • Become an integral member of Custom Branded Solutions(CBS) and Distribution Solutions(DS) Leadership Team responsible for establishing long-range plan including revenue growth, profit and investment return guidelines.

  • Implement organizational development plan ensuring right leadership in place to implement strategic plan. Own talent development for Distribution Solutions and Enterprise, continuously identifying, developing and shifting leadership talent. Serve as a coach to emerging talent.

  • Develop and implement Global Supply Chain, Distribution and Transportation strategy and policies to support business objectives of cost, quality and customer experience

  • Develop Global Distribution Hub operational objectives and execute plans to achieve goals

  • Drive freight cost reduction in international air and ocean, domestic LTL, domestic and international parcel through strategic vendor relationships, price negotiation global RFQ's

  • Lead large strategic cross functional projects to improve efficiency in supply chain and transportation to reach global customers

  • Utilize data analysis and KPI's to maintain world class order fulfillment from the distribution network while managing overall cost

  • Utilize data analysis to look for cost saving opportunities across the supply chain and distribution network including transportation and global warehousing costs. Responsible for developing and executing an optimized replenishment strategy for the CBS and DS businesses to achieve desired service levels and lowest total inventory, transportation and labor costs.

  • Owner of corporate TMS (Transportation Management System) including performance, execution, leading any software upgrade projects, partnering with IT for enhancements

  • Partner with sales and operations leaders to support strategic growth by making product order fulfillment a competitive advantage. Including, oversight and improvement of SIOP process to drive "perfect order" at optimal level of inventory.

  • Lead and execute "80/20" principles relative to supplier and product management. Implement processes for ongoing review of products and suppliers to ensure we are in alignment with "80/20" principles (i.e. standard products to all customers; specialized products available for Q1/Q2 customers).

  • Develop vendor scorecards to manage all aspects of supplier performance on all purchases of raw materials, 3PL service, transportation, and warehousing. At Lube-Tech we believe relationships matter, this role is expected to develop strong relationships and partnerships with our top suppliers to enhance our business partnership.

  • Lead Logistics and Supply Chain continuous improvement projects using Lean Six Sigma methodology

  • Develop procedures for coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas, such as sales, marketing, finance, production, or quality assurance.

  • Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows.

  • Monitor supplier performance to assess ability to meet quality and delivery requirements.

  • Manages budget and controls expenses effectively.

  • Keeps up to date on information and technology affecting functional area(s) to increase innovation and ensure compliance.


  • Education: Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Supply Chain, Logistics, Operations or International Business
  • MBA preferred


  • Minimum of 10 - 15 years of experience in international and domestic supply chain and logistics demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility and leadership

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience leading global supply chain and logistics professionals

  • Experience running global RFQ's for raw materials, transportation, warehousing and MRO

  • Ability to utilize data analytics and turn into actionable strategy

  • Willingness and ability to work at a strategic and tactical level

  • Experience managing 3PL Distribution Centers

  • Proven track record running large projects and delivering results

  • Ability to communicate, lead and influence at all levels of the organization and with suppliers and customers

  • Demonstrated excellent written, verbal and listening communication skills.

  • Analytical and creative problem resolution abilities

  • General management instinct: Ability to lead high profile, complex initiatives and project teams

  • Ability to travel as needed including Internationally (10-20%)

  • Must be able to lawfully work within the US and have unrestricted work authorization for US


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The mental and physical requirements. described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or hazardous material when in our warehouse facilities. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual will encounter while performing the essential functions of this position.


We are always working to ensure our teammates know just how valued they are. In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and wellness benefits beginning day one, Lube-Tech offers employees a variety of perks, including:


  • Giving back to our communities is woven into the fabric of who we are. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for employees, and their families, to get involved and give back. The Employee Giving Program allows you to donate to a 501c3 nonprofit of your choice and the Bame Foundation will match your contribution, dollar for dollar!

Total Wellness

  • Your health and well-being are important to us which is why you'll have benefit coverage on your first day of employment. Lube-Tech offers employees complimentary use of our onsite fitness facilities where available. In addition to physical wellbeing, Lube-Tech offers a variety of mental health, financial, and other resources to every employee.

Paid Time Off

  • All employees begin earning paid time off (PTO) upon hire, with the ability to earn 3 weeks of PTO in the first year of employment!

Paid time off when it matters most

  • We offer paid time off for bereavement & parental leave so you can be with your family when it matters most. We observe eight paid holidays and provide two floating holidays per year.


  • A significant factor in employee engagement is believing you make a difference and have an impact on the success of the company. Lube-Tech has a history of sharing success with teammates through its quarterly Profit Sharing program.

Dress for your day

  • We know you're more productive when you're comfortable, which is why many roles at Lube-Tech allow for a casual dress work environment. We provide uniforms and personal protective equipment for many roles including drivers, technicians, and warehouse.

Lube-Tech is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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