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Distribution and Logistics Manager

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Basic Job Info

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Employment Type
Manages Others
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Job Description

Company Overview

Nippon Seiki is a world-class manufacturer of instruments for vehicles, agricultural, and construction equipment. Established in 1945, Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Japan, with numerous facilities worldwide. N.S. International, Ltd. ("NSI"), a group company of Nippon Seiki, located in Troy, MI, is a tier one supplier of instrument clusters and head-up display units for FCA US, General Motors, BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Polaris, Arctic Cat and other OEM's.

Purpose of Job

The Distribution and Logistics Manager is responsible for the oversight of the daily functions of warehousing, logistics, and packaging development within NSNA supply chain. This position oversees the day to day links between nodes of the supply chain (Suppliers, inter-NSNA, and customers). As a result, the Distribution and Logistics Manager drives efficiencies within the supply chain with relation to logistics sourcing and monitoring, rate negotiation, warehouse optimization, packaging, etc.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

Top duties or activities in a given year. Not all tasks/steps performed are listed.

•Owner of warehousing, logistics and packaging experience and optimization within NSNA’s supply chain, including but not limited to rate negotiation, vendor performance, costing etc.
•Oversight of logistics vendor issues, coordination of expediting needs of NSNA plants, and new route set-up/development within the NSNA supply chain.
•Oversight of packaging development, testing, and approvals (inter-NSNA and external) amongst the NSNA supply chain.
•Owner of creating Distribution and Logistics costing targets as requested from Business Development, Costing/Forecasting, and Finance teams.
•Manage and report warehousing, logistics & distribution KPI’s, such as Logistics Spend, On Time Delivery, Load Efficiency, Expedite Costs, etc., against targets in monthly departmental meetings, or upon request.
•Establish corrective actions for underperforming metrics to ensure performance standards are met.
•Review and approval of warehousing, logistics, and packaging invoices while overseeing invoice coding for relevant vendors.
•Responsible for the day to day activities of local warehousing functions, and external warehousing suppliers including conducting physical inventory counts.

Team Management/Leading Others:

•Provide supervision, guidance, leadership, and training to members within your team.
•Monitor and evaluate the performance.
•Train team members on policies and procedures and create and maintain a set of current forms and approval procedures.
•Establish goals for team and conduct reviews.
•Participate in recruitment activities and hiring of qualified department resources.
Education, Experience and Knowledge

Required and/or preferred level of education, knowledge and skills that are necessary.


•Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferred
•3 or more year’s related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Packaging Engineering background, a plus
•APICS certification(s), a plus.

Related Experience

•Experience demostrating effective leadership, directly or in-directly, for multi- disciplinary teams is required.  
•Work requires at least 3 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Demonstrated vendor management experience in warehousing and transportation across inbound, outbound, and reverse logistics.
•Work requires strong oral and written communication skills
•Work requires strong knowledge level of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
•Work requires working knowledge and experience with ERP and WMS systems.
•Work requires knowledge of current SCM techniques and processes.
Special Training or Competency

•Observation, understanding, and execution of applicable company ISO/IATF certification standards related to the role and impact on the overall organization.
NSI Competencies

Leading Others:
Includes leading by setting clear expectations for performance and responsibility. Serving as a role model of appropriate attitudes and behaviors. Diagnosing the needs and capabilities of employees and taking actions to maximize each person's development.

Includes keeping an open mind regarding new ideas and ways of doing things. Willing to consider alternative interpretations or ways of looking at the situation. Demonstrating flexibility.

Initiative/Results Driven:
Includes setting high standards of performance for self and others. Striving to accomplish goals even if it means personal sacrifice. Putting the goals of the organization above own goals.

Judgment/Decision Making:
Includes making decisions and takes actions that have beneficial impact. Effectively evaluating information in order to come up with sound conclusions and recommendations.

Resource Management:
Includes setting clear objectives to guide action for self or others to accomplish goals. Organizing or adjusting information, people and materials to meet those goals.

Team Work:
Includes encouraging and supporting the ideas and effort of others. Finding ways to help the team or group perform effectively.
Additional Information

Work Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5pm. Off-hours as needed.
Travel Requirements

10% to 15% international and/or domestic. 

If domestic travel is necessary, valid drivers’ license is required.

If international travel is necessary, valid passport is required.

Additional Information

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

N.S. International, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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