Job Title:  Director, Distribution

Req ID:  44210
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management

Maastricht, LI, NL, 6199 AE


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.


Responsible for the strategic and tactical leadership of STERIS’s domestic or global distribution network including international transportation, logistics compliance, and warehouse operations. Collaborate with key stakeholders to create and maintain a flexible supply chain to deliver products across the globe to Customers. The leader will oversee compliance activities related to import and export trade regulations, hazardous materials, and transportation, ensuring top tier quality, performance, and cost optimizations. Lead and manage initiatives to consistently improve service levels, reducing costs through innovation, and maintaining highest possible safety environment.  Communicate performance, resolve issues and seek VOC with senior BU leadership.

Job Duties

Responsible for the receipt, management, and shipment of finished goods to customers, distributors, and satellite warehouses globally. Develop, lead, and implement the distribution and transportation strategy that have regional/global span, ensuring cross functional interactions and connectivity with business units, supply chain, and Customer facing teams. 

Direct operational line responsibilities for one or more distribution centers or regions. Within the warehousing and logistics network, manage the policy deployment of Lean techniques, quality, cost reductions, complete and on-time delivery, safety, customer satisfaction, employee relations, visual controls, and performance measurements.

In line with ISO/FDA controls, supervises the required record-keeping and data management systems.  Provides input for warehouse designs and logistics

Lead a positive work environment by promoting  established safety practices and enforcing these practices.  Review monthly operational reports and heads the site’s Central Safety Committee.

Responsible for the proper operation of equipment, including the training and instruction on equipment use and the requisitioning of needed equipment, material, and maintenance.  Ensures all equipment is maintained in their proper working condition. 

Completes Capital Appropriation Requests as required, supporting the location's operating requirements.

Service as the department’s leader with the Environmental, Health and Safety, and other internal and external agencies/groups.  Leads and acts as a change agent corporate security measures for the facility, products, and human resources.  Participate with regional/global warehouse footprint studies to ensure optimized design and capabilities.

Promotes good relations and effective management with Senior Leaders and employees, focusing on productivity, attendance, and general order required for the efficient operation of the Distribution Centers. 

Duties - cont'd

Owns and is accountable for departmental budgets, expenditures, and site management. Presents monthly operating performance metrics, semi-annual Management Review Board reports, and other operational summaries in coordination with distribution senior management.

Ensure appropriate levels of supply are shipped to each warehouse point, optimizing shipping costs, minimizing days on hand, and maximizing Customer service levels.  Coordinates inventory cycle count activities. Prepare  annual department and logistical (freight) budgets & operating objectives, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions.

Leads cross functional groups to ensure traffic activities between warehouse points and the customers are coordinated and optimally managed.

Ensures as needed 24/7 coverage for the handling of emergency Customer orders.

Monitor key performance measures applicable to S&OP execution and and execute action plans with distribution senior management. Identify, secure approvals for, and direct the implementation of capital improvement projects

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree

Minimum ten (10) to 15 years experience in warehousing, domestic and global transportation, shipping/receiving or other operations/supply chain function.

Leading teams of 50+, inventory control, standard work development, P&L ownership.

Minimum (10) years supervisory or management experience. 

Ability to develop business strategies and create buy in with all levels of the organization in a clear, efficient and effective manner.  

3+ years Lean Experience.

Experience working in a regulated industry

Handling, storing and shipping hazardous materials

Experience working in union environment

Project management experience

Equal Opportunities

STERIS plc provides employment and advancement opportunities without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic as defined by UK employment law. The Company bases all employment decisions on merit, qualifications, skills, and abilities with the intention that the best candidate is selected for each position.


STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

Req ID:  44210
Job Category:  Supply Chain Management

Maastricht, LI, NL, 6199 AE

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