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Company: Harbor Freight Tools
Location: Dillon, SC
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


The Area Manager supervises associates and manages the day to day operations of an assigned area within a distribution center.  The position achieves results (operation, financial & service results) through directing and supporting the activities of Associates who perform various distribution center operating functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Select, orient, train, coach, counsel and discipline Associates
  • Educate and develop Associates to increase their capabilities and job performance as well as to follow and maintain established company, federal, state and local policies and procedures
  • Ensure associates attend all training/cross-training on the day and time scheduled and otherwise ensure 100% compliance with equipment operator and cross-training goals
  • Schedule departmental trainers for new hire orientation and new hire on the job training
  • Communicate values, strategies, objectives, and assigning accountabilities
  • Maintain positive and productive continuity with each Associate and their work teams
  • Initiate and foster a spirit of cooperation within and between departments
  • Create a climate of openness, trust and respect for each Associate
  • Plan, monitor, appraise, and manage performance results
  • Enforce systems, policies, procedures and productivity standards and ensure corrective actions are administered for all violations and then submitted to HR for record keeping as well as work with temporary staffing service onsite management to ensure temporary associates similarly held accountable
  • Investigate all equipment incidents and document Incident Reports as well as schedule all Situational Management meetings and implement all countermeasures and corrective actions in a timely manner
  • Maintain and keep accurate staff attendance, vacation, personal time off, sickness, funeral, and other attendance standards
  • Manage operation to meet the financial targets and assigned service levels assigned
  • Identify and explain budget & service level variances, identify corrective actions
  • Evaluate & recommend process changes to improve efficiencies, safety, etc.
  • Establish daily and weekly priorities and production plans
  • Schedule Associates and assigning work as well as monitor and revise schedules and work
  • Research, compile, initiate, sort and analyze production performance records and data
  • Resolve and report production issues
  • Ensure the work environment is maintained in a clean & safe status       
  • Report and respond to any unsafe and unclean work environments and violations
  • Ensure associates have the proper tools to perform their duties
  • Ensure equipment is maintained, identify needed repairs and ensure that equipment gets repaired in a timely manner
  • Ensure Associates are properly trained & certified to operate equipment
  • Evaluate new equipment and techniques for process improvements
  • Initiate, lead and participate in special projects
  • Be open to new ideas and ways to achieve results
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn other areas of the distribution center operations
  • Develop managerial and leadership competencies by participating in all company-sponsored education workshops and leadership development training, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional organizations
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the job
  • Supervisory Responsibility
Direct: Non-Exempt Employees


Job Qualifications – Education and Experience
  • High School diploma or equivalent with 5 years or more of related experience as an individual contributor;  Bachelor's degree plus two or more years of experience supervising production personnel (ideally in Distribution) preferred
  • Intermediate level experienced with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong influence and motivational skills
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Knowledge of business concepts (DC operations management concepts preferred)
  • Knowledge of supervisory & leadership skills

Leadership - Models the Company's values and influences others to achieve individual or team objectives.

Communication - Clearly conveys information through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that is understandable, easy to retain and timely.

Initiative - Approaches work objectives with a sense of urgency and a dedication to exceeding performance expectations.

Problem-solving/Decision-making - Accurately identifies problems, issues and opportunities, collects data to draw conclusions and chooses a course of action based on facts.

Planning & Organization - Establishes courses of action for self and others to ensure that work objectives are met.

Policy Compliance - Manages in accordance with Company policies and procedures and promotes compliance in others.
Physical Requirements
  • stand, walk, sit for extended periods of time
  • speak and listen to others in person and over the phone
  • use keyboard and read from computer screen and reports
  • lift 50 pounds

The candidate must be able to perform this job safely in accordance with standard operating procedures and good manufacturing practices, without endangering the health or safety of self or others.

The anticipated salary range for this position is $72,000-$84,700 depending on location, knowledge, skills, education and experience. This position is also eligible for an annual discretionary bonus. In addition, we offer comprehensive and competitive benefits to Associates (and their families) such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability. Eligible Associates are able to enroll in our company's 401k plan. Associates will accrue paid time off up to 120 hours per year and paid sick time up to 80 hours per year unless otherwise required by law. The Company observes two (2) Company paid holidays. Associates earn up to 64 hours as additional Floating Holidays.


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