Direct a company’s daily affairs as its second-in-command.
Try to visualize the back door at your local Target or Walmart warehouse. Now imagine how many trucks pull up and leave the facility each day. As a Distribution Supervisor, you don’t have to imagine it, because it’s your job to know exactly how many trucks arrive and depart each day, as well as what products are in each one.
Brand name retailers are just one example of the many businesses that need a Distribution Supervisor. And this position entails more than just scheduling deliveries. In order to move products from raw materials to store shelves, Distribution Supervisors need an understanding of the entire process.
What is being produced and how long does it take? Obviously, building a car is more time-consuming than printing off a sheet of stickers. Who are the customers and what are their needs? While one customer might request a one-off, specialized product that’s handmade to order, other customers might have a standing order for 1000 units per week.
Being aware of what the company does and who it serves is a key component in making sure the proper inventory is maintained, delivery schedules are followed, and customer needs are taken care of. In addition, you sort out equipment and production needs, and supervise the staff in your department. The employees make the business go ‘round, so you use your interpersonal and communication skills to motivate, empower, and acknowledge them.