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Associate Logistics Manager


Mattoon, IL, US


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Reporting to the site logistics manager, the associate logistics manager is a key position enabling successful execution of logistics strategies necessary for providing exceptional customer service both internal to the Mars network and externally to our customers.  The position is responsible for executing inbound and outbound operations supporting the Mattoon manufacturing facility.  Included in is directing the leads and associates in receiving, line take away, and warehousing in order to optimize all logistics assets at the site.  Managing safety, continuous improvement, productivity, customer order management, yard movement, and shipment quality are in scope for this position.



Key Responsibilities




  • Lead and develop a team of approximately 25-30 associates
  • Direct day to day activities of warehouse operations and yard spotting teams ensuring all customer and RDC shipments are loaded safely, efficiently, on time, and in a quality manner.
  • Direct day to day activities of Inbound and product sampling teams to ensure they are following agreed procedures and meeting the needs of the business.
  • Develops and maintains root cause corrective action procedures including trend analysis resulting in driving process improvements
  • Maintain daily staffing plans including contingency plans for time sensitive operations (unscheduled absentees, customer issues, system malfunctions, equipment issues, etc.)
  • Support site traceability, MQM, and HRCI compliance
  • Meet or exceed performance targets (Inbound quality and production impacts, on time loading, associate pallets/hour, CCMS quality)
  • Lead teams to ensure process adherence to systems such as SAP, RP, and JDA.
  • Support management of forklift fleet used by IB and OB operations.
  • Support other site responsibilities as necessary.


Context and Scope




As a leader on the site logistics team, this position requires leading, developing, communicating with, and managing teams of associates in order to ensure outstanding IB and OB operations supporting manufacturing and shipping of goods.  The position will work closely with other site leaders both in logistics and other departments to ensure daily plans are executed supporting key metrics in safety, quality, productivity, and customer service.




Job Specifications/Qualifications


Education & Professional Qualifications

  • BS / BA Business, Logistics, Supply Chain or related field
  • 2+ years’ experience in Logistics or Supply Chain Management can be substituted for education



Knowledge / Experience

  • 2+ years managing people
  • Experience with SAP, JDA or Red Prairie WMS ,ISO, Quality Management Systems, Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate, coach, motivate and lead a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to drive positive change in both processes, systems, and culture
  • Strong internal and external customer focus with great follow up
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Nexus)
  • Ability to transfer procedures and training experiences to others
  • Flexibility to adapt to regularly changing priorities and quality issues



Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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