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Supervisor-Shipping in US - McPherson, KS at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 5/10/2018

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Job Description


The role of the Shipping Supervisor is to direct the company’s regional shipping/distribution operations to ensure that the company’s supply network is sustained and operating in an efficient and effective manner.       

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Leads and promotes staff to perform duties in a safe and environmentally responsible manner applying rules, regulations and policies with fair and consistent practice
  • Leads internal efforts in developing implementation of best practices throughout the shipping operation
  • Manage day to day shipping operations,  measures performance for on-time, in-full delivery performance, shipping costs for all forms of transit, warehouse inventory management, warehousing productivity and quality, and workforce planning requirements
  • Investigates cause analysis issues for problem reconciliation and leads corrective action for complaints related to transportation, logistics handling and warehousing of finished products.
  • Manages physical condition of warehouse and equipment.  Prepares work order for repairs and requisites for replacement of equipment.
  • Directs staff to support strategic customer care service objectives, enhance staff, team skills and competencies, and establish team performance objectives.
  • Ensures that all carriers comply with legal, quality and safety standards.
  • Confers with department heads to ensure coordination of warehouse activities with activities of other functions such as production, sales, quality control and purchasing.
  • Define the needed skills, tools and equipment to meet shipping department objectives.
  • Establishes standard operational procedures for activities such as verification of incoming and outgoing shipment’s, handling and disposition of materials and keeping warehouse inventory current.


Directly supervises Shipping department at location. Carries out supervisor responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies, code of conduct and applicable laws. 


  • 5+ years’ supervisory experience preferred. 
  • Experience with building products warehousing and shipments
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to translate your skills to other employees through training and mentoring.
  • Hands-on experience with departmental metrics, experience monitoring the quality, quantity, cost and efficiency of shipping operations.
  • Familiarity with MS Excel and MS Office suite.
  • SAP and JDE experience preferred.


High School Diploma or GED required with some post-secondary education. Strongly prefer some shipping experience in plastics extrusion.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts.  The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


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