Lead, Distribution

Job Locations US-NJ-Lakewood
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The Distribution Lead will focus on the safety, quality, and productivity of the team.  Ensure that equipment and systems are utilized as intended, ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, best practices, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) (e.g. receiving, order picking, inventory reconciliation, current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), and OSHA).  The Distribution Lead is directly responsible for meeting service level agreements and the productivity of the department and contributors under their guidance.  Lead others within various areas of distribution such as: receiving, assorted pick modules pick to light, kitting, shipping, returns, DEA, freezer, and refrigerated space.



  • Assist in the training of staff through hands-on, processes, systems, and equipment training. Said training will be documented accordingly
  • Maintain a safe working environment.
  • Focus on quality and accuracy as part of the company wide goal: Quality First
  • Maintain a clean work environment at all times in accordance with sanitation standard operating procedures. Report any sanitation issues to supervisor immediately. 
  • Ensure compliance with applicable regulations, Knipper Standard Operating Procedures, industry best practices, cGMP, and FDA.
  • Deploy labor, equipment, and systems focused on achieving established benchmarks and productivity requirements for assigned job(s). 
  • Accurately enter, track, and report hours and materials in Resource. 
  • Manage day-to-day distribution deliverables. Monitor and manage various pick modules, returns, and receiving so that goals, expectations, and daily rush/same day expectations are completed as anticipated.
  • Ensure that documentation, WMS databases, and SOPs are followed in real time and that information and details are accurate. 
  • Ensure that all materials, inventory, equipment and systems are ready in advance of deploying labor in any designated work area. 
  • Assign individual tasks to associates. Assess quality and productivity, and report to supervisor accordingly. Evaluate deliverables and adjust staff accordingly. Lead training as needed to accomplish the set goals.
  • Ensure all outbound orders are to be loaded on carrier vehicles as expected and when expected.


  • Review designated areas for rush deliverables and shipments to ensure all are completed as expected. Communicate to management accordingly.
  • Communicate end of shift updates to management accordingly. Utilize direct verbal communication when available and a Daily Update e-mail for documentation purposes.
  • Perform and acknowledge recurring tasks and reminders as directed by management to ensure duties are being performed as expected.
  • Provide timely updates of statuses and possible exceptions to Distribution Supervisor and/or Managers so that proper escalation steps and planning can be made
  • Participate in training, process improvements, and quality initiatives. 
  • Display: Caring, Honesty, Accountability, Respect, and Trust (CHART)

The above duties are meant to be representative of the position and not all-inclusive.


Education/Training: High School Education or higher.

Business Experience: One year related lead/supervisory experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Basic Supervisory Skills or training (including safety and regulatory specific training or experience)
General warehouse or distribution skills
Use of job specific machinery and equipment
Intermediate mathematical skills (counting, adding, multiplying, percentages, calculating line rates, capacities, etc.)
Intermediate computer skills

While performing the duties of this job the employee is:
Frequently required to stand or sit.
Frequently required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.
Frequently required to reach with hands and arms
Frequently lift and/or move objects up to 20 pounds.
Frequently lift and/or move objects up to 35 pounds.
Occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 60 pounds


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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