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Elkay Strategic Distribution Supervisor in Downers Grove, Illinois

Strategic Distribution Supervisor

Imagine working for a company that inspired this kind of employee feedback .

  • I’m proud to work for Elkay.

  • The company invests in my success.

  • I do work that makes a difference.

  • I love my co-workers.

  • I feel like part of a family.

When you come to work for Elkay, that is exactly what you will experience.

Elkay is a thriving, values-driven company focused on doing the right things so we can be in business forever. We’re financially-stable and family-owned, with an enduring reputation for ethics, integrity, giving back, and providing an engaging, inclusive environment where careers flourish and grow.

At Elkay, we never forget that our strength lies in our people. Our employees are the driving force behind Elkay’s superior quality, product ingenuity, and exceptional customer experience. Our commitment to our people and their professional development is a recipe for success that has fueled our growth from a three-person shop in 1920 to one of today’s leading international suppliers of plumbing, water delivery, and branded commercial interiors.

If you’re ready to join a company where everything you do makes a difference and you go home proud at the end of each day, talk to us about joining the Elkay family!


The Strategic Distribution Supervisor supports the execution of Elkay’s distribution strategy by providing analysis & direction on ensuring the right products are available at each DC and each DC is servicing the right customers. This includes balancing available space and providing visibility to resource requirements while minimizing costs and maximizing service to customers. Additionally, this role supports standardizing operations and performance reporting across Elkay’s distribution network, while continually analyzing opportunities for optimization. Supports the launch of new products & strategic initiatives by working closely with DC operations to develop/enhance processes, develop SOPs, conduct training, and assess space & resource availability as well as:

  • Identify/develop/implement short and long-term strategies which enhance profitability, productivity and efficiency across DC operations.

  • Develop and maintain a work culture that is successful and committed to superior customer service across both Elkay and 3PL operated facilities.

  • Develop and maintain procedures and metrics that assure customer service satisfaction levels and productivity targets are attained.

  • Analyze sales trends, forecast data, and new product/program rollouts to ensure the right products are available at each DC and each DC is servicing the right customers.

  • Facilitate monthly performance meetings amongst DC Ops Leaders, including assessment and interpretation of metrics, productivity measurements, and updates on project timelines.

  • Interface with IT on systems development and refinement to improve operations, productivity and service levels.

  • Maintain WM master data in Oracle, including new-material WM data determinations.

  • Support new product development launches by working closely with Product Marketing and DC Operations, selecting which DCs support each launch, while ensuring processes and training are developed/conducted at the DCs.

  • Responsible for 3PL invoice payment. Identifies and explains variances. Regular dialogue with Finance resources.

  • Ensure weekly & monthly reporting is completed timely. Evaluates DC activity data to interpret results and apply findings for decision making.

  • Research service errors, identify root cause, process gaps and or employee training needs. Partner with Ops teams to create and implement corrective action plans to ensure improve quality to our customers.

  • Act as resource to Distribution organization in sharing this information.

  • Continuously stays educated on latest equipment and techniques and assess application to Elkay Distribution.


  • College Degree preferred in Business, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics or Industrial Engineering. A combination of some college and/or relevant job experience would also be considered. 10+ years of experience in lieu of degree.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in distribution operations and/or distribution planning required.

  • Intermediate knowledge equivalent to: Oracle/SAP WMS, Tableau, and Microsoft Office Suite required.

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

  • Continuous improvement and results orientation.

  • Intermediate project management/implementation experience preferred.

  • Experience with eCommerce distribution & fulfillment preferred.

  • Leadership, initiative and highly self-motivated skill sets required.

  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills required.

  • Ability to perform analysis to support decision-making.

  • Ability to communicate and work cross-departmentally on complex tasks.

  • Able to work successfully with a diverse group of people and be a team player.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to relate to employees at all levels of the organization.

  • Highly organized and detail oriented, attention to detail and follow-through while maintaining focus on the big picture.


Elkay Manufacturing Company turns 100!

Founded on the north side of Chicago in 1920, Elkay has been making innovative products and delivering exceptional customer experiences for one hundred years. As we head into our second century, we will be taking time throughout the year to pause and reflect upon all that has changed, all we have accomplished, and the many hundreds of people that have made this company something to truly be proud of.

For example, while proud to be America’s No. 1 selling kitchen sink company, Elkay expanded its commercial offerings more than four decades ago, and today delivers faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains, Smartwell Water Delivery Systems, and the award-winning ezH2O bottle filling stations, in addition to world-class stainless steel and quartz sinks. Our Elkay Interior Systems business is a global leader in the design and buildout of branded retail environments for leading global brands. Elkay Commercial Systems provides stainless steel products for commercial kitchens around the globe.

What makes Elkay special is our people and our culture.

Many companies have core values that are enshrined in their annual reports, and posted in frames on their walls. But few companies embrace and live their values quite as Elkay does. On any given day, you’ll hear employees quoting them in meetings, as the rationale for why they make business decisions.

One of Elkay’s core values is "We are in Business Forever." We are family-owned and believe our people and business partners are an extension of our family. Like your family, Elkay has values and traditions that endure, and help us live up to this lofty goal. Examples include our commitment to sustainability and giving back to our community. Our water delivery products have helped keep over 20-billion plastic bottles out of landfills. Over the past decade, Elkay and our employees have donated over $3.8-million to worthy causes in the communities where we work and live. Utilizing their paid volunteer time off, Elkay employees have donated countless thousands of hours serving those in need in their communities. Our conservation and sustainability efforts reflect our concern for the future and our commitment to building a better world. To learn more about Elkay’s corporate responsibility efforts, visit .

When we say “Our Strength is in Our People,” we recognize that Elkay’s employees are at the heart of everything we have ever accomplished. Through their bright minds, we’ve developed many breakthrough innovations that have shaped the way we live in this country and around the world. Through their clever hands, strong bodies and deep, unwavering commitment to quality, we’ve risen to a place of recognition and respect in the community and in the markets we serve. We would be remiss, as we pause to consider the past 100 years of success, not to mention our profound gratitude for each and every one of our people that have been a part of Elkay through the years. We hope you’ll consider joining us and sharing 100 years of great adventures yet to come.

Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, today, Elkay employs over 2,500 employees worldwide, working from 21 locations across the U.S., China, Mexico, Austria and Cyprus. We hope you’ll visit our website and learn more about Elkay at ( .