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Operations Manager - Military Veterans

at Univar Solutions

A Place Where People Matter. 

Start your career journey with Univar Solutions!  Here you can make an impact on the world around you and accelerate your career in areas that energize and excite you. 




Under the general direction of the District Operations Manager, the Operations Manager (OM) is responsible for the efficient day-to-day operations of the department, including directing a team of Yard Specialist and Operations Coordinators while managing the department’s annual budget and operating plan.  Works closely with the Transportation Branch Manager to service the customers. 



Environmental, Health & Safety 


  • Manages the daily safe, efficient, legal and economical operations associated with terminals and customer interactions. 

  • Facilitates compliance to corporate health, safety, and environmental affairs policies, including completion of all required training, documentation and record keeping. 

  • Supports sales efforts consistent with corporate and regulatory compliance, health, safety and environmental affairs standards. 

  • Implements and manages applicable health and safety program. 

  • Conducts timely and detailed incident investigations and communicates root causes and recommends corrective and preventives measures to the District Operations Manager. 

  • Regularly briefs upper management on performance, including cost and productivity opportunities and issues, and branch or industry related trends. 



Staff Supervision 


  • Maintains a supervisory presence throughout the branch; ensures daily pre-shift meetings are held, and regularly communicates expectations to employees. 

  • Manages day-to-day work activities to ensure operational goals and objectives are met. 

  • Ensures all employees have the required tools and training on matters related to safety, operation standards and department goals. 

  • Creates a positive work environment and fosters employee ownership of branch operations and performance. 

  • Oversees the completion of drug testing and medical surveillance as required. 

  • Leads interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating personnel. 




Branch Administration 


  • Develops email communications and correspondence with internal and external customers. 

  • Regularly participates in District LOB Business Meetings. 

  • Prepares and presents comprehensive Branch Reviews to Leadership. 



Sales Support/Customer Service 


  • Manages budget and operating plan to achieve branch goals. 

  • Responsible for meeting customer requirements and fulfilling orders in a cost effective manner using appropriate risk management and Standard Operating Procedures. 



Quality Assurance 


  • Ensures company quality processes are adhered to at the local level. 

  • Partners with appropriate departments, internal and terminals, to resolves product quality issues in an efficient and timely manner. 



Inventory Management 


  • Directs inventory management process; researches and resolves discrepancies with appropriate personnel as needed. 



Facility Maintenance 


  • Ensures proper maintenance, upkeep and housekeeping of owned/leased facilities. 

  • Resolves facility maintenance issues with appropriate personnel and reports safety concerns. 

  • Maintains close security and control over physical operations. 




Process Improvement 


  • Implements initiatives to improve operations. 

  • Proactively identifies and leads process improvement initiatives. 




Financial Responsibility:  
Manages budget and operating plan to achieve department goals. 


Supervisory Responsibility: 

  • Direct supervision for Yard Specialists and Operation Coordinators. 

  • Fulfill supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 





  • High School Diploma/GED required 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience  

  • 5-7 years experience in operations 

  • Experience with of governmental requirements related to the chemical industry; i.e. OSHA, EPA, RCRA, DOT, etc. preferred or demonstrated ability to attain such knowledge 

  • Knowledge of chemical distribution facility operation preferred 

  • Working knowledge of hazardous chemicals preferred 

  • Experience working in ERP systems, SAP preferred 



Specialized Knowledge/Skills: 


  • Supervisory Leadership; proven ability to communicate with, support, and motivate employees to achieve operational objectives 

  • Strong verbal /written communication skills 

  • Able to multi-task and prioritize effectively in a team environment 

  • Analytical; ability to track, record and report department metrics 

  • Process improvement projects 

  • High level of decision-making ability; balancing customers’ needs and company objectives 

  • Strong organization skills with the ability to handle diverse and significant workload 

  • HazMat certification or Hazwoper Certification 

  • Ability to lead in emergency response situations 

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; Excel and Word 

  • Basic understanding of ERP systems, SAP preferred 




Univar Solutions is a leading, global distributor of chemicals and ingredients essential to the safety, health, and wellbeing of our daily lives from life-saving medicines and vitamins to hand sanitizers and industrial materials used for cleaning, construction, and more.  Our global team of more than 10,000 employees support our vision to redefine distribution and be the most valued chemical and ingredient distributor on the planet!


We offer a Total Rewards package that includes market aligned pay and incentives as well as a diverse benefits offering to support our employees’ physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing.


Univar Solutions supports sustainable solutions for the world around us so that we can do our part to help keep our communities healthy, fed, clean, and safe! 


We are committed to a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusion.  Together, we are building a culture that acknowledges the unique experiences, perspectives and expertise of individuals and provides the development and growth opportunities to empower us to redefine our industry. 


Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


Univar Solutions does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or staffing firms (collectively Recruiting Firms). Recruiting Firms must enter into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Univar Solutions prior to submitting any information relating to a potential candidate. All searches must be initiated by Univar Solutions' Talent Acquisition team and candidates must be submitted via Applicant Tracking System (ATS) by approved vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless the aforementioned conditions have been met. Contacting our hiring managers directly is prohibited.


Bedford Park, IL

Univar Solutions

You’ve proudly protected our freedom and we’d be honored to have you on our team! 

Our purpose at Univar Solutions is to help keep our communities healthy, fed, clean, and safe. We are an integral part of providing critical products to the communities where we live, play, and work through the incredible efforts of our people… our greatest strength.  

We believe military service is synonymous with our core values:

  • Serious About Safety            
  • We Do What We Say            
  • Where People Matter          
  • Valuable To Others 
  • Together We Win


Our Military Commitment

Univar Solutions is committed to supporting Military Veterans and Families by creating a world-class environment for Veterans to grow their careers as members of our team. Our Veterans Resource Network enables a safe, welcoming, and collaborative environment for all Military Veterans by:

  • Recognizing and promoting the skills and experiences Veterans deliver in an organization
  • Engaging and empowering Veterans, Veteran Families, and supporters to enhance professional development, career advancement, and personal enrichment
  • Providing education and support for Veterans and Veteran Families’ needs
  • Creating a culture of inclusion and diversity that embraces Veterans and welcomes them into an environment where their experiences, opinions, and contributions are truly valued
  • Advocating for and financially contributing to Veteran causes and charities
  • Ensuring we can be a preferred employer of Veterans

Come join Univar Solutions as one of hundreds of Veterans in our ranks who are helping us to redefine Chemical and Ingredient Distribution!

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