Distribution Manager in Phillipsburg, NJ at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 12/19/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are opening a new location in Phiilipsburg, NJ and looking for a Distribution Manager to join our Hawthorne Supply Chain Team!

As the Distribution Manager, you will lead the start up of the distribution center warehouse and lead the personnel by creating a superior experience and a culture of employee engagement, managing all activities related to incoming freight, stocking, pulling, packing and shipping freight. 

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Establish strategic direction for warehousing activities of the organization.

  • Develop and implement operational procedures for and monitor activities, such as verification of incoming and outgoing shipments, handling and disposition of materials, and keeping warehouse inventory current.

  • Confer with department heads to ensure coordination of warehouse activities with other activities, such as production, sales, records control, and purchasing.

  • Review and monitor department reports, records, and documentation and determine necessary changes for overall department improvement and efficiency.

  • Direct salvage of damaged or used material.

  • Provide department budget recommendations and establish controls to assure optimum deployment of resources within approved budget.

  • Assure products, parts, or supplies are shipped, distributed, or received in an efficient manner.

  • Evaluate physical condition of warehouse and equipment and prepare work order for repairs and requisitions for replacement of equipment.

  • Manage the daily operation and service level of the DC Stockroom.

  • Balance productivity levels with payroll to keep salary percentage to sales at a profitable level.

  • Promote a team atmosphere through employee involvement, training and regular communication with employees.

  • Partner with HR in the areas of hiring, development, coaching and promotional opportunities.

  • Ensure appropriate standards are met as relates to employee coaching, discipline documentation, and terminations.

  • Create a culture of safety by ensuring required training is completed and employees understand their responsibility for behaving in a safe manner. Enforce safety rules and investigate every accident for the root cause. 

  • Administer company policies and procedures regarding employee performance, attendance, safety, training and other matters consistently and fairly.   

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree. (Supply Chain or business related field strongly preferred)

  • Experience working with MRP systems, work order, and/or warehouse management systems.

  • SAP experience is preferred, but not required.

  • Minimum 5 years' experience working in a distribution center environment.

  • Strong attention to details, highly organized, computer skills.

  • A passion for working in a fast-paced environment.

  • High energy level and be self-motivated.

  • Strong attention to details, highly organized, computer skills..

These are the leadership qualities you will bring to the table:

  • Communicate Effectively: Whether you are rallying front-line associates, developing and presenting a business case to executive leadership or building a cogent narrative for others.

  • Drive Results: You insist on continuous improvement in a rapidly evolving industry.

  • Ensure Accountability: You hold yourself and others accountable to your commitments.

  • Customer Focus: You drive a team to deliver customer-centric solutions.

  • Drive Engagement: Your team is empowered and motivated to delight our customers. You create a climate where that is possible.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry.

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy.

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.


Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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