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Distribution Operations Supervisor - 2nd Shift

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.





  • This is a second shift salaried supervisor position. The standard shift hours are Monday through Friday, 1:30 PM – 10:00 PM.
  • This is a non-seasonal industrial repair parts distribution business.
  • This position supervises moderately skilled to skilled employees and operations in one or more distribution functions. Ensures on-time same-day shipment of orders. Plans work, assigns work and trains employees. Has authority for hiring, termination, discipline and performance decisions. Ensures product quality standards are maintained.  Moderate to high complexity in coordination and supervision of employees.



  • Supervise a crew of 15-25 distribution employees.
  • Responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of assigned operations, measured by safety, quality, delivery, inventory and operating efficiency
  • Create alignment on assigned process improvement across all shifts and departments related to safety, quality, delivery, and cost goals
  • Mentor Operations Supervisors
  • Available to work off shifts when necessary
  • Works with plant management and functional managers on developing policy deployment action plans and helps funnel Lean activities in support of strategic goals.
  • Initiate, implement, support, and sustain continuous improvement initiatives across processes and or departments.
  • Manage the team’s performance through evaluations, development, training, and promotions
  • Interview and select new talent
  • Hold team accountable through coaching and discipline. Motivate and reinforce good behavior through timely recognition.
  • Communicate and administer company and department policies, work practices and procedures in an effective manner.
  • Identify, troubleshoot and remove barriers to success by using a data driven problem solving approach to make fact-based decisions.
  • Operate powered industrial equipment



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of applicable job experience (ex. production, distribution, logistics)
  • Previous supervision experience
  • Experience with implementing and applying Lean System practices across multiple processes
  • Experience in decision making and exercising sound judgement to plan and accomplish goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and ERP systems. SAP experience is preferred.
  • Track record of insuring equipment is properly maintained and preventative maintenance is performed in a timely manner



  • Leader within operations in regards to effective communication skills with staff and peers from up and downstream processes
  • Regularly solicits a wide range of perspectives and seeks candid input, both within and beyond the team.
  • Identify, lead and implement continuous improvement initiatives
  • Ability to pro-actively engage and motivate employees by driving change
  • Coach, mentor and effectively develop talent within the team
  • Pro-active engagement with a diverse group of employees
  • Demonstrated ability to apply problem solving process and methods
  • Proactive identification of obstacles within department that may keep employees from being effective; takes immediate action to address issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and accurately prioritize work, be detail oriented, understand when urgency is required and use good judgment in varied situations
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully introduce, handle and manage change
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally; collaborating well cross-functionally
  • Plans, aligns processes and hold the team accountable to daily tasks and departmental strategic goals
  • Appropriately receive constructive feedback from team members and leadership to continuously improve professionally.
  • Basic understanding of plant financials and budgets and how to use cost factors when making business decisions.
  • Basic understanding of capacity and/or labor planning. 
  • Effective time management.



Must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or moved up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds.



Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We’re everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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