Material Handler Team Lead - 3rd Shift

Date: Aug 23, 2019

Location: Louisville, KY, US, 40214

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.


  • Provide direction, instructions and guidance to assigned functional area(s) and complete projects as assigned. This role promotes a positive environment that fosters teamwork and ensures safe and efficient processes and procedures.



  • Provide daily work direction and prioritize workload within their function(s).
  • Responsible for department/shift in absence of supervision.
  • Motivate team members to meet deadlines and productivity goals.
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts and Kaizen events.
  • Identify, troubleshoot and resolve bottlenecks, process failures, incomplete procedures, supply chain problems and training deficiencies. Use a data driven problem solving approach to make fact based decisions.
  • Monitor key metrics to assess safety, quality, engagement, delivery, and cost.
  • Actively engage and collaborate with team for improvements of safety, quality, delivery and cost.
  • Provide root cause & short term corrective action for customer service and quality issues.
  • Aid in troubleshooting problems within the function.
  • Ensure the training of associates.
  • Report violations of policies and procedures to supervisor.
  • Attend and actively participate in start of shift meetings daily.
  • Trained in security and emergency response details.
  • Spend 90% of time on the floor and 10% of time behind the computer.
  • Work on floor as assigned.



  • Prefer a 2 year degree from an accredited institution.
  • Previous experience in a distribution center environment.  Tennant Company experience preferred.
  • Experience leading teams preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and experience.



  • Ability to acquire a forklift license.
  • Actively develop leadership skills toward supervision.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks, make decisions and work calmly and effectively in a high-pressure, deadline oriented environment.
  • Willingness to be flexible with time and adjust to a changing work environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally, while maintaining a client service orientation.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.
  • Consistent attendance either onsite or remotely as needed by the business.
  • Ability to take direction and accept supervision.
  • 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.
  • Must be flexible with schedule to cover OT and absentee. 

  • 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.


Nearest Major Market: Louisville

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