Inbound/Outbound Operations Manager Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions
If you have an eye for detail and managing logistics, and the skill and desire to lead a team, a position as an inbound/outbound operations manager might be an excellent fit for you.
Inbound/outbound operations managers oversee shipping and logistics for facilities. They are responsible for managing and coordinating all activities within a warehouse to work together seamlessly and efficiently. Everything from receiving and shipping orders to reviewing logistics to managing warehouse staff to making sure equipment is maintained typically falls within the duties of an inbound/outbound operations manager.
It’s a vitally important job that requires planning and leadership experience, as well as a thorough understanding of warehousing and logistics.
Sample job description #1
The Inbound Operations Manager will manage internal logistic projects and programs and provide reverse logistic leadership in cross-functional improvement initiatives.
Manage global operational strategy for products including developing, implementing, and managing reverse logistic service operations
Work with third-party service providers and internal teams to ensure effective delivery of reverse logistic services
Responsible for the Consumer Returns Disposition Strategy, defining recovery directives for all the products, optimizing inventory, turnaround time, and maximizing recovery rates
After Sales Quality management, responsible to drive the operations teams in charge of defining and implementing recovery plans, tracking tasks execution and costs across the supply chain, and providing regular updates and KPI to stakeholders until completion
Drive product and operational improvement thru use of KIP to optimize and reduce overall end-to-end reverse logistic cycle time and inventory
Collaborate with regional hub managers to align reverse logistic processes and KPI
Essential skills and experience
BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience
3+ year experience in consumer product logistics
Confidence with complex data analysis and using data to drive improvements
Strong written & verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate complex findings in a structured and clear manner
Knowledge of manufacturing, quality and, supply chain metrics
Experience in program or project management
Sample job description #2
Role and responsibilities
ABC Company is looking for an Outbound Operations Manager within the Logistics Account Management team. They will be responsible for resolving any obstacles that arise to ensure KPI expectations are met within all reasonable logistics abilities. This role will maintain relationships across internal and external logistics network to ensure shipments are delivered to the customer within the requested delivery window.
Lead a team of cross department logistics coordinators, providing direction, and continuous feedback
Developing, implementing, and maintaining policies and procedures for operations such as on-time delivery, OTRQ, and aging AR reconciliation
Cross-Departmental collaboration with internal business partners
Manage 3PL/carrier’s performance to timely appointment setting, on-time delivery, and reconcile exception issues
Manage revenue recognition to meet monthly and quarterly company goals
Manage aging AR relating to delivery issues
Manage, report, and provide an action plan to support carrier score card target
Implement specific KPIs related to employee’s job duties and hold employee reviews, providing additional training for performance improvement
Manage employees to IOD/POD metrics, including but not limited to, internal and external communication, daily tasks completion, and 3PL KPI metrics
Developing a long-term strategy for increasing efficiency of operations and improving customer satisfaction and experience
Reporting on progress toward goals and making adjustments to improve performance
Skills and qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Business, or a related field
6 years of relevant experience
This position requires an individual with a high degree of organization and initiative, excellent communication skills, detail-oriented, and a self-starter with a positive attitude
Superior analytical and problem-solving skills with a focus on attention to detail while delivering against tight deadlines
Strong interpersonal and consensus-building skills
Prior strong experience with SAP and TMS
Must have Microsoft Office Suite of PC software applications experience with Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint preparation skills operating in an NT LAN/WAN systems environment
5+ years of experience in 3PL/carrier operations
Sample job description #3
ABC Company is looking for an Inbound/ Outbound Operations Manager This leader works independently to identify, document, and communicate solutions that will enable the customer experience and ensure our processes support the overall supply chain.
Essential functions, key areas of responsibility
Ensure global achievement of both revenue and inventory goals, while collaborating with S&OP actors and other supply chain functions
Lead the cross-functional weekly & monthly Inventory Management cadence, tracking progress on inventory reduction initiatives, and inventory levels by various segments
Identify how to efficiently tag inventory under various categories such as surplus, excess, obsolete/strategic, etc. with the goal to improve control and management of stock
Collaborate with IT and other functions to implement process improvement strategies that will allow for easy inventory gate controls at both upstream processes such as purchasing, demand capture, etc. as well as downstream processes such as managing inventory aging, scrap, obsolescence, etc.
Collaborate with Supply Chain logistics teams to implement right warehouse bin strategies and batch management process to ensure inventory aging can be easily tracked
Collaborate with supply chain purchasing and procurement teams to mitigate high MOQ, long lead times from key suppliers
Partner with forecasting, planning, purchasing, and logistics teams to manage receipts and shipments to maximize inventory turns
Work with standard exchange and central supply chain teams to optimize standard exchange stock pool, while ensuring maximum parts availability
Implement processes that will improve supply chain agility to quickly respond to sudden shifts in demand/supply, as well as mitigating risks of excess inventory
Lead process for supply-demand balancing, in-quarter execution, constraints, allocations, and forward-looking projections
In collaboration with forecasting and planning teams, manage an annual inventory forecast, and track progress on a weekly basis
Design, analyze, and present KPI’s to key stakeholders. Help stakeholders develop plans to meet and exceed KPI targets
Aggregate large amounts of data, filter for importance, and tie together in a context relevant story designed to drive action
Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, industrial engineering, business, or other related field with 5+ years experience or Master’s degree with 3+ years experience.
2+ years experience in Supply Chain inventory reduction or planning and forecasting function
Experience with large-scale change management projects
Capable of influencing and driving decisions across all levels
Ability to be successful driving change in a highly matrixed environment
Leadership presence and the ability to lead a process in a highly matrixed environment
Demonstrated abilities to coach develop and mentor team members on inventory reduction methodologies
Experience leading Inventory optimization functional area (supply, demand, and/or Finance)
Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
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