Sr. Director, Warehouse Safety & Operations Training at KeHE Distributors

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The culture at KeHE is unique and transformative. Our purpose statement as a company is that "We Serve to Make Lives Better." Serving is at the core of who we are, and reflected in the way we lead, the way we treat our customers, the decisions we make about people, and the way we give back to the world around us. By staying true to these values, our company has created a unique and special working environment for our people that has fueled record growth for over a decade.

The Sr. Director, Warehouse Safety & Ops Training will sit in our Naperville Corporate office in a Hybrid model. This role will manage a team of direct reports and oversee the effectiveness of all warehouse safety programs and initiatives and warehouse operations training, including the onboarding of all front-line employees across all warehouse locations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and continuously transform and improve warehouse operations training programs for the front-line warehouse workforce.
  • Continuously modernize the training approach using the latest learning methods, tools, and technologies
  • Evaluate and oversee the effectiveness of the training programs and on-site trainers
  • Establish strong partnerships with distribution centers, cross-functional departments to promote and accomplish safety objectives and onboard new hires.
  • Develop awareness, buy-in, and engagement with Warehouse operational team members in support of accident prevention programs.
  • Streamline core safety programs throughout organization by engaging stakeholders and strategizing safety improvements.
  • Manage outside vendor partners to promote and accomplish safety objectives.
  • Lead all warehouse training and onboarding programs and initiatives
  • Partner with Human Resources to ensure successful onboarding of new hires
  • Manage the long-term sustainability of core safety, accident prevention and risk control and environmental programs for all retail divisions.
  • Stay abreast of the latest federal and state Occupational Safety and Health regulations and ensure they are applied appropriately across all warehouse locations.
  • Lead special projects and bring them to effective and successful completion
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions

See above.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Preference for advanced degree or certifications in related safely or adult learning fields
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience, with preference for grocery experience
  • Experience leading and managing others
  • Proven track record leading safety and training programs in a warehouse setting
  • Excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to formulate and execute company-wide policies and processes.
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills designed to resolve complex company issues and affect behavioral change.
  • Excellent collaboration skills in working with subject matter experts to improve safety culture throughout enterprise.
  • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills to manage and execute large scale safety projects with high financial impact to the company.
  • Knowledge of adult learning methodologies and technologies.
  • Proficiency using Oracle, Salesforce platforms preferred.
  • Proficient in use Microsoft Excel to manage and manipulate data
  • Proficient in use PowerPoint to communicate information and guide decisions
  • Solid project management and time management skills
  • Exhibits a growth mindset; open to coaching and feedback; continuously learns
  • Demonstrates a passion for the unique mission and values of KeHE

Travel Requirements: 50%

  • Periodic, multi-state travel may be required.
  • Travel may include transport by airplane, rail, rental, or personal motor vehicle.

Physical Work Environment:

  • Work is performed is typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment.
  • Must sit, stand, or walk for extended periods of time.
  • May spend long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.
  • May use calculators, keyboards, telephone, and other office equipment during workday.
  • Stooping, bending, twisting, and reaching may be required in completion of job duties.
  • Work is fast paced; occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

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Easy commute off of I-88 | Walking distance to variety of cuisine options | LA Fitness in the complex (where you get a major discount) | ample parking | 100% Remote work for most IT jobs, otherwise "Hybrid"

An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is fun and exciting, but if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.


Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
-Company-paid STD policy at 60% of weekly earnings -Company-paid LTD at 50% of weekly earnings
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
3 Medical Options: - BCBS Health Care Plan (Full FSA allowed) - BCBS Health Savings Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed) - BCBS Value Plan (Limited FSA & HSA allowed Company pays majority of premium
Life Insurance
Company-paid policy 1.5 x annualized salary.
Wellness Programs
-Virgin Pulse (Opportunity to earn up to $300 incentive yearly. -Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych -Free biometric screenings
Mental Health Benefits
-Marketplace Care Partners -EAP through ComPsych
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
KeHE may match charitable contributions for our "KeHE Cares" partners for special circumstances.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
For corporate and sales, we offer in-office flex, hybrid, and 100% remote opportunities that are position-specific.
Remote Work Program
A select number of positions in corporate and sales offer the ability to work 100% remote.
Family Medical Leave
In addition to FMLA, KeHE offers an additional 12 weeks of medical leave (unpaid) with supporting medical documentation.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Monthly earnings of $20-60/mo. for remote positions meant to subsidize cell phone and/or internet coverage.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
In addition to the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, KeHE also provides you with the opportunity to share in the company’s financial success through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. KeHE will make contributions on your
behalf to the ESOP. You do not contribute any of your own money.

ESOP Highlights:
• The plan provides eligible employees an opportunity to share in the profitability and growth of KeHE and to earn additional income for retirement.
• The plan provides a stake in the company’s success.
• The ESOP is not directly affected by the ups and downs of the stock market.
• What we do each day and how the company performs directly impacts the ESOP.

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