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Title:  Operations Supervisor I


Providence, RI, US, 02905

Company:  Univar Solutions USA Inc
Requisition ID:  24426


Want to work for a company that is reimagining distribution?  Join Univar Solutions, the premier global distributor of chemicals and ingredients.  Our goal is to function as a direct extension of our customers’ teams; to serve as an ally in their quest of business success. 

At Univar Solutions, we’re building on our more than 90 years of experience  and drawing on deep resources – inventory and logistics experts, scientists, PhDs, procurement, customer service, sales and marketers-to deliver consultative services and an unmatched portfolio to solve customers’ formulation and operational challenges.  When you work for Univar Solutions, you’ll play an important role in shaping how we deliver more than chemical and ingredients. 



Under the general direction of the Branch Operations Manager, the Branch Operations Supervisor (BOS) is responsible for the efficient day-to-day operations of the branch, including supervision of the employees, facility and executing operations related activities. Deliverables: Staff Supervision


• Conducts daily pre-shift meetings, communicates expectations to employees and maintains a supervisory presence throughout the branch.

• Coordinates day-to-day work activities to ensure operational goals and objectives are met.

• Ensures all employees have the required tools and training on matters related to safety, operation standards and department goals.

• Creates a positive work environment and fosters employee ownership of branch operations and performance.

• May oversee the completion of drug testing and medical surveillance as required. Branch Administration

• General office work, email communications and correspondence with internal and external customers.

• Supports inspections and paperwork associated with hazardous waste generation and waste pickup transport.

• Participates in inspections from outside agencies (DOT,EPA,FDA,DHS). Sales Support/Customer Service

• Supports Branch Operations Manager with maintaining budget and operating plans to achieve branch goals.

• Responsible for meeting customer requirements and fulfilling orders in a cost effective manner using appropriate risk management and Standard Operating Procedures. Quality Assurance

• Ensures company quality processes are adhered to at the local branch level.

• Partners with appropriate departments to resolve product quality issues in an efficient and timely manner. Inventory Management

• Responsible for cycle counts and physical inventory; including quarantined material.

• Supervises daily operations, including repack & transportation functions in inventory management system ( e.g. UVX2000).


Supervisory Responsibility:

• Direct supervision for Drivers, Material Handlers, Tank Farm Workers, Chemists and/or Lab Technicians. May supervise other positions as assigned.

• Fulfill supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



• High School Diploma/GED required

• Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience

• 3-5 years’ experience in operations


 Knowledge of chemical distribution facility operation preferred Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

• Supervisory Leadership; proven ability to communicate with, support, and motivate employees to achieve operational objectives

• Strong verbal /written communication skills

• Able to multi-task and prioritize effectively in a team environment

• Analytical; ability to track, record and report department production

• Experience with performance metrics and process improvement

• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; Excel and Word

• High level of decision-making ability; balancing customers’ needs and company objectives

• Ability to respond to emergency response situations

• Basic understanding of UVX2000

• Some branches may require HazMat certification or Hazwoper Certification


Univar Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous PTO and much more.




Nearest Major Market: Providence
Nearest Secondary Market: Rhode Island

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