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Williams-Sonoma Inc.'s Supply Chain organization is the backbone of our company. Our Distribution Centers serve as vital connections between factories and our retail, online and mail-order customers around the world. We also own and operate a growing manufacturing base right here in the United States, proudly producing nearly all of the upholstered furniture and much of the lighting sold through our brands. The Supply Chain environment is dynamic and fast-paced, and the network is expanding rapidly. If you are an expert in global logistics, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, finance, human resources, or home delivery and have a passion for quality and customer service, our Supply Chain Organization may just be the place for you.
Openings >> Warehouse Lead
Warehouse Lead
Title:Warehouse Lead
Date Posted:Aug 15, 2023
Reports To or Hiring Manager:Danielle Wills
Shift:1st; Tuesday - Saturday, 5am - 1:30pm
Grade Level:8
Employment Type:Full Time Non-Exempt
Location:Columbus, OH
Proposed Salary Range:N/A

About Williams Sonoma - Memphis, TN & Olive Branch, MS

Since it was founded in 1956, Williams - Sonoma has grown from Chuck Williams’ single store in Sonoma, CA into one of the largest retailers in the country, with some best known and most beloved brands in home furnishings, including Williams – Sonoma. Pottery Barn and West Elm.

Our Distribution Centers serve as vital connections between factories and our retail, online and mail-order customers around the world. The Supply Chain environment is dynamic and fast-paced, and the network is expanding rapidly. If you have a background in distribution, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, finance, human resources or home delivery – and are looking for a job with a strong opportunity for gaining new skills and for advancement – our Supply Chain Organization could be just the place for you.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc Supply Chain Overview

In 2023, Williams-Sonoma was recognized as a Great Place to Work ® and Forbes Best Employers for Diversity, honors which reflect that we are truly a people-first organization. Our operation includes:

  • Over 4,000 Full-Time Associates across the Supply Chain
  • 15.1M square feet of small parcel, personalization, furniture, and manufacturing space in the domestic US, Williams-Sonoma has developed an agile and capable distribution network consisting of the following: 
    • Large package / furniture distribution centers located in Southern California, Northern California, Texas, Georgia, and New Jersey totaling 9.2M square feet plus another 1.2M square feet of standalone final-mile furniture hubs.
  • Small package eCommerce distribution centers located in Mississippi, Arizona, and Tennessee totaling 3.9M square feet, consisting of over 1,000 full-time associates and 1,500 seasonal/temporary associates in Mississippi and Tennessee
    • Manufacturing facilities located in North Carolina and Mississippi totaling 861k square feet with over 1,500 full-time employees producing approximately $900 million - $1 billion in sales of upholstered furniture3 Sutter Street Upholstery Factories located in North Carolina and Mississippi with over 1,400 FTE’s producing approximately $900 million to $1 Billion in sales of Upholstered furniture
  • Transportation Department for Ocean, Air, Trucking, and Rail consisting of over 30 transportation professionals located in Memphis, TN
  • 700 associates in our Sourcing offices in 10 countries in Asia and Europe including China, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Italy, and Turkey

Job Summary:

With minimal supervision, supports Operations Manager with leading, guiding, and directing a group of associates while ensuring that daily departmental goals are met through the Williams-Sonoma objectives in Safety, Service, Quality, and Cost. 

The Insert Lead Merch Processor position is located in Grove City, Ohio.

You'll  be excited about this opportunity because you will....

  • Train, direct, and lead a team of associates to achieve operational goals.
  • Work cooperatively with internal and external business partners and customers in accordance with the Company’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Help maintain a clean and safe work environment by communicating safety topics, conducting audits, and promoting awareness in all tasks.
  • Track productivity, coordinate team assignments and prioritize/control the workflow through floor presence to ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Assist in leading daily start-up meetings, help communicate daily/weekly/goals, and share successes, opportunities for improvement and best practices with the team.
  • Share business information with teammates through floor presence, suggest improvements to current techniques.
  • Works cooperatively and harmoniously with supervisor, co-workers, and others.
  • Establish and promote challenging work ethics through teamwork and collaboration with associates.
  • Research and resolve issues, provide feedback on productivity and quality related performance to teammates, peers, and manager by using departmental resources.
  • Assist Manager with planning and implementation or departmental standards and goals.
  • Safely and efficiently operate material handling tools and equipment.
  • Keep work area safe, organized, and clean according to general warehousing practices and OSHA requirements daily.
  • Utilize Williams-Sonoma’s Mission, Vision, and Values to govern daily activities while maintaining required accuracy percentages, productivity (if required), and quality standards.
  • Other duties as deemed necessary.

Check out some of the required qualifications we are looking for in amazing candidates….

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent attendance and willingness to be part of a team – performing whatever duties are necessary.
  • Job requires continuous physical exertion – walking, bending, lifting, standing, climbing – must be able to lift 65 pounds minimum with or without accommodation.
  • 1 year of experience in distribution, manufacturing, or retail environment. In lieu of distribution, manufacturing or retail environment experience, 5 years of progressive work experience
  • 6 months previous forklift driving experience.
  • 12 months experience with warehouse management systems (CCUI, PKMS, etc.)
  • Excellent PKMS (or equivalent WMS) knowledge including handheld, truck mount and desktop.
  • MS Office Proficient: Outlook, Word, and Excel – Advanced Skills required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills necessary (English)
  • Strong decision making, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask, be a collaborator, and possess research skills.
  • Cheerful outlook, strong work ethic, ability to work under pressure, and be an adaptive person.
  • Flexible to work overtime as required.

Review these physical requirements, as they play a major part in this role….

  • Must be able to walk, stand, bend, and lift up to 65 pounds with or without an accomodation throughout the day.
  • Able to use a computer for an extended period of time.



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