Director Outsourced Warehouse

Suzhou | China (Peoples Republic of) | Supply Chain Management

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

  • Build up Outsourced Warehouse capability, capacity and oversee Outsourced Warehouse operations to provide superior services to China market.
  • Achieve SLA to customers, satisfy business requirements and meet financial targets, whilst ensuring cost control within agreed budget.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead in developing Outsourced Warehouse vision and mission. Set performance goals and KPI.
  • Ensure an effective product flow through all areas of the warehouse at all times.
  • Fulfil all of the customer orders on time in full at Outsourced Warehouse; offer feedback to Outsourced Warehouse Planning for optimization of allocating resources (Material Handling Equipment, labour)
  • Drive Outsourced Warehouse strategy implementation and key initiatives.
  • Plan and build up Outsourced Warehouse capability of all required service models (wholesale, retail, e-com, returns and re-distribution) and capacity (storage and throughput)
  • Improve productivity/cost continuously to meet current and future business requirements
  • Build up Outsourced Warehouse team with customer/consumer-orientation, and required professional skillset

Outsourced Warehouse Operations Management

  • Develop and optimize Outsourced Warehouse work processes and WMS to meet business objectives.
  • Maintain working knowledge of key business systems like ERP and WMS
  • Oversee productivity and accuracy of Outsourced Warehouse operations, including receiving/put away, slotting, internal replenishment, picking, packing, A-grade and D-grade returns handling, sample management, as well as inventory and process control
  • Manage external warehouse management, including 3PL selection and contracting
  • Benchmark with the best-in-class in industry in service level, productivity and cost control.  Lead in Root-cause analysis and corrective actions to drive continuous improvement in reaching operations excellence.
  • Share best practice with warehousing leaders in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • Comply with all safety and health regulations, by reinforcing daily execution
  • To ensure smooth and accurate daily operation from the outsourced warehouse to pursuit 100% fulfilment of online customer orders.
  • Lead initiatives in improving the warehouse operation process and flow so as to provide differentiated service compare to our competitors.
  • To manage and drive rework for customer/Channel returns, thus labelling knowledge and experience is required.

Project management

  • To lead /involve the service improvement projects;
  • To provide engineering study/solution;


  • Manage Outsourced Warehouse budget and re-forecast, with cost/benefit analysis
  • Oversee labour utilization and efficiency

HR Management; Training and Development

  • Hire, train and coach Outsourced Warehouse managers and core members.
  • Set people development plans with direct reports/critical talents; track, review and provide developing opportunities targeting to individual needs
  • Establish backups for critical positions and succession plan.

Key Relationships:


  • Warehouse Planning, OBF, Inbound Logistics, PO, HR/Admin, IT, Finance, SCI/LO/factories, BP&O, CSD, Own Retail, global Operations/CoE Logistics, other global functions


  • Customers, 3PL, vendors, local government

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong project management skills and ability to lead cross-functional teams from concept to implementation
  • Effective communication skills to motivate a management team and a large workforce, as well as working across functions and with external parties (internal and external customers, 3PL, local government and authorities).
  • Understanding industry trend and dynamic business requirements to timely provide solutions to business.
  • Utilization of best-in-class practice as benchmark to make continuous improvement and reach operations excellence on service level, productivity, and cost against competition.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above is required in technical field
  • Ability to communicate fluently in both Mandarin and English.
  • Minimum 15-year experience in warehouse management, including 3+ years in managing an automated/semi-automated, large-scale distribution facility, with in-depth knowledge of warehouse operations and broad experience in people management.
  • Minimum 8 years in managing a large work force of both office staff and blue-color workers
  • Solid experience in selecting and managing 3PLs.
  • Experience in systems and processes optimization. 
  • Good knowledge in warehouse operation and process/flow/warehouse design;
  • Good knowledge in warehouse EHS/5S and Lean Tools for operation and quality improvement.
  • Proven track record in project management
  • Sensitivity to data analysis which is support decisive solution;
  • Skills with an emphasis on communications both externally and internally across multiple functions.
  • Self-motivated and open-minded, to strive for operational excellence
  • Strong ownership and willing to embrace the challenge and change


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The Facts

Jobtitle Director Outsourced Warehouse
Team Supply Chain Management
Brand adidas
Location Suzhou
Country China (Peoples Republic of)
Number 172566
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-16, 2018
Relocation no

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