Sr Mgr, Distribution Applications

Posted on Nov 21, 2018 by Columbia Sportswear

Portland, OR 97201
Leisure & Sport
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
The Senior Manager of Distribution IS Applications at Columbia Sportswear Company serves as the global IT leader for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Labor Management Systems (LMS), and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and is an integral part of the global distribution leadership team. This role partners with senior leaders within global distribution and supply chain operations to orchestrate global IT solutions that support our mission critical distribution strategies and day-to-day operating functions.

This position is accountable for technical teams tasked with managing and delivering business solutions for WMS, LMS, and TMS functions across the enterprise. Successful candidates are experienced in creating an actionable strategy, roadmap and short/long term plans. The candidate should be able to independently lead cross functional teams consisting of internal/partner resources to formulate and successfully execute the business/IT strategy for distribution operations and inventory/order management functions.

Responsibilities :

  • Manage global product roadmap/releases for distribution systems such as Warehouse Management, Labor Management, and Transportation Management
  • Own product roadmaps for WMS / LMS / TMS applications and functional areas
  • Work with distribution operations such as Receiving, Inventory Control, Picking, Packing, Traffic, and Shipping
  • Coach, mentor, motivate, and supervise distribution IS business analyst team, project team leads, project team members, and contractors
  • Manage operational and project expectations with executive management, project managers, team members and other stakeholders in a clear and concise fashion
  • Ensure seamless execution of strategic projects by partnering with stakeholders at all levels
  • Present technical and non-technical information clearly and concisely to individuals of different backgrounds, technical expertise, and levels of authority
  • Maintain intimate understanding of business priorities and objectives related to this area of responsibility and establish effective communication and collaboration with stakeholders across the enterprise
  • Plan and manage IT project budgets and forecasts


  • Degree in engineering, supply chain or technology, MBA preferred
  • 8+ years of work experience in distribution / supply chain industry with increasing responsibilities
  • Experience leading a team consisting of business analysts. Effective interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and mentoring employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; supporting and encouraging the engagement process
  • Experience with WMS platforms and in successful global WMS deployments
  • Experience with LM tool such as Manhattan's LMS
  • Experience in TMS implementation including carrier rate shopping and shipment consolidation
  • Strong understanding of distribution operations required
  • Experience in building IT roadmap
  • Experience in DC technologies such as mobility/RFID/Cloud/MHE preferred
  • Experience working in both agile and waterfall SDLC environments
  • Experience in preparing business case including ROI models
  • Experience in RFP management and vendor selection
  • Capability to influence at various levels of the business, including executives, senior business leaders and non-technical audiences
  • Provide thought leadership, developing new ideas/alternatives and ability to contribute to discussion of abstract concepts and translate into actionable projects

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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Reference: 561332379

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