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Regional VP Operations-Atlantic Region in Providence at United Natural Foods, Inc.

Date Posted: 9/21/2018

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Job Description

This position can be located anywhere within the Atlantic region.


Responsible for Region Operations administration and for significant contributions to the formulation, development, implementation, and administration of Company policies and business goals. Supports the implementation of Warehouse Management Systems, Engineered Labor Standards, Labor Management, Peoplenet, Roadnet, and other Supply Chain Initiatives as key projects driving Operational Excellence.  Reinforces “best practice” operations methodology and “key operational metrics” for reporting across operations enterprise. Develop people, policies, procedures, and training to ensure efficient and effective operations and significant P &L contributions across UNFI business units.  Manages and appraises the activities of subordinate Managers and Directors and ensures services are professionally delivered and customers well served. 


  • Responsible for the alignment and support of National Operations business objectives to include technology implementation and policy development.
  • Participates with Senior Management in long and short-term Company planning. 
  • Executes established goals and ensures corporate-wide plans are complemented and supported.
  • Responsibility for ensuring effective and efficient support of DC level operations management.
  • Develops and monitors budgets.  Manages and oversees expenses.
  • Conducts periodic reviews of existing systems, technologies, products and procedures.  Provides recommendations regarding improvements in service delivery, processes, methods, standards and equipment needs which will further the Company's objectives. 
  • Ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Evaluates operational effectiveness through analyses of Distribution Center activity, on-site inspections, reporting and other measurable criteria. 
  • Responsible for ensuring the effective administration of all Region Operations functions. 
  • Oversees facility functions including maintenance, building improvements, and adherence to legal requirements.
  • Ensures the security and safety of Company property, equipment, and personnel. 
  • Ensures Region Operations functions are well coordinated with related departments especially DC level operations management, and provides assistance as required. 
  • Continually keeps National and Senior Management informed of operations activities, progress toward established objectives, and of any significant challenges. 
  • Effectively manages personnel, ensuring optimal performance. 
  • Provides leadership through effective objective setting, delegation, and communication. Directs, schedules, and coordinates Region and local Operations Department functions.  
  • Ensures Managers are well trained, effective, and optimally used.  Instructs Managers regarding policy, procedure, and program changes. 
  • Conducts performance appraisals as required.  Formulates and implements corrective actions as needed.  Recommends promotions, transfers, and salary adjustments as appropriate. 
  • Ensures staffing levels are appropriate and human resources are effectively utilized. 
  • Assumes responsibility for ensuring professional business relationships are established and maintained with customers, vendors, the business community, and trade organizations. 
  • Ensures the Company's professional reputation is maintained throughout the organization and the community. 
  • Stays informed of trends and changes in related fields and continues to engage new trends and technologies


Job Requirements



Bachelor Degree or equivalent related field.

Required Knowledge:       

Knowledge of systems, WM, Voice, Engineered Labor Standards, Roadnet, PeopleNet, Labor Management and incentive planning, accounting, IT, human resources, purchasing, facilities, fleet, security, and quality control procedures and programs.

Understanding of related legal and regulatory requirements.

Knowledge of Company products and services.

Experience Required:

At least 10 plus years of operations leadership experience with continuous advancement and increasing responsibilities preferably in wholesale food distribution.



Excellent communication, interpersonal, and managerial skills.

Demonstrated project management and implementation success.

Strong organizational skills.