Manager, Process Improvement - Warehouse in Northlake, IL at Empire Today

Date Posted: 2/18/2021

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Opportunity Description


The Manager, Process Improvement will play a key role in improving the operating performance of Empire Today’s warehouse and distribution functions.  The company is going through two sets of fundamental change:  the increasing expectations we have for ourselves around how we do what we do and the implementation of new ERP and operating systems.  These changes have created the need for a team focused on process – design, improvement, training, tools, and adherence.

The Manager is responsible for the evaluation, development, continuous improvement, change management, auditing, and reporting on the effective execution of operational processes for Empire’s Customer Delivery organization, with a strong focus on Warehouse, Distribution, and Load Out functions in our local markets and across the country, as well as the alignment of processes across functions. 

Reporting to the Director, Process Improvement & Field Audit, the Manager will:

  • Individually or as part of / leader of project teams, improve the company’s operating performance on identified processes -- cost, quality, reliability, and / or compliance -- through process design, improvement, deployment, and training
  • Drive the adoption and refinement of processes in Empire’s new ERP system and help with its nationwide rollout during 2020. 
  • Improve the consistency of process and procedure execution to reduce outcome variability across markets, allowing the business to continually improve its ability to deliver for its customers
    • Execute field- and process-audits, contributing as required to the development and improvement of the audit
    • Implement improved process reporting
    • Work with the broader team to identify and address situations needing intervention, whether in a specific process or a specific market
  • Participate in a program that
    • identifies, catalogs, and prioritizes process improvement opportunities
    • pilots efforts in a limited set of markets to prove out new methodology, then scales up across the rest of the organization.
  • Work with field, operating, and executive leadership to successfully execute process improvement projects and activities.  Help promote a culture of process thinking and continuous improvement across the organization by modeling
    • Data-driven approaches for process- and self-assessment and improvement
    • Focus on support local teams and execution
    • Work closely and collaboratively with functional, regional, and market leaders
  • Be based in Northlake, IL and be prepared to travel up to 50%.  Note that 2020 may involve more extensive travel as we implement our new systems nationally.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
    • Relevant fields of study are preferred, including distribution, logistics, operations, supply chain, engineering, or the like
    • Relevant post-graduate education or advanced certifications are pluses.
  • 5 + years of experience demonstrating progressive responsibility in roles focused process improvement or similar disciplines
  • Some applied experience with continuous improvement methodologies, such as “lean management”, six sigma, etc. in a service environment. Six Sigma or similar certification is preferred.   Experience in a service setting is important.
  • Experience in a geographically-distributed organization is preferred
  • Experience with data visualization tools or packages
  • Strong verbal and written and communication skills
  • Strong project management skills, especially if accompanied with experience with structured tools and methodologies
  • Capability to think broadly and locally accompanied by strong analytical skills
  • The ability to coach and teach the organization on SOPs, best practices, systems use, and other content
  • Strong execution ability and a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed environment and to work and collaborate with others, to consider the needs of all affected groups, and to build/leverage relationships across functions and organizations to achieve business results
  • Demonstrated ability to become an expert in various systems and processes.


Employees are eligible for numerous benefits including:

  • Quick enrollment into our benefit plans.  Eligibility is first of the month following just two weeks of employment.
  • A premium 401K Investment Plan, with the company matching your amount invested dollar for dollar up to 4% with no vesting.  Find another Company that can beat that!
  • Medical Insurance with several plan options and a Health Savings Account to meet you and your family’s health needs.
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Dental Insurance – Twice a year visits at no cost.
  • Vision Insurance with materials coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical & Dependent Care
  • Wellness Program – A best in class program offering substantial awards payable right on your paycheck
  • Basic Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short Term Disability Coverage
  • Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays including Floating Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) that grows with years of service
  • Empire Perks – An employee discount purchasing program offering you great savings on the things you want.

The company conducts a background check and drug screen for all new hires. 


Empire Today has been a leading provider of installed home improvements for 60 years. Empire offers the largest in-stock selection of flooring in the United States. Convenience, quality, and selection make Empire stand out.  With Empire Today, homeowners and business customers can get quality Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Vinyl Flooring, and Window Treatments from top brands they know and trust. And because Empire warehouses thousands of products, customers can get the right product, professionally installed when they need it, as soon as the next day.

Empire was founded in 1959 and provides service to more than 70 metropolitan areas in the United States. With more than three million satisfied customers, Empire Today is dedicated to its mission of Making Beautiful New Floors Easy.

Empire Today is an equal opportunity employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills.

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