Polaris Industries DC Operations Manager (Facility GM) in Vermillion, South Dakota

DC Operations Manager (Facility GM)

Job Description


The Operations Manager is the top leadership position at Polaris’s largest P,G&A Division DC located in Vermillion, SD. This role is responsible for all inbound & outbound operations of the facility. This includes maintaining and improving benchmark levels of safety, quality, customer deliver and cost. The role also works with broader leadership to improve customer experience and drive continuous improvement throughout the supply chain network. In addition, the Operations Manager will be responsible for the development of direct reports and building a talent pipeline for the facility and broader organization.


  • Determine and refine strategy and plans for the distribution center, based on Companies strategic objectives

  • Provide oversight and direction to effectively manage P&L for the Vermillion DC

  • Build, direct and manage warehouse operations, team and special projects at the site to achieve company objectives

  • Maintain and improve levels of safety, quality, delivery, cost and continuous improvement throughout the supply chain

  • Direct continuous improvement/lean opportunities- change agent who can develop and motivate their team to higher levels of accomplishment

  • Lead the hiring & developing of leadership & hourly teams

  • Foster positive employee relations and high employee engagement; union free

  • Control costs to meet or exceed established budgets

  • Execute established metrics, expectations, and accountabilities for direct reports

  • Facilitate teamwork and integration between functions and locations

  • Promote and maintain a safe working environment for employees Identify and execute appropriate capital projects

  • Drive culture through site and community involvement

  • Other duties as assigned


  • 4-year degree required, preferably in engineering, supply chain/operations or business related field; masters preferred

  • 8 + years of large scale, distribution, manufacturing or supply chain/operations experience

  • Proven leadership experience in progressively higher level roles of increased responsibility

  • Ability to manage and develop professional level talent

  • Strong understanding of distribution: logistics, fulfillment, operations, and facilities

  • Strategic thinker with ability to be hands-on in the operation

  • Skillful leader with proven ability to drive change and sustain results through strong problem solving capabilities supported by metrics

  • Safety; experienced in OSHA standards and tracking, ability to lead the organization in analysis and changes to working practices and culture to exceed OSHA standards

  • Systems experience with AS400, RF/Bar-coding technology and sortation/material handling systems preferred

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and written in both broad site and executive level environments


• Standard office and warehouse environment

• Some Travel may be required (20%)

Req No.


Job Category



US - Vermillion, SD



Education Requirements

Master's Degree or MBA Preferred

Years of Experience Required

8 Years Experience

About this location

This opportunity is located in Vermillion which is nestled in the southeastern corner of South Dakota just minutes away from the Nebraska and Iowa borders. Vermillion is the perfect place to settle down and raise a family as well as excel your career. It’s a small, comfortable, safe, University community that offers various recreation activities including bike paths, four city parks, an 18-hole golf course, hunting, fishing, Division 1 college sports, and much more. If you’re ready to become part of a team that operates a world-class distribution center, look no further.

About Polaris

Recognized as the leader in the powersports industry, Polaris Industries is a fast growing, innovative, global organization. The people here at Polaris don’t just create products — they are part of a lifestyle. It’s the passion & execution of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.

Polaris prides itself on recognizing and developing top talent to take its people and company to the next level. Competitive salary, generous benefits and a comprehensive relocation plan are just a few components of the total compensation package offered at Polaris. Are you ready to join a company where you will work hard and play hard, and be rewarded for your performance?

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.