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Praxair, Inc. Regional Distribution Manager - The Woodlands, TX in The Woodlands, Texas

Regional Distribution Manager - The Woodlands, TX


The Region Distribution Manager will oversee the successful fleet operations of one of USIG’s Operations Areas, including, but not limited to, safety performance, cost savings, efficiency KPI attainment, driver staffing, equipment utilization, SMP / SOP implementation, Logistics / field dispatching improvements, championing and prioritizing improvement initiatives, and development of personnel in the field distribution and planning areas. The Region Distribution Manager will provide guidance and coaching to facilities in their region to meet USIG distribution efficiency and safety goals.

This individual will report to the Region Operations Director, and be part of the newly formed USIG Distribution Management Team.

The USIG Distribution Management Team will be accountable for overall USIG distribution improvement in safety, cost and efficiency. The Regional Distribution Managers will have accountability for distribution performance in their respective regions. Responsibilities include:

  • Focal point for region distribution productivity initiatives

  • Responsible for region distribution safety goals

  • Responsible for bringing forward resource actions (supervisors, drivers, and mechanics) required to meet business plan. Focal point for bringing region equipment optimization & issues to Distribution Management team.

  • Responsible for region maintenance data

  • Responsible for reviewing plant distribution maintenance expenses and recommending cost savings initiatives

  • Responsible for reviewing trip efficiency and safety data with facilities and developing / implementing action plans for improvement

  • Responsible to work with facilities to recruit and hire drivers and mechanics. Focal point to review / approve new driver requests and carriers introduced to the region.

  • Represents region in value of National initiatives to region as well as idea generation, prioritization, determination and qualification of those initiatives selected to move forward

  • Responsible for championing / implementing new technologies to improve distribution efficiency and safety (OBC, trailer tracking, vehicle safety programs, backing cameras, etc.)

  • Responsible for implementing productivity projects that have application to the region and are prioritized accordingly

  • Responsible for monthly updates to region management on current projects, initiatives, and KPI’s

  • Responsible for coordinating and ensuring that distribution related training is complete and current for mechanics, drivers, and supervisors

  • Responsible to provide equipment specification guidance to the USIG Distribution Management team

  • Responsible to coordinate and resolve logistical issues, identification of improvement areas, coaching planners and fostering strong teamwork between the field and National Planning Organization

  • Responsible for ensuring that PM programs are effectively executed at each facility to meet DOT and Praxair requirements.

  • Works closely with global procurement (GPMM) in managing vendors for maintenance of equipment, trucks and trailers, contract procurement and purchase of service parts

  • Assist individual locations in coordinating with the USIG Admin and Compliance services organization; licensing and registration of region fleet equipment so as to adhere to federal and state regulations

  • May assist in the technical qualification of common and dedicated contract carriers in conjunction with GPMM. Leads periodic re-assessments of carriers.

  • Works with regions to identify fill zone loading improvement opportunities and to improve the process


  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Business

  • 7 years Production or Distribution experience

  • 5 years Distribution management (process and people)

  • Strong communication skills

  • Critical and analytical thinking skills

  • Proficiency in computer based tools and programs

  • Solid organizational skills are required to help prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Travel requirement 50%

  • Location – Region Office

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Job Operations

Primary Location Texas-The Woodlands

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 19001449