Inventory Control Supervisor - 1st Shift

Date: May 9, 2022

LOCATION: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Pelican Products, Inc.



Peli BioThermal LLC is a global leader in the design and manufacture of single use and reusable temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the highly regulated pharmaceutical, biotech, and clinical trials industries.  Peli BioThermal is a great place to work and offers employees the opportunity to flourish and excel in a high-growth, fast-paced, creative, and exciting environment!  We currently have an opening for an Inventory Control Supervisor based at our site in Maple Grove, MN.


The Inventory Supervisor will oversee inventory management activities and ensure that all products are distributed in accordance with processes and procedures.  This position supervises Material Handlers and Inventory Coordinator.  This position will lead and reconcile daily cycle counts and manage the yearly physical inventory (if necessary) along with preparing inventory records/reports and investigating discrepancies in stock counts.  The Inventory Supervisor is also responsible for the storage and production staging of all inventory and non-inventory parts for daily production, running SAP transactions, optimizing the warehouse operations, and coordinating recycling/waste pickups.


What You’ll Do:

  • Plans and coordinates the work of all inventory and material handling associates, adjusting work assignments and schedules to maintain adequate staffing levels to respond to fluctuating workloads.
  • Manages employee performance to establish expectations, monitor, and measure contributions and provide employee feedback, coaching, and training employees, initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Creates and maintains work instructions for cycle counting, physical inventory, material handling and material movement processes. Makes recommendations on improvements to processes and systems as appropriate.
  • Ensures inventory record accuracy between SAP and physical inventory. This includes item, batch, quality status and quantity. Closely monitors discrepancy reporting and perpetual inventory comparisons to quickly identify variances, as well as research and resolve them. Develops corrective action plans as appropriate to reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence.
  • Provides initial orientation to new employees, assess training needs of staff and arrange or provide appropriate instruction and training in company policies and procedures, safety guidelines, and general warehouse operations using standard operating procedures (SOPs) as guidelines.
  • Coordinates a seamless hand-off of work-in-process to the next shift. Works collaboratively to achieve maximum throughput and quality.
  • Leads and counsels Material Handler employees in work related activities, personal growth, and career development.
  • Ensures accuracy of the inventory responsible for posting and managing inventory reports.
  • Conducts regular inventory audits and manages the daily cycle count procedure.
  • Plans and completes physical inventory and variance reconciliation.
  • Collaborates with Production, Purchasing and Finance departments to identify, prevent and resolve inventory discrepancies.
  • Accurate and timely production reporting of inventory and production movements, labor and material usage and material consumption reconciliation.
  • Provides information to the Manager by compiling, initiating, sorting, and analyzing performance records and data, answering questions, and responding to requests.
  • Creates and revises systems and procedures by analyzing operating practices and record-keeping, systems, forms of control, and budgetary and personnel requirements; implementing change.
  • Resolves personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; identifying solutions; recommending action.
  • Develops and implements approved inventory processes and procedures to address cost controls and prevents inventory discrepancies.
  • Performs inventory transactions, managing Inventory rules. Maintains and updates inventory system.
  • Manages the inventory staging for production.
  • Ensures compliance with quality and current good manufacturing processes (cGMP).
  • Participates and/or Leads LEAN and 6S initiatives.
  •   Follows company policies and practices as outlined in the Employee Handbook, AWAIR and/or applicable employment agreement. Follows safety guidelines and procedures in accordance to the job.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


What You’ll Need:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required plus 2 to 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Must have knowledge of warehouse layout and the safe operation of material moving and handling equipment including 2-wheeler, lift truck, pallet jack, scissor lift or motorized forklift.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and other similar computer software helpful.
  • Must be able to read, analyze, and interpret documents relating to the job, function, or assignment.
  • Must have good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to delegate tasks to others.
  • Must have excellent data entry skills to ensure accuracy of information entered into computer systems.
  • Willing to certify with Pelican’s forklift driver program.
  • Must be able to identify and resolve problems in a timely, creative manner.
  • Customer focus and awareness of customer needs.
  • Must maintain a “Hands-on” style, willing and capable of taking a lead role in technical problem-solving efforts.
  • Excellent teamwork and teambuilding skills with proven ability to influence cross-functional teams.
  • Must have a high degree of accuracy.



  • Associate degree or higher.
  • Cycle counting experience.
  • Physical warehouse inventory counting experience.
  • Certifications in materials management.
  • Working knowledge of SAP IM and WM systems preferred.


Why Join Peli BioThermal? Here’s a glimpse of Pelican Perks…

  • Generous paid time off plans.
  • 401k plan – with a competitive match.
  • Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Established reputable brand offering premium products – you’ll be proud to represent Pelican!
  • Employee discount program on Pelican Products.
  • Great Benefits – several options including Pet insurance for our animal lovers.
  • Wellness Discount Program.
  • Lucrative employee referral program – get paid to work with your trusted network.
  • And more…



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to execute physical activities within the lab and production areas (i.e., stand, walk, sit, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch). Ability to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. This position requires repetitive hand/wrist activities.



Pelican Products, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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