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Title:  Branch Operations Supervisor


Portland, OR, US, 97210

Company:  Univar USA
Requisition ID:  9477

It starts with great chemistry.


Univar is more than a distribution company – we’re a leading, global partner dedicated to improving quality of life for our customers through the products, expertise, and relationships that serve the world’s most essential industries. Founded in 1924, with global headquarters in Downers Grove, IL, Univar generated $8+ billion in sales in 2016 – securing the #1 market position in North America and the #2 market position in Europe.


Creating great chemistry is not just about the innovative products and services we safely deliver to customers around the world. It also takes people – people like you – and today, our worldwide team of more than 8,000 employees is helping build a company where the best people want to work. If you’re looking for an experience where your actions will make a positive difference every day, you’ve come to the right place.

Primary Purpose:

Under the general direction of the Branch Operations Manager, the Branch Operations Supervisor (BOS) is responsible for the efficient day-to-day operations of the branch, including supervision of the employees, facility and executing operations related activities.


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Direct supervision for Drivers, Material Handlers, Tank Farm Workers, Chemists and/or Lab Technicians. May supervise other positions as assigned.
  • Fulfill supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



  • High School Diploma/GED required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience 
  • 3-5 years operations experience  
  • Knowledge of chemical distribution facility operation preferred 
  • Working knowledge of governmental requirements related to the chemical industry; i.e. OSHA, EPA, RCRA, DOT, etc. preferred or demonstrated ability to attain such knowledge


Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

  • Supervisory Leadership; proven ability to communicate with, support, and motivate employees to achieve operational objectives
  • Strong verbal /written communication skills
  • Able to multi-task and prioritize effectively in a team environment
  • Analytical; ability to track, record and report department production
  • Experience with performance metrics and process improvement
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; Excel and Word
  • High level of decision-making ability; balancing customers’ needs and company objectives
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to handle diverse and significant workload
  • Knowledge of cGMP requirements as it pertains to FDARP as applicable to the facility
  • Knowledgeable in all aspects of chemical distribution and UNIVAR Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ability to operate all warehouse equipment
  • Ability to respond to emergency response situations
  • Basic understanding of UVX2000
  • Some branches may require HazMat certification or Hazwoper Certification

Univar is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.


We offer comprehensive benefits to employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD and life insurance, 401k, generous vacation and sick leave and much more.




Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon