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Cole-Parmer Lead, Warehouse in Charleston, South Carolina

Company Information

Cole-Parmer is a leading provider of precision equipment and consumables to pharmaceutical, life sciences, and environmental customers around the world. Our proprietary product lines include peristaltic fluid handling systems, test and measurement devices, air/water testing equipment and consumables, and a range of laboratory essentials products all critical components in scientific research and production.

Job Description

Job Title: Lead Associate, Warehouse

Reports To: Director, Warehouse & Facilities

Position Location: Charleston, SC

FLSA Status (Exempt/Non-Exempt): Non-Exempt

Position Summary:

The Lead Warehouse Associate will assist the management with the supervision of the warehouse team and functions within the warehouse including receiving, inventory, picking and shipping departments to ensure product moves efficiently and effectively through the warehouse. This position regularly exercises independent judgment to perform responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that shipping occurs in a time sensitive manner

  • Consult with the sales department and production on all orders with conflicting, inadequate or questionable data

  • Keep sales and customer service informed of shipment delays

  • Prepare proper paperwork for export orders

  • Provide freight quotes and create freight BOL’s

  • Monitor inventory and inform appropriate parties of any needs

  • Effectively train and coach warehouse team to ensure that the standards of the department are upheld

  • General housekeeping, maintenance, and organization of the dock and inventory areas

  • Ensure and maintain integrity of warehouse labeling and organization

  • Evaluate warehouse processes and work to make improvements

  • Perform all warehouse functions as needed such as receiving, picking, packing, invoicing, shipping, etc.

  • Maintain open line of communication with production to ensure all products ship in a timely manner

  • Maintains department standards for attendance, efficiency, productivity, and quality

  • Follows all established safety procedures including wearing required PPE and maintaining 5S standards

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma from an accredited learning institution, GED, or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree in related field of study preferred


  • Minimum of 5 years experience in warehouse operations; leadership experience preferred

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret written instruction

  • Ability to present information and respond to questions from various levels within the organization

  • Proven understanding of basic mathematical functions

  • Proven leadership ability

  • Must be certified in forklift operation

  • Ability to pay close attention to detail

  • Work well within a team and maintain pace while ensuring high quality standards. Assist other team members, as needed, to ensure customer satisfaction

  • Practices good housekeeping and keeps inventory neat, clean, and orderly

  • Meet and maintain high attendance standards

  • Ability to understand LEAN principles to perform job duties for continuous improvement

  • Must possess basic keyboarding skills and understanding of Microsoft Office products, and the ability to use email

  • Thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, efficiently works under pressure, within deadlines or other time essential constraints

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to clearly and concisely communicate to all levels of the organization

  • Strong work ethic and an ability to excel within a rapidly changing and growing organization

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Ability to stand and/or walk constantly over a full work shift (8-12 hours)

  • Ability to perform occasional to frequent pushing, pulling, bending, kneeling, twisting, crawling and/or reaching over a full work shift (8-12 hours)

  • Moderate physical demand; often lifting/moving average weight (up to 50 lbs), and occasionally lifting heavy weight materials (up to 70 lbs) with assistance

This position has not been approved for Relocation Assistance.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all of the duties and responsibilities associated with it.

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