Kee Safety

Buffalo, NY

Operations Manager

Do you love helping people solve problems? Do you want to be part of a company that is growing and excited about change? This opportunity is for you! Join the Kee Safety team as our new Operations Manager in our Buffalo, NY office. 


Who is Kee Safety?
Separating People from Hazards is our life’s work. Kee Safety, Inc. is the North American business operation of Kee Safety, Ltd. in the United Kingdom. We maintain a strong sales presence here in the USA with our manufacturing and warehouse center headquartered in Buffalo, New York.

Kee Safety is the leading global supplier of safety systems and solutions. When you join the Kee Safety Team, you are not only aligning yourself with the leading safety and fall prevention experts in North America but with people who are passionate about fall prevention, safety, and who care about their company and its customers.

What Can We Offer You?
We are most proud of our employees and our culture. We believe in our employees and understand that when they are engaged and they are happy - they will thrive and our business will grow.

Our corporate culture includes:

  • A strong, collaborative work environment
  • Training and development opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Life-long friendships
  • Our Kee Giving Sponsorship Program: Kee Safety will donate to community initiatives that employees support outside of work

Kee Safety provides some of the best benefits around:

  • 401k plan with excellent match and bonus contribution
  • A comprehensive benefits program that includes medical plans starting at $0, vision and dental coverage, life and disability coverage paid 100% by the Company
  • Paid holiday, vacation and sick time  

Job Specification
The Operations manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the warehouse, ensuring that safety, quality, delivery, and cost goals are being delivered.  

This role is responsible for leading their team to manage all inbound & outbound operations for the facility. This includes maintaining and improving benchmark levels of safety, quality, customer delivery and cost. The role also works with other business units to improve customer experience and drive continuous improvement throughout the entire 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.

Key Responsibilities 


  • Establish goals and strategy for Operations and drive alignment through your team to meet or exceed targets
  • Overall accountability for Operations, safety, quality, delivery, cost and continuous improvements goals
  • Provide leadership and direction to effectively manage the Operations team
  • Manage inventory control in the warehouse
  • Establish continuous improvement- change agent who can develop and motivate their team to higher levels of accomplishment
  • Partner with sales and corporate leadership teams to ensure high level of service to our customers
  • Lead direct reports to drive changes and improvements to standard operating procedures, work instructions, and other documented training
  • Lead process improvement projects through the use of prescribed methodologies and tools
  • Serve in community and lead community relations strategy for the facility


  • Directly lead, manage, coach, & develop your direct report leadership team in accordance with company policies and procedures
  • Ensure your leadership team has the training, tools and support to effectively manage their individual teams
  • Manage staffing levels for Operations, partnering with human resources to ensure current and future appropriate levels
  • Establish and maintain mentorship, cross-training, and develop culture within the facility
  • Conduct performance reviews and development for your leadership team with focus on talent succession
  • Responsible for interviewing, selecting, and hiring leadership staff in partnership with broader site leadership team
  • Establish and maintain a positive culture that drives accountability and team first mentality
  • Communicate to all levels of the organization on topics of site goals, performance feedback, departmental, organization and company initiatives

Education, Experience and Skills 

  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, equivalent experience will be considered
  • 5+ years' management experience in a Distribution or Operations environment
  • 5+ years handling inventory / operational tasks
  • Warehouse Management System (WMS) experience
  • Ability to adapt and change processes to keep pace with the evolving business requirements
  • Outstanding organizational and leadership skills to optimally respond to urgent situations
  • Must be process oriented with good judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability and desire to lead a team
  • A confirmed understanding of OSHA and DOT regulations
  • Strong technical skills included but not limited to Microsoft O365 applications

Special/Particular Requirements (safety, physical, etc.)

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to stand and walk for up to 8 hours
  • May be required to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally 

We Value 

This position requires a self-directed, forward thinking and energetic person who is results oriented and capable of professional and detailed follow through. 

  • Being results oriented with demonstrated problem-solving skills 
  • Hands-on person who possesses the best combination of strategic thinking and the drive to achieve tangible business results
  • Strong ability to lead and influence multi-functional teams
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and align interests of multiple constituents
  • Model desired behaviors for others to exhibit and influence / motivate others to shift mindset or behaviors
  • Ability to remove obstacles, cross boundaries and bring resources to the situation while Influencing upward, downward, and across to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to maintain a consistent professional image for Kee Safety
  • Lead by example with positive attitude towards both inside and outside of Kee Safety
  • Ability to learn and adapt in a growing environment 

Join our team and grow with us, there is a world of possibilities out there!

Kee Safety Inc., is an equal opportunity employer