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Sr Manager, Supply Chain – Distribution Automation Systems

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted January 23, 2023.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

All referred applicants must first be submitted through Workday by a current Loblaw Colleague.


1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5

At Loblaw, we help millions of Canadians get through their best days, worst days, celebration days, and every day. Through our innovation and quality products, we’re here for our friends, neighbours, family members and colleagues.

We succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us.

We’re looking for adaptable people who are thrilled to join us in our goal of helping Canadians Live Life Well®. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. We promote leaders at every level and support our people to follow their passion.

Sr Manager, Supply Chain – Distribution Automation Systems

The decision to join a company is a big one. We have opportunities for hard working, energetic and reliable people just like you.

Role Profile:

Responsible for the Supply Chain Automation Transformation and execution journey through system design and set up.  Lead the change management journey and transformation from conventional distribution operation to full automation while considering impacts on systems, infrastructure, people, process and efficiency.  Support the selection and utilizations of technology, systems and tools while providing guidance to the build, design, and operations teams to drive efficiency and optimization.  Define process and direction for operations, design, and maintenance teams and manage the expectations of the assigned initiatives/technology.  Benchmark against Industry and world leaders.  Manage and support warehouse, transport, replenishment, and logistics operational impact to enable skillful execution of supply chain functions by enhancing the system design and set up.  Focus on rigor on continuous improvement, stable execution, and innovation


  • Support vision, strategy, framework, implementation and execution plans for Supply Chain Automation System Journey
  • Work closely and in synch with on-site third-party repair and maintenance teams while holding them accountable to business expectations and established SLAs
  • Become a subject matter expert on everything automation within the enterprise operating sites 
  • Integrate efforts with other areas of Supply Chain in all work pursued
  • Benchmark across industries, to assess, explore and roll out new and emerging technology applications and techniques
  • Emphasis on colleague experience and enabling capabilities and tools that drive efficiencies, simplicity, and autonomy
  • Establishing governance over assigned programs, ensuring cohesive automation logic, programming knowledge, support mechanisms, tools and vendor development process both during build and post implementation
  • Ensures the rapid development and deployment of enhancements and site deployments
  • Development of solutions and supporting systems and enhancements which include research, develop, build, execute as required by the business to achieve operational goals
  • Partnership and collaboration with vendors and IT with set expectations, communication cadence and decision-making procedures through open and honest two-way conversation
  • Build and support with IT system architects the foundation to support the strategy and vision
  • Establish an infrastructure and development strategy for Automation and innovation in the work streams
  • Continuous innovation towards new automation and solutions for core supply chain operations including enhancements, troubleshooting, and unique solutions that may need to be built from scratch
  • Lead, onboard, and support the deployment of new system and technology as it pertains to the vision and strategy ie: AGV’s, automation, robotics, optical recognition.


  • 10+ years’ experience in a supply chain or retail organization with 3-5 years of direct distribution operational experience or indirect support of distribution operations
  • 5 – 7 years’ Supervisory/Management experience
  • University Degree in Computer Science, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
  • Strong leadership skills with a professional attitude
  • Ability to persuade, influence and/or negotiate with contacts inside and outside an organization
  • Ability to work in a very fast-paced environment
  • Experience in automation or manufacturing

Loblaw recognizes Canada's diversity as a source of national pride and strength. We have made it a priority to reflect our nation’s evolving diversity in the products we sell, the people we hire, and the culture we create in our organization. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

Loblaw is committed to sustainability by sourcing products with integrity and making a positive difference in the community. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Employment Type:

Full time

Type of Role:


We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.    

Please Note:
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.