This week’s #TeamMemberTuesday is featuring Dean, Distribution Supervisor at our Fresh Foods Manufacturing facility in Freedom, PA! Dean leads the team that makes sure the shelves are stocked and full at our GetGo locations. His passion for process improvement and making sure his team is happy is unparalleled, and we’re excited for you to get to know him. Read the rest of Dean’s story here.
How did you come to work for Giant Eagle?
Dean, Distribution Supervisor at Fresh Foods Manufacturing in Freedom, PA
I’ve been with the Company twice. In 2004, I worked at OK Grocery for two years. An opportunity came up that I couldn’t pass up, so I took it, but I came back about three years later to Fresh Foods Manufacturing. I’m a Distribution Supervisor. I make sure that the flow of work goes through, that the Team Members are happy, and that we are all living our Core Values every day. I try to embody the “Step Up” Core Value. We take care of each other and I try to listen to the Team Members. We just incorporated a four, ten-hour work week recently. We were hearing that the Team Members weren’t getting a lot of home time, so we came up with a work week made up of four, ten-hour days, so that two out of the three weeks they get a long week. Everyone seems to be enjoying that right now, and we’re seeing happier Team Members, which is important. Your team can either make or break you, and if you’re team isn’t happy, you’re not going to get the work done.
Why have you chosen to stay with Giant Eagle?
The Company, and specifically my direct manager, give me the freedom to be flexible. We don’t have a rigid structure that only allows one way to do things. I have the freedom to try new things and try to improve processes. I’m big on process improvement and figuring out what we can do better tomorrow.
What do you love most about being a Distribution Supervisor?
The people. The GetGo Distribution Team is what I love most about my current role. Everyone works together, whether it’s the supervisors, leadership or the newest Team Member brought on board. Every day is a good day. I try to focus on the positives instead of the negatives.
Have you participated in any activities outside of your day-to-day work?
I volunteered for a fundraiser that benefited the United Way. We had a cookout here at Fresh Foods Manufacturing and I cooked all the hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill outside and the Team Members here were able to purchase the food and all the proceeds helped to support the United Way.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about Giant Eagle?
I think sometimes people go to our stores and just expect to see the product on the shelves, but I don’t think they realize the detail that the Company puts in to make sure that good quality products get delivered to the stores. It doesn’t just happen on its own. The Company has high standards that we hold ourselves accountable to get things done.
“I make sure that the flow of work goes through, that the Team Members are happy, and that we are all living our Core Values every day. I try to embody the “Step Up” Core Value. We take care of each other and I try to listen to the Team Members.”