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Sr. Director of Design Engineering and Activation

Irving, TX
• Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent.
• 10 or more years of combined experience in plant layout & design, material handling, automation, manufacturing, supply chain, or distribution and logistics industries
• Proven multi-year project management experience implementing multi-million dollar, complex capital equipment & systems, demonstrating influence and leadership.
• Exceptional analytical and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to manage several complex projects at the same time with high degrees of variation and uncertainty
• Candidate must be capable to work with little or no supervision or direction and will be given considerable latitude in decision making
• Proficiency with standard project planning software applications, Excel, CAD (should be capable of developing an integrated automation layout)
• Exposure to Six Sigma, Lean Operations, Black-Belt certified, experience in transportation/logistics, distribution/ fulfillment centers
• Ability to travel at short notice – Up to 50% (travel intensity varies by project phase)

Job Description 
• Be responsible for an Engineering Organization that will eventually have 20+ Team Members
• Be responsible for a spend of $1B+ in standing up ~14 Greenfield Omnichannel Distribution Centers
• Design, build, improve, and innovate order fulfillment infrastructure throughout the supply chain network
• Manage, design, and implement medium scope integrated automation projects with system elements such as high speed sortation, multiple conveyors, package lines and/or robotic work cells
• Directly managed and responsible for cumulative automation project budgets of ~$150MM
• Analyze business & operations requirements to generate supply chain automation concepts, develop and present multiple solution options.
• Lead system commissioning and predefined testing activities, including administering the plan, interpreting statuses, and reporting results.
• Proven technical leadership for large-scale industrial engineering projects
• Demonstrated design and/or implementation with integrated automation solutions, such as complex material handling systems, high speed packaging lines, and manufacturing lines.
• Manage on-site vendors through their leads and escalate as required.
• Identify the materials to be handled and determine the throughput and storage requirements
• Model flow of materials to be handled and determine the throughput and storage requirements
• Evaluate issues and propose actionable resolutions to design problems.
• Identify and communicate needs for design improvements
• Specify storage solutions based on cubic space need, product velocity and cycle time goals
• Identify & evaluate supply chain automation & robotics technologies and solution providers
• Create detailed capacity throughput, cycle time, direct and indirect labor cost models
• Create process requirement and efficient material flows for the supply chain facility layout
• Prepare RFPs (Request for Proposal), respond to questions, lead reviews, and compare/ tabulate bids and make vendor recommendations based on technical qualifications.
• Collaborate effectively across all internal and external stakeholders including vendors, internal engineering team, operations and facility teams
• Monitor and enforce project schedules and quality with vendors or subcontractors.
• Lead and coordinate design and execution efforts between internal teams and outside vendors including equipment specifications, material flow, process design, and site layout.
• Develop and manage budget and contract documents including RFPs, change order controls, purchase orders, and invoicing.
• Coordinate with local site management to ensure proper operator training, procedural compliance, maintenance and safety practices are followed for new and existing equipment.
• Thoroughly document/investigate change requests and provide recommendations
• Identify and lead process improvement/ Kaizen initiatives in support of operations teams
• General knowledge of Distribution & Fulfillment operations with understanding of day to day workings and strategic Network planning
• Develop cross-functional knowledge of Start-Up team systems, processes, procedures, and tools
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