Industrial Engineer

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


The Industrial Engineer will identify, evaluate, and implement improvements to processing, distribution, packaging material, equipment, and methods of operations by using proven Industrial Engineering techniques. This position directly impacts the following KPIs: safety, cost per unit, quality, productivity, and throughput. To be successful, the Industrial Engineer will be able to design, quantify and implement systems or processes that improve productivity, reduce waste, are cost efficient and ensure quality. 


Key Responsibilities:


Continuous Improvement & Work Measurement

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in Industrial Engineering principles
  • Reduce overall operational cost by identifying opportunities to increase productivity and quality within the distribution centers
  • Improve leadership’s decision-making by providing recommendations based on data (e.g., models, reporting, analytics, layouts, etc…)
  • Identify and quantify constraints within the distribution centers and implement process improvements and technological upgrades to alleviate those constraints
  • Recommend methods for improving employee-level efficiency and reducing waste of materials and utilities, such as restructuring job duties, reorganizing workflow, relocating workstations and equipment, and/or the purchase of equipment
  • Participate in weekly operational performance meetings to provide expertise on opportunities for improvement
  • Manage process documentation, prepare reporting tools and maintain labor standards for designated job functions within the distribution center
  • Assist in maintaining and troubleshooting the Manhattan Labor Management productivity tracking software program
  • Interact with hourly distribution center employees to identify best practices and serve as a change agent
  • Monitor and facilitate the efficient utilization of the facility’s PIT fleet to maximize performance and reduce downtime
  • Perform other special projects or assignments for the Director or Senior Manager of Industrial Engineering


Project Management

  • Conduct feasibility assessments and create financial business cases for various projects to determine the value of an investment and provide an economic justification for capital appropriations
  • Lead and manage end-to-end small to mid-scale projects
  • Monitor project variables (cost, effort, scope, etc.) against the project plan, implement corrective actions and mitigations as needed
  • Ensure compliance to adidas & Supply Chain Management standards, (e.g., PMO, controlling standards)
  • Ensure compliance to adidas Procurement Policy and Procedures, (e.g., Vendor relationships and approval governance)
  • Manage project budget, tracking, and report monthly budget accruals and variances
  • Must interact and collaborate well with all levels of management


Key Relationships:

  • Supply Chain Management market-based teams
  • Local and Global IT
  • Respective business functions (GOPS, Finance, HR)
  • Supplier Management
  • External consultants (as needed)
  • External vendors (as needed)


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Broad background in Industrial Engineering technology and application
  • Strong experience in working on several projects simultaneously
  • Must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Must possess a continuous improvement mindset with critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with AutoCAD is highly desirable
  • Experience with WMS systems is highly desirable
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Troubleshooting skills with a key attention to detail 
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills
  • Project management skills
  • Must be able to drive change without direct authority
  • Thorough understanding of work measurement programs
  • Experience with developing and implementing direct labor standards for costing, staffing, and evaluating performance where required
  • Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required
  • Fluent English (verbal and written)
  • Must be able to stand/sit for extended periods and lift up to 50 lbs periodically


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidate should have a degree in Industrial Engineering or closely related field with 3 or more years of experience in a distribution center environment

Strong MS-Office skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project)



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Job Title:  Industrial Engineer

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Spartanburg
TEAM:  Global Operations
State:  SC
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  363379
Date:  Nov 6, 2021