Senior Industrial Engineer

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Working as part of the Distribution Solutions team the candidate will be knowledgeable of Green/brown field developments.

Have the ability to conduct a review within a Distribution Center with regards to understanding the facility design, material flow, process design, capacities and constraints.

Identify opportunities for improvements within distribution centers and build up a suitable business case & follow through on engagement, purchase and implementation of the solutions with appointed vendors.

The candidate will have a wide understanding of Labour Management solutions, implementation and monitoring. Ideally with Manhattan based system.

Close collaboration will be required with the DC managers as well as the local onsite Lean Teams.

An Industry wide knowledge of automated and manual distribution centers would be a requirement in this role as well as an understanding of current trends within these fields.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an outside consultant to warehouse operations by acting as a change agent for the business
  • Manage and/or conduct feasibility studies of various projects to determine the value of an investment and provide an economic justification for Business Cases.
  • Makes recommendations for investment in new technologies and improvement of efficiency within the warehouse workflow, including warehouse decision making capabilities, workplace safety, and customer service standards
  • Evaluate Labour Management systems including implementation, configuration, analysis of results and development of recommendations to the DC heads
  • Responsible for leading MHE work streams in capital projects from conception to final acceptance
  • Responsible for managing or running cost analysis relating to operational, technological, or labour cost.
  • Identify and evaluate problems and develop improvements to processes, layouts, internal flows, utilization, packaging material usage and methods of operations within a warehouse environment, making fact based recommendations to the lean organization.



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Key Relationships:

  • Internal – Distribution Center management (Inc. Lean Ambassadors) and Global Operations departments.  
  • External - Outside vendors as appropriate


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to utilize recognized industrial engineering techniques effectively to produce tangible results
  • Broad and deep knowledge of engineering and distribution operations combining theoretical and practical knowledge
  • Contributes significantly to the achievement of department and/or project targets
  • Proven ability to lead teams through direct reporting relationship, but also through matrix relationships
  • Makes day to day decisions for the engineering department in a complex business environment
  • Strong ability to identify, evaluate, and develop project solutions and recommendations
  • Strong project management and organization skills
  • Work is independent but requires collaboration across multiple departments
  • Advanced ability to analyze complex processes and drive positive change
  • Labour management experience, ideally with Manhattan based application
  • Focus on development and implementation of standardizing DC processes, MHE (Material Handling Equipment) and supplier harmonization.
  • As part of automated DCs, monitor Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) outputs as required.
  • Strong analytical abilities.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with an ability to influence across all levels of management
  • Thorough understanding of improvement tools as SIXSIGMA, Kaizen, 5S, time and motion studies
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally as needed.
  • Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, Access, etc.)
  • Fluent in English/German, verbal and written communication


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate university degree, with a focus in Industrial Engineering or closely related field or relevant warehousing experiences
  • 5 years engineering work experience, ideally in a distribution center environment
  • 2 years’ management experience required
  • Broad background in Industrial Engineering technology and applications
  • Experience with AutoCAD is desirable
  • Labour Management experience (Base and ELS standards) (MH based)
  • Six Sigma Green belt preferred

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Job Title:  Senior Industrial Engineer

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Suzhou
TEAM:  Supply Chain Management
State:  JS
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  315451
Date:  Sep 15, 2021