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Business Process Engineer

Company: Americold Logistics
Location: North Little Rock
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

Overview

Americold provides temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation to food producers, restaurants, schools, and retail outlets such as grocery stores. We're proud to provide an essential link in the food industry supply chain and to help put food on tables around the world. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates temperature-controlled warehouses around the world. We have over 16,000 associates and offer a wide variety of career opportunities - from warehouse forklift operators and supervisors to accounting, administration, business development, customer support, engineering, transportation, and technology solutions positions.

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibility: Utilize Industrial Engineering and Business Process/Continuous Improvement techniques to improve facility operations through process improvement, metrics reporting/visibility, inventory control methodology, and labor management practices. Ensure new and existing facility success through testing of systems and automation that yield best practices and standardized operations. Work with Warehouse Management System (WMS) Configuration and Training and Support teams whose purpose is to provide configuration solutions and WMS processes to maximize efficiency of work processes in office and warehouse floor. Assist in planning and executing WMS conversions along with orchestrating User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on site. Essential Functions: Function as the Process Readiness workstream owner for warehouses, current and future designs, will operate with our core processes and systems Partner with Engineering Solutions, Program Management Office (PMO) and other cross-functional teams to support major, complex new business launches and conversions Act as Subject Matter Expert on all current operational processes (including nuances across WMS's) and future designs; work with operations, design engineering, and Industrial Engineering (IE) labor teams to understand work methods, process steps, and labor practices Act as functional test lead owner on complex programs, working with operations, project managers, and super-users, to run all scenarios and test scripts required prior to launch/turnover Lead/support all major WMS and other systems conversions for our sites to ensure launches occur without systems bugs/misses that affect customer service Lead the testing and deployment of the company's automation designs by supporting the PMO teams as functional test lead and owner Design, document and lead User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and Operational Readiness Tests (ORTs) to blend the delivery of automation, workstations and human interaction Support Integrated Detailed Design (IDD) and deeper engineering efforts with the Engineering Solutions teams to support supplier selection, Warehouse Execution System / Warehouse Control System (WES/WCS) software design, process layout and functional flow of new automated sites. Lead the technical writing of the process sections of the Description of Operation (DOO) that acts as an owner's manual delivered to operations management; show how the design, process, people and technologies combine to run the building. Work with Information Technology (IT) WMS/WES architects to become WMS and automation software super-user, prior to launch Work with Americold IT and external automation companies to setup data and test environments to test all code via scenarios and PMO methodology, prior to rollout in production; participate in conference room pilots and code rollout sessions Review, edit and conduct Quality Assurance (QA) on all technical documents provided by automation provider around their WES/WCS functionality including, Functional Specification Document, Software Specification, and Hardware Specification. Support Systems PM's and leadership on launches and conversions in development, configuration, hardware deployment, bug tracking, resolution and training. Support facility launches and go-live periods during ramp-up, typically 3-6 months, overseeing process and training rollout to operations; handoff all best practices, training documents, tools, automation commissioning/testing and tested systems to avoid disruption of service Ensure inventory is synchronized between the automation systems and the WMS; train research teams to understand discrepancies and resolve Plan all test scenarios/scripts and schedule UAT resources for all Advanced Technology and Automation go-lives and support. Act as the principle process owner of how the WMS should work and operate Partner with the WMS and Labor Management System (LMS) deployment team to complete the Gap analysis of the future WMS implementations to the base configuration to identify process gaps between the site and the approved processes. Partner with the IE team to scope and design improvements to the legacy WMS and prepare Return on Investment (ROI) documentation. Champions WMS improvements and represents the business in all future development work. Work closely with Operations Management, Program Management, and System Project Managers to ensure successful go-live preparations and go-lives. Play an active role in developing, maintaining and documenting all WMS processes and procedures to ensure adherence to the Americold Operating System standards. This includes general Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as site or customer specific processes and procedures. Other duties as requested.

Qualifications

Qualifications & Experience: Education, Training & Professional Experience: Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering or Systems Engineering 5+ years of related experience Experience launching large systems and physical programs including WMS conversions, automation go-lives and/or labor management implementation Operations Management and leadership preferred Proficient computer skills, experience in MS Office, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, AS400 and Red Prairie/JDA WMS, LMS. Proficient with data mining, SQL/database query/information extraction, AS400, RF Scanning and WMS/WFM systems Technically advanced in implementing and managing warehouse systems and controls. Automation experience a plus Technical skills in industrial engineering, management, quality assurance and costing required. Knowledge & Employment Standards: Excellent time management, communications, decision-making, organization, human relations, presentation, negotiation, and mediation skills Ability to communicate professionally, both written and verbal with individuals at all levels of the organization and with external contacts Ability to communicate effectively to direct and motivate the team and others, maintaining a persuasive and credible presentation style at all levels of the organization Proven knowledge of state/federal standards and regulations Proficient knowledge of safety/training management Progressive, flexible and team-oriented approach desired Possess a proactive approach with strong customer service orientation Demonstrates uncompromising level of integrity and code of ethics and maintain a high degree of confidentiality Must be able to travel at an estimated 50-75% of the time, including extended periods during go-live launches of new business; some international travel may be required. Physical Requirements & Abilities: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Requires the ability to sit for long periods of time, with frequent interruptions Requires several hours per day of sitting, getting up and down from chairs, and reaching, or bending Requires manual dexterity with normal hand and finger movements for typical office work Talking, hearing, and seeing are important elements of completing assigned tasks Requires frequent travel by automobile and airplane up to 75% of the time Required to visit facility operations in temperatures at or below freezing Frequently carries loads related to travel and occasionally lifts, carries, positions, or moves objects weighing up to 20 pounds Requires the use of various electronic tools Occasionally works evenings or weekends in order to complete objectives or to attend meetings Requires the ability to relate to others beyond giving and receiving instructions: must partner with colleagues without exhibiting behavioral extremes Requires the performance of work activities including reasoning, negotiating, instructing, persuading, or speaking with others; and respond appropriately to constructive feedback from executive management Americold is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. EOE/AA M/F/D/V DFW. Responsibilities Primary Responsibility: Utilize Industrial Engineering and Business Process/Continuous Improvement techniques to improve facility operations through process improvement, metrics reporting/visibility, inventory control methodology, and labor management practices. Ensure new and existing facility success through testing of systems and automation that yield best practices and standardized operations. Work with Warehouse Management System (WMS) Configuration and Training and Support teams whose purpose is to provide configuration solutions and WMS processes to maximize efficiency of work processes in office and warehouse floor. Assist in planning and executing WMS conversions along with orchestrating User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on site. Essential Functions:Function as the Process Readiness workstream owner for warehouses, current and future designs, will operate with our core processes and systemsPartner with Engineering Solutions, Program Management Office (PMO) and other cross-functional teams to support major, complex new business launches and conversionsAct as Subject Matter Expert on all current operational processes (including nuances across WMS's) and future designs; work with operations, design engineering, and Industrial Engineering (IE) labor teams to understand work methods, process steps, and labor practicesAct as functional test lead owner on complex programs, working with operations, project managers, and super-users, to run all scenarios and test scripts required prior to launch/turnoverLead/support all major WMS and other systems conversions for our sites to ensure launches occur without systems bugs/misses that affect customer serviceLead the testing and deployment of the company's automation designs by supporting the PMO teams as functional test lead and ownerDesign, document and lead User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and Operational Readiness Tests (ORTs) to blend the delivery of automation, workstations and human interactionSupport Integrated Detailed Design (IDD) and deeper engineering efforts with the Engineering Solutions teams to support supplier selection, Warehouse Execution System / Warehouse Control System (WES/WCS) software design, process layout and functional flow of new automated sites.Lead the technical writing of the process sections of the Description of Operation (DOO) that acts as an owner's manual delivered to operations management; show how the design, process, people and technologies combine to run the building.Work with Information Technology (IT) WMS/WES architects to become WMS and automation software super-user, prior to launchWork with Americold IT and external automation companies to setup data and test environments to test all code via scenarios and PMO methodology, prior to rollout in production; participate in conference room pilots and code rollout sessionsReview, edit and conduct Quality Assurance (QA) on all technical documents provided by automation provider around their WES/WCS functionality including, Functional Specification Document, Software Specification, and Hardware Specification.Support Systems PM's and leadership on launches and conversions in development, configuration, hardware deployment, bug tracking, resolution and training.Support facility launches and go-live periods during ramp-up, typically 3-6 months, overseeing process and training rollout to operations; handoff all best practices, training documents, tools, automation commissioning/testing and tested systems to avoid disruption of service Ensure inventory is synchronized between the automation systems and the WMS; train research teams to understand discrepancies and resolvePlan all test scenarios/scripts and schedule UAT resources for all Advanced Technology and Automation go-lives and support.Act as the principle process owner of how the WMS should work and operatePartner with the WMS and Labor Management System (LMS) deployment team to complete the Gap analysis of the future WMS implementations to the base configuration to identify process gaps between the site and the approved processes.Partner with the IE team to scope and design improvements to the legacy WMS and prepare Return on Investment (ROI) documentation. Champions WMS improvements and represents the business in all future development work.Work closely with Operations Management, Program Management, and System Project Managers to ensure successful go-live preparations and go-lives. Play an active role in developing, maintaining and documenting all WMS processes and procedures to ensure adherence to the Americold Operating System standards. This includes general Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as site or customer specific processes and procedures.Other duties as requested.

Keywords: Americold Logistics, North Little Rock , Business Process Engineer, Other , North Little Rock, Arkansas

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