Global Engineering Director – Distribution

Columbia Sportswear - Portland, OR (30+ days ago)3.7

The Director, Global Engineering provides professional oversight to industrial engineering services for Columbia Sportswear’s global distribution operations by developing and maintaining production standards, conducting cost comparison studies and feasibility studies, and developing plant layouts, process flows, plant scheduling, and production routing procedures. Develop plant systems and methods, recommend equipment to assure the most economical packaging of products, storage and retrieval of material, and automated material handling equipment. Provide mentoring and necessary coaching to global engineering staff to further develop incumbent staff skill set. Contribute to positive morale by developing and maintaining fair and equitable standards structure. Develop and manage cross-functional and interdepartmental projects. As a senior group manager of Columbia Sportswear’s global distribution operations, work with other senior staff to provide direction and guidance for current and future distribution enhancements and process improvements.

  • Use engineering expertise to review and analyze current automated material handling equipment and recommend changes and improvements that increase productivity and contribute to cost efficiency.
  • Use project management skills in key, high level assignments involving design and development of new plant facilities, plant layout, production operations, and implementation of material handling systems.
  • Analyze production operations, determine and specify the most efficient operator methods, stock positioning, process flows, crew size, and individual workstation assignments.
  • Conduct time studies using standard data, MTM-1, and other acceptable methods to establish operational and production standards. Results are applied to both direct and indirect job functions and may be used to design, develop, and implement incentive programs which reward employee effort and contribute to plant efficiency.
  • Conduct studies and analyze various production operations; develop the most efficient material handling methods from the standpoint of equipment, machine capacities, tooling, setups, etc., on new products or new or changed methods necessitated by new equipment, engineering changes, or special requirements.
  • Supervise and mentor engineering staff to ensure smooth day-to-day operations, as well as providing support for improved/expanded or new operations. Supervise contract consultants and technical service providers, engaged in process and production improvement projects.
  • Supervise the maintenance and development of technical documentation, including the documentation of the associate incentive plan, and documentation of all methods, procedures and processes. Contribute to the development of test script and training documentation for system/process changes and the development of acceptance test plans.
  • Review and analyze operations, to include methods, procedures, systems, controls and equipment, to determine best flow of information and materials within and between facilities and departments.
  • Use computer knowledge and expertise to develop, implement and maintain computer systems and conveyor control systems that contribute to the overall effective information management and product processing for the distribution center.
  • Monitor and provide support for teamwork process at the facility. Includes developing and maintaining team standards, recording performance and quality statistics, assisting teams in problem solving and decision making, promoting development of methods within teams and coaching development and assisting the development of incentive system key points and review of rates.
  • Develop and submit budgets for all areas of responsibility including cost justifications for capital equipment.
  • Select and manage vendors and procure production equipment.
  • Maintain positive open lines of communication with all Columbia Sportswear management, staff and other departments in order to contribute to the smooth flow of information and efficient operation of the organization.
  • Ability to cope with a stressful work environment and cordially interact with coworkers to accomplish common tasks.

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering with Mechanical/Electrical working knowledge.
  • 10+ years of experience working at an advanced level as an industrial engineer in a distribution center environment, preferably in apparel or other consumer products.
  • 5+ years as an industrial engineering leader
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing work measurement standards, and successful project management experience.
  • Use engineering skills to analyze costs related to all aspects of production operations.
  • Effectively manage contracting processes related to vendor/purchasing contracts
  • Effectively supervise staff, assessing performance and supporting professional development. Plan, direct, and monitor department activities to accomplish established goals.
  • Analyze a variety of data reporting results to management.
  • Develop, maintain, and implement warehouse management software and other building computer systems.
  • Use knowledge of industrial engineering to make recommendations for improvements in material handling processes and equipment.
  • Read and analyze mechanical drawings and design various equipment and construction technical drawings.
  • Conduct business operations, manage interpersonal interaction of a highly complex and critical nature, develop and cultivate personal and professional relationships within the company, and effectively deal with work and time pressure in the efficient and effective accomplishment of job goals and objectives.
  • Must be able to travel internationally 20-25%

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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