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Senior Design Engineer

Atlanta, Georgia

Job Type: Hybrid

Job Category Manufacturing/Production Brand NAPA Auto Parts
Job ID R24_0000005907 Status Full time

Position Mission:

This position will provide CAD (Computer-aided Design), visualization, and simulation engineering expertise across supply chain engineering functions to help transform the GPC supply chain to a competitive advantage for the company.  The person in this role will apply CAD and visualization software tools and supply chain engineering expertise to assist in design of workstations, automation systems, whole buildings, and site designs to support GPC supply chain growth.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design, develop and implement innovative warehouse automation system solutions including storage systems, material handling equipment and automation.

  • Create, maintain, and update CAD drawings to demonstrate designs of supply chain systems & buildings.  

  • Create concept, design approval, and IFC (issue-for-construction) drawing sets for systems, modules, whole buildings, and building sites to include logistics truck/trailer yards.

  • Generate engineered drawings in plan-view, elevation view, and 3D.

  • Utilize visualization tools to create dynamic fly-through visuals of concept designs, integrating multiple technical supply chain solutions.

  • Establishing and document engineered standards for supply chain facility drawings.

  • Utilize software systems to generate Flow analysis of concept designs, identification congestion points in product flow.

  • Utilize simulation systems to perform bottleneck & cycle time analysis

  • CAD drawing generation for consolidation of vendor drawings, vendor red-line reviews, and composite drawing consolidations

  • Cross functional team leadership to drive alignment on design scope and design deliverables

  • Cross functional leadership and partnering on overall DC network design, including node type and location for key logistics operations

  • Leadership and mentoring of junior engineers.

  • Coordination & maintenance of CAD and software licensing, hardware requirements and user requirements.

  • Cross training of CAD to the engineering team

Professional Skills/Experience/Education

  • Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

  • Proficiency in AutoCad and 3D drawing generation

  • Proficiency in 3D visualization and fly-through video creation for concept designs

  • 5 years of engineering work experience OR equivalent internship experience (Distribution, Fulfillment or Manufacturing)

  • Experience in Distribution or Fulfillment facility design, or manufacturing supply chain operations design

  • Experience in evaluating and implementing Automation solutions

  • Strong analytical skills with proficiency in Engineering economics, simulation modeling, and advanced data and analytics


  • Masters in Engineering or MBA

  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency with statistical analysis

  • Experience in Value Stream Mapping

  • Experience working in a performance excellence organization (Lean, Six Sigma, etc.)

Data and Digital Literacy: Leverages data analysis tools to explore highly complex data, develops and tests hypotheses, uses data to influence strategic work, and builds and presents insights. Identifies, implements, and drives technology change within scope of work. Uses visualization tools to represent data and construct coherent stories to influence decisions.

Advanced Analytics: Applies data analysis and data modeling techniques to establish, modify, and maintain data structures and associated components. Utilizes designated data analysis software (both internal and external) to analyze business data. Applies specific computing languages and tools in machine learning (for example, R, Python). Supports the identification and application of statistical techniques based on requirements Conduct statistical experiments (for example, hypothesis tests, confidence intervals) and builds statistical models.

Process Flow Design: Interprets information to quantify the anticipated outcome of supply chain decisions. Can understand and perform typical tasks associated with receiving, put away, picking, and shipping product.  Can identify and understand sources of loss across the end-to-end supply chain. Describes and improves basic logistical processes and subprocesses. Uses a variety of business process design tools and techniques. Examines, interprets, and explains workflow materials and documentation. Analyzes a process and associated business logic and offers recommendations based on analysis. Carries out business process design. Documents common obstacles and barriers for effective implementation.

Automation Integration: Identifies common issues and considerations for bringing a new automation design to a facility. Works with teams to measure and manage project performance. Documents implementation plans and estimates for projects. Documents project implementation meetings, particularly status reports on next steps. Participates in the development of technology interfaces and bridges. Works with existing interfaces and integration and migration plans within assigned area. Prepares integration tests. Measures and compares results with established test criteria.

Automation System Design: Promotes the usage of automation technology. Participates in implementation and training. Conducts cost-benefit analyses of technology. Monitors actual versus planned. Consults on the use of advanced technology for automation of supply chain processes. Helps develop and implement long-range automation plans. Works with multi-function and automating machineries that perform multiple and complicated tasks enabling time reduction of supply chain processes.  Analyzes the feasibility, design, strength, and performance of automation equipment. Conducts investigations into faulty machine operation, equipment failures, and difficulties. Follows guidelines, standards, and safety procedures in the mechanical design process. Participates in designing, testing, implementing, monitoring, and repairing mechanical components.

Mechatronics: Creates views of objects in 2 and 3 dimensions. Creates perspective drawings and orthogonal views. Uses design and visualization to perform basic drafting (for example, wire frames, solid objects, array of objects). Flips and scales objects within drawings. Integrates multiple objects within the environment. Generates specifications for parts or components with design and visualization software. Participates in projects that modify existing electrical systems, equipment, and components. Assists in drawing circuit diagrams and defining electrical installation specifications. Operators Programmable Logic Controllers in order to communicate, monitor, and control automated processes (for example, assembly lines, machine functions, robotic devices). Performs the basic design, installation, maintenance and testing of electrical systems, equipment, and components.

Influential Communication: Organizes thoughts and communicates credibly and concisely in a matrixed organization. Presents to and influences teams, customers, and clients, conveying complex information clearly and accurately and addressing ambiguity in a constructive manner. Independently assembles and prepares reports, materials, and storylines that have a structure and logical flow and are based on relevant, fact-based information. Influences the teams and leaders to take meaningful action based on sound recommendations. Seeks and provides constructive feedback, anticipates needs/questions, and responds appropriately.

Project Management: Maintains open communication among project participants and interested parties. Identifies project risks and vulnerabilities. Creates contingency plans. Conducts regular and ad-hoc project reviews with project teams, sponsors, and clients. Plans, estimates, staffs, organizes, and monitors significant projects. Utilizes preferred tools, techniques, and methods for estimating project costs and timelines. Builds a strategic roadmap that identifies and leverages synergies. Communicates reporting requirements. Creates monitoring and control mechanisms.

Continuous Improvement: Streamlines the critical workflow for executing key processes. Develops methods for improving and establishing controls for critical processes. Sets priorities for addressing process problems that limit performance. Develops scenarios for various system interventions that can be tested, refined, and implemented over time. Facilitates a culture of continuous improvement and widespread systems thinking. Analyzes findings from improvement cycles to ensure the success of interventions. Clarifies cause/effect relationships among factors that impact organization performance.

Partnership and Collaboration: Builds, maintains, and enhances effective internal and external partnerships. Influences outcomes and assists in communicating shared goals with diverse groups and parties. Identifies and addresses additional partner needs and educates partners on value creation. Communicates with other individuals or teams to solve shared problems. Identifies how changes in business strategy impact talent and recruiting strategies. Consults regularly with leaders of business unit(s) to advise on strategic talent decisions. Brings ideas and solutions to the business and team members. Promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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