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Industrial Labor Engineer

Naperville, IL
Why Work for KeHE?
  • Full-time
  • Pay Range: $72,863.00/Yr. - $106,786.00/Yr.
  • Shift Days: , Shift Time:
  • Benefits on Day 1
    • Health/Rx
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Flexible and health spending accounts (FSA/HSA)
    • Supplemental life insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Paid time off
    • Paid sick time
    • Short term & long term disability coverage (STD/LTD)
    • Employee stock ownership (ESOP)
    • Holiday pay for company designated holidays


    Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

    Sound good?

    KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

    Primary Responsibilities

    The Industrial Engineer is responsible for optimizing distribution center operations across multiple sites by applying their expertise of Red Prairie/JDA/Blue Yonder Labor Management, time studies, AutoCAD, and Lean engineering principles. This role will play a critical part in improving efficiency, reducing operational costs, and enhancing overall performance within our distribution network. As with all positions at KeHE Distributors, we expect that all actions will be consistent with KeHE's Mission, Vision, and Values.

    Essential Functions

    • Develops and implements labor standards, accurate labor forecasting, performance tracking, and workforce optimization by utilizing Blue Yonder or other labor management software.
    • Conducts time studies to establish accurate baseline data for operational processes and identifies areas for improvement and efficiency gains.
    • Utilizes AutoCAD software to design and layout efficient distribution center floor plans to optimize space utilization and flow of materials.
    • Maintains Engineered Labor Standards through the following processes:
      • Develops engineered labor standards for new processes and facilities.
      • Conducts time studies to update and validate engineered / RE standards (MSD / PST / MOST).
      • Manages existing standards and periodically verify standards and observation methods.
      • Identifies and implements improvements in preferred methods, procedures, equipment, or workflows.
      • Conducts supervisor and employee meetings to review enhancements to procedures, equipment, and/or standards.
      • Maintains LMS by ensuring any changes to existing standards or new standards are accurate and updated.
      • Maintains complete records of all time studies or other data used to change standards.
      • Maintains Labor Standards to reflect changes in preferred methods, equipment, or standards.
    • Stays up to date with industry trends and best practices in distribution and process engineering to proactively identify innovative solutions.
    • Other duties and projects as assigned.

    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written.
    • Proficiency in using JDA/Blue Yonder Labor Management software for labor forecasting, scheduling, and performance management.
    • Strong knowledge in conducting time studies, process analysis, and workflow optimization.
    • Advanced skills in AutoCAD for creating efficient distribution center layouts and floor plans.
    • Knowledge of Lean principles and experience implementing Lean projects.
    • Ability to manage and lead projects across multiple locations ensuring consistent implementation and successful outcomes.
    • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Power BI, Access).
    • Ability to travel 25%-70% required with periodic, multi-state travel which may include transport by airplane, rail, rental, or personal motor vehicle.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects or tasks simultaneously.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and in a team environment.

    Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

    • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or a related field is required.
    • Minimum of 4+ years of experience in industrial engineering with a focus on JDA Labor Management, time studies, AutoCAD, and Lean engineering principles.
    • Lean training and/or certification preferred.

    • Work performed is typically performed in a temperature-controlled environment.
    • Must sit, stand, or walk for extended periods.
    • May spend long periods at a desk or computer terminal.
    • May use calculators, keyboards, telephones, and other office equipment during workday.
    • Stooping, bending, twisting, and reaching may be required in the completion of job duties.
    • Work is fast paced; occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

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