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Sr. Industrial Engineer

Company: United Natural Foods Inc
Location: Eden Prairie
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Position Purpose:

Primary purpose is to lead all process engineering activities and establish a process improvement discipline in support of warehouse operations. Will work with the Operations team in a number of distribution centers across the company to improve efficiency, maintain labor standards, and reduce costs. Expertise will be used to develop and implement national/regional projects and strategies.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Operations Management to drive safety, quality, productivity, utilization, and efficiency of the work force.
  • Ensure engineered labor standards are fair and attainable.
  • Perform time study analysis and summary reporting; Ability to calculate performance by element and overall performance for both associate and overall sample group.
  • Recommend and implement continuous improvement initiatives based on economic risk analysis and return on investment calculations.
  • Development labor standards utilizing MOST and stopwatch studies; document labor standard data and maintain the integrity of values in LMS (Labor Management System).
  • Document process changes and update SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) as needed.
  • Educate operations staff on lean principles; work sampling, root cause analysis, 5S, and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Train front-line employees on the basics of labor standards; Train operations staff on the development and maintenance of labor standards.
  • Identify operational bottlenecks and develop, analyze, and present solutions.
  • Analyze work force staffing, facility layout, and operational data such as process flow charts, supply chain costs, and distribution schedules, to determine efficient utilization of workers and equipment.
  • Serve as technical expert on specialized projects or programs; act as advisor to management and/or customers.
  • Conduct ergonomics evaluations; recommend and implement improvements to work area designs.
  • Assist in warehouse layout and racking configuration and implementation.
  • Develop and maintain key performance indicator charts/graphs.
  • Identify capacity impacts to distribution centers associated with varying parameters within the supply chain.
  • Establish engineered labor standards using MOST, full cycle frequency studies across all operational processes.
  • Assist the distribution, transportation and supply chain management team in developing long-term sustainable competitive-advantage strategies that align with and support the business objectives.
  • Perform duties in accordance with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) policies and procedures, as appropriate for location.

Job Requirements:

  • This position will require travel (75%)


  • Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering or equivalent college training and experience.
  • Six Sigma Black / Green Belt preferred.
  • MOST or comparable pre-determined time motion system.


  • Knowledge of Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management Systems (TMS)
  • Demonstrate strong warehouse operations knowledge at the functional level of detail.


  • 8+ years relevant work experience required, may act as Lead.
  • Industrial engineering experience conducting time studies, process improvements, and network optimizations.
  • Previous experience with distribution planning models (staffing, productivity, capacity planning etc.)
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in strategic rationalization of distribution network footprint, automation concepts relating to eliminating manual tasks, experience with transportation operation concepts.


  • MS Office Suite with strong MS Excel and PowerPoint skills, MS Access, Visio, and AutoCAD.
  • Ability to take ideas from concept to implementation and influence decision making with all stake-holders.
  • Ability to drive process improvements and work within a team to resolve problems.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple and concurrent priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professional attitude and approach with ability to interact with individuals at various levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a dynamic environment.
  • Project Management / Leadership skills a plus.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UNFI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all. - M/F/Veteran/Disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Additional Information

  • Additional Locations: United States of America, Rhode Island, Providence
  • Schedule: Full-time

Keywords: United Natural Foods Inc, Eden Prairie , Sr. Industrial Engineer, Other , Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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