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Senior Principal Supply Chain Distribution/Warehousing Industrial Engineer

Careers that Change Lives

SUMMARY: Responsible for developing and implementing operation excellence standards in the distribution centers, develop and implement the latest warehouse automation technologies throughout the Global Distribution network, optimize the process flows within the “4-walls” of the warehouses and drive a continuous improvement culture in the regional operations. Collaborate with different regions and manage the sharing of best practices around the world.

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop a ‘best in class’ warehouse benchmark to measure DC productivity and costs and be able to initiate continuous improvement projects and reduce overall cost of operations.
  • Drive various Engineering studies across the regions to optimize the process flows to improve productivity and warehouse space configuration to improve space utilization.
  • Support regional operations teams in executing improvement ideas and track savings impact. Act as a liaison in sharing successful ideas and best practices on processes between distribution centers and regions.
  • Collaborate with regional leaders in evaluating latest automation technologies and developing a solution that optimizes the DC throughput, improves quality and overall operations.
  • Support global distribution teams in running the ‘Should Cost’ model during warehouse RFP process and also while evaluating cost performance of existing DCs.
  • Day in the Life

  • Conducts strategic supply chain analysis to foster a continuous improvement environment.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities for improving efficiency, effectiveness, and capabilities of the supply chain.
  • Develops and implements models, strategies and/or processes to optimize the supply chain function.
  • Conducts and/or manages strategic supply chain analysis.
  • Coordinates and integrates the flow of materials and information among suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and customers.
  • Sources, orders, supplies and delivers competitively priced raw materials, component parts and/or finished goods.
  • Develops plans related to volume and demand.
  • Takes responsibility for master scheduling, buyer analyses, order management, production scheduling, marketing logistics, customer fulfillment, and inventory management.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities for improving efficiency, effectiveness, and capabilities of the supply chain.
  • Develops and implements supply chain designs, models, strategies and/or processes to improve the business.
  • We reward you in the ways that matter most to you. We offer a wide range of benefits and rewards programs to recognize the important role you play in our Mission to transform healthcare. 

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    Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Requires a University Degree and minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience
  • Nice to Have


  • Deep expertise in lean methodology and Kaizen/ continuous improvement principles within distribution and warehouse operations.
  • Expertise in warehouse time standards, productivity benchmarks, and labor management methods.
  • Experience in warehouse flow design, automation technologies and space optimization.
  • Knowledge on different storage methods and material handling equipment.
  • Familiarity with development of warehouse cost models, RFP process with 3PLs.
  • A significant amount of experience in process improvements projects and Lean 6-sigma principles.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Broad background and experience in Distribution (preferably medical device). In depth understanding of operations administration functions including finance, IT, quality and regulatory, among others.
  • ***Remote Setup Position***

    About Medtronic

    Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

    We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

    Physical Job Requirements

    The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America) Additional Information

  • Posting Date: Jun 9, 2021
  • Travel: Yes, < 25 % of the Time
  • Senior Principal Supply Chain Distribution/Warehousing Industrial Engineer

    Medtronic, Belgium
    Supply Chain, Industrial Engineer, Engineering
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