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Ryder System Engineering Manager Automation in Indianapolis, Indiana

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The Automation Engineering Manager supports the development of the automation technology within Ryder’s Continuous Improvement culture across the all Business Unit’s/Vertical’s by actively promoting and facilitating the use of warehouse automation to support new business and existing operations. Drive change through focused CI efforts, through automation, to higher levels of performance in safety, quality, performance, cost and growth each and every day. Effectively engineering methodologies, tools, root cause analysis and waste reduction with a bias for action. This high influence position will interface with employee at all levels and various functions / departments across the business and within a facility. This position supports assigned VP of Operations (Business Unit/Vertical) and reports to the Automation Director. This individual must possess a willingness and desire to work directly with his/her cross-functional peers and their direct reports in the business units to define and set a strategy for engineering efforts and automation activities for new and existing operations.

Essential Functions

  • Support Continuous Improvement by identifying best opportunities for automating processes within Ryder distribution network. Providing Return on Investment analyses, implementation plans, and project management support throughout the validation and execution process. Analyses requirements require a strong analytical and engineering skill-set to calculate automation cost impacts, labor savings, and other financial and operational effects for any automated solution.

  • Support sales and RFP process by identifying potential automation technologies that provide value to the proposed solutions. Obtaining costs of implementation of these solutions by engaging automation/technology vendors and developing costs of proposed solutions, along with identifying timing and risk impacts. The automation engineer will then help coordinate execution plan with vendor and cross-functional Solutions Team to implement automation when it is applied.

  • The Automation Engineer will continually investigate new technology opportunities that become available in the market to ensure that Ryder is utilizing the highest value solutions offered. Validation of new technology and automation will be supported by the Automation Engineer through Proof of Concept implementations. These POC implementations will be driven by the automation team, as they will also coordinate the value-justification of the project with Senior Management and the cross-functional team involved.

  • Provide formal and informal training, coaching, mentoring to Ryder associates on available automation technologies that fit Ryder process profiles.

  • Support business start-ups, retrofits and expansions including pricing inputs, go-live and steady state certifications. Oversee all functions related to quality assurance and processes for a start-up or expansion.

  • Supervise a team of automation engineering professionals, make employment decisions (hire, promote, coach, development) and performance management. Manages multiple and complex Supply Chain projects. Regularly interacts with Senior Management and/or customer.

  • Develop advanced competency in wide range of engineering methods, Lean tools, and quality standards and coaches employees in the use and implementation of CI, Quality Assurance, & Lean principles. Applies company methodologies and tools and engineering methodologies/tools such as product slotting, studying labor standards (time studies), layouts and optimization of flow, data profiling and analysis, and resource modeling to improve distribution and/or transportation operations. Provide regular reports of data and actions to measure progress against the site objectives. Makes Inventory and/or Supply Chain strategy recommendations.

  • Serve as the business owner, establish and regulate the standards for Quality Management Systems based on company and/or industry standards. Oversee internal auditing to ensure regulatory compliance and certification. Facilitate regular Performance Reviews with operations leadership and monitor metrics. Develop/implement strategy to manage scope and meet customer expectations. Additional Responsibilities

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • Lean: Proficiency with: Creating Cell Designs, Managing Material Flow, Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD), Automation Design Specification Experience, Lean Mfg Systems, Developing and most important managing to: Leader Standard Work, Visual Management Systems and Management Accountability Systems, Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA).

  • Warehouse Engineering: Mastery with: Product Slotting, Distribution Center MHE, Studying Labor Standards (time studies), Distribution Layouts and optimization of flow, Warehouse Metrics, Headcount rationalization and forecasting, Data Profiling, Working with ambiguous data sets and customer requirements to develop a Supply Chain Solution, WMS Functionality and Processes required to implement engineering designs/solutions/proposals Aptitude to learn a new business and systems.

  • Effective interpersonal skills, Builds and manages effective teams, System and change implementation skills, Strong verbal and written communication skills..

  • Ability to create and maintain professional relationships within all levels of the organization (peers, work groups, customers, supervisors), Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, Flexibility to operate and self-driven to excel in a fast-paced environment, Capable of multi-tasking, highly organized, with excellent time management skills


  • Bachelor's degree required in Engineering, Business, Supply Chain Bachelors Degree or minimum of 10 years relevant work experience

  • Master's degree preferred in Supply Chain Management or Industrial Engineering

  • Ten (10) years or more in the Distribution, Warehousing and/or Manufacturing, Transportation, Supply Chain Logistics industry required

  • Ten (10) years or more in the Distribution, Warehousing, Transportation, Supply Chain Logistics industry preferred

  • Five (5) years or more in the Warehousing Automation, Autonomous Vehicles, and IoT technologies preferred

  • American Production Inventory Control Society (APICS) and/or Supply Chain Logistics Certification

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Job Category

Continuous Improvement

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