Job Description

Automation Process Engineer

Company Name: Kroger Logistics
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Lead the operational optimization process for an automated distribution center with a focus on continuous improvement, process engineering and maximizing throughput in collaboration with operations management and automation solutions providors. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide process engineering support for an automated distribution center
  • Analyze operational processes/equipment, complete root cause analyses and drive procedures to ensure equipment reliability and process stability
  • Improve the technical and operational capabilities of operations teams in order to achieve business goals
  • Identify/implement cost reduction improvements for both new and existing equipment/processes
  • Define, specify and communicate expectations for quality and throughput outcomes to operational teams
  • Ensure engineering solutions meet requirements for safety, cost, time, quality and throughput expectations
  • Assess risks/issues and make decisions with a sense of urgency
  • Use formal problem-solving techniques to identify/resolve complex problems
  • Identify and develop strategic initiatives and capital projects that enhance supply chain processes to meet growth and customer service objectives
  • Develop project components, including scope definition, sponsorships, timelines, vendor relationships, cross-functional department coordination and comprehensive return on investment (ROI) analyses
  • Actively seek and evaluate vendor qualifications through collaborations on project opportunities
  • Research, evaluate, justify and recommend capital improvements and upgrades
  • Set technical standards for safety, quality, maintenance, operating manuals and training programs in collaboration with the operational and corporate automation teams
  • Ensure all projects include risk analysis and contingency planning details to maintain services levels in the event of planned/unplanned interruptions or delays
  • Travel to collaborate with key stakeholders on process improvement opportunities and upgrades
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or 10 years of experience in process improvement/operational excellence project roles within the manufacturing and/or distribution sector
  • Proficient skills and knowledge of lean manufacturing and project management processes
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects/assignments
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to foster positive working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Strong technical background with advanced analytical and investigation skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency and applicable training in statistical problem solving methodologies and statistical process control
  • Experience successfully implementing continuous improvement programs using advanced techniques

Desired Previous Job Experience/Education:

  • Master’s degree
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to manager-level associates to achieve corporate goals
  • 10 years of Operations experience in automation systems environments
  • Six Sigma Green or Black belt certification


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time

Regions: Mountain


Jobs at Kroger Logistics: Kroger Logistics is a best-in-class supply chain team that services our more than 2,500 grocery and convenience stores that stretch coast-to-coast across the U.S., including Alaska. We are comprised of more than 30 distribution centers, regional freight centers, transportation and office locations. In Kroger Logistics, we offer career opportunities in Safety, Professional Driving, Warehouse Operations, International Logistics, Engineering, Supply Chain and Human Resources. If you are looking for an ever-changing, fast-paced environment focused on supporting our Customer 1St Strategy, we welcome your online application.


Company Overview
Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve customers in 2,782 retail food stores under a variety of in 35 states.  Our Family of Companies also operates 2,268 pharmacies, 274 fine jewelry stores, 1,489 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States.  Kroger is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit by serving America through food inspiration and uplift and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

 Posting Notes:  CO || Aurora || 1983 Tower Rd, Suite 100 || 80011 || Kroger Logistics || None || Engineering & Operations; Logistics/Supply Chain; Management || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Denver

Job Segment: Process Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Lean Six Sigma, Project Manager, Engineering, Management, Technology

Application Instructions

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