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Mechanical Handling Equipment Solutions Manager - Automation / Manufacturing


Vacancy Description

My client designs and builds highly automated, cutting edge, distribution centres - probably the most advanced of their type in the world.. They also develop and implement fulfilment solutions for clients both in the UK and internationally for which they use a mix of proprietary and externally sourced mechanical handling solutions.

The scope of this role is to validate and approve the concept design then manage the sourcing, tendering, commercials and detailed design of any externally sourced mechanical handling equipment required to service an automated warehouse (CFC)  project.

You will be a part of the Design team, who in turn are part of Logistics Projects group. The Design team are responsible for designing Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFC) for home use and their clients. This includes:

  • Identifying and agreeing business requirements and metrics
  • Modelling site sizes, building, assets and mechanical handling equipment requirements
  • Developing and evaluating concept level designs of mechanical handling equipment and operational process / layout designs and agreeing with stakeholders / clients
  • Ensuring designs fulfil business requirements and are productive, safe and value for money

Role and Responsibilities

  • Review and agree concept designs for externally sourced mechanical handling equipment
  • Prepare and Issue tender documentation
  • Manage the supplier tender process
  • Manage the commercial and vendor selection process to contract / order
  • Manage the MHE project during the vendor’s detailed design phase including agreement of the Functional Design Specification
  • Handover the project prior to others for installation & commissioning
  • Identification, assessment and agreement of any new vendors
  • Act as a centre of excellence for externally sourced MHE within the Design team, supporting and mentoring other designers in best practises and technical content
  • Identify and progress opportunities to develop the solutions and challenge vendors and internal stakeholders in order to reduce capital and whole life costs, improve ergonomics, safety, integration, maintainability etc

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A degree calibre individual – ideally with an engineering degree which includes mechanical and electrical elements
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels both internally and externally and influence others to discuss and form agreement
  • Project Management experience on automation, mechanical handling or production facility projects
  • Confidence, adaptability and flexibility to deal with changing priorities, requirements and workloads in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in holding commercial responsibilities (contracts, negotiating pricing, terms etc)
  • Experience in forming business cases, paybacks etc
  • Good general numerical and analytical skills
  • Previous MHE / Conveyor experience in a supplier environment would be desirable
  • Good working knowledge or understanding of PLC architect (ideally Siemens) would be desirable

Application Process

If you have the above skills and wish to be considered for this position or find out more details then please submit your CV.

We will endeavour to contact all applicants however if you do not hear from me within two weeks then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful.

  • Contact: Paul Leyshon

This position is now closed.

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