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Essendant – Supply Chain Engineer 2

POC: Stacey White,
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At Essendant Inc., it is our intention to be the fastest and most convenient solution for workplace essentials. To do this, we need exceptionally talented, bright, innovative and driven employees. If you would like to be part of the team that helps unlock the potential of our customer-partners and those they serve, this is your chance to be involved. Essendant Inc. is a leading national wholesale distributor of workplace essentials, with consolidated net sales of $5.3 billion.  Essendant stocks a broad assortment of over 160,000 products, including technology products, traditional office products, office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies, industrial supplies, and automotive aftermarket tools and equipment.
Comprehensive Benefits Package
At Essendant, we offer our employees a wide-range of Medical and Dental options, as well as Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts.  Work/life balance is encouraged and we support that with Paid Vacations/PTO and Paid Holidays.  We promote growth by assisting with Tuition Reimbursement.  Our employees’ futures are important to us; therefore, we offer a 401(k) plan, Life Insurance, AD&D and more.
Primary Purpose
The Supply Chain Engineer 2 is responsible for leading, supporting and executing the continuous improvement plan for the Operations organization. This role is also responsible for achieving significant service, productivity and financial improvement results within the context of the Operations Shared Services department’s key strategic objectives and operating plan. The Supply Chain Engineer 2 plays a key role in developing and enhancing a culture of continuous improvement by leading improvement efforts and engaging the workforce in the application of process improvement methods and tools.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Maximize the performance of the field operations organization by creating innovative process improvement solutions and promoting the adoption of best practices and standard operating procedures. This will include new technology and up to date practices.
  • Ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships with leaders to influence and align people at all levels to support performance objectives.
  • Lead and support the application of quality systems and structured improvement business system frameworks (i.e. HPT, Lean, Six Sigma).
  • Partner with team members in the use of structured improvement system techniques like HPT, Lean, Six Sigma and other techniques.
  • Ability to take strong and sometimes contrary positions when required.
  • Identify and recommend new process improvements, supply chain opportunities, technological enhancements and workflow efficiencies.  Sell and influence positive change in the organization.
  • Provide tactical support for the facilities, allowing them to continue operating without interruption.
  • Promote a culture that fosters innovation and sharing best practices between facilities and across business units.
  • Find synergies and best practices among the multiple business units that drive cost savings, improve processes, and consistency of the customer experience.
  • Integrate systems across business units.
  • Understands and demonstrates Essendant’s Core Values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Ability to effectively apply Operations Research methods (mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and optimization) in a multi building distribution environment.
  • Expertise in measurement, data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation to support decision making or change management.
  • Strong ability to lead and work with cross-functional business and/or process teams.
  • Strong problem solving skills – inquiry, analysis, fact finding and solution identification.
  • Expert and proven workflow improvement ability.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate thoughts and sell ideas.
  • Solid understanding of continuous process improvement methodologies: 6 Sigma, Lean, etc.
  • Strong collaborative skills to interact with other functions.
  • Ability to learn new systems quickly and serve as a subject matter expert in a short timeframe
  • Strong time management skills and proven ability to work within constrictive timelines.
  • Working knowledge of analytical and programming tools such as Minitab, R, Visual Basic, etc.
  • Strong PC skills: Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong customer-focus.
  • Strong data collection/mining skills
  • Intermediate familiarity of industry trends.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, logistics, or related field. 
  • A minimum of two years of engineering experience in distribution and warehousing or in manufacturing with a focus on supply chain management required; four years of experience preferred.
We offer an exciting and challenging environment that encourages independent thinking, problem solving, and growth. We believe in giving back to our communities as well as others in need. We embrace diversity and believe our employees create a sustainable competitive advantage.  We adhere to the high standards of Our Guiding Actions and Our Values.
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Locations- Boston, MA: Cranbury, NJ: Suwanee, GA

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