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Principal, Solutions Engineering

Date: May 5, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77066

Company: XPO Logistics

Logistics done differently.

At XPO Logistics, we look for employees who like a challenge and can think creatively to find new solutions for old problems. As the Principal Engineer, Solutions Engineering, you will be responsible for authoring and managing the preparation of innovative, timely, professional solutions for our customers’ supply chain challenges. You’ll also identify and manage the resources required to lower costs, improve service and enhance overall operational effectiveness. If you’re looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing, dynamic global company, join us at XPO.


Pay, benefits and more.

We are eager to attract the best, so we offer competitive compensation and a generous benefits package, including full health insurance (medical, dental and vision), 401(k), life insurance, disability and more.


What you’ll do on a typical day:

  • Write winning responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), including the delivery of value-added, comprehensive and competitive solutions; support sales teams in authoring proposals for large, complex third-party logistics (3PL), fourth-party logistics (4PL) and lead logistics provider (LLP) projects
  • Gather accurate information and perform detailed solution design to fully define requirements and recommend approach
  • Develop a value-added approach to supply chain challenges by employing analysis, innovation and experience within the target market; perform modeling or direct a modeling team for more complex solution design
  • Deliver qualitative and quantitative value; describe the solutions and present them to customers
  • Identify and implement improvements to existing operations
  • Perform analyses; understand the use of optimization/decision support tools to perform global supply chain studies, routing optimization and transportation rate analyses

What you need to succeed at XPO:

At a minimum, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 years of supply chain experience, preferably both domestic and international
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Access, Project, PowerPoint, Visio), optimization tools like Infor Supply Chain Design and Transportation Planner (formerly SSA Global and CAPS Logistics) and/or ILOG and simulation tools (AutoMod, Arena, etc.)

It’d be great if you also have:

  • MBA or Master of Science degree
  • Experience with truck, ocean, rail and air transportation; experience with inventory management, including DRP and MRP, warehouse site selection, material handling, facility design and operations, and consulting
  • Proficiency in logistics decision support systems in the areas of routing and scheduling, distribution network design, resource planning, load planning, warehouse design and inventory planning
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and supply chain, warehousing and transportation best practices
  • Proven leadership and collaboration skills with the ability to effectively supervise, coach and influence employees
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to present clean, organized and thorough information and data appropriate for intended audience 
  • Outstanding business, financial, quality and project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills, including solid spreadsheet and database knowledge

Be part of something big.


XPO is a leading provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. We help our customers manage their goods most efficiently using our technology and services. Our greatest strength is our global team – energetic, innovative people of all experience levels and talents who make XPO a great place to work.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, disability, veteran or other protected status.


XPO adheres to CDC, OSHA and state and local requirements regarding COVID safety. All employees and visitors are expected to comply with XPO policies which are in place to safeguard our employees and customers.


All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment may be required to take and pass a pre-employment drug test.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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