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Principal Solutions Engineer

Date: Mar 11, 2019

Location: Southfield, MI, US, 48034

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 to old problems. As the Principal Solutions Engineer, you will be responsible for authoring and managing the preparation of innovative, timely, professional solutions for our customer’s supply chain challenges. You’ll also identify and manage the resources required to lower costs, improve service, and enhance operational effectiveness. If you’re ready to build a career you can be proud of—to go bigger and better—we have the opportunity for you to grow with 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, delivering value-added, comprehensive, and competitive solutions; support sales teams in authoring proposals for large, complex 3PL, 4PL, and LLP projects
  • Fully and accurately define supply chain requirements and the solution approach while ensuring the gathering of accurate information and performing detailed solution design
  • Develop value-added approach to supply chain challenges employing analysis, innovation, and experience within the target market; perform modeling or direct a modeling team for more complex solution design
  • Deliver qualitative and quantifiable supply chain value; describe the solutions and present to customer
  • 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 international and domestic
  • Experience with truck, ocean, rail, and air transportation; inventory management including DRP and MRP; warehouse site selection, material handling experience, facility design, and operations; consulting
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Access, Project, PowerPoint), Visio, and optimization tools like INfor Supply Chain Design and Transportation Planner (formerly SSA Global and CAPS Logistics) and/or i-Log and simulation tools (like AutoMod, Arena, etc.)
  • Proficiency with 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 best practices, warehousing, and transportation
  • Understand global trade requirements

It’d be great if you also have:

  • Master of Science or MBA
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to present clean, organized, and thorough information and data appropriate for intended audience
  • Familiarity with INCOTERMS
  • Proven leadership and collaboration skills with the ability to effectively supervise, coach, and influence employees
  • Strong business, financial, quality, and project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills, including spreadsheet and database

Be part of something big.

XPO provides cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the world's most successful companies, including Disney, Pepsi, L'Oréal, Toyota and many others. We’re the fastest-growing transportation company on the Fortune 500 list and we’re just getting started.

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.

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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