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Industrial Engineer

Company Name: Kroger General Office
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt



Position Summary:

Utilize industrial engineering (IE) technologies and methodologies to evaluate current processes, equipment and systems to determine areas of improvement that will enhance the customer shopping experience, product quality and freshness while eliminating inefficiencies. Provide leadership and collaborate with key stake holders and business partners to design, develop, test and deploy innovative, cost effective and efficient processes. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead and participate in the identification, prioritization, implementation, and control of cost reduction and process improvement initiatives using lean processes
  • Identify innovative approaches to company-wide store issues that create opportunities for breakthrough process improvements that positively impact the customer shopping experience, safety, product freshness and food safety.
  • Provide statistical analysis reports evaluating the efficiency of current processes, procedures, equipment and associates
  • Establish work measurement programs and collect and analyze data; develop and maintain key performance indicators and metrics
  • Develop and implement direct labor standards for costing, staffing, and evaluating performance
  • Provide crucial maintenance support to the labor standards program including process and methods auditing of the stores
  • Develop scope and charter definitions for projects
  • Conduct feasibility studies of varied projects to determine the worth of an investment and provide justification for capital appropriations
  • Evaluate vendor and supplier proposals for new equipment purchases to ensure increased efficiency and evaluate the equipment’s contribution to cost saving measures
  • Serve as a liaison to Retail Operations peers, other department leaders and executive leadership
  • Provide IE support to stores lagging in attainment rates including methods and procedural issues, store profile audits, task requirements, and other areas
  • Travel to retail locations and offices to support process improvement initiatives and improve efficiencies by reducing waste of time, money, materials, energy and other resources
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering or a closely related field
  • 2+ years progressive industrial engineer project work in a complex, integrated retail network
  • Broad background in industrial engineering technology, application and project management
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work well within project teams
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Effective planning, negotiating, decision-making, problem-solving, and organizing skills
  • Able to utilize all work measurement tools available (i.e. MTM, MOST, Time Study, Analysis)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to earn Lean/Six Sigma belt certification within one year
  • Ability to travel independently (up to 30%)

Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Experience in retail operations planning
  • Extensive process engineering background
  • Master’s degree in engineering, engineering management, a related field or an MBA
  • Lean/Six Sigma training/certification


Education Level: Master's Desired
Required Travel: Up to 50%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
 Regions: Any; General Office- Cincinnati; Mid-Atlantic; Midwest; Mountain; South; West


Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world's largest retailers, we employee more nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.


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 local banner names 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:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger General Office || [[mfield2]] || Digital/e-Commerce; Engineering & Operations; Friendly & Experience; Operations; Retail Operations; Store Operations || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

Job Segment: Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Food Safety, Lean Six Sigma, Engineering, Quality, Management