Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

  • Sr. Application Engineer - Group Leader

    Posted Date 7 months ago(7 months ago)
  • Overview

    About SSI-Schaefer: SSI-Schaefer is the world’s largest provider of automated technology and integrated system solutions (i.e. the art of combining multiple technologies to solve specific business needs in large storage and distribution systems). See details of system integration online at:


    Position Description: The Systems Engineer Group Leader is a leadership function requiring knowledge in a broad range of distribution processes, the mathematical theories that drive those processes and the technology concepts that can be applied to those processes. The Systems Engineer Group Leader heads a team of applications engineers in support of the Automated Systems Division. 


    Specifically, the Systems Engineer Group leader will:


    • Provide leadership and direction to a group of applications engineers in relation to system design
    • Be responsible for applications engineer training within their group
    • Work with customers to develop an understanding of their business and operational needs
    • Develop system conceptual solutions appropriate for a customer’s business and operational needs
    • Analyze/guide analysis of customer data to determine system requirements in terms of storage needs, throughput volume, item velocity zoning, etc.
    • Develop material flow diagrams and process flow charts
    • Select technologies and develop a cost effective, wholly integrated solution
    • Develop or oversee the development of system drawings (CAD)
    • Review overall system designs of others, owning the overall system architecture
    • Compile costing for the equipment and services proposed
    • Develop proposal documents describing system requirements, the proposed solution with scope of work, schedule, pricing, benefit analysis, return-on-investment, etc.
    • Present the solution to the customer (upper management and operations personnel)
    • Prepare requirements for simulation during project execution
    • Ensure that data sets and test cases used in project execution are representative and consistent with system design intent
    • Act as a consultant to the project engineering/execution team
    • Ensure that the system design processes and flows created in the sales phase are carried forward into project execution


    • Must have strong analytical (problem solving) capability; bachelor’s degree in engineering or related discipline preferred
    • Must possess strong business acumen, with the ability tie customer’s operational needs to the impacts of a conceptual solution
    • Must have excellent interpersonal relations skills and must act in a highly professional manner
    • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to listen to our customers and to translate their needs effectively through project meetings and written communication
    • Must be able and willing to teach and guide others within their group
    • Must be able and willing to travel to support customer visits (generally 2 to 3 trips per month for 1 or 2 nights per trip)
    • Must be able to obtain a passport for international travel
    • Must be able to travel internationally for 1 to 2 week periods, mostly in Europe
    • Must be responsible and efficient in their use of time and support resources
    • Must have strong computer skills with proficiency in MS Word and Excel and should have proficiency in PowerPoint, Project and MS Access (including the ability to develop database queries)
    • Must have a knowledge of material handling and material handling technologies, process management & improvement and system analysis
    • Must have experience and proficiency in AutoCad or CAD related software
    • Must have 3-5 years of applicable experience


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