Mechanical Engineer

The Mechanical Engineer (ME) shall manage the strategy and full life cycle of equipment design, development, testing, manufacturer oversight and construction/installation for Peapod Digital Labs (PDL) and Peapod.com. This shall include research, analytics, conceptual design and planning requirements to assure that budgets and project timetables are met while managing strategic equipment projects using engineering principles and techniques in the areas of mechanics, thermal dynamics, hydraulics and material design. This position will also work with facility management and finance to complete analysis on project equipment design impacts to enhance productivity, throughput and network capacity to financially justify strategic equipment investments. The ME will advance PDLs level of professional engineering expertise by improving overall production equipment up-time, line efficiencies, reduced waste and added line capacity through the effective design of automated equipment and enhanced flow of product within each network facility while assuring that all regulatory requirements are met. This position shall also provide oversight to the obtainment of all government permits needed for project implementations as well as tax rebates afforded. This position shall design and approve modifications to existing product flow and equipment design to optimize costs for the organization. The ME will be the primary liaison with all external engineering firms and operations and will review and approve all automated equipment design elements. The role will also monitor all facility equipment systems to assure that theoretical design rates are achieved and shall measure the performance of all mechanical components. This role will develop and support design requirements and testing needed for ancillary equipment ranging from chill box and freezer designs, racking and conveyor designs, new tote designs, manual and automated push carts, transportation cargo rack designs as well as new innovations within Material Handling Equipment (MHE). The Mechanical Engineer will develop, implement and manage a professional network wide Preventative Maintenance Program (PMP) by managing local maintenance teams on the essentials of effectively managing the companies MHE and Refrigeration equipment and performance. Once the PMP program is established, this role will serve as the engineering arm for all new mechanical design and changes to existing designs in terms of continuous improvement. A significant amount of maintenance work is outsourced at PDL so effective management of Third Party engagements (e.g. Dematic, Conveyor Handling Company and Wynright) are essential functions of this role. Management of parts and assurance that all critical replacement parts are on-hand when needed to prevent downtime is a key component of managing Third Party and internal Operations maintenance teams.

 

 

 

What’s our Dish - About Us 

  

Announced in May 2018, Peapod Digital Labs is an Ahold Delhaize USA company that will serve as the engine that powers U.S. ecommerce and digital strategies. Peapod Digital Labs will accelerate growth in digital and personalization capabilities for the great local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA and will serve as the innovation lab for the U.S. portfolio of companies, driving digital and eCommerce innovation, technology and experience to meet the changing needs of customers of Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands, regardless of when, where and how consumers choose to shop. Peapod continues to be a consumer-facing eCommerce brand, and is part of Peapod Digital Labs, focused on growing Peapod sales to consumers. 

 

 

 

Recipe for Success - What's “in store” for the role  

 

 

Apply engineering principles and techniques in the areas of mechanics, thermos dynamics, hydraulics and material design.

Conduct research, analytics, conceptual design and planning requirements; including necessary CAD drawings.

Work with facility management and finance to complete analysis on project equipment design impacts to enhance productivity, throughput and network capacity to financially justify strategic equipment investments.

- Assure that budgets and project timetables are met while managing strategic equipment projects.

Engineer effective designs of automated equipment and enhanced flow of product within each network facility.

Provide oversight to local maintenance teams; including indirect reporting of the maintenance lead at Jersey City, NJ given the complexity and automation.

This position shall design and approve modifications to existing product flow and equipment design to optimize costs for the organization.

Serve as the primary liaison with all external engineering firms and operations and will review and approve all automated equipment design elements.

Provide oversight to the obtainment of all government permits needed for project implementations as well as tax rebates afforded; assure all regulatory requirements are met.

Effectively designs line equipment to increase line efficiency and throughput, performs analysis of structural design to assure long term viability of equipment and assures that theoretical capacities are achieved through effective equipment design.

This position shall approve any 3rd party analysis and equipment design. This position shall perform bottleneck analysis to recommend effective equipment designs and investments to increase throughout and storage capacities.

- Leads all design simulations run as in advance of investment proposal submissions to senior management.

Leads equipment negotiations with the support of sourcing resources to assure design specifications are met at the lowest total cost of long term ownership.

Keeps equipment (MHE and Refrigeration) operational on a continual basis by designing and negotiating preventative maintenance programs; following manufacturer's instructions and established procedures; requesting special services when needed.

Provides facility oversight of all refrigeration designs to meet regulatory requirements and to drive energy efficiency.

Support and monitor mechanical engineering inputs needed for Business Continuity, including Food Safety.

Manage contractual obligations and compliance; including management of key issues and resolution (e.g. Dematic).

Develop and execute a PM program across Peapod network; including quarterly audits to ensure compliance (including methods like FMEA).

Identify and monitor KPIs that indicate performance levels of critical equipment, including up time, line efficiency, frequency and duration of downtime events, energy usage, repair cost optimization, parts inventory etc.

- Prepares maintenance reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.

Provides training and guides local technicians; including service level commitments by Third Party providers (e.g. FIX 2, Dematic and Wynright).

Owns Peapod Enterprise Asset Management to track total asset base and full spare parts inventory across the facilities assuring that key replacement parts are on hand to avoid potential downtime while managing working capital.

Maintains Operating Asset Summaries of design capabilities in a standard format for all facilities to show targeted throughputs and capacities.

Maintains product and company reputation by complying with government regulations including OSHA and FDA and other relevant parties.

- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

 

 

 

 

The Essentials In Your Cart - The required ingredients 

 

 

Bachelor’s Degree (Mechanical Engineer required)

5-7 years in manufacturing or automated fulfillment facility

Certified Mechanical Engineer; CMfgE

Refrigeration and HVAC; including amonia systems

Engineering Design, Development and Testing

Certified with Fire Protection Systems and Equipment

Knowledgeable of electrical systems

Manage and facilitate maintenance teams (including Third Party)

AutoCAD Drawing

Advanced MS Excel

 

 

Extra Spices - What you should bring to the table  

 

- Strong analytical skills, including statistical analysis

- Oral and written communication skills

- Presentation skills

- Attention to detail

- Customer focus

- 25-50% Travel

 

 

Join Us at Our Table - PDL Life 

Peapod Digital Labs is forward thinking company with a strong heritage and recognizes who powers our progress – our people! We offer a great variety of benefits and perks to our employees that includes great choice of health care options, including PPO and HSA plans (with company contributions), dental, vision flexible spending accounts, a 401k with strong company match and immediate vesting, generous and flexible paid time off, and great employee discount on your groceries. Oh yeah, and snacks & drinks of course! 

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Technology we use

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Location

Right next to Union Station, we are easy to get too and surrounded by food in Downtown and the West Loop.

What are Peapod Digital Labs Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Perks + Benefits

Building a cutting edge eCommmerce center of excellence means our teams need to focus on their work challenges, not whether their benefits are activated. With a one-stop shop for online benefit management, competitive bonus potential, and a flexible, brand new office, our employees are able to focus on making the customer experience amazing.

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