Director, Systems Design Engineering

    • Job Tracking ID: 512100-733718
    • Job Location: Hamburg , DEU
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 08, 2021
    • Years of Experience: More Than 15 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

For over 70 years, Fortna® has partnered with the world’s top brands to transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Fortna helps clients make and keep bold promises to their customers – fast, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment consistently at every touchpoint, across every channel. Fortna's expertise spans distribution strategy, distribution centre operations, material handling automation, supply chain systems and warehouse execution software systems. We built our firm on a promise – we develop a solid business case for change and hold ourselves accountable for results.

The Director, Engineering EMEA (Director, Engineering) is responsible for supporting strategic efforts, maximizing operational performance, and achieving financial goals within the EMEA region.  The Director, Engineering is responsible for the EMEA engineering team and coordinating global efforts with the head of Fortna engineering.  The primary focus is to actively manage all Material Handling Equipment (MHE) engineering disciplines for the successful delivery of our projects while also leading the continued build out of our engineering team. Disciplines within the department include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Application Engineering. The role will be accountable for all Fortna's EMEA Material Handling Systems engineering activities and be the gatekeeper for Quality Assurance regarding the solution’s adherence to the business case. The Director, Engineering must ensure that the optimum solution is being engineered within budget and schedule constrains is critical. This position will work with Software Engineering, Sales and EMEA Operations Design/DC Design teams on various projects and work to build strong working relationships with the leadership of the teams. Additionally, this role will identify new and emerging technologies to ensure that Fortna continues to display thought leadership in integrated design and delivery.


In addition to roles and responsibilities outlined in the position summary, primary role responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage workforce planning, succession and development for the Engineering department across the EMEA region.
  • Accountability for the delivery and quality of Fortna’s engineering solutions.
  • Expert assessment of large scale MHE systems with regards to functional and operational design.
  • Ensuring that Project Coordination of EMEA Operations Design/DC Design projects is occurring on all projects; leading and directing the Engineering teams and other support staff in development of DC Designs.
  • Building in quality control and mentoring Associates in engineering system designs.
  • Ensuring proper handling and relationship building with various Supplier Partners to support that team understands new technology, applications, and use.
  • Attending trade shows, focusing on material handling equipment and systems.
  • Determining which technologies are applicable to the design work of Fortna and work to integrate it into our design and pricing tools.
  • Working with Sales and Marketing teams to identify products, systems and tools which meet Clients’ needs.
  • Mentoring Procurement to support qualifying and adding new Supplier Partners into Fortna’s database of suppliers based on the best technologies for our solutions.
  • Supporting the training and development of EMEA Engineers.
  • Continuously maintaining an updated understanding of the Client’s needs and business.
  • Supporting the Sales team in developing winning strategies for Bid & Proposal and Operations Design/DC Design projects.
  • Expanding knowledge of material handling equipment, operational efficiencies, software, and controls as it relates to Fortna’s Clients and future Clients including all MHE technologies.
  • Documenting all important items in clear, understandable language for Associates to have a complete understanding of expectations. 

Experience and Skills:

Education and Experience:

  • 10+ years of systems design engineering experience developing equipment responses to RFP’s 
  • Expert proficiency in written and verbal communication (both English and German)
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD
  • 8+ years experience leading, training and developing design engineering teams utilizing AutoCAD to develop mechanical and electrical layouts and bills of materials/component lists for distribution centres 
  • Bachelor’s degree majoring in an applicable engineering discipline

Core Competencies:

  • Expert proficiency in written and verbal communication (both English and German)
  • Ability to document all important items in clear, understandable language
  • Advanced or expert proficiency related to character and integrity, organizational and business leadership, talent development, and achieving results
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, particularly Word and Excel
  • Self-motivated and ability to work with limited direction
  • Well-developed interpersonal, organizational, time management and problem-solving skills

Other Qualifications:

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally 50% or more