Mechanical Project Engineer (m/w/d)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512100-765071
    • Job Location: Hamburg, DEU
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 07, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Today’s business landscape requires companies to flex with changing global requirements and to leverage digital capabilities to meet customer expectations. Fortna helps clients solve the most complex distribution challenges and ensure business continuity. We are an end-to-end design-build firm, delivering data-driven solutions supported by engineering expertise, intelligent software, and best-fit technologies. Our solutions help improve performance, enable growth, and ultimately, drive profitability.

Fortna | Pierau is known for planning and implementing solutions in the areas of intralogistics, supply chain and logistics IT. In 60 years, we have successfully completed more than 2,000 projects for a wide variety of customers in retail and manufacturing. Well-known German and international companies rely on our services.

Fortna | Pierau is a subsidiary of the globally successful US consulting company Fortna - The Distribution Experts.

The primary focus of the Mechanical Project Engineer will be to provide leadership and to be the single point of contact through all stages of a project to deliver engineering consistency. This position will lead and support single projects utilizing knowledge and experience of the material handling industry equipment and application.  This position will also be required to support the day-to-day activities of the engineering department and project engineering group.  This position will lead single smaller noncomplex projects including retro fits and new equipment facility projects.  The incumbent will need good material handling design skills and willingness to increase knowledge.


  • Demonstrating leadership qualities and providing proactive communications.
  • Acting as the conduit in engineering to ensure an on-time and under budget implementation.  
  • Leading all required portions of a project through the requirements engineering and final engineering (implementation) processes including engineering budget, schedule-tracking, submitting weekly status reports and maintaining the Engineering Project Workbook.
  • Taking ownership of all responsibilities of a project to ensure success.
  • Acting as the conduit in engineering to ensure an on-time and under budget implementation.  
  • Requirements Engineering and Procurement Phase:
    • Supporting internal kick off and efforts to transition from Ops Design.
    • Leading detail design (using DCdesigner/DCconceptor Fortna’s propriety 3D drawing tool), design lock with Client (signature required), and preparing all bills of material (BOMs).
    • Leading internal design reviews, engineering weekly meeting, and publishing weekly engineering status reports.  Setup QC reviews with Senior Project Engineers.
    • During procurement, supporting Client meetings, identifying potential suppliers, setting up tier levels, supporting request for proposal (RFP) generation, scorecard development, and reviewing and supporting supplier presentations and site visits.
    • Estimating coordination, confirming and supporting capital budgets, and attending all price reviews.
    • Helping to develop implementation schedule and budget.
    • Tracking engineering schedule, budgets, and resource planning (report to engineering directors).
    • Scheduling and phasing review within engineering.
    • Interfacing with contractor/architect.
    • Updating Pre-Functional Specification Document (FSD) and supporting FSD generation.
  • Implementation Phase:
    • Leading final engineering effort and engineering weekly meeting, publishing weekly engineering status reports (consolidated from electrical engineering, design engineering, technical services), tracking engineering schedule and budgets, and resource planning (report to engineering directors).
    • Working to ensure the original business case is being satisfied.
    • Attending project kick-off meeting and reviewing the description of operation.
    • Leading ITS project introduction meeting/internal kick-off (w/pre-read document).
    • Reviewing MHS implementation plan with the project manager and the site manager (includes phasing).
    • Ensuring drawing quality control and quality assurance needed to provide a good implementation and supporting DQC Process (mechanical & electric).
    • Leading final drawing approval with the Client.
    • Facilitating meetings: speeds and feeds, design reviews, etc.
    • Coordinating all prototype efforts (plans, signoff, budgets, etc.).
    • Coordinating onsite engineering support during installation and during commissioning.
    • Ensuring Client’s key objectives remain in focus.
    • Managing project during testing and go-live.
    • Managing project close-out and final documents including project review and lessons learned.
  • General:
    • Traveling as needed for project support.
    • Continually seeking work to maintain project utilization.
    • Utilizing current design practices for material handling systems.
    • Adhering to all Fortna and department standards and helping to improve them.
    • Leading, attending and documenting all required meetings.
    • Maintaining good design notes.
    • Attending company training as required.
    • Responding to and following up communications in a timely manner.
    • Being available, approachable, and reliable.

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with 5 years of relevant experience, or Associate’s degree in engineering with 7 years of relevant experience, or high school diploma with 10 years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD with at least 5 years’ practical experience
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, particularly Word and Excel
  • Experience in meeting and design session leadership and facilitation
  • Ability to present in front of a large group including all stakeholders
  • Experience in standard design of relevant material handling equipment and general operational knowledge of distribution centers with a focus on automation design
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with and manage multiple suppliers
  • Ability to manage schedules and budgets for projects
  • Willingness to expand knowledge of industry best practices and latest innovations in the industry
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills
  • Ability to coach, lead, and manage others including remote resources in multiple time zones through the use of conference calls, webcasts, webinars, video conferencing, or other forms of digital communication
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, time management and problem solving skills
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally


  • Consulting, operations and/or distribution experience in supply chain logistics
  • Experience in supply chain logistics
  • AutoCAD 3D and knowledge of DCconceptor/DCdesigner