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DSV - Global transport and logistics
In 1976, ten independent hauliers joined forces and founded DSV in Denmark. Since then, DSV has evolved to become the world's 3rd largest supplier of global solutions within transport and logistics. Today, we add value to our customers' entire supply chain by transporting, storing, packaging, re-packaging, processing and clearing all types of goods. We work every day from our many offices in more than 80 countries to ensure a steady supply of goods to production lines, outlets, stores and consumers all over the world. Our reach is global yet our presence is local and close to our customers. Read more at www.dsv.com

Location: Kempton Park
Job Posting Title: Senior Manager - Solution Design Engineer
Time Type: Full time

Minimum Requirements


Degree: Industrial Engineering or Information Technology or Information Systems or Computer Science Essential

  • Advance Excel and PowerQuery
  • AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office: PowerPoint, Visio and Project

Job Related Requirements

Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role or environment preferable. AND Own vehicle with driver’s license required.

Advanced Excel;

Detail oriented, high work rate, quality of work and time management to meet deadlines.


Experience in Warehouse Design and Costing/Pricing for RFQ’s and existing clients

Data Cleaning & Analytics

Added Advantages for the role

  • Highly adaptable to change
  • Sound knowledge of engineering economics and fundamental accounting principles
  • Experience in automation and mechanisation with warehouse environment.
  • Customer service/ relations experience
  • Project management skills and experience
  • Innovative
  • Team involvement
  • Leadership ability
  • Good people skills required

Main purpose of the role

The Senior Manager Solutions Design Engineer will manage the Solution and Pricing department and will work closely with the business Sales and Commercial developments together with the facility General Managers to maintain and growth the DSV Solutions business. Business growth will be mainly through Request For Quotation (RFQ) and/or consultation with new and existing customers. The requirement is also to support General Managers to renew existing client at the end of their respective agreements.

The individual must be comfortable working with Big Data and clean, analyse, interpret and report back on large data sets. Have a good understanding of warehouse operations to calculate resource requirements and develop effective warehouse layout designs. Be able to use the warehouse and resource design outputs to cost the operation for the client. The costing entails liaising with key suppliers to obtain costs like racking, sprinklers, MHE and IT. equipment

MS Word and PowerPoint skills is required to package the final solutions and commercials for submission to the client.

The role is critical in the growth of the DSV Solution business units and requires attention to detail, time management and good people skill with internal and external clients.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Engineered Solutions: Identify, analyse & develop value-adding solutions for current & prospective clients;
  • Analysis and recommendations
    • Data (analysis, comparison, sense checking, cleaning)
    • Process (supporting business objectives, complete, relevant, error-proofed, measurable)
    • Facilities (best practices, flow, flexibility, compliance)
  • Costing Model – comprehensive understanding of the Solutions Costing Model
  • All costing inputs to be signed off or supported by quotes,
  • Effective use of programs like AutoCAD, MS Visio and Power BI, etc to ensured detailed and accurate designs related input into the costing model.
  • Good understanding of labour regulations (24hrs operations, shift allowance, shift patterns etc)
  • Develop relationships with key suppliers (racking, packaging, sprinklers, MHE etc)
  • Verify all productivities used in costings
  • Conduct research to ensure productivities used are in line with industry standards
  • Tools: Application of the following tools and/or methodologies as appropriate and when required:
    • Material flow mapping
    • Warehouse and layout design
    • Qualitative flow measurement
    • Manning requirements calculations
    • Material handling equipment selection
    • Storage density calculations
    • Productivity calculations
      • Work sampling
      • Value stream mapping
      • Problem Solving
    • Warehouse Management Systems – knowledge of key functions and features of systems used by DSV in support of solutions development and implementations. Detailed understanding of cost implications and correct allocation of related costs when completing costing models.
    • Business cases/feasibility studies – develop as required depending on financial investment required and risk profile. Tools and aspects to consider include ROI calculations, quantified value, opportunity for product improvements and future growth/revenue potential
    • New product development – develop as required new products, tools and solutions that will enhance the Solutions business and ensure future growth. This can include but is not limited to e-commerce, collaborative niche products in Healthcare & Beauty sectors and industry solutions in Automotive.
    • Client Relationship management – To develop and maintain sound client relationships based on competence, respect and trust
    • Sales Support – Assist with the technical and financial selling to the client with the development and documenting of proposals, response to tenders, RFQs and RFPs
    • Operation Review – Evaluate operation against proposed solutions in terms of –
    • Solution and Operations review (volumes, resource, MHE, process etc)
    • Commercial (revenue, cost, etc)
    • Staff Reports: Directly support: 1) selection and recruitment, 2) training and development, 3) performance
    • management, 4) mentorship, motivation and leadership aligned to DSV culture of people values;

      Additional Job Information –

    • Must work well in a team.
    • Must show maturity level to work on his/her own with minimum supervision.
    • Must show initiative and be motivated.
    • Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
    • Have good numeric skills.
    • Work well under pressure and to a deadline.
    • Work on multiple projects/RFQs with overlapping timelines
    • Pay meticulous attention to detail.
    • Ability to implement corrective action.
    • Effective administration skills.
    • Must be methodical and precise in their work.
    • Punctuality and time management skills are critical.
    • Available to work long hours when required and may be required to travel locally and internationally on occasion.

Disclaimer: Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should an external candidate not hear from us within four (4) weeks following their application, they should consider their application unsuccessful. Strictly fair and non-discriminatory selection procedures will be followed. We use Affirmative Action (AA) measures in an endeavor to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups. Where possible, preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and in line with DSV’s Employment Equity plans. DSV reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.

Job area: Managerial

Senior Manager, Solution Design Engineer

Kempton Park

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