Senior Consultant – DC Design

The Senior Consultant is responsible for successfully leading distribution center design engagements for Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors’ clients.

This position will oversee the project teams delivering on all phases of the distribution center design engagement.

When in the role of Lead Consultant on a project, the Senior Consultant will actively lead the development and presentation of distribution solutions.  He or she will ensure that the developed solutions provide a strong business case to support the client’s objectives.
In addition to leading a client engagement team, the Senior Consultant shall be responsible for helping Commonwealth executives sell engagements to highly qualified prospects.
This position requires the ability to confidently set and manage expectations for high profile projects at high profile clients.  Whether or not in the role of Lead Consultant, he or she will embrace a culture of integrity, professionalism and work ethic to assure high value delivery to clients that reinforces the brand and values of Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors.


Develop a comprehensive understanding of the client’s business and their unique challenges to growth, competitiveness, desired profitability or other strategic criteria
Establish broad and deep relationships with strategic client roles who have authority, influence and responsibility for project goals within their organization
Blend deep client insight and your expertise to develop or lead the development of creative concepts and solutions that help the client achieve their business goals
Ensure client satisfaction by leading the engagement team to deliver high quality project deliverables that meet or exceed client expectations
Take the lead in ensuring that project scope is understood and managed throughout the life of the engagement
Deliver work on-time and on-budget
Contribute to the attainment of company-wide growth and revenue goals by pursuing follow-on projects with current and former clients
Distribution Center Design
  • Design and document distribution processes
  • Objectively evaluate client data to formulate or validate potential solutions
  • Discover and utilize qualitative and quantitative client data to inform alternative solutions, and subsequently sensitivity analyses as part of developing recommendations and strategic paths forward
  • Generate concepts and designs for storage and material handling solutions to support client goals
Distribution Center Implementation
  • Create detailed specifications necessary for software and/or material handling equipment implementations
  • Generate criteria and tools to objectively evaluate bidders and recommend a winner
  • Help the client understand the various steps of implementation and why each is necessary
  • Work with client personnel to comply with client project timelines
  • Project manage implementation as necessary (as a lead or client advisor)
Distribution Center Operational Analysis
  • Perform sufficient discovery on all non data aspects of a client’s distribution center to gain a thorough understanding of the client’s business, shortfalls and other information essential to contributing to their business objectives
  • Measure, as appropriate, processes which may be improved upon
  • Document processes and activities which are relevant to analyzing the client’s business
  • Create SWOT analyses and other evaluative and/or communication tools
All Engagements
  • Perform financial analysis to provide capital equipment justification and a business case for the project
  • Write reports and deliver presentations to communicate project deliverables and milestones
  • Follow Commonwealth’s project delivery methodology and formats
  • Contribute continuous improvements and recommendations to the Commonwealth methodology and library of service capabilities

Internal Business Partnerships

Work closely with executives to ensure accurate scope and revenue in accordance with commercial agreements
Play a leadership role within engagement teams, working closely with Commonwealth and client executives, engineers, analysts, IT and finance resources to ensure alignment between client and Commonwealth engagement team
Actively engage with Commonwealth peers, contributing to and extracting from discussions about best practices, experiences and problem-solving
Connect Commonwealth to companies which may become sources of Commonwealth engagements
Perform any other tasks as deemed necessary


  • 10+ years total distribution experience including demonstrated experience leading the design of large distribution centers
  • Expert knowledge of distribution center best practices; space and storage planning, material handling equipment/automation, technologies and information systems
  • Ability to understand, integrate and draw conclusions from multiple sources of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Extensive communications and presentation experience across diverse client teams including executive decision-making personnel
  • Ability to connect and build rapport and relationships with internal and external clients at all levels
  • College degree level education
  • Proficient competency in AutoCAD, MS Access, MS Excel, MS Project, MS VISIO and other appropriate tools
  • Warehouse facility layout experience
  • Process mapping including measurement of processes and related industrial engineering experience
  • Lean and/or six sigma and/or continuous improvement experience
  • Distribution operations management
  • Leading other supply chain/distribution projects including 3PL selection, network optimization, and WMS selection and/or implementation
  • Knowledgeable of WMS/WES/WCS technologies
  • Leadership or participation in simulation and modeling projects
  • Site selection, building construction and material handling system implementation
  • Experience working as an outside consultant in supply chain/distribution
  • Project management skills and experience of projects $10m and above
  • Labor management, engineered labor standards
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Engineering or other technical field

Job Specifications

Compensation and Benefits
  • A full-time salary commensurate with experience
  • Incentive bonus
  • A dynamic and flexible work environment
  • Competitive benefits package including
    • Health insurance
    • 401k retirement plan
    • Paid vacation and sick days
Geographic Location
Reasonably close to a regularly serviced commercial airport
Travel Requirements
A normal range of 25% – 50% travel

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