The Research Associate (Simulation) applies the science of distribution to Fortna’s products and services by building simulation and mathematical models to support distribution center design, by developing novel algorithms for Fortna’s Warehouse Execution System (FortnaWES™), and by processing data to support solution design projects.
The overarching goal is to build Fortna’s intellectual property (IP) as embodied in the FortnaDCdesign Suite™ and FortnaWES™.
Develop simulation and mathematical models of distribution operations in order to answer design questions for projects and to give insight to other Fortna Associates.
Develop models and algorithms for FortnaWES™ in consultation with the leadership of Solutions R&D and Product (Software) R&D.
Serve as a Data Team member by running FortnaDCmodeler® on Operations Design projects and supporting teams with needed data analysis and modeling.
Collaborate with other Associates to create thought leadership around Fortna IP to further Fortna’s brand in the marketplace.
Assist with efforts to train Associates on the application of Fortna IP.
Research-based master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related technical field
Experience developing discrete-event simulation models of manufacturing or distribution operations using a commercial discrete-event simulation package. Experience with FlexSim is preferred, though not required.
Experience using analytical models to represent production or logistics systems
Strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills and the desire to work in a team environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent collaboration skills
Excellent structured problem-solving skills
Excellent project management skills
Ability to travel domestically
Ability to perform essential functions of the job
PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering or Systems Engineering
Experience developing mathematical models (optimization, stochastic, computational) for distribution center design and operations
Excellent technical communication skills as evidenced by journal articles, white papers, conference papers/presentations, corporate presentations, etc.
Experience with data analysis through SQL-based packages
Experience with software tool development, especially Python.
Experience educating and training others
When duties are performed in a typical office environment, extended periods of sitting at a desk and viewing a computer screen will be required. Also required is the ability to talk and hear, in person and by telephone; use of hands to handle, feel, or operate standard office equipment; and ability to reach with hands and arms. Associates are frequently required to walk and stand. The noise level in this work environment is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
When travelling to Client sites, essential requirements of this position may require physical presence in various environments and locations. Physical stamina may be required for prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and/or working in cramped quarters. Exposure to potentially dangerous tools and equipment amidst a variety of building materials is probable, as is occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment can vary from being relatively quiet, to moderate, to excessive. Safety shoes or boots may be required in certain situations. Additional safety clothing including gloves, hardhats, and devices to protect eyes, mouth, or hearing, will be worn as necessary.
This position description should not be considered all-inclusive.
Fortna is an end-to-end design-build firm, delivering transformative, data-driven distribution solutions to the world’s leading brands. We empower our clients with the design and delivery of intelligent solutions that optimize performance, address disruption, and increase profitability.