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Ghafari Senior Industrial Engineer - Automotive Material Flow in Claycomo, Missouri

Job Description:

This is a project-specific position onsite at Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant. Position expected to last 12-24 months.

General Summary:

The Senior Project Engineer - Industrial Engineering will develop methods to increase productivity, improve efficiency, reduce waste, and manage operations more effectively.

Essential Job Functions:

Provide industrial engineering analysis, typically in a lead role while occasionally managing smaller projects, to:

  • Perform process improvement studies to develop more efficient processes and operations.

  • Observe operations, collect data, and perform process validation and maintain necessary documentation.

  • Demonstrate significant knowledge of automotive material flow from docks to the point of fit.

  • Spend time on the plant floor to learn current processes.

  • Support layout engineers with market and flow design improvements.

  • Develop materials management analysis which may include:

  • Storage analysis and layouts for warehouse and market areas

  • Material flow analyses to improve material movement through facilities

  • Dock utilization analyses to determine quantities, types, and locations of shipping/receiving docks

  • Estimated labor and material handling equipment requirements

  • Assist clients in increasing productivity within their processes and operations by applying lean principles.

  • Use various problem-solving methodologies to identify the root causes of problems so that process improvements can be developed/recommended to eliminate the root causes.

  • Perform cost studies, economic comparisons, and justification analysis.

  • Confer with customers to implement plans and recommendations.

  • Support the development of various reports and presentation materials for presentations, and lead presentations as needed.

  • Support and work with many different levels within the organization.

Employment Qualifications:


  • BS degree in Engineering from an accredited university preferred. A Master’s Degree is also preferred, but not required. Will consider years of experience in lieu of degree requirements.

Experience :

  • Materials Planning & Logistics (MP&L) / Material Flow Production floor experience/management preferred.

  • Significant knowledge of automotive material flow from docks to the point of fit.

  • 8 or more years of progressively more responsible previous experience, especially involving Material Planning and Logistics in a manufacturing setting.


  • Among the skills and competencies that will contribute to success in this position are:

  • Creativity

  • Critical thinking

  • Listening skills

  • Math/data analysis skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Communication skills

  • Writing skills

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of software

  • Proficiency/certification with predetermined labor standards systems (MTM, MOST, MODAPTS, etc.) is a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • This position requires the ability to perform the essential job functions contained in this job description. These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:

  • Ability to spend most of a workday sitting, standing and walking at the worksite.

  • Ability to drive to a different worksite.

  • Ability to be on a plant floor for extended hours during client visits.

  • Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements.

Since 1982, Ghafari Associates has taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets including: aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, hospitality, K-12 and higher education. As a global team of engineers, architects, process designers, and consultants we blend insight with technological innovation helping clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

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Over a quarter of Ghafari employees have diverse identities that are championed by our growing approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We provide flexible work environments allowing team members a schedule that benefits them, whether it is fully remote, hybrid or an in-office experience.

Through career mapping, Ghafari employees are encouraged to seek licensure, coached for knowledge growth, and provided opportunities for management and mentorship roles if interested. Our robust internship program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across the world, having an over 90% success rate of hiring our interns after graduation.

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