• Applications Architect

    Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/8/2019 10:12 AM)
    Functional Group
    Information Technology
    Monday - Friday
  • Overview

    Americold provides temperature-controlled warehousing and transportation to food producers, restaurants, schools and retail outlets such as grocery stores. We're proud to provide an essential link in the food and beverage industry supply chain, and to play our part in ensuring families across the US and overseas can sit down together to eat. 

    Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 155+ temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina, and Canada. In North America we have over 11,000 associates and offer a wide variety of employment opportunities - from warehouse forklift operators and supervisors to accounting, customer support, engineering, transportation, and technology solutions positions.


    Primary Responsibility: 

    Acts as the warehousing practices and architecture expert for the company and the en-View project. Proactively identifies launch site specific warehousing requirements working closely with the en-View site survey team, advises on and supports customer meetings, and contributes to the functional analysis of any intermediate to large warehousing application projects. Directs the en-View data conversion activities. Provides off-hours support as required.

    Essential Functions:

    • Identifies site specific warehousing practices or requirements and gap resolutions based on en-View site launch schedule, customer profile, and site’s operating practices by interrogating the company’s legacy applications; Works closely with the site survey team to estimate the effort and prioritize the work to meet the site’s specific requirements and gaps within the existing application framework, such that incremental changes further our application strategy; Assists in the planning and coordination of launches of new software at new or converting sites
    • Operates as a working team member on the en-View project team, supporting the development and evaluation of test plans for identified functionality gaps for launch sites
    • Advises on and supports customer meetings regarding WMS capabilities, current warehousing practices versus the customer requirements, developing / assisting with the development of sales presentation materials and RFQ responses  
    • Directs the en-View data conversion activities, estimating the effort and planning, overseeing and executing the data conversion for each site conversion to support the launch site schedule and data requirements
    • Maintains awareness of emerging warehousing technologies and best practices, supporting infrastructure layers, industry trends and vendor architecture strategies; Assists in the research and evaluation of proposed technologies / practices for applicability to the company, performance, reliability, cost, integration requirements, and assists in determining the place in company’s software architecture strategy; Mentors team members on new techniques / practices
    • Leverages WMS application, customer and industry expertise to explain operational / billing requirements, legacy resolution methods and techniques and evaluate proposed solutions in en-View and legacy application suite for necessary functionality and impact on plant floor operations and revenue
    • Contributes to the functional analysis, architecture design of all intermediate to large legacy warehousing application projects; Builds organizational awareness of warehousing best practices and where / how the WMS encapsulates those capabilities
    • As capacity allows, analyzes current warehousing applications for opportunities for large efficiency gains in the application administration/management or opportunities for large improvements in robustness or performance; Designs and/or recommends tools and/or customizations that realize those gains
    • Acts as tier III functional support for legacy WMS application, resolving escalated WMS support issues and provides launch support for en-View project team
    • Performs other duties and assists other staff as necessary or as directed by management



    Qualifications/Additional Skills:

    • 10+ years of functional and technical WMS experience with multiple WMS applications, specifically within the frozen food industry Considered an industry, warehousing and WMS expert
    • Bachelor’s Degree in MIS or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Broad knowledge of various application and infrastructure technologies and hardware platforms
    • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrated strong business background
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Must be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
    • Ability to think strategically and act tactically
    • Ability to operate under pressure in a fast-paced environment 
    • Demonstrates and is able to maintain a positive, can-do attitude in stressful situations, leading by example
    • Variable work hours required

    Physical Requirements & Abilities:

    The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    • Requires the ability to sit for long periods of time, with frequent interruptions
    • Requires several hours per day of sitting, getting up and down from chairs, and reaching, or bending
    • Requires manual dexterity with normal hand and finger movements for typical office work 
    • Talking, hearing, and seeing are important elements of completing assigned tasks
    • May require travel by automobile and airplane up for business
    • May require a visit facility operations in temperatures at or below freezing
    • May carry loads related to travel and occasionally lifts, carries, positions, or moves objects weighing up to 20 pounds
    • Requires the use of various electronic tools 
    • Requires the ability to relate to others beyond giving and receiving instructions: must partner with colleagues without exhibiting behavioral extremes
    • Requires the performance of work activities including reasoning, negotiating, instructing, persuading, or speaking with others; and respond appropriately to constructive feedback from executive management

    Americold is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

    EOE/AA  M/F/D/V  DFW



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