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Solutions Design Engineer


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 5th 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: [[Centurion, 1 Mann Road, 1 Mann Road, Louwlardia Centurion]]
Job Posting Title: Senior Solutions Design Engineer

Tertiary Qualification:

Degree in Industrial Engineering or equivalent.

Computer Literacy Level :

Basic knowledge of AutoCAD, Microsoft 365 tools, MS Project and MS Visio will be advantageous.

Basic knowledge of Warehouse Management Systems and ERPs (working knowledge of Red Prairie & SAP will be advantageous)

Working knowledge data analytic tools such as MS Access and Power BI would be advantagous.


Job-related Requirements:

Unendorsed license and own transport

Excellent written and verbal skills

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative and team-based environment

Aptitude to multi-task and employ effective problem-solving techniques

Logistics industry with a minimum number of 5 years’ experience

Warehouse & Operational Experience with demonstrated knowledge of best practices and legal compliance

Leadership experience in Project or Operations role

Detail orientated, high work rate and quality of work

Demonstrated knowledge of client relationship management, sales skills, data gathering, working with large sets of data, data analyses, solutions design, solutions pricing (experience with costing models and simulations), presenting to clients and support of sale closure

Demonstrated experience in developing budgets, business plans and feasibility studies.




  • General business acumen and sound knowledge of procurement principles, engineering economics and fundamental accounting principles
  • Warehouse Design and Configuration aligned to Best Practices, ISO and Legal Compliance: Extensive knowledge and experience
  • Ability to identify CIP projects and manage them successfully
  • Applied risk management skills
  • Supply Chain Management Accreditation, e.g. SCOR-P, CSCP, etc.



Main Purpose Of The Role:

To effectively and efficiently design and cost for Solutions RFP/RFQ’s and Renewals.

Produce high quality, profitable solutions that minimizes the risk exposure to DSVIn addition, he / she will also be responsible for evaluating and providing feedback on costing vs actual design/costs/FTE/MHE/volumes etc. once the client has stabilized



  • Engineered Solutions: Identify, analyze & develop value-adding solutions for current & prospective clients;
  • Analysis and recommendations
    • Data (analysis, comparison, sense checking, cleaning)
    • Process (supporting business objectives, complete, accurate, relevant, error-proofed, common expectations covered, 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 in to 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
    • Procurement tender adjudication
    • 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)


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. 

DSV – Global transport and logistics

DSV is one of the very best performing companies in the transport and logistics industry. 55,000 employees in more than 80 countries work passionately to deliver great customer experiences and high-quality services – as part of the operation or in a variety of supporting roles. If you have drive and talent and enjoy responsibility, we’ll give you the support you need to explore your potential and forward your career.

Read more at www.dsv.com