Logistics Project Manager

Cognex Corporation Tempe , AZ 85280

Posted 7 months ago

Job Description:

The Company

Cognex is the global leader in the exciting and growing field of machine vision. With over $800 million of cash in the bank and no debt, we are a financially strong international company with a culture that maintains the fast paced, creative environment of a startup. Our employees, proudly called "Cognoids," take their work seriously, but don't take themselves seriously. Our Work Hard, Play Hard, Move Fast culture recognizes our employees for their innovation, perseverance and hard work in a fun, rewarding, and quirky environment.

The Team

Delivering Cognex ID and Vision Automation Solutions into various Retail/Commercial/Freight Distribution Centers, Parcel & Postal and Airport Baggage Handling Industries is one of the fastest growing segments in Cognex, what we define as our Logistics business. The Logistics Business Unit (LBU) is chartered to lead the engineering, delivery and acceptance of our ID and Vision Automation Solutions to some of the largest global customers in these industries. This demands strong competencies in both customer facing Program/Project Management and Technical disciplines.

Job Summary

The Project Manager will be the project leader, interacting with customers who are the global leaders in the e-commerce, retail distribution, parcel delivery and airport baggage handling market segments. Engaging even within the pre-sales phase of potential project lifecycle's, you'll be responsible to prepare accurately, assess risks and subsequently deliver the hottest technology in this market, ensuring we meet customer expectations for quality, delivery and service, while delivering Cognex high standards for growth and profitability. To achieve this, you'll lead a cross-functional team of sales, operations, engineering and service personnel throughout the execution phase of the project.

The projects to be managed will involve the integration of Cognex designed solutions into material handling applications and equipment common to the industry. Our solutions are used to automate parcel and pallet conveyor systems and sorters and involve interfacing with in-motion scales, dimensioners, label printers/applicators and industrial sensors and controls (PLC's, proxmity sensors)

If you thrive in a fast-paced environment requiring leadership, technical acuity as well as commercial savvy this is a great place to be!

Essential Functions

  • Lead assigned customer projects achieving customer expectations for quality and delivery by continually aligning the customer requirements with all internal stakeholders (sales, project pursuit, order administration, logistics engineering, operations, logistics services)

  • Achieve project profitability targets by executing a structured project planning and execution methodology that includes managing scope, risk mitigation and thoughtful resource planning and execution.

  • Ensure timely communications with the customer on project status, as well as updates to all internal stakeholders.

  • Support revenue and profitability planning and management by providing regular estimates for project revenue, profitability and timing. Drive timely project closure and coordinate with finance on revenue recognition per established guidelines.

  • Drive continuous improvement in the quotation and delivery process through thoughtful post-project reviews with clear and timely actions.

  • Travel to sites as needed, to perform the tasks as described for this position. Extended travel periods may be required during the commissioning and acceptance phase of each project.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong customer focus, attention to detail, fast acting, excellent communicator.

  • Able to rapidly learn new technology and understand new markets.

  • Ability to sort through competing priorities, anticipate risks and develop effective mitigation actions

  • Ability to collaborate with cross-functional departments and influence them to achieve project objectives

Available to travel ~30%

Minimum education and work experience required

  • BA degree in a technical discipline or equivalent experience

  • 3-5 years of experience as a Project Manager within the automated materials handling industry or for projects in a related field

  • Relevant Professional and Industry specific certifications (PMP, CSCP, etc.) are a plus.

  • Experience in the materials handling industry a significant plus.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Additional Job Description

Equal Employment Opportunity

Cognex is an equal opportunity employer. Cognex evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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