Senior Principal Industrial Engineer

What Industrial Engineering contributes to Cardinal Health
Engineering is responsible for performing research and analyses to develop design options for components, products, systems, and processes.

Industrial Engineering is responsible for enhancing / developing processes, layout, and associated tools. Identifies, analyzes, and implements new or existing technology to optimize business processes. Designs process improvements to reduce cost, cycle time, improve quality and/or increase throughput. Directs external resources / contractors as required.

The Senior Principal Industrial Engineer supports Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Operations in the areas of capital project planning and management, capacity planning, operational process change, and overall distribution center operating layout optimization. The position will also support deployment of new process and automation solutions, facilitate new building designs and layouts changes. Additional responsibilities include partnering with Operations leaders, deploying capital project investments for Pharma Supply Chain Operations, submitting capital requests for a network of over 25 sites, and over-seeing project implementation and adoption to realize improvements. 

There are three (3) available openings.


  • Drive process engineering initiatives including conceptual operational designs, layout-change scenarios, and innovative automation solutions. Work closely with business operations partners to iterate on solutioning to optimize results. Bring modernization concepts to Operations through material handling and engineering external partnerships.  
  • Works closely with Pharma Supply Chain Operations Vice Presidents, and site leaders to manage capital projects planned within the buildings. Develops capital budget priorities, establishes preliminary budgets, business case justifications, and formalizes all capital requests for budgeted, approved, or newly scoped projects.
  • Leads multifunctional teams of stakeholders and contributors to deliver large complex projects on time and under budget. Coordinates with other functional groups including Corporate Real Estate, field operations, Security, Information Technology, Inventory, Quality & Regulatory, Sales, and EH&S to ensure efforts are aligned, and coordinated as projects are developed and analyzed.
  • Integrated team member supporting operations leadership teams to ensure that capital projects and infrastructure is deployed, coordinated, managed, and maintained to drive building performance expectations. This role also manages and executes small construction projects independent of Corporate Real Estate / Construction including all cage and vault construction resulting from expansion or relocation needs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, or equivalent work experience, preferred
  • 8-12 years of experience in Operations, project and budgetary management, capital investment analysis and deployment, leading complex projects with multi-functional teams preferred
  • Experience with automation solutions, facility design, material handling systems, integrated warehouse controls and execution applications preferred
  • Experience with AutoCAD and other software applications to drive warehouse design and concepting preferred
  • Strong leadership skills, strong scheduling, and organizational skills
  • Excellent technical problem-solving capability
  • High level of initiative - Team player
  • Willing and transparent communicator
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Moderate travel to other facilities for projects and supervision of equipment installation (25%, up to 50% during specific deployment activities and project implementations)

What is expected of you and others at this level

  • Applies advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and technical capabilities to manage a wide variety of projects
  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures to achieve specific goals
  • Recommends new practices, processes, metrics, or models
  • Works on or may lead complex projects of large scope
  • Projects may have significant and long-term impact
  • Provides solutions which may set precedent
  • Independently determines method for completion of new projects
  • Receives guidance on overall project objectives
  • Acts as a mentor to less experienced colleagues

Anticipated salary range: $102,000 - $145,700

Bonus eligible: Yes

Benefits: Cardinal Health offers a wide variety of benefits and programs to support health and well-being.

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid time off plan
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • 401k savings plan
  • Access to wages before pay day with myFlexPay
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Work-Life resources
  • Paid parental leave
  • Healthy lifestyle programs

Application window anticipated to close: 8/5/2024 *if interested in opportunity, please submit application as soon as possible.

The salary range listed is an estimate. Pay at Cardinal Health is determined by multiple factors including, but not limited to, a candidate’s geographical location, relevant education, experience and skills and an evaluation of internal pay equity.

Candidates who are back-to-work, people with disabilities, without a college degree, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Cardinal Health supports an inclusive workplace that values diversity of thought, experience and background. We celebrate the power of our differences to create better solutions for our customers by ensuring employees can be their authentic selves each day. Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.