takealot.com, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented DC Industrial Engineer to join our team in the Cape Town Distribution Center.   

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hardworking people with integrity to join us.  We offer a market related, Total Remuneration Package which allows full flexibility according to your needs, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.


This position reports to the DC Project Manager.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Evaluate core processes within the DC operation and integrate them in a unique and creative way to solve business problems.
  • Design and conduct time and motion studies to develop standard work routines; best practises and realistic/measurable productivity expectations.
  • Performing routine audits of systems and operational processes.
  • Advise on improvements of Key Performance Indicators that impacts operations and processes with different stakeholders.
  • Conduct RCA to identify uncommon and everyday issues within DC operations.
  • Perform data analysis to identify opportunities and risks in storage optimisation; material handling and process conformance.
  • Collaborate and communicate the above mentioned with Head of Departments (HODs) and Development team.
  • Capture, design and make recommendations to process flow through risk, security and productivity gap analysis.
  • Develop and maintain work standards and characteristics that promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
  • Design, implement and maintain 5s initiatives across all departments.
  • Develop inhouse forecasting models for packaging, consumables, assets and labour based on volumes and budget.
  • Design, test, and procure equipment for solutions and operational needs
  • Design and modify facility and process drawings using AutoCAD
  • Support continuous improvement projects and initiatives by actively adhering to lean principles, design of experiments (ex: Six Sigma; Simulation design etc.)
  • Assist in identifying facility design requirements based on activity levels, flow and business requirements.
  • Development and construction of tools to aid operations in their day to day activities.
  • Support operational departments in ad-hoc expertise requirements
  • Support Infrastructure Development teams in executing their construction projects; this entails working with and coordinating staff for stock moves, equipment moves, change management, and pushing deadlines
  • Project manage assigned improvement and initiatives from design & order placement to implementation & execution


  • Solutions-oriented, can-do attitude; self-motivated.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Previous experience in mini project management.
  • Comfortable with change and excellent team player.
  • Comfortable with learning and adapting to new systems.
  • Critical and Systems thinking.
  • Passionate about change and improvement.
  • Process fault finding and resolution


  • BEng Industrial Engineering, B.Comm Logistics or similar degree preferred
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience within DC operations
  • Project Management experience
  • Previous experience with WMS systems such as Oracle, Manhattan, Red Prairie, SAP, Highjump or similar is beneficial
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office packages
  • Experience in FMCG and Retail industry beneficial
  • Knowledge of simulations and models advantageous

The Environment

  • takealot.com employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of takealot.com being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.
  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback/new ideas on where we can improve.
  • We are short on ego and high on output.
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, it’s all in the execution after all.
  • We love what we do and what we are creating.

We seek to Employ an Extra Ordinary Mind who:

  • is forthright but respectful
  • is an expert at doing, who can not only design but also execute
  • is analytical, able to use data to make decisions
  • is competitive, self-directed and strive to be the BEST (GREAT requires a lot of work and does not only happen during business hours
  • is passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience
  • is entrepreneurial, thrives under change and accepts it is a constant and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster
  • is business SMART. Able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input
  • is curious and challenge the status quo
  • is innovative and enjoys iteration
  • is collaborative
  • will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for takealot.com.
  • thinks like an owner of the business.

If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind so come and join us!

Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.


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