Logistics Applications – WMS Manager III (Scottsdale, AZ 210000IY)
Scottsdale, United States


This position is responsible for managing WMS applications, architect and design WMS solutions, collaborate across different functional teams to support APL Logistics’ CLS business, and coordinate with internal and outsourced resources for analysis, development, testing, implementation and hyper-care support of APLL’s customer implementations. This includes providing end-to-end IT Project Implementation Management to onboard customers on the offered proprietary and packaged WMS applications, producing and/or reviewing business requirements, estimation of effort and cost in the prioritization and sales support process.

The position requires a broad spectrum of knowledge in WMS as well as comprehension of Supply Chain Management business. This position also requires strong hands-on experience in implementing comprehensive WMS solutions for customers in various industries from project award until hyper-care. This is needed in order to review estimates for enhancements/projects, prepare SIT test results, and lead UAT and User Training. A strong understanding of WMS applications, IBMi (AS/400) and a general understanding of client server and open systems architecture is mandatory. This includes developing functional and design specifications, as well as providing detailed timelines after review. In addition, this role should offer SME opinion to AMS Service Provider on impact analysis, design, process, modelling and implementation of projects and enhancement.

The candidate must be a proficient communicator with ability to write concisely and speak effectively to both internal and external teams spanning across multiple geographical locations.

Last but not least, the candidate ought to possess a “can-do”, high energy spirit with an ability to provide innovative solutions to any challenges that may arise from issues/problems in the WMS area.

Key Result Area:

Operational Excellence

  • Timely and cost effective IT business application delivery, development and support  
    • Technical quality in SDLC deliverables
    • Seamless collaboration with both internal and external dependent teams and relentless belief in process improvement.
    • Effective vendor management with distinctive performance in AMS SLA (IT Outsourcing) and individual contractors.
    • Managing end-to-end WMS implementation projects involving different teams and resources


Relationship Management

  • Synergized alliance with other IT portfolios to leverage strengths and neutralize weaknesses
  • Emphasis on transparent and concise communications
  • Motivation through open recognitions at all levels




  • Provide end to end IT Project Implementation Management to onboard customers on the offered WMS applications
  • Produce and/or Review Business Requirements
  • Provide high level estimates for the analysis, design, development, testing, implementation effort in the prioritization & sales support process
  • Develop and/or review functional and technical specifications
  • Develop algorithms for custom software modules to address technical requirements
  • Produce and/or review design specifications
  • Perform database modeling, design of screen user interfaces and customized reports to satisfy requirements
  • Design and develop system interfaces between applications using standard communication protocols to enable data integration 
  • Technical configuration of all software modules of the WMS
  • Perform database tuning of SQL queries for optimized performance
  • Troubleshoot systems/applications to resolve production issues on a need basis
  • Provide detailed estimates for the analysis, design, development, testing, implementation effort after functional/design specifications review
  • Offer SME opinion to AMS Service Provider on impact analysis, design, process, modelling and implementation of projects & enhancement Review and/or approve estimates for enhancements/projects
  • Prepare and/or review SIT test results
  • Lead, Coordinate, Collaborate UAT and/or User Training
  • Develop and/or review customer onboarding implementation plan
  • Collaborate with Field and Enterprise Infrastructure team for issues/needs


  • Render production support for Sev1 and Sev2 or other escalated issues
  • Provide Level 3 application production support including hands on troubleshooting as and when needed
  • Review system performance and perform/facilitate application tuning


  • Provide WMS solution options, including tools / software evaluation
  • Develop Proof Of Concepts as needed
  • Perform software architecting, solution innovation and data modelling
  • Design and/or approve technical and application architecture
  • Review and/or facilitate upgrade of S/W packages to appropriate support levels
  • Improve monitoring and software development quality through development of tools and utilities
  • Learn new technology software and skills to enable building new capabilities in the WMS area


  • Strategic partnership with ASOs, implementation teams and key business owners in prioritization and demand management






Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, other Engineering or related discipline or equivalent work experience, is required.


  • More than 11 years of working experience in IT, out of which about 6 years of experience in supporting time-critical WMS applications
  • Proven track record in managing complex WMi and other WMS IT implementation projects, system configuration and customizations to suit project needs
  • Interactions with business users and internal IT team working together collectively to deliver results
  • Onsite support for Warehouse startup
  • Experience with APL logistics and their proprietary WMS Applications and LogFire WMS is a plus

Skill Sets

  • Strong knowledge of Manhattan’s WM for iSeries (PkMS)
  • Strong knowledge of RPG, AS/400, DB2 and SQL
  • WMS system design and deployment 
  • Good understanding of EDI standards, XML, iDocs and other Data Exchange Technologies
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Quality, process, accountability and discipline oriented
  • Dynamics to manage the expectations of users
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in SDLC with focus on design, analysis, development, implementation and integration
  • Work independently with minimum supervision
  • Experience in a global solution delivery model
  • Capable of managing vendors/contractors
  • Thorough and complete
  • Ability to articulate concisely and clearly
  • Willing to accept challenges and be resilient in a dynamic environment
  • Broad knowledge of the client area functions and applications, and in-depth knowledge of system and technology alternatives
  • High energy, self-motivated, “can-do” attitude

Desired Competencies

Business Competencies

  • Global supply chain expertise
  • Understanding and experience with integrating IT systems
  • Integration with Parcel/Carrier Systems

Behavioral Competencies

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Systems/Quantitative thinking
  • Self-motivated individual
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills. Experience working with a multi-continent technical team preferred
  • Leadership

Technical Competencies

  • Expert level knowledge on AS400, Job Management, DB2/400, RPG IV/ILE, SQL
  • Familiar level knowledge SYNON, Turn Over, MIMIX

The company is committed to and supports equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to all employees and applicants for employment. Equal employment opportunity means equal treatment of employees and applicants without regard to the following legally-protected characteristics: race, color, religion, creed, sex (gender identity), pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age (40 and over), medical condition, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), veteran status, physical or mental disability status or any other legally-protected status.