The Corporate Applications Engineering group focuses on improving customer application and process opportunities utilizing abrasive products sold by Norton Abrasives / Saint-Gobain Surface Solutions, North America. Key industrial markets include Aerospace, Automotive, Bearing, Production Cabinet, Cutting Tool, Foundry, Furniture, Gear, Marine, Medical Instruments and Prosthesis, Metal, Paint, and Composite Finishing, Particle board and Plywood Production, and the Primary Metals Manufacturing markets. Within these industries, a myriad of applications that utilize abrasive products to remove metal, wood or composites, achieve part shape or dimension, and / or to generate a specific surface finish is supported. These markets generate over $475M in North American revenues and also provides over $2.5 billion dollars in abrasive growth potential to Saint-Gobain Surface Solution’s Bonded, Coated, and Superabrasives businesses. Share growth is generated by deploying application engineering resources to differentiate our products and services at existing and potential customers thereby providing real process solutions and cost savings on site.
The Application Engineer will provide technical support, training and on-site applications assistance to field sales and our customers to assure results at target accounts. The goal is to increase market share profitably by offering value-added/differentiated products & services that solve technical problems and to satisfy or exceed the expectations of our customers. The Engineer’s efforts will also focus on determining product needs, developing marketing strategies and establishing cross-functional communications (SOA and R&D) & activities to develop new products that solve customer needs. End-use applications supported by this candidate include Automobile Assembly, Woodworking (furniture, cabinets, flooring), General Metalworking, Aerospace, Plate & Polish, Composites, Marine, Steel Mills and Foundries.
The Application Engineering position is a dynamic position requiring self-motivated and managed individuals who will aggressively and positively position us at our customers and in the assigned markets. The successful candidate will analyze requirements and competitive situations, initiate the development, testing, and introduction of new products and support key manufacturing initiatives for the Rough, Coated and Finishing applications/markets. The engineer will also participate with cross-functional teams as required, utilizing sales, manufacturing and product engineers and R&D as resources, to realize target account goals and corporate initiatives. Significant interaction with staff at various Customer Technical Centers and other customer corporate groups will be required to promote and support SGSS initiatives. The engineer will become the recognized expert in specific applications, offering training and managing support projects for sales, customers and OEM accounts. This position requires approximately 60% travel time in the field.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent and 5 years’ experience is desirable. Excellent verbal, written, presentation and computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) are required. Ability to be self-directed and motivated and work in a cross-functional team (Manufacturing – Product Management - Sales – Research & Development) environment is essential. Good process analytical and improvement skills and mechanical aptitude are required. A candidate that exhibits leadership skills, possesses the ability to create change in the organization around strategic initiatives, and who can grow into positions of increasing responsibility is highly desirable. Knowledge of process automation (including robotics) and WCM (World Class Manufacturing) tools and techniques is also desirable.
Saint-Gobain Abrasives is the world’s leading manufacturer of abrasives, offering powerful, precise and user friendly solutions enabling customers to shape and surface finish all types of material even the most complex and challenging applications across a diverse range of markets. Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users.
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