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My client is a very progressive, fast growing company in St. Charles, Illinois that is a leader in scissor lifts (e.g., they are the #1 supplier to the U.S. Post Office). They are also a rare employer that stresses employee development including encouraging all their engineers to pursue a PE license. As you will probably agree this is rare for a manufacturing company.

They use SolidWorks CAD and have done so for 20 years. They also are a fully contained, U.S. operation with all design, engineering, purchasing and manufacturing at their St. Charles facility!

Why Consider this company?

  1. The VP of Engineering will be retiring in the next 3 years and they will be grooming you to replace him.
  2. Manage a team of 3 design engineers that will soon grow to 4 design engineers.
  3. They are the largest dock lift manufacturer in the U.S.
  4. They are expanding into new product lines, growing and room for advancement.
  5. Full project responsibilities including a) working on electrical, hydraulic, structural and mechanical and b) working with all the departments at the company including sales, the shop and the production department.

Company keys:

  1. Full manufacturing capabilities
  2. Processes: 1) cutting, burning and shaping of steel 2) welding of steel into structures 3) machining and 4) final assembly including painting and testing of products before shipping to customers.
  3. Materials: 1) mostly mild steel 2) some medium hardness steels and 3) grades of steel: 836 for plates and 1020 for bars and 1045-cylinder rod bars (higher strength).
  4. They have over 1600 products in their catalog and every one of their products can be modified.
  5. They focus mostly on value added, custom products.
  6. They currently have 10 total in engineering: a) 5 degreed engineers and b) the rest are designers or drafters.
  7. They currently have 3 design engineers (soon adding their 4th).
  8. They are the largest dock lift manufacturer in the U.S.
  9. They are expanding into new product lines, growing as a company and there is room for advancement.
  10. 62 total employees.
  11. Targeting $14 million in sales this year.
  12. Low volume, larger, custom products

What they are seeking:

  1. 10 to 20 years’ work experience in machinery manufacturing environment.
  2. S.M.E. or equivalent
  3. PE license (or open to getting one).
  4. NOT designing smaller, high production products (e.g., connectors).
  5. Designing Low volume, larger, custom and larger equipment and products ( products made from steel).
  6. Ideally from: Caterpillar, Elgin Sweeper or custom packaging equipment (Key: they are considering moving into making packaging machinery = so this would be a plus).

Job Duties:

  1. Manage a group of 3 design engineers (soon to be 4 in design engineering).
  2. Managing projects ranging from standard products to custom orders.
  3. Provide direction for their design engineering department for engineers to provide value added, custom products (makes them more money).
  4. Almost no travel or customer meetings (Key: Sales handles most of the customer meetings). There may be some customer interface, but that will be handled mostly by phone.
  5. They have been working 100% on-site in St. Charles.
  6. Compiling bills of material
  7. Evaluating and meeting customer requests.
  8. Customizing current products.
  9. SolidWorks CAD
  10. Full project responsibilities including a) working on electrical, hydraulic, structural and mechanical and b) working with all the departments at the company including sales, the shop and the production department.
  11. Designing Low volume, larger, mostly custom and larger equipment and products.

If Interested, contact our retained consultant:

Scott Sargis
President
Strategic Search Corporation
312-944-4000
https://strategicsearch.com