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Research Engineer, Plate and Hot Roll Applications

Company: HB Consultants LLC
Location: Cicero
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Job Description:

Research Engineer, Plate and Hot Roll Applications Chicago - Engineer/Senior Engineer to work out of the Global Research & Development Center in Chicago. Research and technical support focused in the area of application of plates and HR products for Energy and Industry. Position reports to Division Manager, Plates, Energy and Infrastructure Products Division Global R&D, but requires working in a team environment with shared technical and financial resources. Position requires working in the R&D labs, as well as travel to customer facilities and steel mills. Lead and facilitate technical support to and grow business with key customers and market segments as identified by commercial/marketing group. Develop and execute the account or market segment product strategy (in conjunction with account team) to maximize business and return maximum value to the company. Provide technical leadership and identify early involvement opportunities for strategic products with key customers and market segments that will result in future implementation of products. Develop and implement an appropriate response to the opportunities and threats presented by competitive materials and competitors. Conceive and propose technical/technology development projects to enhance our service to key customers and validate technical leadership. Ensure that company has the leading edge products that meet the customers current and future needs, and appropriate new products under development. Must work collaboratively with Quality, Technology, Operations and Commercial personnel, Global R&D colleagues and most importantly, with customers. High level planning and communication throughout a wide range of stakeholders within customers and company organizations. Work with the Global R&D team to enhance the materials database for plate and HR products from the company as well as benchmarking competitors comparable products. Develop strategic and tactical plans for technology development in support of corporate plans for targeted market segments and/or key customers. Leverage Global R&D resources and capabilities to initiate and execute early involvement projects with selected customers (external and internal) that would enable demonstration and implementation of products. Support and at times lead efforts to obtain (new) product source approvals company products at key customers. Articulate customer material requirements to the Product Development team/committee and follow development through the stage gate process. Support other organizations to address customer complaints/ challenges and propose technical/technology development projects to enhance our service to the customer. Participate in assigned industry/advisory bodies as needed to identify opportunities and assess competition as well as promote products. Maintain effective communication (written and other) with key organizational personnel and department in matters of general customer-related product applications activities, competitive quality issues, opportunistic trials, and relationship enhancement. Work collaboratively with Marketing, plants, and other R&D staff in order to contribute to innovative technical improvements in existing plate products and to develop new products. Knowledge of process steps (design associated with industrial product life cycle and criteria for materials selection for different applications is desirable, as is the ability to develop finite element analytical tools for modeling of materials behavior and properties e.g plate forming. Minimum Education Requirements: Masters Degree in Materials/Metallurgical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. Preferred Education Requirements: PhD in Materials/Metallurgical or Mechanical Engineering Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written. Ability to work in a team environment with shared responsibilities and resources. Motivated, self-starter who can initiate and execute R&D project plans internally and externally with minimal supervision. Ability to organize and participate in technical seminars or conferences for large groups.

Keywords: HB Consultants LLC, Cicero, Research Engineer, Plate and Hot Roll Applications, Engineering, Cicero, Illinois

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