Position: Technical Specialist

Location: Positions available at various IMEC field office locations statewide.

Position Description and Responsibilities

The IMEC Technical Specialist initiates and maintains relationships with manufacturers, assesses their challenges and opportunities, supports IMEC consulting teams by helping manufacturing clients optimize their performance, and sells IMEC’s manufacturing improvement capabilities and resources. Technical Specialists provide direct consultation to manufacturers within their own area of expertise, prepare proposals, deliver sales presentations, and manage project engagements. They also develop and manage subcontractors, and participate on IMEC’s service development and process improvement teams.

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years experience working with manufacturing companies with a career progression that includes leadership responsibility. Master’s degree preferred. An emphasis in Engineering, Technology, Marketing, or Operations Management is preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Particular consideration will be given to candidates with the proven ability to lead companies down a path of continuous improvement, with the demonstrated capacity to diagnose company needs and effectively communicate IMEC’s value to all levels of the company, from production personnel to top management. Experience in providing services in one or more of the following areas: strategic marketing, information technology, strategic and operational planning, lean manufacturing & waste reduction, plant layout, process optimization, product development, quality systems, Six Sigma, and supply chain development.

Candidates should be sincerely interested in helping manufacturers implement new manufacturing techniques and processes. Must have good computer skills and be a strong written and verbal communicator. An IMEC Technical Specialist will need tact and diplomacy in dealing with manufacturers, professional associations, government stakeholder representatives, and other service providers.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to synthesize and present highly technical data succinctly to nontechnical business executives, and interact effectively with all levels of a manufacturing organization.

Position requires travel to remote manufacturing facilities across the state. Driving is an essential function of the job. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. This position has a lifting requirement of up to 70 pounds. Applicants must be capable of accessing manufacturing facilities which may not be ADA accessible.

Salary Range

Dependent upon Qualifications. Excellent benefits and working environment.

Classification

Full-time

Application Requirements

Submit cover letter (including desired office location), a resume, and contact information for three business references.

Anticipated Start

Flexible

IMEC and its Subrecipient organizations, including Bradley University, SIU, NIU, and UIC are EOE/AA/M/F/Disabled/Veteran Employers.

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