Aluminum Product and Technology Manager in Traverse City, MI at ITW

Date Posted: 9/10/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Hobart Brothers LLC, an Illinois Tool Works Company, is a recognized leader in the manufacturing and distribution of welding consumables world-wide.  We seek talented achievers and individuals looking for potential future growth opportunities.

Basic Description:

This is a unique leadership role within the Hobart Aluminum business.  This person will serve as head of aluminum wire product and technology efforts.  These responsibilities include product development and innovation, quality system accountability, and managing pricing agreements.  The primary challenge of this position is the directing of technical and commercial processes to keep Hobart Aluminum the premier supplier of aluminum welding wire in North America.

The Hobart Filler Metal division is part of ITW Welding North America.  This role will have a high degree of autonomy and will support one of the accelerated growth segments within Hobart Brothers.  He/she will be based in Traverse City, Michigan and will report to the Business Unit Manager, who is located in Troy, Ohio.

 Essential Functions:

  • Develop and execute overall vision and strategy for the aluminum wire product line.

  • Ensure that all products sold are manufactured, tested, and meet the requirements of controlling societies, customer and certification registry specifications and standards.

  • Develop technologically advanced product characteristics and products.

  • Significant involvement in various levels of aluminum training offered within and outside the organization.

  • Help develop new ideas based on contact with customers and prospects.

  • Responsible for growth, market performance, and margin management.

  • Support aluminum technology intellectual property activities.

  • Responsible for supplier qualification and quality.

  • Act as a conduit of communication between sales/marketing and the operations team.

  • Accountable to work and support Hobart Brothers’ quality management systems.

  • Manage the customer technical support system and the customer complaint system, communications with the customers and plant corrective action requirements.

  • Participate in industry society and association code and standards writing committees, where appropriate.

  • Develop and promote a culture that encourages integrity, respect, trust, shared risk, and simplicity.

  • Live and breathe the 80/20 philosophy and be able to thrive in a decentralized, entrepreneurial culture.

Job Requirements

  • B.S. degree in Metallurgical or Materials Engineer.  MBA or some business experience OR desire is preferred.

  • Demonstrated work experience in the manufacture of aluminum, its alloys, alloy properties and product manufacturing such as wire drawing, rolling, forging and/or extrusion.

  • Experience in and/or a strong desire to gain commercial and business responsibility/experience.

  • Strong knowledge OR interest in welding processes and wire drawing processes required.

  • Team player with a positive attitude, high motivation, and solid decision making.

  • Thrive in a culture with a high degree of trust and a high degree of accountability.

  • Ability to build relationships among employees among employees, distributors, and key end-users.

  • Comfortable presenting and facilitating before groups.

  • Ability to succeed in a fast-moving environment that values an entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Expected travel is approximately 20%.

    We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including medical and dental insurance, life, short and long-term disability insurance, Holiday, and vacation pay, 401(k) with liberal matching funds, and educational reimbursement.

    For more information on Hobart Brothers, please visit our web site at If this is a description of your background and expertise, please send your resume and salary requirements to:

    Apply to:          Amy Lucas – Human Resources Manager

                              HOBART BROTHERS LLC

                             101 Trade Square East

                             Troy, OH  45373

    FAX:                 937-332-5302


    An Equal Opportunity Employer


    Hobart Brothers LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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