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  • Join Us!
    For almost 30 years, HydraForce has been producing the most innovative electro-hydraulic control solutions for the mobile machinery and industrial equipment markets.

    Our products live in a broad range of applications;
    • Agricultural and Turf Care Machinery
    • Construction and Road-Building Equipment
    • Material Handling and Personnel-Lift Equipment
    • Transmission, Engine and Powertrain Controls
    • Forestry and Resource Management Equipment
    • Refuse and Waste Handling Equipment
    • Injection Molding and Press Machinery
    • Other Specialized Mobile and Industrial Applications

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  • HydraForce Ltd. Named Manufacturer of the Year at “Made in the Midlands” Awards Night
    HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd. was named Large Manufacturing Company of the Year at the “Made in the Midlands” Awards night to celebrate manufacturing excellence. The event is organized by Insider Media Limited, the United Kingdom’s national Business to Business media company.

    For those outside the UK, the “Midlands” is the geographic region in the center of England which is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. Birmingham is its largest city.

    The award recognized HydraForce for actively investing in Midlands manufacturing by building a 120,000 square-foot production facility on Aston Hall Road in the Birmingham Advanced Manufacturing Hub, and employing more than 300 people there. “HydraForce showed dedication to exports, training and quality improvement and fought to stay in the Midlands,” said Jason Mohammad, the broadcasting personality who presented the award.

    Peter Macdonald, HydraForce Managing Director, and Christine Tolley, Human Resources Manager, accepted the Award at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC, along with a team of employees from across the business.

    HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd. was one of eight companies recognized at the event in this particular category. The others included Purity Brewing Company, Fracino Expresso Machines, Cooper Research Technology, ECAM, Portmeirion Group, Warner Edwards Distillery and Sorion Electronics.

    HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd., designs and manufactures high performance electrohydraulic control products at its new 120,000 sq. ft. production facility in Birmingham, Great Britain. The company employs 360 people in Birmingham and Europe and 1,000 worldwide.

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    PHOTO – The HydraForce Ltd. manufacturing team accepted the “Made in the Midlands” Top Manufacturer Award (left to right) Matt Harpin, Manifold Business Unit Manager; Phil O’Hare, OEM Warranty Manager; Michael Gillbee,Manufacturing Manager; Peter Macdonald, Managing Director; Mike Abbott, Valve Business Unit Manager; Paul Creighton, Stores, Despatch & Good In Manager; Mark Hyde,Plant Engineering Manager; Tina Averall, Customer Services Manager; Christine Tolley, Human Resources Manager; and Neil Kelleher, Financial Controller.


    Below is the link to the article in Great Britain’s Insider Media publication. Shown in the photo are (left to right) Peter Macdonald, Managing Director, HydraForce Ltd., Christine Tolley, Human Resources Manager, HydraForce Ltd., accepting the award from sponsor Andrew Forrest of Weightmans, a Birmingham legal firm.

    Click here to read the article


    Cultivating the Next Generation
    HydraForce Inc. was named Business Partner of the Year for providing an "exceptional experience" to high school students participating in the Illinois School District 211 Career Trek. The Lake County Herald published this article about the award.

    Click here to read the article

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    HydraForce Earns On-Time Delivery Award From
    Fluid System Components
    HydraForce was named Best On-Time Vendor Partner for 2015 by its distributor Fluid System Components. Craig Sinnott and Eric Lau accepted the award at the FSC sales meeting in April. HydraForce supplies FSC with a variety of hydraulic cartridge valves for use on mobile equipment. “I was honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the hard-working people at HydraForce, especially while standing in front of some of our competitors,” said Craig Sinnott, HydraForce General Sales Manager. “FSC is a good example of the talented distributors that represent HydraForce,” he added. “We were very pleased to accept the FSC on-time delivery award,” said Eric Lau, HydraForce Regional Sales Manager who handles the FSC account, “But the real credit should go to our production scheduler and his team on the plant floor. It’s due to their efforts that we were able to support FSC with on-time delivery last year and we’re very thankful for their efforts.”

    FSC is a fluid power distributor serving Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. They have been in business for over 45 years and, in addition to representing HydraForce and other respected brand names in the fluid power industry, they build hydraulic power units, manifold assemblies, electrical and electronic controls, and offer hydraulic repair services.

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    PHOTO – CLOCKWISE: Members of the HydraForce team at the 500 Barclay Blvd. plant in Illinois posed with Fluid System Components On-Time Vendor Partner Award. (left to right) Jose Valero, Ramiro Hurtado, Luis Cervantes, Gonzalo Samano, Tony Salgado, Laura O’Bryan, Primo Hernande. (not pictured) Nick Krams, Carla Wade. Closeup of the Award and some of the products used by FSC. At the HydraForce Innovation Center, Eric Lau is shown with the FSC Award.

  • Looking for a dynamic job in a fast growing market?
    If you are a college student (who has completed your freshman year of school) and are interested in a career in engineering, electronics, computer software development or manufacturing, we invite you to apply for a paid summer internship at the HydraForce Innovation and Technology Center located in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

    The Portal is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications for the Summer of 2018. Visit us in October for information about the Summer of 2019. Thank you.

    Interested candidates should send the following to employment@hydraforce.com to be considered for the position:

    • Current resume
    • Letter of recommendation from a professor in your major
    • Tell us why do you want to Intern at HydraForce?
    • Let us know what you hope to learn/gain from this experience.

    Documents must be in PDF or Word format. Please include specific position in subject line.

    *Please note that this program is open to undergraduate students only.
  • Current Job Openings in USA
    *Must be eligible to work in USA without sponsorship

       OPERATIONAL BUYER – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    Responsible for procuring material to production requirements, while following QCDS principles (Quality, Cost, Delivery, and Service). As liaison with our supplier base, responsible for further developing existing supplier relationships and reducing costs while insuring on time deliveries.

    Essential Duties and Experience:
    • Develop price and supply contracts in line with the strategic needs of the business, generating PPV through price negotiations
    • Analyse delivery schedules and monitor overdue purchase orders to insure on time deliveries, liaising with production control departments to insure accurate flow of delivery information
    • Develop and maintain relationships with existing suppliers, focusing on delivery adherence OTD, supplier quality development and delivery programs (Lean Replenishment System, Direct Line Feed, Vendor Managed Inventory etc).
    • Record inventory on a weekly basis, prepare and implement inventory reduction plans and analyse existing inventory for material obsolescence
    • Manage the implementation of last time buy procedures and categorization of material for obsolete status
    • Review performance against objectives to Purchasing Manager on a regular basis
    • Participate in suppler transition projects to identify new opportunities for the business
    • Identify under-performing vendors, working with the Purchasing Manager to create an improvement / exit strategy
    • Manage the phase-in and phase-out of parts required on a timely basis
    • Minimise financial and obsolete inventory risk by reviewing order commitments
    • Manage NCMR process to ensure continuous supply of conforming product
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s Degree within a business or engineering related discipline preferred OR 6 years relevant experience in lieu
    • Proven experience working in a Purchasing /Supply Chain role
    • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment required
    • Understanding of manufacturing techniques and processes essential
    • Understanding and ability to interpret engineering drawings
    • Working knowledge of high tolerance machined products
    • Working knowledge of secondary processes for machined products
    • Knowledge of the PPAP process
    • In depth knowledge of an ERP
    • Understanding of low volume purchasing

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       MARKETING COORDINATOR – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Description:
    The Marketing Coordinator will be a primary member of the HydraForce Marketing Team whose responsibilities include the support product opportunities, the establishment of marketing tools to support the defined markets, and the enhancement of both internal and external communication tools.

    The Marketing Coordinator will provide support in the following areas.


    Qualifications and Experience:
    • New Product Launch Support
    • Support as required by Global Marketing Manager
    • Product Obsolescence
    • Assist sales in identifying affected customers and transition opportunities
    • Marketing Data
      • Assist in maintaining sales records and reports.
      • Assist in reporting on KPI
    • Event Coordination
      • Planning of sales meetings (internal and external)
      • Planning of internal events related to sales and training visits
    • Support and maintenance of Customer Resource Management (CRM) system.
    • Maintaining lead assignment rules
    • Maintaining active accounts as they pertain to lead conversion
    • Maintaining shipping and payment terms
    • Marketing literature, product and merchandise
      • Assist in the procurement and inventory of product literature, display products and merchandise
      • Assist in maintaining sales records and reports.
    • Other
      • Other functions may be added as defined by management.

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • 4-year degree in Marketing or Business Administration or equivalent experience
    • Hydraulic or related industry experience desired
    • Computer proficiency in MS office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
    • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
    • Familiarity with HydraForce products and operations desired
    • Knowledge of Fourth Shift operating systems desired
    • Ability to work cooperatively with other HydraForce personnel, distributors and customers.

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       ESL Teacher – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • Teach English as a Second Language classes at HydraForce
    • Coordinate class schedules with students
    • Assist employees prepare for Citizenship exams
    • Develop and lead seminars on and assist individual employees with communications skills
    • Serve as a resource for employees with language issues
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Minimum 3 years’ experience teaching ESL classes
    • Bachelor’s degree in related area
    • Strong communications skills, written and oral
    • Outstanding organizational skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels in the organization

    Essential Requirements:
    • Previous experience with adult learners required
    • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate both shifts

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR — PM SHIFT – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • Direct and manage PM assembly, material handling, shipping & receiving and machining operations
    • Establish and monitor overall productivity for PM Production
    • Control and minimize labor overtime, freight and repair expenses
    • Interface with central operations management to insure smooth coordination of scheduling and maximization of schedule adherence
    • Provide direction, development and leadership to direct reports
    • Evaluate, recommend and implement improvements in methods and processes to increase productivity and quality
    • Assures a high level of utilization of machining capacity
    • Insure proper maintenance of equipment and building
    • Enforce safety and work rules and company housekeeping standards

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Minimum AA degree or in depth experience
    • Experience supervising a minimum of 75 associates
    • Experience in a manufacturing organization with at least 20mm in revenue
    • 8+ years of manufacturing experience; in a supervisory role
    • Able to interpret, analyze and synthesize information and make solid decisions
    • Strong problem solving skills; able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    • Technical capacity; basic understanding of hydraulics preferred
    • Able to mentor direct reports in company culture, tools, procedures, and policies
    • Excellent communication skills; able to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external customers and company management
    • Must be able to work under pressure as situation demands

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       QUALITY SYSTEM AUDITOR – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    Coordinates and administers internal and external audits as well as supporting 3rd party and customer audits as required.


    Duties and Responsibilities: The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • Effectively plan, communicate and audit within a defined scope
    • Gather, identify and classify objective evidence to support compliance or noncompliance of a requirement
    • Conduct interviews with various key personnel and resolve conflicts
    • On a timely basis, meet with managers prior to audits and establish guidelines and provide a list of information needed prior to the audit
    • Verify, document and communicate audit results
    • Schedule closing meetings with managers
    • Ensure corrective actions have been completed
    • Verify the effectiveness of corrective actions to close an audit nonconformance

    Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or significant auditing experience
    • Familiarity with ISO 9001 systems
    • Familiarity with quality system policies and procedures in a manufacturing environment
    • Completed Quality System Auditing course(s)
    • 1-5 years in field of Quality Engineering with emphasis in supplier development

    Skills and Abilities:
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees.
    • Acute attention to detail.
    • Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
    • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects
    • Requires the ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
    • Ability to write reports
    • Ability to effectively communicate with managers and other employees of the organization

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       PROCESS ENGINEERING MANIFOLD DOCUMENTATION TECHNICIAN –
       Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities: The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.

    • Assist with manifold production process creation in MES systems (Pivotware, Light Guide, Vision)
    • Assist with fixture design and creation
    • Assist Engineers on high level projects
    • Create Manufacturing Assembly Layouts (MAL’s) and Testing Control Plan’s (TCP’s) to manufacturing standards
    • Take Measurements on PPAP blocks
    • Prepare PPAP documentation packets for customer
    • Troubleshoot and assist Manifold line with testing and process failures
    • Work with Engineering and Product Teams to follow APQP and production procedures and create documentation for new products
    • Use Creo to create accurate drawings within the required timeframe
    • Use Light Guide and Pivotware to create torque guildlines
    • Use proprietary software to program XYZ location of robot arms
    • Use Cognex software to guide verification of manifolds
    • Collect data and use DMAIC to drive continuous improvement

    Education and Experience:
    • Two years Associate degree in Engineering and/or applicable experience in Assembly/Testing Environment
    • Experience in Creo
    • Basic flowchart creation and ability to translate into proprietary software for assembly
    • Experience in process engineering skill sets.
    • Experience or knowledge of APQP process including FMEA, Flow chart, control plan etc.
    • Experience in developing manufacturing processes, including assembly and test procedures used in production environment.
    • Knowledge of precision measuring tools and statistical analysis.
    • Previous Cognex camera software experience or similar a plus
    • Previous collaborative robot experience a plus
    • Previous experience in an ISO 9001 environment a plus

    Professional Skills:
    • Ability to work on assembly line if needed
    • Must have a strong technical background
    • Work well independently and in team settings
    • Must have good interpersonal skills
    • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
    • Must be able to follow instructions and work well under pressure
    • Good time management skills
    • Some basic Spanish a plus

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       ERP APPLICATIONS ANALYST– Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    Provides experienced business and technical systems analysis, development and systems support efforts for mission critical business processes and business applications. Works to improve the business by addressing problems and opportunities through improved business processes and enterprise applications. Involved in the entire project lifecycle and system support activities. Defines and configures ERP and other enterprise business applications to meet business objectives and ensures successful implementations and high quality support. Provides guidance to users, vendors and to less experienced applications development staff in incorporating solutions and developing business process and procedures to business opportunities and problems. Involved as appropriate in systems architecture, project planning, application development tools and methodology. As needed, supervises IT personnel, contractors and vendor personnel in completing small projects.


    Specific Responsibilities:
    • Work proactively with all levels in the business community to identify business functions and processes to which to apply information technology and generate increased profits.
    • As directed or as proactively needed, meet with user and IT management, staff and committees to identify business requirements, create system development plans, and define the objectives and scope of projects. Provide advice on business process and system designs that solve business problems or exploit business opportunities.
    • Develop strong working relationships with the user community to address business requirements, resolve problems, implement new systems, and identify opportunities for business improvement.
    • Provide technical expertise, basic training, and support for ERP and other enterprise business applications. Identify requirements, setup and configure the business application using the vendor provided or third-party development tool set; implement, test and maintain the configuration and integration or interface solutions.
    • Analyze, design and develop specifications for enhancements and extensions to ERP and other enterprise business system. Document procedures and records solutions to known problems.
    • Actively participate and support a project management culture and the organizational capabilities that deliver high quality, timely and cost-effective information technology solutions. Create and maintain the project development methodology and related standards.
    • Ensure that application, data and infrastructure architectures are documented and that updates are applied to these architectural documents as changes are made. Develop business systems and technology standards in accordance with architecture decisions to ensure business and IT developer productivity.
    • Contributes to the development and evolution of technical standards, and operational processes and policies of the IT division; trains less experienced staff on their use and ensures their use in the support and development activities.
    • Oversees key projects and development efforts to ensure a high-quality and efficient execution of the project from definition, planning, system design, solution development, testing, documentation and implementation. Reviews the progress of various IT projects manages related scope, costs and schedules. Reports progress to project teams, other IT management and to senior business management.
    • Generates business requirements and project economics, designs business processes and the related application systems, estimates resources and completion time frames. Develops high-quality solutions that meet or exceed technical and business standards.
    • Expands his/her own technical, business and managerial skills through participation on quality and process improvement teams, formal and informal training classes and seminars, self-study and “on-the-job” activities.

    Job Qualification Requirements:
    • Experience with modern enterprise packaged or cloud application software in a manufacturing or distribution industries is required. Global industrial or automotive manufacturing experience preferred.
    • Experience with the development and implementation of software in languages and tools that leverage and are compatible with the technologies and architecture of various mission critical business applications such as ERP, CRM, PLM, MES and other modern packaged or cloud based business application systems.
    • Experience with or exposure to as many of the following technologies as possible: Windows Server, SQL Server, IIS, Salesforce platform, modern languages (e.g., JAVA, C#)
    • Extensive experience in executing tasks related to project definition and planning, business and technical requirements development, costs and benefits details creation, and implementation tasks such as training, code development, systems and integration testing, and cutover support phases.
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills for interaction with the business users, IT team members and vendors are crucial.
    • A degree in information technology for business applications or equivalent work experience is required.

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       OPERATIONS MANAGER– Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The list of duties and responsibilities is representative and is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.


    • Planning & Scheduling of Workload
        o Work with Scheduling manager to develop
           capacity plans to ensure production has
           sufficient man power and time to manufacture
           and deliver on time
    • Operations and Production Performance
        o Monitor & adjust the production schedule as required and
           communicate any change to delivery date Facilities
        o Monitor & review manufacturing operations to ensure
           quality standards are used throughout the manufacturing
           process
        o Identify, recommend and implement changes to improve
           productivity, reduce cost, and minimize rework
        o Develop the manufacturing plan and establishes
           procedures for maintaining high standards of
           manufacturing
    • Facilities
        o Ensure all plant and equipment is maintained & repaired
        o Work with facilities management and manufacturing
           management to optimize shop flow
    • Quality assurance
        o Ensure production processes, equipment being used and
           working environment are all conducive to producing a
           high-quality product
    • Purchasing
        o Assist the Purchasing organization in the sourcing,
           negotiating and managing of the supply chain
    • Inventory Management
        o Work with the materials manager in organizing, planning
           and coordinating all inventory management activities
        o Ensure that shipping, receiving and the stock room are
           well organized and adequately resourced to sufficiently
           support production and the goals of the business
    • Financial Management
        o Effective oversight of the financial operations to ensure
           profitability and operating margins of production meet
           and exceed targets
        o Leadership, planning, and development of budgeting
           processes, financial planning and forecasting, and cost
           management; manages and monitors budget within
           constraints
    • Human Resources
        o Hire, train, develop and evaluate staff. Take corrective
           action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance
           with company policy. Ensure compliance with current
           federal, state and local regulations. Consults with
           Human Resources Department as appropriate
        o Ensure the optimum employee levels are maintained with
           least amount of overhead to meet annual productivity
           plan
        o Conduct and record performance feedback

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • BA/BS in industrial, mechanical or business administration, or a 4-year technical degree in related discipline.
    • 10+ years of experience in manufacturing management, preferably in a process-oriented operations and/or related industry. A minimum of 5 years of experience managing a significant segment of a large manufacturer or the entire operation of a smaller manufacturer.
    • 5 years of operations leadership experience in a process oriented manufacturer of minimum $100M annual revenue, and at least 250 total employees.
    • Experience in a multi-shift non-union environment with a global scope with logistics, shipping, suppliers, customers, and internal operations.

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       INCOMING QC INSPECTION – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    The list of duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Responsible for insuring inspection list is completed daily
    • Prepare and submit the gauges for calibration as needed
    • Order new gauges as needed
    • Coordinate workload for inspection staff – pull and return samples as needed
    • Insure compliance with inspection processes and procedures
    • Coordinate training of new staff and update training records as needed
    • Inspect parts as needed
    • Process NCMRs written for line rejections or written by incoming inspectors
    • Perform basic statistical studies as needed
    • Notify supervisor and other personnel of production problems and assist in identifying problems
    • Insure proper clean up and housekeeping procedures are followed
    • Comply with all safety regulations
    • Complete other tasks and responsibilities as assigned

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • 2+ years of manufacturing experience
    • Experience using inspection equipment (calipers, gauges, micrometers, etc.)
    • In depth knowledge of company products and procedures
    • Proven experience with Excel, Word and 4th Shift
    • Strong problem solving skills; able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    • Able to read, analyze and interpret blueprints, customer specifications, technical procedures, and governmental regulations
    • Strong communication skills; able to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external customers and company management
    • Must be able to work under pressure as situation demands
    • Able to create a collaborative team environment

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       MANUFACTURING ENGINEER – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • Work closely with Production cells to prevent and resolve problems with products and/or tooling/fixtures/machinery
    • Analyze and design manufacturing cells that conform to Lean Manufacturing standards
    • Answer technical questions about HydraForce Manufacturing processes and procedures
    • Troubleshoot and isolate production failures
    • Determine and eliminate root causes and diminish occurrences in the manufacturing process.
    • Create statistical analysis reports using Minitab
    • Participate in and support Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
    • Adhere to and insure all manufacturing safety policies and procedures are implemented and maintained at all times
    • Stay informed concerning new manufacturing technologies and equipment in order to manufacture and reduce cost through quality and efficiencies
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering
    • 2-4 year experience supporting a fast paced manufacturing environment and knowledge with MatLab
    • Experience in tool design and modifications, 3D Modeling experience a plus
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Strong problem solving capabilities
    • Hands-on, team oriented and committed to business improvement processes
    • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
    • Process-oriented mentality
    • Basic understanding of Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma methodology
    • Proficient with Microsoft Suite Software
    • Strong written and verbal English communication skills

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       MANIFOLD ASSEMBLERS (COMBOS) – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • This position requires an individual that is comfortable working with power tools and around oil
    • Receive, check, and clean parts necessary for orders
    • Pack manifolds as needed

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Our Manifolds range from 20 – 120lbs. Anything over 50lbs are moved using hoists
    • Able to read written instructions, visual control plans and diagrams
    • Ability to work in a fast paced assembly line
    • Ability to work well in a team environment
    • Flexibility and willingness to move within department
    • Ability to pay attention to detail
    • Ability to produce quality product, defect free
    • Mechanically inclined preferred
    • Previous manufacturing experience preferred, not required

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       TESTERS – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • Receive completed valves that require testing
    • Set up Test Stand according to the Test Control Plan
    • Set Test Stand to correct flow control
    • Record valves tested on the daily worksheet
    • Follow the standards on the Test Control Plan to insure the test is done to specifications
    • Separate valves that fail from those that pass
    • Deliver passed valves to the holding area and failed valves to rework

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Able to read written instructions, control plans and blueprints
    • Able to compute percentages and work with numbers
    • Previous manufacturing experience preferred, testing experience a plus
    • Knowledge of testing procedures preferred, not required
    • Flexibility and willingness to move within department
    • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       VALVE ASSEMBLERS – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as the company may deem necessary and to support our mission statement.

    • This position requires an individual with good finger dexterity- able to handle small parts
    • Able to read and understand work orders, follow written documentation and visual control plans
    • Able to work in a fast paced team environment. Assembly processes can range from simple to complex tasks

    Qualifications and Experience:
    • Previous exposure to manufacturing preferred
    • Ability to work in a team environment
    • Attention to detail and quality
    • Flexibility and willingness to move within the plant
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time and move around the work cell

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       MANIFOLD DESIGN ENGINEER – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Our Design Engineering Department has an opening for a Manifold Design Engineer at our facility in Lincolnshire, IL.

    Position Summary:
    Under the direction of the Manifold Design Engineering Group Manager, the Manifold Designer assists in the development of new products, solving design problems; adapt, alter, or improve existing products, from documented requirement outlines.

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Interpret design input and translate into design of custom hydraulic manifold housings and develop detailed drawings for manufacturing and assembly of the manifolds.
    • Investigate and resolve technical issues associated with design and manufacturing of the manifold.
    • Communicate with sales to resolve design issues, and work closely with manufacturing and suppliers to assist with design issues.
    • Produce and maintain design drawings in the computerized system.
    • Redesign standard products, improving quality and productivity, while reducing costs.
    • Meet engineering standards, applicable procedures, customer specifications within cost constraints.
    • Participate in cross-functional teams to address and resolve manufacturing, design and quality problems, and ensure the continuous, on-going improvement of processes and methods.
    • Comply with all quality and safety regulations.
    • Adapt, alter, or improve existing products working from documented requirement outlines.
    • May direct the activities of a Drafter.

    Education and Experience:
    • Associate’s Degree with two years’ experience in a manufacturing environment, required.
    • CAD proficiency is required. 3-D modeling, AutoCAD and Pro-E preferred.
    • Experience in hydraulic manifold design or complex layout design is preferred.
    • Firm understanding of drafting practices.
    • Working knowledge of geometric tolerancing practices required.
    • Familiarity with CNC milling machines and metal cutting methods, preferred.
    • Knowledge of hydraulic principles strongly preferred.
    • Basic understanding of valve types and functions, preferred.
    • Understanding of valve symbols and port logic, preferred.
    • Understanding of the interactions of Sales, Engineering, Purchasing, MRP, Quality, Suppliers and Manufacturing.

    Skills:
    • Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities.
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
    • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
    • Must work well under time constraints and pressure.
    • Must be able to work well independently and in group settings.
    • Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to solve technical problems within current industry technology.

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – Distributor Sales Team – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    As an experienced sales professional, you will join our team to support HydraForce distributors in North America. In this role, you will leverage account management, project management and technical skills to proactively increase revenue and relationships.


    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Project Management – Work with commercial and technical documents throughout the business process. Manage manifold design projects. Coordinate product development, develop pricing and lead negotiations.
    • Account Management – Execute the sales strategy, and contribute to forecasting and resource planning. Identify opportunities for innovation, growth and value for our customers.
    • Relationship Management – Ensure excellent communication and build trust with integrity.

    Qualifications:
    • Education – A bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent experience.
    • Work experience – A background in sales of hydraulics is preferred. Prior cartridge valve experience is a plus..
    • Technical aptitude – Able to read circuit schematic drawings and a general understanding of manufacturing terminology.


    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – Key Account Team – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    As an experienced sales professional, you will join our team to support one of our largest clients in the North American region. In this role, you will leverage large account management, project management and technical skills to proactively increase revenue and relationships.


    Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Project Management – Work with commercial and technical documents throughout the business process. Manage the product life cycle and prioritize programs. Coordinate product development, develop pricing and lead negotiations.
    • Large Account Management – Execute the sales strategy, and contribute to forecasting and resource planning. Identify opportunities for innovation, growth and value for our customers.
    • Relationship Management – Ensure excellent communication and build trust with integrity.

    Qualifications:
    • Education – A bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent experience.
    • Work experience – A background of OEM sales in hydraulics is preferred. Prior cartridge valve experience is a plus.
    • Technical aptitude – Able to read circuit schematic drawings and a general understanding of manufacturing terminology.


    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       HYDRAULIC CARTRIDGE VALVE DESIGN ENGINEER – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Our Lincolnshire facility has a design engineering opportunity in the cartridge valve group to support development of hydraulic cartridge valves.

    Responsibilities:
    Main responsibilities will involve generating concepts/designs for new valve products plus modifying and improving existing valve products relative to meeting design objectives. These responsibilities can include project activities such as concept development, planning, modeling, analysis, prototype development and testing coordination, etc.


    Education and Experience:
    • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field with solid background in fluid mechanics. Other experiences and background in design, FEA and structural mechanics are desired.
    • A minimum of 2 years experience in hydraulic valve design, preferably valves for mobile off-highway construction & agricultural equipment.
    • Experience in Pro/E or equivalent CAD systems.

    Skills:
    • Must have strong technical and problem solving skills.
    • Must be able to meet deadlines.
    • Must have good interpersonal skills.
    • Must be able to work well independently and in group settings.
    • Must have good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

       SENIOR APPLICATION ENGINEER – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Our Sales Department has an opening for a Senior Application Engineer.

    Position Summary:
    The ideal candidate will have advanced experience in Application Engineering for a minimum of 10 years in the hydraulics industry. Experience and knowledge of hydraulic cartridge valves, integrated valve circuits, and associated hydraulic / electronic systems are essential. This position is based out of Lincolnshire location.


    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.


    • Provide advanced application support for sales people and application engineers.
    • Review technical proposals created by application engineers and sales people to assure thoroughness and correctness.
    • Work closely with regional managers to coordinate work load and development of other application engineers.
    • Limited international travel.
    • Design custom hydraulic integrated circuits based on customer input.
    • Work on site with customers to develop new circuits and commission the circuits.
    • Assist customers with hands-on trouble shooting.
    • Collect data and develop engineering reports based on valve tests.
    • Collaborate regularly with design engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing.
    • Communicate with clients, sales managers, and engineering to resolve design input issues.
    • Investigate and resolve technical issues associated with design and manufacturing of an integrated circuit as well as electrical controls.

    Qualifications:
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Education and Experience:
    • Extensive knowledge in hydraulic / electronic circuits and systems.
    • Advanced experience working with vehicle systems (engine, drive-train, hydraulics.
    • Knowledge of various engineering disciplines such as strength of materials, electrical systems, fabrication, PLC programming, etc. is required.
    • Advanced engineering degree or minimum 10 years of experience in a similar position.

    Skills:
    • Must be able to work independently as well as in a team setting.
    • Must have strong technical skills.
    • Must be able to build and maintain relationships with co-workers and customers.
    • Must be highly motivated and creative.
    • Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Must be able to work well under pressure.
    • Must be able to travel when necessary.

    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened. Or you can mail or fax your resume to our
    North American Headquarters at the address/number noted below.

     

    Current Job Openings in UK

       CUSTOMER SERVICES ASSISTANT MANAGER – UK

    To support our continuous growth, we have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Manager within our Customer Services Team, this role will report to the Customer Services Manager and will have day to day responsibility for the Customer Service Representatives/Administrators.

    You will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Customer Services Team to ensure delivery of a quality, responsive service and full support to HydraForce customer base, liaising with internal departments in order to achieve excellent service delivery.


    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • To provide direct supervision of the team in the daily delivery of the customer services operations to meet business requirements, proactively identifying issues and delivering solutions, including:
    • Supervising the processing of customer orders and prototypes including analysis, pricing, shipping commitments, EDI, correspondence and the necessary customer services connected with the operation
    • Liaising with technical support staff, manufacturing and engineering staff and external regional managers
    • Providing training and guidance to the team to enable them to successfully deliver role requirements and objectives and enhance customer interface
    • To support with management of all staff related matters, including performance issues, conduct annual reviews and set individual and team objectives
    • To attend Production meetings and provide feedback to team/customers accordingly
    • Deputise for the departmental manager, either during absence or as required in undertaking specific tasks and projects
    • To develop a full understanding of product in order to guide the team in relation to product description and pricing, including a full understanding of company pricing system to be able to provide support and supervision to team regarding price make-up and queries
    • Contribute to the formulation of the departmental Functional Operational Plan to support the business strategy, identifying opportunities and achieving best value outcomes
    • To investigate, coordinate and resolve product complaints, pricing issues, repairs, credits and invoice issues
    • Responsible for production of departmental reports, liaising with appropriate internal stakeholders to resolve issues
    • Check and process customer orders/sales orders/prototypes, resolving any price queries before processing, ensuring quoted prices are implemented where necessary
    • Record and log product complaints, liaising with internal departments and customers as required during the returns process

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Proven supervisory experience in Customer Services, gained in a high volume, complex manufacturing environment
    • Proven track record in leading, coaching and motivating a team to ensure that the highest level of customer service is provided
    • Use or knowledge of EDI system essential
    • Understanding of export procedures would be advantageous and any European language skills would be an advantage, although not essential
    • Previous experience in the use of E Business systems and procedures
    • Computer literate, with sound knowledge of Microsoft packages
    • Educated to A Level or equivalent

    Closing date for applications: Friday 24th August.

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    careers-ltd@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

       MANUFACTURING ENGINEER – UK

    Due to continuous growth we are currently recruiting a Manufacturing Engineer to provide technical support to the Production Departments by identifying the operations required to produce products and developing processes to ensure quality, cost and efficiency requirements are met on a timely basis and in accordance with business needs.

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Provide full engineering and technical support across the manufacturing department to ensure that production operating levels are achieved and maintained
    • Manage internal projects within agreed timeframes and to budget, to achieve agreed objectives and meet business needs
    • Produce and maintain relevant internal documentation to company standards, ensuring they are clear, concise and understandable for all users
    • Coach and support staff where required through knowledge sharing and best engineering practices
    • Generate, develop and update Process Control Plans (PCPs), Visual Control Plans (VCPs), Test Control Plans (TCPs), FMEAs and Control Plans
    • Design and develop lean manufacturing cells, through analysis of process needs to include process assembly and test equipment. Work with Manufacturing Services to ensure factory layouts are kept up-to-date and meet business requirements as practices change and evolve
    • Design and develop assembly and testing fixtures to meet the departmental needs, liaising with the Manufacturing Services staff when required to arrange fabrication
    • Identify and lead cost reduction and process efficiency improvement activities, including provision of relevant documentation relating to cost savings and proposed efficiencies
    • Support prototype builds ensuring that all special requirements are met within agreed timescales
    • Support production by working closely with Team Leaders to fulfil requests for tooling and providing assistance where required
    • Specify and purchase facilities to aid production, liaising with relevant internal departments where necessary obtaining best value to meet production needs
    • Work with the Quality Department to improve quality of products and processes and assist with investigations regarding returns field issues and Customer rejects
    • Implement and monitor Lean Manufacturing processes ensuring that best practice is achieved and maintained
    • Identify, justify and implement improvement opportunities
    • Liaise with personnel at parent company, to control and co-ordinate new valve builds from USA
    • Use statistical tools to validate new processes or equipment or changes to existing processes or equipment
    • Observe and comply with best practice in relation to Health & Safety and Environmental

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • HNC/HND or Degree level in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering or qualified by experience
    • Proven experience of working in a fast paced, manufacturing environment
    • Experienced in managing projects, delivering on time and within budget
    • Good working knowledge of 3D CAD systems – Creo advantageous
    • Working knowledge of hydraulics and/or pneumatics advantageous but not essential
    • Thorough understanding and experience in application of lean principles, including Kaizen, 5s and Kanban
    • 6 Sigma qualification advantageous

    Additional to a competitive salary we also offer the following benefits:
    • 33 days Holiday
    • Life Cover (4x Annual Salary)
    • Contributory Pension Scheme
    • Annual profit share
    • On Site Car Parking
    • Private Health Care
    • Travel Card Loan Scheme
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Corporate Workwear

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    careers-ltd@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

       PROJECT ENGINEER – UK

    Due to continuous growth, we are currently recruiting a Project Engineer. This is a newly created role within our Manufacturing Engineering division which will have the responsibility for a team of Engineers. You will also be responsible for delivering multiple, complex Manufacturing Engineering projects to a high standard within agreed time-scales and budgets and will involve planning, executing and reporting on projects, coordinating activities amongst various internal departments and external suppliers.

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Develop, implement and sustain an agreed project management framework, by reviewing project proposals and plans and conferring with stakeholders to understand and scope requirements
    • Plan, execute and deliver projects within agreed timescales and budgets to the company’s technical, quality, environmental and health and safety requirements
    • Determine, justify and secure capital investment for projects and monitor expenditure to ensure budget requirements are met
    • Prepare project status reports by collecting, analysing, summarising information and trends, identifying and escalating risks and recommending actions
    • Escalate identified risks to stakeholders, developing and proposing appropriate and timely solutions to mitigate impact on the project
    • Assist and support colleagues and engineers with critical tasks to ensure on-time delivery of projects
    • Coach and support staff where required to achieve good practices in project activities and outcomes
    • Identify and lead cost reduction and process efficiency improvement activities
    • Continuously improve the Project Engineering function through identification of good practice and improved processes
    • Develop engineers as required to continuously improve on project delivery through knowledge sharing and coaching
    • Approve specifications/drawings to project requirements and company standards
    • Liaise with and effectively manage suppliers to ensure delivery of business and project requirements
    • To motivate and develop staff to ensure that they fulfil their roles and meet targets effectively and to agreed quality standards, including coaching direct reports to help them further develop in their own roles
    • Effectively manage all employment matters, including recruitment, development and disciplinary issues within the teams, working with HR where appropriate to address and resolve issues accordingly

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • HNC/HND or Degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering or qualified by experience
    • Experienced in managing complex projects, delivering on time and within budget
    • Proven experience as a Project Engineer delivering projects in a manufacturing environment
    • Significant proven experience in successfully managing complex projects
    • Qualification in project management or equivalent preferred
    • Proven experience of managing a team
    • 6 Sigma qualification advantageous

    Additional to a competitive salary we also offer the following benefits:
    • 33 days Holiday
    • Life Cover (4x Annual Salary)
    • Contributory Pension Scheme
    • Annual profit share
    • On Site Car Parking
    • Private Health Care
    • Travel Card Loan Scheme
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Corporate Workwear

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    careers-ltd@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

       STRATEGIC BUYER - 12 MONTH FTC – UK

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Project manage NPI's into HydraForce through driving supplier selection to preferred suppliers and developing a sustainable purchasing strategy for the new product to meet the business need
    • Providing the Operational buyer with a first point of contact for advice / approval of any material cost change.
    • Creation of price and supply contracts, generation of PPV through price negotiations.
    • Development of existing suppliers, activities to include value engineering programs, sub assembly opportunities, value stream mapping, supplier benchmarking, and delivery programs
    • Instigate and effectively manage supplier transition projects, ensuring you are the point of contact for all commercial issues relating to transitions, in addition to general responsibility for project
    • Identification of non-strategic and poor performing vendors. Creation of resource packages, to include drawings / specification, annual volumes, and target pricing for strategic vendors to quote.
    • Work closely with the accounts department to ensure standard costs are maintained, advising of changes in standard cost following cost reduction / increase and creation of new materials.
    • Manage the creation and completion of the PPAP process and also support root cause analysis for any supplier concerns.
    • Minimising financial and obsolete inventory risk
    • Collate information on Strategic Purchasing activities and objectives. Present performance against objectives to Head of Purchasing
    • Responsible for the analysis of product/category characteristics
    • Undertake ongoing review of current and future spend for defined category
    • Understand and analyse supply market to look for future trends and new technologies
    • Model supplier costs and performance drivers
    • Create & develop category strategy and business case aligned to strategic plans
    • New supplier identification, qualification and development in conjunction with SQA
    • Owner of business reviews at supply base with Strategic Suppliers
    • 25% International travel required to support China / Brazil with sourcing

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Degree within a business related discipline preferred and or CIPS qualification
    • Proven experience within a similar purchasing / supply chain role is essential
    • Experience of working in a manufacturing/engineering environment essential
    • Project Management experience essential
    • Experience of manufacturing techniques and processes beneficial
    • An understanding of low volume purchasing would be advantageous
    • Qualified in engineering discipline advantageous

    Additional to a competitive salary we also offer the following benefits:
    • 33 days Holiday
    • Life Cover
    • Contributory Pension Scheme
    • Discretionary annual profit share bonus
    • On Site Car Parking
    • Private Health Care
    • Travel Card Loan Scheme
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Corporate Workwear

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    careers-ltd@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

       MAINTENANCE ENGINEER – UK

    Due to continuous growth Hydraforce Hydraulics are currently recruiting a Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical and/or Electrical biased) to join us at our advanced manufacturing hub in Birmingham.

    You will join our Plant Engineering team and assist in the provision of engineering support across the business and support with process improvements and designs where required.

    You will work the following shifts on a weekly rotation:
    5am-1:30pm & 1:30pm-9:30pm.


    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Provision of ongoing maintenance within the Plant Engineering department, identifying issues, analysing malfunctioning equipment and systems, recommending corrective action and on approval make repairs or modifications under the direction of the Plant Engineers/Manager, monitoring solutions to ensure their effectiveness
    • Support the Plant Engineering Manager in the implementation and enforcement of procedures to ensure that deadlines are met in accordance with agreed practices
    • Work with the Plant Engineering Manager/Engineers in the development of colleagues to agreed company standards in working practices and processes
    • arrying out periodic preventive maintenance on plant machinery and equipment
    • Regularly check quality of instrumentation to meet production, safety and legal requirements
    • To assist with project work as required
    • Support team building and promote good working relations through example and good practice
    • Support colleagues in the identification of improvement activities and problem solving and participate in appropriate activities on an ad hoc basis
    • Liaise with Manufacturing Engineers or Managers to ensure departmental needs are met in a timely and efficient manner
    • Provide technical advice in troubleshooting and problem solving situations and technical support on projects as required
    • Support Apprentices with advice and guidance where appropriate

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Completion of Advanced Apprenticeship, HNC or higher qualification in Mechanical/Electrical or related discipline
    • IET BS7671 17th edition – advantageous
    • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment
    • Working knowledge of hydraulics and/or pneumatics
    • Experience of a General Machining Workshop including Turning, Milling and fitting of manual tools would be advantageous.

    Skills:
    • Superb attention to detail and good concentration skills
    • A strong determination to get things right first time and excellent manual dexterity
    • Computer literate, with knowledge of Microsoft packages
    • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    • Familiar with ISO 9000, knowledge of ISO 14000 would be advantageous
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to express ideas, share technical information and communicate at all levels
    • Self-motivated and a quick learner and capable of multi-tasking and comfortable when working under pressure in a limited time span
    • Good analytical skills and logical reasoning – fault finding

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    careers-ltd@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

       TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER (HYDRAULICS) – UK

    As an Engineer within Technical Support, you will be reposnsible for providing technical advice and expertise to both HydraForce Customers and Internal Departments such as Applications, Design, Quality, Manufacturing and Customer Services, aswell as supporting our Regional Sales Managers to ensure the effective provision of information and advice that meets our customer needs.

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Review, advise and process system design requests from customers for new applications and product development.
    • Support Regional Sales Managers within their customer facing activities
    • Generate full cost analysis breakdowns for accurate sales quotations
    • Project manage developments from inception through to end of life
    • Work with Application Engineers in developing proposals to customer requirements
    • Propose cost effective solutions to system requirements
    • Answer technical questions on hydraulic products, application of product and hydraulic systems recommendations
    • Develop, test and deliver professional reports on custom hydraulic integrated circuits to conform to customer requirements.
    • Field support for installation and hands-on trouble shooting of hydraulic integrated circuits and control systems
    • Participate in high level technical discussions at customers premises.
    • Integrate electro-hydraulic control systems with OEM specific electronic architecture
    • Monitor and work within OEM customer’s websites to ensure project requirements / opportunities are identified and supported accurately, using company resources as required
    • Support the production departments in the generation of test controls plans
    • Provide support at overseas sales exhibitions where required
    • Provide onsite training on HydraForce hydraulic and software products
    • Provide support for warranty returns inclusive of delivering reports

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Degree educated within Engineering or qualified by relevant experience.
    • Proven experience of Off-Highway, Construction, Agricultural and Industrial hydraulic systems Advantageous
    • Computer literate, with sound knowledge of Microsoft packages and experienced in use of MRP systems.
    • Experience of working within a manufacturing environment essential.
    • Knowledge of the PPAP process.
    • Awareness of lean manufacturing techniques.

    Skills:
    • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Able to work as effective member of team, collaborating where required to achieve optimum outcomes
    • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    • Ability to multi task and prioritise
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with people at all levels

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    careers-ltd@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

     

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    Current Job Openings in South America

      REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – São Paulo, Brazil

    HydraForce Mission Statement
    To create world wide customer delight by providing the highest quality products and the most responsive customer support in the world at a globally competitive cost.


    Duties & Responsibilities:
    The list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.


    • Represent the HydraForce brand name with integrity at Distributors and OEM’s.
    • Call on distributors and OEM’s accounts throughout South America by providing support through customer visits, quotes, technical support, and training. Work on new business based on market demand.
    • Coordinating technical and engineering services, essentially a liaison between distributors/OEM and HydraForce on engineering matters.
    • Submit i-Design projects to Technical Services at HydraForce. Follow through to project completion.
    • Submit all quotes related to current or prospective business.
    • Maintain the status of opportunities, projects, and quotations in Salesforce.
    • Work with HydraForce customer service on delivery concerns/expedites.
    • Work with the Sales Manager and the Global Pricing Manager on issues relating to price.
    • Follow through with HydraForce manufacturing for all quality and delivery related concerns, including corrective action and root cause analysis.
    • Work with Sales/Marketing and sending all technical bulletins or engineering changes.
    • Work with RMA department/Quality department on processing customer returns and sending out appropriate reports to distributor/customers on analysis.

    Qualifications:
    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Education and Experience:
    This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Hydraulic Cartridge industry experience of at least 6 years.


    Professional Skills:
    • Must be able to work both in a team and independently.
    • Must have some experience with hydraulic valves and circuitry.
    • Must be able to maintain professional relationships with co-workers and clients.
    • Must be able to communicate professionally verbally and written in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
    • Must have systematic and analytical thinking

    Personal Skills:
    • Must be self motivated.
    • Must be able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
    • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Must be able to maintain a positive attitude.

    Quality, Environmental Health and Safety:
    • Read and understand Quality; Environmental; Health & Safety policy and discuss with their immediate superior any specific points which require clarification.
    • Take reasonable care for their own safety and those around them who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
    • Co-operate with the company in achieving and maintaining Quality, Environmental Health and Safety standards where relevant and as directed.
    • Report to their manager any actual or potential risks, accidents or dangerous occurrences that they identify in the work place.

    System Security Requirements:
    • To ensure the confidentiality and integrity of HydraForce information is maintained and is not compromised.
    • To observe and adhere to IT policies and procedures in effect at any given time.
    • To report any security incident or perceived irregularity to their Supervisor and the IT Department.

    Work Environment:
    The work environment described here are representative of those an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee will primarily be in an office setting. On occasion the employee will be required to go out on the manufacturing floor for varying periods of time. The noise levels in both environments are moderate.


    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    EdnaS@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements

     

    Current Job Openings in Germany

       TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER (HYDRAULICS) – UK

    As an Engineer within Technical Support, you will be reposnsible for providing technical advice and expertise to both HydraForce Customers and Internal Departments such as Applications, Design, Quality, Manufacturing and Customer Services, aswell as supporting our Regional Sales Managers to ensure the effective provision of information and advice that meets our customer needs.

    Duties & Responsibilities:
    • Review, advise and process system design requests from customers for new applications and product development.
    • Support Regional Sales Managers within their customer facing activities
    • Generate full cost analysis breakdowns for accurate sales quotations
    • Project manage developments from inception through to end of life
    • Work with Application Engineers in developing proposals to customer requirements
    • Propose cost effective solutions to system requirements
    • Answer technical questions on hydraulic products, application of product and hydraulic systems recommendations
    • Develop, test and deliver professional reports on custom hydraulic integrated circuits to conform to customer requirements.
    • Field support for installation and hands-on trouble shooting of hydraulic integrated circuits and control systems
    • Participate in high level technical discussions at customers premises.
    • Integrate electro-hydraulic control systems with OEM specific electronic architecture
    • Monitor and work within OEM customer’s websites to ensure project requirements / opportunities are identified and supported accurately, using company resources as required
    • Support the production departments in the generation of test controls plans
    • Provide support at overseas sales exhibitions where required
    • Provide onsite training on HydraForce hydraulic and software products
    • Provide support for warranty returns inclusive of delivering reports

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Degree educated within Engineering or qualified by relevant experience.
    • Proven experience of Off-Highway, Construction, Agricultural and Industrial hydraulic systems Advantageous
    • Computer literate, with sound knowledge of Microsoft packages and experienced in use of MRP systems.
    • Experience of working within a manufacturing environment essential.
    • Knowledge of the PPAP process.
    • Awareness of lean manufacturing techniques.

    Skills:
    • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Able to work as effective member of team, collaborating where required to achieve optimum outcomes
    • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
    • Ability to multi task and prioritise
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with people at all levels

    To Apply:
    Please send your CV and covering letter to
    ChristineM@hydraforce.com

    You will be contacted by our Human Resources Department for an interview if your skills and experience match our requirements


    HydraForce now offers one of the most comprehensive lines of hydraulic cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic control systems for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm) and pressures up to 420 bar (6000 psi). We provide custom solutions for everything from tractors and harvesters to front loaders, fork lifts, snow plows, power train, marine and alternative energy applications. With proprietary innovations like the i-Design hydraulic circuit design manifold tool, clients are directly involved in designing their own custom manifold. Once a design is approved, rapid prototyping and the most advanced equipment and precise processes for machining, assembly and testing are used to deliver the product. HydraForce continues to be a privately held company as it now has manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Asia and 120 stocking distributors.

     

    Current Job Openings in Asia Pacific/Rest of World

       REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – Changzhou, China

    Our Sales and Marketing Department has an opening for a regional sales manager based out of North China, preferably in Tianjin or close to this location. Reporting to the Sales Manager in China, this individual will be responsible for sales and application activities and new business development within North China. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the hydraulic valve markets within the region, including:

    • The size and potential of the markets.
    • The opportunities within the markets.
    • The trends in applications for the products.

    Sales and application experience as it relates to the hydraulic valve market will include:

    • Good command of the English language.
    • Sales experience in mobile market within the region.
    • Working knowledge of hydraulic circuits related to mobile equipment.

      Email resume to cathys@hydraforce.com
      HR Department
      Hydraforce Hydraulic Systems (Changzhou) Co., Ltd
      15A GDH Industrial Park
      No. 388, West Huanghe Rd,
      Changzhou, China


      Emailed files should be in MS Word or text format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened.

     

    Headquarter Addresses

       North American Headquarters

    HydraForce, Inc. offers an excellent benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and a great opportunity for growth. HydraForce is an equal opportunity employer.

    For positions in the Americas, please mail, e-mail or fax your resume to:

    HR Department
    HydraForce, Inc.
    500 Barclay Blvd.
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069 U.S.A.


    Fax to 847 229 3237
    Email to employment@hydraforce.com
    Emailed files should be in either MS Word format, or in text format.
    Please include the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.
    Emails with no subject line, and which include an attached "zip" file will not be opened.

       United Kingdom Headquarters

    HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd. offers a comprehensive package, commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience, including competitive salary, contributory company pension scheme, 33 days’ annual leave (including statutory holidays) and discretionary annual profit share payment. HydraForce is an equal opportunity employer.

    For U.K., European or Asian positions, send your curriculum vitae or resume to:

    Human Resources Manager
    HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd.
    Advanced Manufacturing Hub
    250 Aston Hall Road
    Birmingham B6 7FE
    United Kingdom

    Email to careers-LTD@hydraforce.com
    Emailed files should be in MS Word format.
    Please include the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.
    Emails with no subject line, and which include an attached "zip" file will not be opened.
    No fax mail as we are not using this any more
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