Research and Development Engineers/Technical Specialists

Company Name:
Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan with world class steel manufacturing mills in Jackson, Michigan, Monroe Michigan, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, and metal processing facilities in Huntington, Indiana, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, Canton, Ohio, and North Vernon, Indiana. Gerdau Special Steel group is the largest supplier of SBQ engineered steel bars to the global automotive and heavy truck industries.
We believe our employees are the best in the business. We have high standards and our employees constantly strive to reach even higher levels of success. Gerdau growth is based on our values and on a vision focused on excellence. We see customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, total safety in the workplace, a commitment to our stakeholders, employees, and communities, and profit as a measure of performance.

Gerdau is currently hiring for Research and Development Engineers/Technical Specialists for our Jackson, MI Headquarters.

Position Overview:
The R&D Engineer/Technical Specialist is part of the Research and Development team. The Specialist reports directly to the Manager of Research & Development. The individual will have no direct reports but will be required to work collaboratively with others within and outside the business unit. The individual will have expertise in a specific aspect of SBQ production including but not limited to melt & cast, rolling, finishing, testing or product. The individual is responsible for the planning, coordination, execution and monitoring of R&D projects. These projects will be part of a portfolio of projects designed to meet the strategic goals of the business division. The Technical Specialist will serve as the technical reference and will provide support to the steel manufacturing operations and other functions within the organization. The individual is responsible for building strong relationships with other stake holders, including but not limited to, other Gerdau business units, customers, academia and technical organizations.

Follow safe practices and promote safety among members of the R&D team and the organization as a whole
Adopt and promote Gerdau values among members of the R&D team and the organization as a whole
Participate in the development and the implementation of R&D strategy for GSN
Assist in the development of a balanced portfolio of projects that supports the Strategic Business Plan (PEX) of the business unit
Lead the execution of the prioritized projects using project management tools to ensure the expected returns, quality and the on-time completion of projects. Methodology and statistical tools should be used to ensure success of the project.
Provide technical support to the steel mills and other functions of the organization
Interact with customers to resolve technical issues and to promote the technical capabilities of Gerdau
Implement practices as defined in the GSS R&D management blue print. These practices include but are not limited to Technology Road mapping (TRM), Ideation and Radar
Promote innovation within the organization and implement innovative solutions and improvements
Continuously monitor the external environment to identify technological, product and market trends. Disseminate this information to the organization.
Participate in and support Engineering teams in development of technical studies for Capex projects
Adhere to project specific and departmental budgets
Promote the establishment of relationships with Universities and other Technological Institutions, through participation in conferences, joint projects, student mentoring, etc.
Promote the technological capabilities of Gerdau, through the publication and presentation of technical papers and news articles

Degree in Engineering is required, preferably in Metallurgy or Material Science (other related fields of engineering study will be considered - ex. chemical engineering)
5+ years' relevant experience in the steel industry, with technical expertise in a specific aspect of SBQ production including but not limited to melt & cast, rolling, finishing, testing or product. Prior R&D experience is a plus
Incumbent must be flexible to travel to other mill locations during project implementations
Should be well recognized within the technical community as an individual with proven track record of technological innovation
Strong analytical and problem solving skills using statistical techniques
Understand customer needs and show ability to create value for internal and external customers
Proven track record of executing successful projects through effective project management
Ability to work in teams, with the skills to achieve goals through influence. Experience of working in culturally diverse teams is a plus
Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor others.
Willingness and ability to travel and actively participate in projects at manufacturing locations.
Must exhibit the culture, values and ethics of the Gerdau organization

Gerdau offers opportunities for advancement in an ever challenging, high-tech environment. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to grow with a world-class, multinational company. We recognize the contributions of our team members and provide opportunities for advancement.
Gerdau offers excellent benefits that start the FIRST DAY OF EMPLOYMENT!
Medical and Prescription
Health and Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
Health Advocate Services
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition Reimbursement Program

Gerdau is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to diversifying its workforce. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.
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