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Job ID: 48370
Application Engineer 
Do you have a strong desire to assist in the launch of new automotive prototypes and vehicle launches? Are you keen to support the development of automotive parts? Eager to follow up on the actual production line of trucks at the large OEM companies of North America? Our client has an exciting opportunity to join an international team where you will be the central point of contact for their internal and external customers. You will sit in the Portland, OR location and work onsite where you will provide support for all of their fastener related issues and assist in solving joint problems. You will be embedded within the customer’s engineering team inside the headquarters of the customer, your efforts will provide direct and ongoing support to all fastener related projects. You will be a true project leader who coordinates and ensures that all launches and projects proceed as scheduled. More importantly, you are the “engineering face to the customer”. 

Application Engineer Responsibilities
Central point of contact for internal and external customers in daily operations engineering services. 

Coordinate and support:
Fastener related issues and assist customers in solving joint problems.
Development of fastener applications.
Customer technical objectives.
Cost and lead time information for technical changes or projects.
Customer fastener release process (functional builds, CAD data.
Support the customer with value added value engineering (VA/VE) initiatives.
Coordinate and support the Bill of Material for internal and external
customers (part count - standardization – reporting.
Coordinate and support line walks, development of parts, best in class
fixing, assembly time reduction.
Promote and investigate new fastener technologies of suppliers for customers.
On-site support if required by customer (periodical or resident).
Provide technical support to other internal teams and internal processes, tools and Systems.
Actively participate or take on the project leader role in various projects.
Support continuous improvement activities in processes, procedures, systems and tools.

Application Engineer Qualifications
Masters (Engineering or similar) or minimum bachelor degree or equal by experience. 
Experience is a plus preferably in the automotive sector.
Experience in cross functional teams or project management is a plus.
Good mechanical and/or material knowledge is required Knowledge of fasteners is a plus.
Knowledge of relevant quality standards.
Act according to the relevant quality standards and the company management system (ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001 and others where applicable).
Company language is English. Knowledge of other languages is a plus.
Good Knowledge of Microsoft Office package Experience with a CAD software tool is a plus.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Ability to work in an international and multi-cultural environment Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Customer focus (internal and external) Pro-active, solution oriented and persistent Mental flexibility.
Team player and able to work independently.
Stress resistant.
Flexibility in working time and working schedule.
Flexible to make short business trips within your continent or worldwide if requested.

About VanderHouwen 
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws. 


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