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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

    Worldwide Locations
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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.

    We are now accepting applications for the summer of 2018 from October 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018!

    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.
    Hydraforce Summer Internship Positions

      Application Engineer Intern – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    The goal of HydraForce’s internship program is to develop future engineering resources for our organization while providing support to our Engineering groups. We structure the engineering internship to allow candidates the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill-sets unique to our industry. Project tasks reflect an increasing level of technical complexity based on demonstrated proficiency and success on prior assignments. Although there is no guarantee of employment, it is our goal to have our interns fully capable of stepping into an entry-level engineering position upon graduation.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assemble/test prototype valves and circuits in our Application Engineering lab.
    • Assist with application R&D testing and vehicle technical support
    • Conduct scheduled calibration on test instrumentation
    • Create / prepare material used for trade shows
    • Assist Technical Services group with customer inquiries
    • Collect and analyze prototype test data and report writing

    Qualifications:

    • Committed to an engineering college undergraduate program
    • Completed a minimum of 24 hours at the university level
    • Advanced computing/computer knowledge and experience
    • Good written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-directed and motivated
    • Strong technical/mechanical aptitude
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Able to work independently; as well as in a team environment

    Majors Desired: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Automotive Engineering

    GPA Desired: 3.25 in major | 3.0 in general studies (if freshman)

    Program Dates: May 29 - August 3 Full Time
    ***Candidates MUST be able to commit to this time frame

    Candidates must answer the following questions and include this with your resume to be considered for the position as well as a letter of recommendation from a professor in your major. Documents must be in PDF or Word format. Include specific position in subject line.

    1. Why would I like to intern at HydraForce?
    2. What do I hope to learn/gain from this experience?


    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or PDF format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened.

      Manufacturing Engineer Intern – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    The goal of HydraForce’s internship program is to develop future engineering resources for our organization while providing support to our Engineering groups. We structure the engineering internship to allow candidates the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill-sets unique to our industry. Project tasks reflect an increasing level of technical complexity based on demonstrated proficiency and success on prior assignments. Although there is no guarantee of employment, it is our goal to have our interns fully capable of stepping into an entry-level engineering position upon graduation.


    Supporting Job Elements:

    • Tool design
          o Creo background (3D modeling)
          o Dimensioning drawings
    • Testing experiments
          o Follow a measurement plan
          o FMEA
    • Improve layouts of assembly cell
    • Developing improvements that will help with throughput
    • Determine methods to eliminate waste
    • Implementing 5S methodology
    • Production assembly assistance
    • Testing assistance

    Qualifications:

    • Committed to an engineering college undergraduate program
    • Completed a minimum of 24 hours at the university level
    • Basic proficiency in CAD modeling, preferably in PTC Creo
    • Basic proficiency in MS Office Suite
    • Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-directed and motivated

    Majors Desired: Manufacturing, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering Technology

    GPA Desired: 3.25 in major | 3.0 in general studies (if freshman)

    Program Dates: May 29 - August 3 Full Time
    ***Candidates MUST be able to commit to this time frame

    Candidates must answer the following questions and include this with your resume to be considered for the position as well as a letter of recommendation from a professor in your major. Documents must be in PDF or Word format. Include specific position in subject line.

    1. Why would I like to intern at HydraForce?
    2. What do I hope to learn/gain from this experience?


    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or PDF format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened.

      Quality Engineer Intern – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    The goal of HydraForce’s internship program is to develop future engineering resources for our organization while providing support to our Engineering groups. We structure the engineering internship to allow candidates the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill-sets unique to our industry. Project tasks reflect an increasing level of technical complexity based on demonstrated proficiency and success on prior assignments. Although there is no guarantee of employment, it is our goal to have our interns fully capable of stepping into an entry-level engineering position upon graduation.


    Supporting Job Elements (on a rotating basis):

    • Support the implementation of Statistical Process Control software
    • Assist in continuous improvement projects
    • Day to day support activities but not limited to: inspection, sorting, fixture design, assembly
    • Assist in measurement system analysis on various gauges
    • Perform hydraulic testing for failure analysis
    • Assemble/disassemble hydraulic valves and manifolds
    • Read/analyze hydraulic prints
    • Assist with test data entry and collection, and statistical analysis
    • Assist with test documentation controls (e.g. TCP’s, stability charts)
    • Assist with valve and/or test stand troubleshooting

    Qualifications:

    • Committed to an engineering college undergraduate program
    • Completed a minimum of 24 hours at the university level
    • Coursework and/or experience in setting up databases, SPC, data collection; PC hardware e.g. RS232 interface a plus
    • Coursework and/or experience in statistical analysis, lean tools
    • Coursework and/or experience in measurement systems
    • Basic experience in 3D modeling; CNC programming is a plus
    • Basic proficiency in MS Office Suite; MiniTab is a plus
    • Good written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
    • Able to work independently as well as in a team environment

    Majors Desired: Mechanical, Electrical, Automotive or Industrial Engineering

    GPA Desired: 3.25 in major | 3.0 in general studies (if freshman)

    Program Dates: May 29 - August 3 Full Time
    ***Candidates MUST be able to commit to this time frame

    Candidates must answer the following questions and include this with your resume to be considered for the position as well as a letter of recommendation from a professor in your major. Documents must be in PDF or Word format. Include specific position in subject line.

    1. Why would I like to intern at HydraForce?
    2. What do I hope to learn/gain from this experience?


    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or PDF format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened.

      Hydraulic Valve Design Intern – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    The goal of HydraForce’s internship program is to develop future engineering resources for our organization while providing support to our Engineering groups. We structure the engineering internship to allow candidates the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill-sets unique to our industry. Project tasks reflect an increasing level of technical complexity based on demonstrated proficiency and success on prior assignments. Although there is no guarantee of employment, it is our goal to have our interns fully capable of stepping into an entry-level engineering position upon graduation.


    Supporting Job Elements:

    • Work will involve complex design assignments
    • Assist in the design of new products, solving design problems and designing new product models
    • Adapt, alter or improve existing product designs working from detailed work instructions
    • Participate in the setup and testing of products under development or significant change
    • Work under the supervision of an assigned Project Engineer or Engineering Supervisor

    Qualifications:

    • Committed to an engineering college undergraduate program
    • Completed a minimum of 24 hours at the university level
    • Basic proficiency in CAD modeling, preferably in PTC Creo
    • Basic proficiency in MS Office Suite
    • Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-directed and motivated

    Majors Desired:Mechanical Engineering

    GPA Desired: 3.25 in major | 3.0 in general studies (if freshman)

    Program Dates: May 29 - August 3 Full Time
    ***Candidates MUST be able to commit to this time frame

    Candidates must answer the following questions and include this with your resume to be considered for the position as well as a letter of recommendation from a professor in your major. Documents must be in PDF or Word format. Include specific position in subject line.

    1. Why would I like to intern at HydraForce?
    2. What do I hope to learn/gain from this experience?


    Email resume to employment@hydraforce.com
    in MS Word or PDF format - please use the position title as the subject line of your Email. Please do not send "zip" files, they will not be opened.

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    *Must be eligible to work in USA without sponsorship

       IT APPLICATIONS MANAGER – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:

    Maximizes the effectiveness and efficiency of the application development efforts and ensures that the overall architecture cost- effectively provides long-term alignment between the business requirements and the information technology. Develops and maintains the company’s system development methodology and monitors its utilization. Identifies profit-making opportunities in which technology may be deployed to generate increased company profits, develops the business case for those opportunities, and, when appropriate, oversees the development and implementation of those solutions by IT employees and consultants.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Ensures the reliable processing of and support for package and custom business system applications including on premises, hosted and software-as-a-solution provides.
    • Works proactively with all levels in the organization to identify business functions and processes that can be improved by applying information technology to generate increased profits.
    • Proactively meets with users and IT management, staff and committees to identify business requirements, create system development plans, and define the objectives and scope of projects. Provides advice on business process and system designs that solve business problems or exploit business opportunities.
    • Defines and builds a strong project management culture and the organizational capabilities that deliver high quality, timely and cost-effective information technology solutions.
    • Creates and maintains the project development methodology and related standards. Ensures that application, data and infrastructure architectures are documented and that updates are applied to these architectural documents as changes are made. Develops 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 department; trains 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 and manages related scope, costs and schedules. Reports progress to project teams, other IT management and to senior business management.
    • Manages a team of business systems and programmer analysts, who generate business requirements and project economics, designs business processes and the related application systems, estimates resources and completion time frames.
    • Develops application development plans and budgets as requested by the CIO for the strategic plans and the annual budgeting, especially as they relate to the applications and architecture. As needed and appropriate, identifies and corrects project and department budget variances.
    • Expands 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. Keeps abreast of technology development relative to productivity and effectiveness tools for software development and management.
    • Oversees or conducts performance planning and review, coaching, recruiting, disciplinary actions and initiates salary actions for his/her staff. Develops IT staff capabilities and skills by defining attainable career goals, developing formal and informal training programs and providing proper on-the-job instruction and knowledge transfer from consultants and other IT department personnel.

    Qualifications and Experience:

    • Comprehensive knowledge of the software packages and software development technologies such as development environments, object oriented programming and related development and testing tools, languages and techniques. Particularly relevant are manufacturing ERP experience – preferably in an engineer to order, configure to order or make to order business models. Experience with a global manufacturing and supply chain business is ideal.
    • Experience managing the development and support activities for a set of application systems for a medium to large sized company, preferably in a manufacturing environment.
    • Extensive experience managing personnel and making key decisions such as recruiting, hiring, terminations, promotions.
    • For major projects, extensive experience in developing project definitions and plans, including business requirements, technical requirements, costs and benefits analysis, and implementation plans and successful execution of the implementation plans developed.
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills along with strong organization skills and a strong attention to details. Experience developing the business case for IT infrastructure initiatives.
    • An advanced degree in the management of information technology is preferred.
    • Understanding, but not necessarily required, developer level skills, of the following key technologies are valuable:
      • understanding (but not necessarily hands-on capabilities) of MS SQL Server and .NET tools
      • Windows Server
      • IIS
      • SharePoint
      • Enterprise application deployment and support for a leading ERP cloud provider

    Positions Supervised:

    • Business Systems Analyst
    • Business Systems Consultant/Contractor
    • Technical Analyst
    • Programmer Analyst
    • Software Vendor/Consultant

    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.

       DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN – Lincolnshire, IL, US

    Position Summary:
    This role will report to the Director of Global Operational Excellence, with close collaboration with the HydraForce Global Quality and Engineering organisation. The position provides the vision and will take full responsibility in the development, implementation, communication and execution of the business purchasing strategy to support business growth and meet corporate objectives. This will include incorporating global sourcing and the formation and utilisation of a highly effective team across each business, facilitating close, effective working relationships with, and full integration between, the various corporate entities. Leading and driving continuous improvement, while working collaboratively to provide innovative and practical solutions to deliver improved value for HydraForce.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • To plan, develop, implement and direct the organization's supply chain strategy to support strategic objectives within agreed budgets and timescales, in line with the company’s objectives and mission statement.
    • Undertake full tactical and strategic responsibility for optimizing the performance of current supply chains, continually improving efficiency and performance throughout the lifecycle of products to deliver strong business performance.
    • Building, developing and leading a strong team to deliver "best in class" spend planning, strategic sourcing and supplier management.
    • Embed best-in-class purchasing practices in sourcing and supplier relationship management to maximize delivery of sustainable value throughout the sourcing cycle.
    • Define and roll out a supplier management process to effectively manage supplier risk, supplier development and to drive supplier innovation. Utilize analytics to enable effective procurement strategies to measure and improve supplier performance against key business objectives while increasing value.
    • Develop and implement effective ways of working across each site to maximize team performance and contribution. Ensure appropriate communication strategy is in place and in use.
    • Understand and analyze market data, changing technologies, and global market trends to ensure spend strategies are delivering maximum value while maintaining quality and service.
    • Develop formal supplier business review program and requirements as part of the overall supplier management process.
    • Ensuring continuous improvement opportunities are identified and implemented across products, processes and service worldwide.
    • Build strategic relationships with a network of senior HydraForce local and global stakeholders to understand business requirements, identify opportunities to create value and to position purchasing value proposition.
    • Build strategic relationships with key global suppliers at a senior level and lead processes to ensure value is driven from these relationships. Ensure local considerations are accounted for.
    • Drive proactive purchasing involvement in the Innovation planning processes with R&D, Commercial, Engineering/Manufacturing to ensure that the complete development of APQP strategies for both existing and new products are maximized.
    • Evaluate team capability and organizational structure to build a strong team which is able to meet and support the changing needs of the business and anticipated growth, incorporating necessary changes to drive performance and establish best-practice processes.
    • Review spend categories to set priorities and develop purchasing/business strategies.
    • Ensure a consistent approach to purchasing in terms of corporate governance and compliance ensuring appropriate procedures and processes are enabled to protect the company’s reputation and brand.
    • Champion and maintain the company’s values and culture to all stakeholders.
    • Uphold and drive forward the company’s high quality standards by actively endorsing and promoting all aspects of the Company Mission throughout all areas of the business.

    Qualifications and Experience:

    • Post graduate or professional qualification or relevant, appropriate experience.
    • Previous experience of successfully managing a global supply chain or purchasing function.
    • Engineering qualification or background, together with significant experience of working in a manufacturing environment essential.
    • Have a demonstrable track record of having successfully contributed to the growth and development of business.
    • Have successfully driven through improvements.
    • Demonstrable project management skills and invitation to tender experience.
    • Experienced in negotiating high value/strategic agreements.
    • Proven experience in creating strategic direction for local or global purchasing team.
    • Experience of successfully leading an effective team, including experience in effectively managing remote teams across different cultures and environments.
    • Previous experience within a leadership team.

    Professional & Personal Skills:

    • Have "a hands" on approach and have demonstrated a record of effectively managing and working as part of a complex team or matrix structure.
    • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written with the ability to communicate with people at all levels and from diverse cultures.
    • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and suppliers and develop and grow effective teams which will contribute to the business success.
    • Ability to cultivate, understand and anticipate the needs of the customer and to provide effective solutions and recommendations.
    • Capable of challenging existing practices, processes and systems to deliver improvements to benefit the business.
    • Able to evidence broad and comprehensive understanding of Supply Chain within manufacturing and operations and how this contributes to achieving the objectives of the overall business.

    Other:

    • Able to undertake significant international travel as 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.

       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.

       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 Design Engineer 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:
    • BSME with two years of design experience preferred.
    • CAD proficiency is required. AutoCAD and Pro-E experience 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.
    • Familiarity with metal cutting methods.
    • Knowledge of hydraulic principles strongly preferred.
    • Basic understanding of valve types and functions.
    • Understanding of valve symbols.
    • Understanding of valve port logic.

    Skills:
    • Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with vendors, customers and other employees of the organization.
    • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
    • Must be able to meet deadlines.
    • 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.
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
    • Ability to read detailed prints or sketches.

    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

      MANUFACTURING ENGINEER – UK

    We are looking for an experienced 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 include:
    • Provide full hydraulic 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
    • Produce and maintain relevant internal documentation to company standards, ensuring they are
    • clear, concise and understandable for all users
    • Generate, develop and update PCPs, VCPs and Control Plans
    • Design and develop assembly and testing fixtures to meet the departmental needs, liaising with the Manufacturing Services staff when required to arrange fabrication
    • Support prototype builds ensuring that all special requirements are met
    • Work with the Quality Engineers 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

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • HNC/HND level in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering
    • Experienced in managing projects, delivering on time and within budget
    • Good working knowledge of hydraulics and/or pneumatics is essential.
    • Thorough understanding and experience in application of lean principles, including Kaizen, 5s and Kanban

    Working hours:
    The successful candidate will be required to work a 37 hour week standard hours 8.00 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 3.30 pm on Friday.

    We offer the following benefits:
    • 33 days’ annual leave (including statutory holidays and pro rata for night shift)
    • Life Assurance 4 x salary
    • Company Pension Scheme
    • Eligibility for our annual discretionary profit sharing bonus scheme
    • On site parking & canteen

    To Apply:
    • Please complete an application form and send it 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.

      COST ACCOUNTANT – UK

    This is a newly created position which is being introduced to the business to review the profitability of both new and existing business.
    Reporting to the Financial Controller, the successful candidate will work closely with our Sales and Purchasing departments to ensure integrity in standard and current costs.
    Additionally, the Cost Accountant will provide sales personnel with cost estimates which facilitate informed decision-making across all internal departments to achieve sound and effective commercial costs.

    Duties & Responsibilities include:
    • Assist the Finance Function where necessary in maintaining integrity in costs.
    • Provide Sales Team with costs/GM% for quotes to new business to customers using company’s internal systems (training will be provided).
    • Review GM% post shipping of new business to check whether GM% has changed, establish reasons why and suggest corrective action to improve.
    • Monitor Customer order quantities against original forecast/commitment and bring any material differences to the attention of Sales and Purchasing for discussion with the customer; following up in a timely manner to establish the outcome of the discussions.

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Educated to degree level in business associated discipline or QBE in a similar role and company.
    • CIMA preferred, but not essential.
    • Experienced in working in a high volume, high pressured manufacturing environment, preferably with an engineering background.
    • Proven experience in making sound commercial decisions using analytical tools and opinions.
    • Used to working across a variety of departments and interacting with sales, purchasing and technical personnel with the ability to positively challenge decisions and argue with confidence.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build productive working relationships and communicate effectively 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.

    Note:
    • We will only respond to applications from candidates directly.
    • We will not respond to CVs submitted by agencies.

      MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN – UK

    Due to internal promotion, we are seeking a Manufacturing Technician who can assist Engineers in the provision of engineering support across the business and support with process improvements and designs where required.
    This role may be suitable for someone who has already completed an Apprenticeship with post-Apprenticeship experience to offer .

    Duties & Responsibilities include:
    • Provision of ongoing maintenance within the manufacturing 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.
    • Support Apprentices with advice and guidance where appropriate.

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Completion of Advanced Apprenticeship, HNC or higher qualification in Mechanical/Electrical or related discipline preferred.
    • IET BS7671 17th edition.
    • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment.
    • Working knowledge of hydraulics and/or pneumatics preferred.
    • Machining Experience advantageous.

    Working Hours:
    • Morning shift : 5.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
    • Afternoon shift : 1.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

    We offer the following benefits:
    • 33 days’ annual leave (including statutory holidays).
    • Eligibility for our annual discretionary profit sharing bonus scheme.
    • On site parking & canteen.

    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.

      PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBERS – UK

    We are seeking additional members to support our production teams. Successful candidates will be able to provide full and flexible support to all functions of the Manifold and Valve assembly processes.

    Duties & Responsibilities include:
    • Accurately follow technical drawings process instructions to ensure the efficient preparation and build of product in line with company standards.
    • Assembling manifolds and cartridge valves, following work to list and ensuring quality is maintained throughout all of the process.
    • Ensure that quality standards are maintained by following instructions and reporting any issues to Team Leader or Line Manager.
    • Operate small machinery (driller, pin-marking, Auto hand tools, semi auto lifting equipment and test rigs) in accordance with company instructions and processes.

    Qualifications & Experience:
    • Educated to a good standard - NVQ levels 1 or 2 or equivalent, preferred
    • Mechanical/assembly/engineering experience and background

    Working Hours:
    • Morning shift : 5.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
    • Afternoon shift : 1.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

    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.

     

    Download Application Form for Job Openings in the UK

     

    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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