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Application Engineer
IN - Bristol

The Requirements
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Expand your skills, enjoy broad exposure and career growth support; relocation assistance available

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have a bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline from an accredited college. In addition, to be a good fit for the Application Engineer opportunity, you will have:
  • 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CAD systems
  • The ability to assess needs and leverage your knowledge of what is available and what can work
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as database management tools
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, learn, influence and guide others
  • Humility and an awareness that every idea you introduce may change in the process
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Make Your Mark Partnering with Customers to Drive the Best Solutions at a Growing Industry Leader

Opportunity Snapshot
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If you complement your engineering expertise with a strong commitment to active listening and learning, this position offers you some very compelling opportunities. You will:
  • Take on a steady stream of intriguing challenges -- if you enjoy collaborating with customers to understand their needs and guide them to optimal solutions, you'll find this a very fulfilling role
  • Make an impact as you develop long-term, trust-based relationships with customers, positioning yourself as a go-to resource
  • Sharpen both your technical and interpersonal skills and interact with contacts in a wide variety of functional areas
  • Showcase your potential to take on additional responsibilities and advance; in fact, the position is open because the incumbent was promoted
  • Join at an exciting time -- across The Shyft Group we are pursuing aggressive growth strategies, creating opportunities for strong performers
Utilimaster moves ahead of the competition when commercial trucks and upfit services require precision, planning, peerless people, and the perfect vehicle. Our vehicles deliver for well-respected global brands in the package delivery, ecommerce, food and beverage, linen and laundry, grocery and pharmaceutical markets. Utilimaster is a top-tier go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group (NASDAQ: SHYF), North America's leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. The Shyft Group rebranded in 2020 to reflect a new focus on high-growth end markets to help ensure long-term profitable growth.
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Engineering Manager, you will join a team that includes six other Application Engineers, each focusing on a specific market segment for our walk-in trucks, such as clean linen delivery, parcel delivery, heavy utility/municipal, and others. You'll be more of a generalist to start with, providing you with the chance to take on diverse projects.

You'll serve as the technical interface with customers on the application of vehicle and correct vocational packages needed to optimize speed, safety, ergonomics, and driver efficiency. This will include developing and identifying customer needs, and recommending solutions, understanding business ROI and customer economics to provide a solution that is acceptable.
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More Insight
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More about the requirements
In addition to the qualifications listed under The Requirements tab, consider:

As an essential business, we have strong protocols in place protecting our employees and safeguarding their health. We will expect you to work on site. Once it is safe to do so, you may travel up to 12 times per year to visit customer sites, meet and greet contacts, take measurements, and/or attend trade shows. We also have a ride-along protocol that will enable you to get first-hand insights.

More about your success
Your engineering expertise will be essential, but just as important will be strong interpersonal skills. Your key goal will be to develop solutions, but you should have the humility to remain open-minded and listen carefully. What customers ask for may not always be what they really need, and there is always give and take in the decision-making process. You'll need to be patient and flexible -- even when you feel strongly that you already have the answer. In some ways, your job will be to lead the customer in a process that will help them discover what they really need. Rather than dominating conversations, you should see yourself as a conversation shepherd.

This description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
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Utilimaster is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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