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Featured Candidates & Positions

November 2020

Welcome Back,

Are you ready for a career change but are avoiding it because of the pandemic? Are you settling for a job you are unsatisfied with because you don't believe there are opportunities out there? Are you nervous about leaving a stable job during an unstable time? For this month's newsletter, we discuss why it can still be to your benefit to make that career move as well as all the things to the consider before taking that next career step. But first, please see our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1: In-house IP/Patent Attorney with Electrical Engineering background, USA

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This candidate is an outstanding patent attorney with a JD and an electrical engineering degree from top Universities. This candidate has managed over 200 electrical, electro-mechanical, and electronic patents for a large global manufacture of automotive systems. This person has successfully drafted, applied, maintained, litigated and prosecuted patents for many applications as well as across two industries (automotive and aerospace/defense). The candidate is currently base in the Midwest but can easily relocate anywhere in the USA. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ext. 102.

Candidate 2: Multi-plant Manager, Mexico based

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This candidate has very strong and broad manufacturing experience, having managed everything from greenfield start-ups to 3000 associate, large plant turn-arounds. With an excellent leadership style, the candidate has reduced employee turnover by over 80% and has decreased premium freight charges to zero in each of the last 19 months. The candidate has consistently made significant, measurable improvements to safety, cost, quality and delivery for their USA based company and previously for a large European company. This individual would prefer to stay in Mexico but can relocate anywhere within Mexico. Most of their experience has been in high-volume automotive and consumer products industries. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ext. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Automotive Aftermarket Product Manager, Midwest USA

In this role you will be joining one of the world’s most respected global manufacturers with an impeccable reputation for high quality products and world leaders in their chassis related products. Reporting into a director within the aftermarket group, you will maintain and further develop the product portfolio of the Chassis division in North America to achieve growth goals. You will implement operational measures, assign individual targets and accountabilities, and provide guidance on processes. Overall, the position is responsible to maintain the programs through the complete lifecycle. Our client is looking for an automotive aftermarket expert who leads the go-to-market strategy, maintains insight on competition within category and adjacent markets, and leads the development of business plans for chassis product groups including consolidation and plausibility checks of sales plans and implementation of strategies. You will control the business performance, steer product market potential analysis activities, coordinate regularly with the whole value chain (sales, marketing, logistics) on design, distribution, and product specifications/changes, and initiate and contribute to activities to continuously improve the product life-cycle management. Please apply only if you have 5-10 years of product management experience in the automotive aftermarket area. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more information.

Position 2: Chief Legal Counsel, Canada based

Our client company is an automotive parts supplier and global leader in their product and technology area with manufacturing sites across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company has a very broad customer base and booked business to capacity for the next 6 years. In this role, you will lead a small team of in-house counsels and direct outside counsel in all general aspects of law including commercial, contracts, real-estate, employment, IP, corporate, etc. You will report directly to the CEO and have a seat at the table as part of the senior leadership team. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more info.

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Considering a Career Move During the Covid-19 Pandemic

After experiencing a crisis or a drastic life change, self-reflection tends to follow. The current pandemic has caused a lot of us to stop and think about our lives and our purpose - which leads to the question of whether one's career aligns with one's purpose.

Covid-19 may have been the boost that some needed to consider a career change, a leap into a new industry or even to pursue a whole new career entirely. But the pandemic has also shaken up our economy quite considerably. Security has risen in importance for those considering a new job. The pandemic has brought up questions such as:

"Is this a good time to be considering a new job?"

"Should I stay at a job that I no longer enjoy but feel established and secure with?"

The fear is understandable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15.1 million people in the U.S. reported that they have been unable to work because their employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic in the month of October. While this number is an improvement from prior months, it is a factor that makes many potential candidates hesitate.

Not all industries have been affected in the same way however. Here at Tier One, we are still helping companies that have hiring needs, interviews are still happening and so is hiring. It is true that you are not fully aware of how a company is faring through the pandemic, but hiring can be seen as a positive sign that a company is in decent health. And this is true not just during a pandemic.

If this is not enough assurance, much research can be done so you can feel confident that you are making a fully informed decision in regards to a career move. Here are some things you can educate yourself on before pursuing or accepting a new job:

▪ How has that particular industry been affected by Covid-19?
▪ What is the company’s current financial situation?
▪ What is the long-term viability of the new position?
▪ How has your potential new employer navigated the current economy and environment?
▪ How have they helped employees with the challenges associated with the pandemic?
▪ How long would the probation period be and how long before benefits kick in?
How has that particular industry been affected by Covid-19?
What is the company’s current financial situation?
What is the long-term viability of the new position?
How has your potential new employer navigated the current economy and environment?
How have they helped employees with the challenges associated with the pandemic?
How long would the probation period be and how long before benefits kick in?

There has always been some amount of risk involved in moving on to a new career opportunity. Moving on to a new employer during the pandemic can still be an advantageous option. Like any other time, with careful research and an assessment of one's own risks and tolerances, you can still successfully pursue your career goals and find success in it. The pandemic might be that push you needed to make the change!


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