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Featured Candidates & Positions

August 2020

Welcome Back,

This year, many of us have turned to virtual versions of our favorite conferences and conventions. While many of the benefits of attending a conference can still be met through online access, some of the more "human" and natural aspects of a conference are missed. For this month's newsletter, we discuss ways to gain similar levels of engagement, networking, and professional development virtually that would be naturally attained at an in-person conference. But first, please see our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1 - Outstanding HRIS Global Training and Rollout specialist

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Available for a position anywhere in the USA, this candidate has the broad experience of working at a big 4 consulting firm and also directly for a large global manufacturer. The candidate has implemented a global rollout of a brand new HRIS including all internal communications and training (train the trainer) for 52 sites around the world. This person possesses excellent leadership skills and has the proven ability to influence cross-functional resources to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to the new HRIS. The candidate would have interest in a global HRIS implementation role, a straight training role, or an HRIS management role. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

Candidate 2 – USA based Materials, Production Control, and Logistics Manager

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This candidate has an impressive track record of success within the automotive systems manufacturing segment. This person has a tremendous list of accomplishments in their current role of 6 years, including a reduction of total inventory $ amount from $77 M to $65M in one fiscal year. This individual also improved and maintained the absolute (transactional) inventory accuracy from 70% range to 98.6% in one year, and reduced inbound expedite cost from almost $30K per month down to $0 four months of taking over department. Available for relocation anywhere in the USA. Please email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

Candidate 3 - Regional Sales Manager

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This sales executive has 10 years of sales and marketing experience in the automotive aftermarket business. They have successfully built business in brand new territories, their most recent in the Eastern half of the USA, and has a deep knowledge of a multitude of vehicle components such as air intakes, timing belts, water pumps, lighting, clutch systems, and bearings. They have built relationships with many high level clients in both the OE and distribution client bases and has an outstanding reputation in the business. This person has a track record of double digit growth YOY no matter what customer base they are targeting or product they are selling. If you are interested in speaking with this amazing candidate email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.106.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Director of Operations, Automotive Parts Manufacturer

In this role you will lead a group of 6 Plant managers in North America for this global supplier of critical metallic parts. You will drive manufacturing improvements and KPI’s in the area of Safety, Cost, Quality and Delivery for this $500 Million USD operation. You will report directly to the CEO of this world class manufacturer. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more information.

Position 2: Product Marketing Manager, Large Global Supplier

In this role you will lead a group of marketing professionals in elevating brand and product awareness through direct marketing and materials. You will also lead a transformation of the company’s e-commerce platform, direct the multi channel direct, catalog, and print marketing efforts to create more product feature awareness. Please apply only if you have 8-10 years of automotive industry experience. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more info.


In Lieu of Conferences and Conventions

Here at Tier One, we place a heavy value on continuous learning. We are always striving for progress and one of the greatest ways of achieving this is through education. One crucial education source for us has been conferences. In the face of many mass gathering cancellations, it is time to consider alternatives to the in-person conference. Below we highlight the benefits we have found from attending industry conferences and what methods we can use to obtain similar results.

Learning from the Experts
One of the most obvious reasons for attending conferences is to learn new things and be inspired by the best of the best in our industry. Through the attendance of presentations and panel discussions, we gain insights into the success of experts in our field.

Many associations and conference organizers have done well in adapting to the current state of affairs by taking these conference presentations to the virtual world. In fact, some organizers have already committed to more online conferences in the future due to it's many advantages (ie. money saved, increased accessibility, more global and diverse reach, increased number of registrants).

Much of the same learning content that would be accessed at an in-person conference is still available by registering for virtual conferences and, in fact, is more accessible to a wider audience and more flexible in terms of scheduling (ie. resolving issues such as wanting to attend two interesting sessions that are scheduled at the same time).

Learning from Each Other
A little more difficult to compensate for is the missed opportunities of learning from your peers and fellow-attendees through casual, unstructured interaction. Whether through group discussions, or just a conversation over dinner, learning through dialogue can prove to be just as useful as learning in the more structured format of a presentation. It is difficult to replicate the more "human" and "social" aspects of an in-person conference.

Some virtual conferences provide the option of a chat window for discussion and Q&A for the attendees. Even without this as an option, you can seek out or create a group on LinkedIn or other professional network site and begin discussions in these realms. Another option is to seek out people using the designated conference hashtags. However, this will not fully replace natural meetings and social, in-person interaction.

Along the same lines as learning from fellow attendees, networking for the opportunity of exposure, professional development, or to grow your business also somewhat diminishes. Online conferences do not provide the same opportunity to meet new people and build new relationships with like-minded professionals.

As mentioned above, engaging in online communities is one way of supplementing the lack of opportunity to network. Now is the best time to check your online presence and make sure your profiles are up-to-date and accurately depict who you are. Assess your current online network and put some time into rekindling some of those older connections.

Discovering New Vendors
In-person conferences give us the opportunity to walk among vendors and learn about all of the latest products, services, solutions and technology available to our industry in a face-to-face and hands-on environment. In lieu of this, virtual conference organizers are using "virtual booths" where attendees can access/download brochures and product information and schedule calls or demonstrations with the vendor.

There are pros and cons to this solution. On the positive side, attendees receive more one-on-one time with vendors in a quiet space as opposed to trying to engage in a noisy and crowded room. On the negative side, much like online shopping, the opportunity to physically try the products and get a more accurate sense of their capabilities diminishes.

The essential aspects of conferences and conventions are still accessible to us virtually and are worth exploring. However virtual conferences might still find better ways of fulfilling some of the missed experiences of an in-person conference such as socializing and networking, as well as discovering new vendors. To mimic the things that occur quite naturally at a conference will take more time, effort, creativity and ingenuity.


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