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Featured Candidates & Positions

February 2020

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Drastic change rarely occurs overnight. Change takes time, thought, collection of information, weighing of risks and identifying all potential outcomes. It takes conversation, consideration and evaluation. For our February Newsletter, we analyzed the feasibility of a would-be drastic change to the working world that has recently received worldwide attention - the four day work week. But first, see our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1: Mexico Based Plant Controller

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This candidate is a Mexican national with extensive manufacturing experience within the automotive, industrial, and consumer products area. This candidate has also served as plant controller in the USA as well as in Southeast Asia with their company for plants up to 2000 employees and $380 Million USD in revenue. Along with the plant general manager, this candidate currently runs a sizable automotive parts manufacturing operation which serves the Mexico domestic market as well as export back to the USA. This professional has helped to shape the direction of the plant over the last 6 years and has increased the profit by 7% year over year (average) the last three years. The candidate has worked with the GM to implement an inventory system which saved the facility $1.2 Million USD in the first year (2018). They have a direct report line to the USA to a corporate controller and can relocate anywhere in the North of Mexico.Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

Candidate 2: Automotive Industry, In-house Patent Attorney

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This candidate has over 16 years of experience with trademark and patent work for mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electronic products, for vehicle content in the auto industry. Theis candidate possesses a JD from a top US university along with a BSME. This professional currently leads a team of support and paralegal professionals in patent searches, prosecution work, and over 300 filings annually for this global automotive supplier. Currently available to consider opportunities anywhere in the Midwest or Southeast and depending on the organization/opportunity, nationwide. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Production Manager – Ontario, Canada, $10 Billion global manufacturer

In this role you will lead a team of production employees for precision machined components which are critical to the company’s automotive and aerospace customers. The company is made up of a very technical team and it is important that the successful candidate has an engineering degree from a 4 year University. The company has a history of promoting team members from within and there are several career paths for a motivated individual. You will have autonomy to plan, organize, direct, and control activities of a highly technical function to achieve specified objectives for cost, quality, and timeliness. You will also establish budgets for labor costs, expense and capital items. The right candidate will understand, accept, and implement divisional policy directly and/or through other supervisors. You will select and deselect personnel within area of responsibility, as well as train, motivate, appraise, and develop personnel within area of responsibility. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more information.

Position 2: North America Regional Manager of Corporate Training Academy - Southeast, USA

Our client is a $14 Billion global manufacturing leader and we are seeking a Manager of its Corporate Training Academy. In this position you will design a learning framework, programs, and evaluation strategy for corporate training activities to ensure company employees have the skills they need to meet the evolving business demand. The goal is to optimize workplace performance with the right mix of 70/20/10. Some of the key responsibilities include developing a variety of course offerings in the following 9 categories: Management and Leadership, Language, Environmental Health & Safety, Business Management & Legal, Individual Competence, Lean, Information Technology, Technical Knowledge, and Quality Management. You will also conduct a training needs analysis for each department to determine learning needs and compare to employees Individual Development Plans, launch a communication strategy for training needs and requests to business leaders, and oversee the Learning Management Systems (IMC and Sitos) including catalogs, reporting, and feedback dialogs Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more info.

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Fantasy or New Reality: Assessing the Feasibility of a 4-Day Work Week

If you run a search on the topic of the 4-day work week, you will discover thousands of articles referring to the seemingly successful 4-day work week trial program run by Microsoft Corporation in Japan last year.

By "4-day work week", we are specifically referring to fitting 5 days worth of work into 4 days and receiving the same amount of pay. This concept is based on the notion that employees waste time each day being unproductive at work and so, it is possible to for the same amount of work to be completed in four days, giving employees an additional day off and potentially boosting productivity.

This boost in productivity is exactly what Microsoft reported (40%) after its 1 month trial of a 4-day work week in Japan. The news story drew worldwide attention because of its attractive subject matter - suggesting a hopeful solution for the uphill battle for work-life balance.

As successful as the trial was branded to be in Japan, it is worth noting that there is no further report of working to permanently install the 4-day work week at that Microsoft location. And, in fact there are instances of companies reversing such previously installed policies (see: Harvard Business Review). This seems to imply that it is more of a complicated endeavor than it is publically advertised to be.

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As seen in the above chart, there are a variety of benefits and costs reported by companies, States and Countries who have tried introducing the 4-day work week. This again implies that there are some complications to implementing the 3-day weekend. Results may also vary depending on size and structure of the organization, as well as the length of the 4-day work week trial.

This does not, however, conclude that the 4-day work week will never come to be. As historical trends show, since the industrial revolution, work hours have slowly and steadily decreased as productivity has increased (World Economic Forum).

More research and trials need to be conducted in order to fully grasp the effects a 4-day work week would have on the economy and society as a whole. At this point, it is still relatively unclear as to whether the benefits will outweigh the costs over a long period of time.


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