Engineering Recruiters | Applications Engineer | Mechanical Engineer

Kappa Search Inc. is a Chicago recruiting firm that specializes in engineering, manufacturing, operations and supply chain recruitment and placement. One of our clients, an international leader in the automotive parts industry, seeks an Applications Engineer as follows:  


  • Serve as a technical leader in supporting and growing market share with national and international accounts
  • Travel to client sites to learn their industry and customer mix in order to provide technical expertise and provide value added service.
  • Manage key customers at all levels and across all functional areas.
  • Understand the customer key drivers and strategies for growth. Identify ways to align products and programming to the customer’s growth and operational strategies.
  • Serve as the primary contact internally and externally to resolve all client concerns such as significant changes to design changes, etc.
  • Provide feedback to the internal organization regarding supplier performance, market and or the competitive landscape which identify potential growth opportunities or risk.
  • Lead the engineering team in technical interface activities such as Value Improvement events, design support and early supplier involvement new product design efforts.

Skills & Abilities

  • Proficient in mechanical engineering design and manufacturing.
  • Drive new product launch process.
  • Strong value engineering/cost improvement experience.
  • Competent in 3D CAD modeling.
  • Competent in Engineering administration and drawing control.
  • Experience with ISO or TS quality systems.
  • Experience in mechanism manufacturing or power equipment.
  • Ability to gain consensus, influence and inspire.
  • Excellent relationship management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Exceptional organizational skill with ability to prioritizing multiple tasks.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Advanced skill level with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience with Chinese or Mexican manufacturing operations.


  • BS Engineering degree required. Preferably in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5 plus years experience in manufacturing company selling to OEMs
  • Experience in high volume, engineered metal forming, machining, and welding