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Sr. Applications Engineer

Date: Jun 18, 2021

Location: Swartz Creek, MI, US, 48473

Company: MTS Systems

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Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective:
Drive outstanding customer satisfaction within assigned customer base / technical discipline(s). Maximize sales volume by providing technical support and leadership to sales opportunities. Create MTS value by leading the translation of customer requirements into a proposed technical solution. Serve as the technical expert/resource on customer applications within assigned area(s), enhancing MTS’ technical credibility. Assist Field Account Managers in closing business pursuits.


Major Areas of Accountability:
1. Actively involved in prospecting for, and supporting the sales organization(s) throughout the sales cycle within assigned market area(s).
 Uses knowledge of assigned markets to identify potential new customers (prospects).
 Works with service and equipment sales to visit prospects and drive pipeline and order growth.
2. Gathers information to thoroughly understand the customer’s technical requirements, specifications and needs. Establishes technical credibility with the prospective customer.
 Defines customer’s technical problems.
 Converts customer’s desired solutions into specifications and requirements.
 Evaluates technical content and provides recommendations regarding cost and risk of pursuit.
 Develops custom quotations and proposals to meet customer needs.
 Understands customer’s use of legacy equipment in their unique environment and partners with the customer / cross functional team to develop proposals and quotations that achieve the customers and MTS’s business goals.
 Understands past MTS practices and uses that knowledge to develop sustainability proposals that enable the customer to prolong the life of obsolete / discontinued equipment where appropriate.
3. Directly, or through a technical pursuit team, creates proposed solutions demonstrating MTS’ value to the customer.
 Document and communicate customer specifications to engineering and project management as required.
 Ensure concept design, feasibility assessments, cost estimates, and other elements of the solution are well-understood and completed in a timely manner and to MTS’ processes.
 Conducts risk analysis, risk mitigation plan and communicates appropriately
 Assist Sales in demonstrations, prototypes, reference cases, etc. to help MTS and the prospective customer understand the solution as it is being developed.
 May supply value-added external solution, where appropriate.
 Provides technical content for the proposal and provides it to the selling team.
 Provide input on pricing and sales strategy based on market knowledge.
4. Plans and conducts effective customer presentations, as required, in partnership with others in the sales organization. Participates in contract negotiations and re-negotiations as required.
 Guides customer through the technical solution, if needed.
 Adjusts cost and/or risk assessment during the course of negotiations.
 Manages technical changes. Informs sales leader if proposed solution is modified beyond pre-established guidelines.
 Uses market knowledge to provide input on pricing.
5. Participate in design reviews with the customer to finalize all details. Responsible for a clean hand-off on projects to Operations.

6. Participates in negotiations, as required, by providing input on the technical aspects of the proposed solution.

 Guides customer through the technical solution, if needed.

 Adjusts cost and/or risk assessment during negotiations.

 Manages technical changes.  Informs sales leader if proposed solution is modified beyond pre-established guidelines.

7.May assist in conceiving, refining and implementing marketing tools/techniques (brochures, video, trade shows, etc.) used to promote products and capabilities

8. Participates in professional societies and society committees to stay informed of latest testing trends, to build MTS industry knowledge and to influence testing standards, as applicable.

9. Other duties as assigned.



BS degree in engineering/technical discipline or equivalent work experience. 5 years of progressively demanding technical experience



MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

Posting Notes: Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical) | | |

Nearest Major Market: Flint
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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