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Hollingsworth & Vose, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for the filtration and battery industries, is a seventh-generation family-run company with roots in Colonial Massachusetts. We are one of the few remaining family-owned companies, and are proud of the innovative technologies and materials we’ve developed that benefit the air we breathe, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the places we live and work. We are committed to treating our employees like family, offering a supportive work environment with excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and a spirit of community.

At H&V, innovation drives our success — as individuals and as a company. We’ve welcomed more than 1,000 employees from different cultures and backgrounds, and we give them a seat at the conference room table to share their ideas. H&V fosters an environment where initiative, inventiveness, and professional development are encouraged. We value innovation in our products and in our employees and believe it gives us a competitive advantage in a global marketplace.

H&V is an equal opportunity employer and we’re always on the look-out for qualified candidates.

For additional information, please contact us at careers@hovo.com.

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East Walpole, MA, USA

POSITION SUMMARY: 

This position is responsible for ensuring the cost effective and efficient procurement of raw materials and energy to our manufacturing facilities, along with leading the businesses in identifying, managing, and prioritizing cost out in direct material programs in attaining their Operating Plans, utilizing Strategic Sourcing, Supply Base Management and Total Cost Analysis strategies. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Identifies raw material sourcing strategies, negotiates pricing and delivery to ensure uninterrupted flow of raw material to H&V facilities through effective supply base management. 
  • Identifies alternative suppliers, coordinates qualification trails and supplier workshops with key suppliers. 
  • Utilize strategic sourcing, total cost analysis strategies and targets suppliers, spend for online auctions and effectively manage the commodities.
  • Strategically manage raw materials and energy spend; ensures quality, sourcing and commodity strategies are in place, competitively priced and compliant with any laws/regulations and working capital levels meet or exceed corporate objectives.
  • Identifies cost savings opportunities and manages cost reduction activities to achieve 5% annual cost reduction goal with supply chain leadership, utilizing a formal strategic sourcing process.
  • Collect and analyze market and supplier data, develop sourcing options for review and concurrence by the applicable business unit, and implement approved strategies timely to capture savings and value to the business.
  • Gain supplier involvement in supplier management to drive continuous improvement and productivity.
  • Lead cross-functional team(s) in the identification of alternative products and suppliers, facilitates qualification trials, and conduct supplier management to drive continuous improvement.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • BS/BA degree required.  MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in raw material sourcing and procurement, preferably in nonwovens related industry.
  • Excellent background in supplier management, commodity strategy development/execution, contraction negotiations and manufacturing operations.

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, ETC:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of suppliers globally and global sourcing strategies; including low cost country sourcing experience, good knowledge of energy and logistic markets.
  • Excellent financial acumen, ability to analyze budgets, international exchange rates, and financial ramifications of contracts and the ability to measure success and show results in bottom line.
  • Excellent organization capabilities and project management skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • The ability to work in a matrix environment.
  • The ability to have the continuous improvement mindset

CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:

The person that assumes this role must possess the following personal attributes necessary for success within H&V in order to meet our business objectives:

  • Safety Focus – The ability and propensity to take the practical actions necessary to ensure that workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses are minimized.
  • Creativity and Innovation – The capacity to originate new or radical alternatives to traditional methods, approaches, and products.
  • Customer Service Orientation – The ability to identify, understand, and give priority to satisfying the needs of internal and external customers.
  • Quality Orientation – The ability and propensity to take action necessary to ensure that all work is completed with accuracy and integrity.
  • Relationship Building – The ability and propensity to build and maintain friendly, reciprocal, and warm relationships or networks of contacts with people who are, or might someday be, useful in achieving sales and service-related goals.
  • Change Orientation – The ability and propensity to respond positively and appropriately when confronted with the need to change.
  • Achievement Motivation – The drive and determination to reject average performance and set challenging goals for self and others at H&V to achieve significant improvements.

LEADERSHIP-SPECIFIC COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS: 

As a leader, the person that assumes this role must also possess the following personal attributes necessary for success within H&V in order to meet our business objectives:

  •  Developing Others – Give quality time and planned commitment to direct reports, providing processes and opportunities for them to understand their strengths & limitations in relation to a range of high quality and relevant competencies.
  • Managing Performance – The ability to manage the contribution and performance of individuals and teams to ensure that objectives are achieved and standards met.
  • Creating and Communicating a Vision – The ability to provide vision, goals, and direction and to inspire, motivate, and empower others to achieve these objectives.

 

 

Hollingsworth & Vose is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

 

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Corvallis, OR, USA

Position Summary 

This position will work safely and efficiently while installing, calibrating, documenting, and maintaining plant power distribution and process control systems. The position: 

  • Insures safety from electrical shock hazards for all plant occupants.
  • Provides a keen competitive edge in the areas of energy conservation and state-of-the-art process control.
  • Minimize downtime and Maximize productivity.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  Essential Job Functions

  • Complies with safety, environmental, and quality requirements established by external and internal regulations.
  • Adheres to general and key job related ISO quality system procedures as defined through company Quality documents.
  • Supports the Guiding Principles of Hollingsworth and Vose .
  • Develops, promotes, and implements effective communications with all internal customers, peers, and management.
  • Works well in a team and is able to self-manage priorities.
  • Installs conduit and wiring per N.E.C. and Oregon Specialty Codes for new instillations of equipment, power systems, and control systems.
  • Connects, tests, and calibrates machinery, controls, and instrumentation as required by the process.
  • Tests, calibrates, diagnoses, and repairs power distribution machine operation, and instrumentation. Diagnoses and repairs computerized system malfunctions.
  • Modifies software as required by changes in operation and processes. Maintains documentation of plant control software library, plant control systems, and power systems to established standards.
  • Maintains an efficient, clean shop and insures the work area is left in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Observes and inspects conditions of products to ensure compliance with quality standards.

   Non-Essential Job Functions

  • Assists process control technician when needed.
  • Lays out and designs simple electrical circuitry.

Educational and Experience Requirements 

  •  Valid Oregon Journeyman license
  • 2 years’ experience as a journeyman electrician in an industrial plant 
  • Experience in PLC programming and variable frequency drives
  • Demonstrated skills in the instillation, calibration, and testing of industrial electrical equipment, including programmable controllers and electronic drives
  • Proficiency in reading wiring diagrams and blueprints and the use of mathematics for calculation of electrical installation and troubleshooting
  • Experience in instrumentation desirable

 

Hollingsworth & Vose is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

 

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East Walpole, MA, USA

SUMMARY:

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Global Vice President of Human Resources is an HR expert who drives initiatives in talent management, cultural change, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and the development and execution of H&V’s global human resources strategy. Responsible for the creation and implementation of a Human Resources strategy aligned with the strategic and operating goals of the company. The VP will also manage the delivery of HR services to all employees, and establish Human Resources as a value-added business partner to the members of the executive team and senior management.  

We are seeking a progressive thought leader to be a strategic partner. The VP will be a resourceful person who can handle conflict, foster understanding, advance ideas and inspire trust. A leader of natural presence, decisive and results-oriented with a successful background in managing large, complex organizations undergoing systemic change, including an aptitude and fluency with related technology, and the ability to foresee and account for challenges that may arise. Flexible in adjusting to emerging needs or shifting priorities, s/he will be an excellent motivator and a natural listener, inspiring a shared vision, quality performance and strong morale.

This role is an outstanding opportunity for an HR leader to make a strong impact on a growing company during an important inflection point in its history. This role is being designed to add real value as a partner with executives; to better enable the company as a whole to succeed in reaching business goals through a people strategy focused on empowering, engaging and retaining employees at all levels. We are looking for a change-agent who is up for the task of helping to raise this company to new heights -maintaining its place as an industry leader and considered an ideal place to work for generations in the future.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The VP will create, develop, and lead people strategies and initiatives that align with the overall business goals of an international manufacturing organization with 12 manufacturing locations in 6 countries.
  • Act as a strategic leader in the development and execution of the Company’s global human resources strategy. This role functions to align all human capital strategies with the overall business objectives, specifically in the areas of succession planning, employment,  labor/industrial relations, compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, HR compliance, and HR business metrics, processes, and HR systems.
  • The VP has ultimate accountability for developing human capital strategies that ensure the Company’s ability to attract, retain, and reward a productive and motivated workforce across the globe. Partner with management to ensure that talent strategies align with company strategies, identifying top performers with plans for development, assessing talent pool, and building bench strength.
  • Establish, communicate, educate, and optimize benefit programs that balance employee satisfaction and well being with H&V’s financial targets.
  • Provide leadership in all aspects of total rewards for H&V worldwide, and partner with the Executive Compensation Committee of the BOD on executive compensation.
  • Ensure HR technology meets current and future business needs, and streamline HR processes.
  • Anticipate, identify, and facilitate resolution of employee relations issues while mitigating risk and ensuring compliance. Participate in global site leadership on employee relations and employee engagement.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in Organizational Development, Business or HR preferred.
  • Ten to fifteen years of Human Resources experience with significant leadership roles.
  • Experience with organizations that have a manufacturing/process work environment.
  • Proven ability to develop trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, influence executive level leaders, and collaborate remotely in a worldwide company.
  • Hands on approach to the role with the ability to interact at all levels from the plant floor to the H&V Board of Directors.
  • Strong knowledge of fundamental HR skills, including progressive and innovative approaches to organizational effectiveness, talent management, total rewards, employee relations, and organizational development.
  • Background in organizational development, leadership development and consulting strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of how to work globally with colleagues in H&V worldwide locations.
  • Strong business acumen and experience aligning HR best practices with business needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (including strong oral and written communications skills) and conflict management and negotiation skills to interact effectively at all levels of H&V to identify and resolve complex issues.
  • Ability to learn H&V’s business and convey external benchmarks and best practices.
  • Capacity to remain current with changing laws and regulations, ensuring that H&V is compliant and has programs in place to support these requirements.
  • Proven project management experience with the ability to influence the direction of key initiatives and work with the rest of H&V to guarantee deliverables.
  • Travel will be required within the U.S. and to all international H&V locations.

 

Hollingsworth & Vose is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

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Corvallis, OR, USA

Position Summary

This position will fabricate, rebuild, and repair plant equipment in a way that is both time and material efficient so that the manufacturing needs are met. This position will perform high quality work which will enhance the productivity and quality of the manufacturing process, using mechanical and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

     Essential Job Functions

  1. Supports the operating principles of the Glass Fiber Maintenance department.
  2. Develops, promotes, and implements effective communications with all internal customers (manufacturing, shipping, laboratory personnel) to assure the quality and quantity of maintenance.
  3. Interprets and applies blueprints and sketches for general equipment fabrication needs.  Modifies and updates prints as necessary, and maintains integrity of blueprint system per company standards.
  4. Fabricates, maintains, repairs, and rebuilds key process equipment in a way that maximizes useful life and is safe to operate.
  5. Installs and replaces equipment per standard construction practices.
  6. Maintains skills in protecting the safety and health of self and others while conducting the work.
  7. Receives work instructions from supervision.
  8. Observes and inspects conditions of products, equipment and tools, to ensure compliance with quality standards.
  9. Maintains a clean and safe work area.
  10. Complies with safety, environmental, and quality requirements established by external and internal regulations.
  11. Adheres to general and key job related ISO quality system procedures as defined through company Quality documents.

    Non-Essential Job Functions

  1. Performs all other duties as assigned.

 Educational and Experience Requirements 

  • State of Oregon Journeyman Millwright Certification (or equivalent) required.
  • 5 years of industrial mechanic experience.  Demonstrated skills in all of the following:  gas cutting and welding, SMAW welding, MIG welding, TIF welding, pipe threading and fitting, machine tool operation, proper hoisting, lifting and rigging procedures, pump and blower rebuilding, lubrication, large bearing setup procedures, shaft alignment practices, blueprint reading.
  • Expert-level skills in 2 or more of the following:  hydraulic systems, water treatment and purification systems, waste water systems, casting and curing refractory, precious metal fabrication techniques, natural gas/air mixing and delivery systems, instrument calibration, gas/diesel/electric vehicle systems and mechanical power transmission.

  

Hollingsworth & Vose is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status

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Easton, NY, USA

SUMMARY:

The Operations Manager oversees all areas of the operation including manufacturing and management processes; organizational assessment; development, and training; assesses and prioritizes strategic initiatives, capital projects and operational maintenance with increasing cost effectiveness; individual and team assessment, development and training leading to high motivation and excellent labor relations; all while prioritizing health and safety in the workplace. The probable career path in the organization for successful leadership in this position would be promotion to a Mill Manager role. She/he is responsible for the day to day safe and efficient operation of the mill.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Directly responsible for 3 Paper Machine Superintendents.
  • Confers with management personnel to establish production and quality control standards, develop budget and cost controls, and to obtain data regarding types, quantities, specifications, and delivery dates of products ordered.
  • Plans and directs production activities and establishes production priorities for products in keeping with effective operations and cost factors.
  • Coordinates production activities with procurement, maintenance, and quality control activities to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment.
  • Reviews and analyzes production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems.
  • Develops and implements operating methods and procedures designed to eliminate operating problems and improve product quality.
  • Revises production schedules and priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems.
  • Consults with maintenance and engineering personnel relative to modification of machines and equipment in order to improve production and quality of products.
  • Fosters good employee relations. Conducts hearings to resolve conflicts and/or refers unresolved conflicts to other members of the management team for resolution.
  • Compiles, stores, and retrieves production data.
  • Coordinates all necessary paperwork for each run and delivers to Crew Leaders for distribution. Provides Crew
  • Leaders with all necessary information and instructions.
  • Provides training to Crew Leaders on all new equipment, procedure and methods so that they can properly train their crew members.
  • Coordinates through the Crew Leader all clean-up and housekeeping activities.
  • Provides monthly reports on status of all efficiencies.
  • Ensures adherence to safety regulations, company policy, rules of conduct, governmental regulations, and good housekeeping procedures.
  • Participates in the development of safety programs and investigations. Continually evaluates the programs to eliminate any non-value added activity.
  • Help create a safety culture in the workplace for employees with high personal accountability and engagement in all levels of the organization.
  • Ensures that all products are manufactured with the emphasis on quality and strict adherence to specifications and standards. Ensures that all quality concerns are updated on the “Finishing Sheets”.
  • Maintains all ISO & QS requirements. Works closely with the Q. C. Department and Process Engineer in promoting quality and efficiency improvements.
  • Establish the quality initiatives required to ensure customer satisfaction and consistency in manufacturing.
  • Represent the Paper Machine to both internal and external customers.
  • Review and understand customer complaints and implement corrective measures to prevent recurrence.
  • Ensure that Paper Machine key performance indicators and PIP goals are met.
  • Ensure that the Paper Making Team effectively utilize Data Based Analysis and Data Based Decision Making Skills
  • Other related duties as assigned or required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum of 7 to 15 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong papermaking and Technical background.
  • Strong leadership ability.
  • Flexible and positive attitude towards change.
  • Team player.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills as well as a good listener.
  • Ability to handle constant changes and multiple priorities efficiently and effectively.
  • Excellence Computer Skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

 

Hollingsworth & Vose is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

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Entry Program Positions

Position open in Multiple Locations

Vocational Training or an Integrated Degree Program at H&V (Europe Only) 

You have successfully finished school, and now you want to take the next step. Whether you want to dive into the working world or begin a course of study, H&V is the perfect place to begin your career.

H&V offers an Integrated Degree Program and Vocational Training at our European sites. You receive three-plus years of coursework training in the commercial, scientific, or technical fields. We combine a theoretical approach to study with the opportunity for valuable experience gained from practical work to jumpstart your career. 

The range of vocational trainings and integrated degree programs we offer are aimed at men and women of all backgrounds. You can look forward to a friendly working environment and interesting responsibilities in a global workplace. 

H&V defines training our next generation of employees as an essential investment in the future and we set high standards for qualification. We are committed to identifying the right candidates and helping them make the right vocational choice through informational events and practical training.

For Apprenticeship Program Information, click on the links below:

Berufsausbildung & duales Studium – deutsche Version

Vocational Training and Dual Study Programs - English Version 

 

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