Element Materials Technology

General Manager I

Job Locations US-MI-Warren


Element has an opportunity for a General Manager I, EMC and Propulsion. This role will be responsible for leading growth in the mobility business within some of the Detroit area labs. This person will have site responsibility for our Auburn Hills and Burton lab locations. Reporting to the assigned Division Director, the GM is responsible and accountable for all Element business operations and processes within the assigned locations (profit and loss responsibility).



  • The GM will have an overall EBITDA responsibility of greater than $3m
  • Responsible and accountable to drive and deliver to annual Operational Plan commitments including: revenues, profit, working capital and operational performance
  • Responsible to work with location support functions and systems including QA, Safety and Health, Sales and Strategic Accounts, Finance, Human resources, Business Improvement, and Service Excellence
  • Develop and execute short and long term business plans and strategies to include operational goals, equipment needs, and staffing for the location
  • Work in conjunction long term group goals, develop and implement strategies based on geographic business industry knowledge, technical capability and expertise, and capital expenditures needs
  • Maintain contact and relationships with top location accounts in line with policies, and participate as necessary to cultivate new accounts
  • Provide managerial guidance to staff on reporting needs and requirements
  • Prepare and submit accurate forecasts as required, maintain acceptable levels of working capital, and determine and execute on corrective actions necessary to achieve plan goals
  • Provide guidance, direction and developmental opportunities that allow staff talents to be identified and groomed
  • Provide positive leadership and representation of Element to the public, customers, vendors, and to all employees through membership in professional organizations, serving on Company Task Forces, conducting employee meetings and visiting work areas
  • Ensure compliance with all Element policies including but not limited to Terms and Conditions, trade compliance, treatment of others and the moral code of conduct
  • Ensure adherence to all local, state, and federal laws pertaining to safety, environment and corporate governance

Skills / Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from an accredited 4-year college or university in an engineering or technical-related discipline with Professional Engineer (PE) designation desirable 
  • A minimum of 10 years related experience managing an enterprise with at least 25 employees with 3-6 subordinate exempt level managers / supervisors over multiple shifts
  • Understands that all functions within the lab fall under his / her direct purview
  • Technical leadership is vital to the production and operation of assigned tests and to the overall operation of the entire lab
  • Must possess a strong ability to communicate (written and oral) effectively with clients and colleagues with great attention to detail and timing of results
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills to effectively establish and maintain two-way communications to understand the needs and concerns of all departments
  • Ability to organize the lab as a whole in line with the strategic, operational and technical goals of the entire company


Company Overview

Element is one of the fastest growing testing, inspection and certification businesses in the world. Globally we have more than 7,500 brilliant minds operating from 200 sites across 30 countries. Together we share an ambitious purpose to ‘Make tomorrow safer than today’.


When failure in use is not an option, we help customers make certain that their products, materials, processes and services are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. From early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production, our global laboratory network of scientists, engineers, and technologists support customers to achieve assurance over product quality, sustainable outcomes, and market access.


While we are proud of our global reach, working at Element feels like being part of a smaller company. We empower you to take charge of your career, and reward excellence and integrity with growth and development.


Industries across the world depend on our care, attention to detail and the absolute accuracy of our work. The role we have to play in creating a safer world is much bigger than our organization.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, race, religion, responsibility of dependents, sexual orientation, or gender identity or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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