Element Materials Technology

General Manager I

Job Locations US-IN-Gary


Element has an opportunity for a General Manager. In this role you will be reporting to the Division Director and be responsible for all Element business operations and processes within the assigned location (profit and loss). In this role, you will work to influence customers to move business to Element.



  • Responsible and accountable to drive and deliver to annual Operational Plan commitments including: revenues, profit, working capital and operational performance
  • Build customer loyalty and contribute to margin growth by profitably adding new customers. Coach and provide technical support to the team to contribute to the achievement of Element's business objectives
  • Lead and inspire a culture of safety first
  • 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 with 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
  • Fully accountable and ultimately responsible for all hired personnel dedicated to the location
  • Work with assigned staff to ensure work schedules are maintained and balanced
  • Maintain an environment of respect and dignity within the location covering employee interactions and problem solving while ensuring work rules are known and followed

Skills / Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of laboratory safety
  • 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
  • Basic Mathematical Skills with the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry a plus
  • 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
  • Ability to organize the lab as a whole in line with the strategic, operational and technical goals of the entire company
  • 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 effectively provide managerial guidance to all staff on all functions within the lab
  • Ability to deeply analyse and resolve operational, finance and other significant business issues on a daily basis
  • Proven track record of success with regard to managerial, technical and operational competency both inside and outside of the lab


Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

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: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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