Sales Engineer - Foundry


Employment Type: Full-time

Location: Columbia City, Indiana

This position is within the Mining And Metals Industry

Job Summary

Who is Pyrotek? Pyrotek is the most successful global industrial company you’ve never heard of (until now). Pyrotek is a global leader in high temperature materials and our products impact virtually everyone in the developed world. Our global team has worked for decades to deliver new technologies, advanced engineered systems and innovative materials to customers in industries all over the world. The last car, train and plane you rode in were all safer and more energy efficient because of Pyrotek. The beverage cans in your refrigerator are lighter, stronger and infinitely recyclable because of Pyrotek. Join our team and create, improve and innovate the everyday!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

As part of the U.S. Foundry Sales teams the Sales Engineer, is responsible for managing and growing Pyrotek’s sales of technical products and solutions to our core aluminium foundry customers.  You will work closely with our world class technical sales team to develop and build long term mutually beneficial relationships with Pyrotek’s foundry customer base.

The assigned territory is Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.  The ideal location for this position is within 50 miles of Nashville in order to support customers in a timely manner.

Pyrotek's Sales Engineers are technical solutions sellers.  Along with a wide range of foundry supported products, the solution experts are there to provide technical support and guide in practical applications throughout the sales cycle.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  • Responsible for established sales accounts. 
    • Establishing a working relationship with customer base to meet or exceed customer expectations.
    • Negotiating pricing, minimum order quantities and stocking agreements with vendors, supplies and customers.  
    • Providing technical support to customers. 
    • Soliciting sales of new or additional products via telephone or in person.  Preparing, pricing and presenting quotations.  Set final new prices, margins, quotations on new products or services.
    • Maintaining awareness of competitor’s activities. Employing counter measures to beat or contain competition.
    • Prospecting for new customers.  
    • Developing and preparing customer stocking agreements and presenting to supply chain for final review prior to customer signing.  At least quarterly, reviewing agreements levels versus actual performance and hold customer accountable to follow terms of agreement.
    • Assisting as needed to resolve customer accounts receivable issues.
    • Presenting internal and customer technical presentations, as requested.
    • Meeting/exceeding sales and gross profit targets for assigned territory.
    • Actively strategize with management on sales tactics.
  • Establish and cultivate strong working relationships with customer base to meet and exceed their expectations by providing sales support for assigned divisions/products.
    • Setting final new prices, margins, quotations on new products or services.
    • Establishing positive working relationships with the customer.  Fielding territory customer calls, receiving orders and responding to customers in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Visit customers at their facilities for the purpose of selling, building customer rapport, and/or training, as required to meet customer expectations.
  • Research and resolve all customer problems and requests, including defining best products as a solution.  Field and bring to resolution complaints concerning billing or products.  Document complaints and/or feedback from customers in a timely manner.  Initiate RMA’s/customers credits when required.
  • Work with customer service, operations and supply chain as needed to ensure order fulfilment expectations are met.
  • Utilize Contact Management database (CRM) to complete trip reporting and internal sales relationship communication in a timely manner.  Ensure travel expense reporting is accurate and timely manner.



Education/Experience  Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering or a related technical discipline, plus 5+ years of related work/sales experience in a technical or process related industry, preferably within the aluminium or foundry industries; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Demonstrated success/aptitude in industrial business to business sales is a must.  Experience utilizing a CRM tool and/or other reporting functions to document client contact and supporting client operations.    

Valid Driver’s License required.


  • Customer Service. Passion for providing a high level of customer service and business development activities along with an in-depth understanding of sales principles and customer service practices. Proven ability to manage difficult or emotional customer situations, respond promptly to customer needs, solicit customer feedback to improve service, and respond to requests for service and assistance.  Consistently meet commitments.
  • Engineering Sales.  Demonstrated success/aptitude in industrial business to business sales is a must.
  • Mechanical and Business Sales Acumen.  Ability to build relationships and sell technical solutions in an industrial setting.  Demonstrated understanding of business implications of decisions.  Displays orientation to profitability and prices products and services accordingly.  Demonstrated knowledge of market and competition. Analyzes market and competition. Identifies external threats and opportunities. Adapts strategy to changing conditions.  Sets and achieves challenging goals.  Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles. Measures self against standard of excellence. Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Core Business Skills. Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion in handling of proprietary and confidential information.  Ability to work independently, without significant direction and to use resources effectively to “figure it out”.  Strong critical thinking skills, judgment and keen attention to detail and accuracy.  Exceptional prioritization, time management and organizational skills.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Works within approved budget. Develops and implements cost saving measures. Contributes to profits and revenue. Effectively utilizes organizational resources.  Aligns work with strategic goals.  Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses.
  • Computer/Applications Skills. Proficient computer skills using a variety of software applications systems.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products and ERP and CRM Systems.
  • Communication Skills. Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in person or over the phone in positive or negative situations. Able to listen and obtain clarification and respond well to questions.  
  • Core People Skills. Ability to positively interact; work collaboratively with diverse group of people at all levels with internal and external customers. Genuine with high ethical standards and values and personal integrity and honesty.  Ability to apply a large measure of common sense to a variety of situations.
  • Professional Investment. Demonstrated commitment to own personal professional development and learning.
  • Travel. Ability to travel domestically by land and air as needed to customer facilities and occasionally overnight.  Ability to maintain motor vehicle driving record in good standing, as defined by Pyrotek’s driving record requirements.

Physical/Sensory Requirements
The following physical activities described here are representative of those required by a team member to perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation, if feasible, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions of position.

Must be able to sit for long periods-of-time, bend and reach, use stairs, lift up to 25 pounds occasionally and communicate effectively in English by telephone, in person and in writing. Effectively use a personal computer, office equipment and telephone.

Working Environment
This position has the flexibility to work remotely. The territory geography is Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, so ideally you would be located centrally to help minimize travel.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required within Pyrotek and customer manufacturing environments. Team member is exposed regularly to noise, heat, and cold environmental conditions when in the manufacturing environment.

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    Pyrotek benefits include:

    • Medical, Dental, Vision after 31 days
    • Paid Vacation & Personal Paid Time 
    • 401(k) with generous match
    • Motus Auto Reimbursement 
    • Profit Sharing
    • Supplemental Benefits

    Pyrotek is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

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