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Applications Expert Oil & Gas Components/Downhole Tools

Oerlikon Houston, TX
  • Expired: 9 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Position Title: Applications Expert Oil & Gas components / Downhole tools

Location: Houston, TX


Applications Expert Oil & Gas Components with initial focus on downhole tools has extensive knowledge of operation & function of such components (applications), their load and surface conditions as well as related surface protection measures (Materials, Coating solutions). He/she acts as trusted technical partner for external and internal customers and as Project Manager. Main tasks are gathering insights into application needs and opportunities for OM products & solutions, Sales support via joint customer visits to explore customer pain but also to promote and offer related coating products and/or services, Management of  Application development projects with particular focus to initiate the solution development, work with customers during the test phase and coordinating with the various Stakeholders particular the  Coating Solution Centers



Provide guidance, information & technical arguments to position & promote OM Materials, Equipment and connect opportunities to Coating Service (MCS) whenever possible.

Will be the subject matter expert with deep understanding of the OM product offerings (Mat, EQ, Service) , the target customers and the competitive landscape. Delivers the relevant information and technical credibility to our customers that facilitates conversion of opportunities into order intake

Regularly conducts joint visits with Sales to Customers to assure first-hand technical information, creates application solutions that meet customer needs. Manage multiple interactions simultaneously in a matrix organization

Work closely with Marketing, Knowledge Mgmt., Product & Market Segment Mgrs. creating regional application specific value proposition sales tools and  application documentation packages i.e. Solution Flash, Case studies, Application Bulletins to facilitate a replication (copy / paste) of successes

Work closely with Knowledge mgmt. to develop and implement comprehensive application specific training programs designed to create market awareness of the product offerings and supports their execution ( Training of Sales in regards to product offerings and creating application-product related selection & training tools)

Provide input to Sales for new opportunities and works with Sales Mgmt. to define action and growth plans.

Provide input to new product development opportunities, defines product gaps, product performance and competitor movements.

He/she supports Sales at Exhibitions, customer trainings, onsite demonstrations and technical presentations at Customers.

Drives and Manages application specific initiatives and projects (qualifications, validations, support of launch plans, post launch reviews, joint developments, product trials) in the field.

Coordinates Customer specific projects with Sales, RD, CSC and MCS as appropriate



We expect:

Technical university degree Masters or higher. Focus on Materials, Surface Engineering and surface protection, wear and corrosion mechanisms

Practical work experience (5 years) in Oil & Gas components, particular Downhole tools

Knowledge of Laser Cladding, Gas Welding, Welding, Thermal Spray Coatings, Hardfacing related to the application area.

Proven Project Management Experience and track record

Broad experience in customer facing interactions and consultation

Ability to motivate multifunctional teams to ensure that we deliver on commitments to customers

Presentation, communication skills

Solid know-how in solving problems under the pressure of Customer demands; Strong analytical skills

Creativity and Experience in Innovation Management (Ideation process)


Additional skills:

Consistent focus on tasks and a high level of self-control

Open-minded personality with strong communication skills, a customer-orientated attitude & business awareness

Self-motivated team player with readiness to expand knowledge and share it with others

Analytical & problem

Fluent English (verbal and written); other languages beneficial

Flexible to extensive travel internationally (>50%)


About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments).

Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials and services. With a dynamically growing network of locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, energy, oil & gas, automotive, industrial and other specialized markets. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team! We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, and 401(K).

Statement of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Oerlikon Metco to provide for and promote equal employment opportunity in employment compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status. Oerlikon Metco is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of our company to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to perform the essential functions of the position for which he/she is applying or in which he/she is employed. Further, it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers.

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Oerlikon is a leading high-tech industrial group specializing in machine and plant engineering. The Company is a provider of innovative industrial solutions and cutting-edge technologies for manmade fibers manufacturing, drive systems, vacuum and surface solutions. A Swiss company with a tradition going back over 100 years, Oerlikon is a global player with around 15 500 employees at over 200 locations in 36 countries and sales of CHF 3.2 billion in 2014, the Company invested CHF 121 million in R&D, with over 1 300 specialists working on future products and services. In most areas, the operative businesses rank either first or second in their respective global markets. The Oerlikon Surface Solutions Segment includes the two brands Balzers and Metco. Oerlikon Balzers is a world leading supplier of surface technologies that significantly improve the performance and durability of components and tools. Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces with coating solutions and equipment, materials, and services. The segment operates a network of more than 145 facilities with over 140 coating centers in 35 countries. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team!


Houston, TX