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Group Leader - Manufacturing R&D

North Canton, OH, US, 44721

We're passionate about applying our expertise to engineer and manufacture applications that will perform in the most challenging environments. Every day, more than 20,000 associates around the world collaborate to deliver unique solutions and unparalleled value to our customers.

Purpose :

This position exists to provide technical leadership and management in the areas of manufacturing technologies within the R&D department.  It will manage analysts, engineers, and specialists that deliver results to Timken in the technical areas of bearing finishing, manufacturing automation, and controls.  The position will ensure that the appropriate core competencies are maintained and developed to provide the necessary support to the business in maintenance of current products, development of new products as well as staying abreast of new technologies that could impact the business or present future opportunities.

In this position you will: 

  • Supervising and managing members of the Manufacturing R&D group (with expertise in bearing finishing, automation, and controls) ensuring that the tactics undertaken by this group are in alignment with the published manufacturing strategy and supported by the business units and/or technology leadership. 
  • Driving project rigor, adherence to project plans, creation of appropriate metrics and other tools to characterize the overall ROI for this group. 
  • Functioning as the primary contact for the business groups for bearing finishing, automation, and controls technologies. 
  • Managing and leading development efforts for advanced and innovative finishing processes and related manufacturing technologies for existing and future bearing materials. 
  • Leading efforts to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between bearing finishing technology specifics and product performance.  Develop low cost, high speed finishing process to keep Timken competitive across its wide range of bearing sizes.
  • Providing automation, vision systems, and controls R&D project deliverables and support for existing and new products and manufacturing facilities.
  • Develop, launch, and support new vision system and other manufacturing automation solutions to Timken manufacturing facilities.
  • Maintaining awareness of external technology developments and justifying their investigation as appropriate.

Technical and Functional Skills:

  • Strong training in Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or controls engineering.
  • Experience or demonstrated aptitude in leadership, either in formal management role, related societies, associate resource groups, etc.
  • Significant accomplishment in advanced technical projects.
  • Ability to influence internal and external customers
  • Expertise in bearing finishing process, manufacturing automation, and/or controls engineering.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering discipline with 7-10 years of experience in research and developing, engineering, operations, or related.
  • Master’s degree in Engineering or MBA preferred.
  • PhD in related disciple preferred.

All qualified applicants shall be treated equally according to their individual qualifications, abilities, experiences and other employment standards. There will be no discrimination due to gender or gender identity, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran/military status or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Join one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® – an honor we’ve received ten times.


The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products that improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward. Timken posted $3.8 billion in sales in 2019 and employs more than 17,000 people globally, operating from 42 countries.

Why Choose Timken?

  • Over a century of knowledge and innovation
  • A culture of top performance
  • A global, diverse environment
  • Products that contribute to a sustainable world
  • A conviction to improve communities around us
  • Competitive salary and benefits

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Nearest Major Market: Canton
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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