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Technical Director

Topeka, KS
Company: National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM)
Job Title: Technical Director
Job Classification: Exempt, Full Time
Reports To:  Executive Director
Job Overview: 
The Technical Director oversees all technical programs of the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM).  This position works directly with the Executive Director to evaluate regulatory and technical issues that are applicable to the light- and medium-duty trailer industry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversees the policies, procedures, and carrying out of the Compliance Verification Program, including the work of NATM Compliance Consultants, and ensures all compliance staff are educated and acting in accordance with those requirements. Regularly reports to the Executive Director on the status of the program.
  • Schedules and performs on-site compliance consultations for member companies (trailer manufacturers) in accordance with NATM policies and procedures. Remuneration is not related to the number of consultations or the outcome of the consultations.
  • Provides consultation follow-up and technical support for members as needed and as prescribed in relevant procedures and policies.
  • Ensures the administrative requirements of the Compliance Verification Program are being met.
  • Monitors the Compliance Budget to ensure all compliance staff are conforming appropriately, notifies the Executive Director of any departures from the budget, and regularly looks for ways to minimize costs.
  • Investigates and follows up on non-compliance reports from consumers and/or other members of NATM.
  • Oversees the Technical Committees and any technical-related special projects.
  • Provides accurate weekly, monthly, and quarterly compliance updates to the Executive Director.
  • Reviews and keeps current on new laws and regulations affecting NATM.
  • Conducts presentations to the NATM Board of Directors, Committees, members and various industry related organizations.
  • Represents NATM at various trade shows, conventions and seminars.
  • Contribute articles for the NATM magazine Tracks, on technical and compliance issues.
  • Develops and coordinates project plans on time and budget and communicates changes and progress to NATM. Manages project team activities.
  • Acts as Technical Manager as outlined in ISO 17020:2012 and as such, has the authority to sign off on compliance consultations.
  • Perform all additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university; and/or
  • Four years of relevant field experience; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience, with additional work experience substituting for the required education on a year for year basis.
  • Related experience in Quality Control, manufacturing and application of Standards and Regulations.
  • Trailer Towing and/or trailer manufacturing experience a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to prepare reports with accurate mathematical data and graphs.  Understanding statistics and quadratic equations is an asset.
  • Computer Skills including knowledge of database, Internet and Microsoft Office Software including Access, PowerPoint, Excel, Word Processing and Outlook.
  • Ability to accurately record and maintain records; effectively present information and respond to questions from members.
  • Ability to identify and resolve conflict in a timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Exhibit confidence in leadership and motivate others to perform well
  • Ability to develop and implement cost saving measures while working within the approved budget.
  • Ability to make decisions while exhibiting sound and accurate judgment.
  • Ability to set goals and objectives with the motivation to overcome challenging obstacles.
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness in all aspects of the job.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment.
  • Must be dependable and punctual.
  • Professional approach and appearance.
Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:
    1. Frequently required to sit.
    2. Occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
    3. Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
    4. Read computer screens and mail, email, talk on the phone.
    5. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
    6. Travel required.
Work Environment
  • Professional environment in an office setting; and
  • Interaction with staff and customers.
The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned; but rather to give the employee a general sense of responsibilities and expectations of his/her position.  As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.
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