We're always looking for talented and creative individuals to join the PLP team. Below is a list of our current opportunities. Please apply as indicated below. PLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPEDITOR

Department: Marketing

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

We are seeking a Customer Service Expeditor who will work with our customers, sales team, and manufacturing plants to expedite customer orders to insure complete customer service satisfaction.  

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Works closely with customers and appropriate plant individuals to improve delivery on expedited/past due orders
  • Ensures rush orders are processed through the order entry system and expedited for a timely delivery. Prepares rush lists on a daily basis
  • Communicates as necessary with PLP personnel, plants, and customers to resolve problems with specific orders as well as lead-times
  • Identifies and resolves allocation problems. Reviews allocation report. Initiates appropriate action with other personnel to improve delivery schedule of orders
  • Provides special order handling for key accounts

Requirements:

  • High school diploma. College coursework, Associate's degree, or Bachelor's degree a plus
  • 3-5 years of previous customer service, order processing, and / or expediting experience desired
  • Effectively communicate in both verbal and written situations involving internal personnel and customers along with a diplomatic approach to problem solving
  • Ability to focus and respond promptly to customers’ needs as well as accurate data entry skills are important
  • Must be proficient in operating a personal computer with an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel and SharePoint

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REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

Department: Marketing

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

We are seeking a Regional Sales Manager who will be responsible for the sale of our products/services in a specified region or other major geographical area. This role will supervise key accounts and area field sales management personnel along with supervising the selection and development of distributors and representative agencies. This senior-level position requires complete knowledge of the organization’s products, services and policies and requires several years of experience along with specialized training within product lines.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinates effective working relationship with PLP's manufacturers' representatives and distributors
  • Investigates new product opportunities with key accounts
  • Understands the customers' markets to determine the best method(s) to increase market share for PLP products and services
  • Resolves all customer complaints regarding PLP products and services
  • Cooperates with product management personnel and engineers as required to investigate market or product issues with key accounts
  • Determines which key accounts offer the most potential for product sales growth
  • Provide pricing guidance to PLP’s customer service group using available tools including IFS, ClickBase / sales history data, and PLP's product inventory / order status web portal
  • Review quotations and assess pricing decisions on major quotations for customers, distributors, and packagers
  • Maintain decision-making responsibility for pricing on quotations totaling $75K or less and works with senior-level management when evaluating pricing on quotations over $75K
  • Establishes account coverage at the identified accounts by utilizing sales personnel resources
  • Determines what the buying influences are
  • Coordinates routine and effective sales calls on the identified buying influences
  • Communicates with senior-level management through trip reports or territory updates as required
  • Provides guidance and advice to reporting sales personnel to achieve inroads with customers, ultimately leading to sales growth
  • Coordinates all PLP product field trials with the customer, while utilizing appropriate resources, including other sales management personnel as required
  • Coordinates key account product demonstrations with the appropriate PLP sales personnel
  • Effectively monitors expenses for key account coverage
  • Monitors product sample costs

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • 5-7 years previous successful sales management, outside plant management, or related engineering management experience preferably in the markets PLP serves or 10 years of experience in lieu of degree
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 50% of the time
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Must be a self-starter who can work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written situations involving internal personnel, manufacturers' representatives, and customers.
  • Possesses a diplomatic approach to problem solving
  • Must possess mechanical aptitude and ability to perform strenuous work as required to demonstrate product installations in aerial, buried or under-ground applications

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INSPECTION DATA ANALYST

Department: Research & Engineering

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

We are seeking an Inspection Data Analyst who will be responsible for performing a detailed evaluation of electric power system assets based on field inspection pictures, including transmission, distribution, substation, and solar power assets. The role will also be cross-functional to assist in field inspections, laboratory testing, and engineering support as needed.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Reviews inspection images and performs a detailed evaluation
  • Identifies anomalies and classifies assets
  • Uses ArcGIS web maps
  • Analyzes and thermally tunes infrared images
  • Produces metrics and statistics based on inspection results
  • Works closely with GIS Data Analyst and Engineers – Providing organized data and findings for engineering review
  • Maintains catalogs, specifications books, and engineering standards; understands the laboratory and product engineering filing systems to effectively retrieve technical data; reads reports, periodicals, and textbooks as required to stay current with work responsibilities
  • Makes prototype products using wood, metal, or plastic in combination with simple model shop equipment. Assists in the production of prototype products

Requirements:

  • High school diploma with some additional technical course work or working knowledge in a technical capacity.
    Engineering technology related degree preferred

  • One year experience preferred in a technical environment
  • Ability to use a computer and applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to travel approximately 30% of the time
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to focus and respond promptly to customers' needs
  • Accurate data entry and organization skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to operate test equipment, take accurate measurements, and write test reports

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CONTRACT MANAGER

Department: Marketing

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

The Contract Manager is responsible for the contract management life cycle from bid review through contract negotiation and execution. This role will be responsible for drafting, reviewing, editing, and negotiating commercial contracts with PLP's customers and sub-contractors. This role will primarily support Sales, Marketing, and Business Development within the organization and serve as a liaison between Legal and the business units.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of contract development while working closely with business leadership and internal functional groups to evaluate, analyze, negotiate, seek approval, execute, and file across a variety of complex agreements
  • Review Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or bid packages from customers and prime contractors for all contractual obligations
  • Summarize contracts to key internal audiences for final review and approval
  • Maintain and update corporate Terms & Conditions as necessary
  • Assist in-house attorney on patent reviews, acquisitions, and non-disclosures
  • Serve as the primary person responsible for maintaining files and electronic records for all customer and manufacturing representative contracts

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related discipline. Contract management certification preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of contract administration experience in a manufacturing company or paralegal experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present status, actions, recommendations, and other technical information with clarity and precision
  • Advanced proficiency in contract management concepts, tools, techniques, and risk-management
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of legal principles behind high-risk terms
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines

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INTERNATIONAL CONTROLLER

Department: Finance

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

We are seeking an International Controller who will direct and develop the Company’s international accounting principles, practices, procedures, policies, and initiatives.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensures the consolidation, preparation, and analysis of non-domestic financial reports meet the needs of the organization and comply with all applicable regulations
  • Ensures consistent accounting controls and reporting across the global PLP finance team while conforming and integrating worldwide uniform accounting practices and procedures
  • Advises management of potential changes in accounting regulations or practices that may impact international operations and reporting
  • Works closely with senior management and business leaders to understand and support the Company’s multiple international business lines
  • Maintains an in-depth and up to date knowledge and understanding of:
    • U.S. and international accounting principles
    • Company’s international financial activity, balances, and exposures
    • Company’s inter-company transaction flows and resulting changes in exposures
  • Understands, measures, and ultimately minimizes the Company’s foreign currency exposure from a shareholder viewpoint
  • Manages the development and implementation of a currency exposure reporting system for international subsidiaries:
    • Collects and normalizes data from international subsidiaries
    • Develops reporting format for senior management and board of directors, including identification of material risk exposures
    • Works cooperatively with the finance department to develop and implement specific strategies to minimize the Company’s foreign currency exposures and risk
  • Assists in various special projects including business acquisitions (due diligence/integration), international start-ups, subsidiary projects, etc.
  • Presents to senior management / board as needed
  • Take on additional finance team duties as needed
  • Works with various senior managers, executives, and board members toward common goals, maintaining a focus on cooperation and PLP culture

Requirements:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA required; MBA a plus
  • 5-10 years public accounting experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of financial reporting experience as part of a multi-national, publicly-traded company
  • SEC and SOX experience required
  • Experience at interpreting and implanting FASB pronouncements required
  • Experience in foreign exchange exposure, hedge accounting, and translation accounting
  • Strategic-oriented self-starter capable of working both independently and on teams
  • Good team player - works well with others
  • Organized yet flexible — willing to think and work outside normal job parameters
  • Experience leading a project from end to end
  • Solid interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel approximately 25% internationally

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APPLICATIONS ENGINEER

Department: Marketing

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

We are seeking an Applications Engineer in our Communications Market. This role will be responsible for the development of product management programs for new and existing products in assigned markets. Coordinates the development of product line objectives and strategies and ensures the execution of these programs.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Participate and lead new product development projects liaising with customers, field sales managers, research and engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing personnel
  • Identify and drive cost reduction and profit improvement opportunities from a design and manufacturability standpoint
  • Participate in RFI, RFP and RFQ documents for the creation of business proposals
  • Assist the Product Manager and/or Market Manager in the development cost analysis and pricing strategies
  • Aid in managing the product life cycle from product introduction, growth, maturity, and decline
  • Define product obsolescence to provide the optimal portfolio mix and pricing that minimizes customer complexity, while improving portfolio profitability
  • Conduct product research to identify customer needs, market gaps, latest product technologies, innovations, and competitive landscape
  • Create support and training documents while also providing technical support to internal and external customers regarding product selection, technical requirements, and competitive information
  • Monitor, measure, and evaluate sales data for product families and customers in conjunction with business analysts
  • Work alongside Technical Multi-Media Designers and Marketing Communications team members to develop marketing collateral (print and digital) including sell sheets, product catalogs, application procedures, technical drawings, quote drawings, and video product demonstrations
  • Participate in field trials, studies and installations
  • Resolve customer complaints and field failures

Requirements:

  • Associate’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Industrial Technology. Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Proficiency with the following software:
      • AutoCAD or comparable 2D modeling software
      • Pro-Engineer / CREO or comparable 3D modeling software
      • KeyShot or comparable 3D rendering and animation software

  • Microsoft Office Suite with a focus on Microsoft Excel
  • 2-3 years of product management or applications engineering related experience
  • Formal stage gate project management experience
  • ERP and CRM software experience
  • Background in cable and connectivity used for the telecommunications industry is preferred
  • Able to travel 15-20% of the time to tradeshows and customer visits
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both verbal and written situations involving customers, internal personnel and field sales representatives
  • Technical, analytical, and strategic planning skills
  • Innovative, problem-solving and analytical-minded
  • Extreme attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills
  • Business acumen and a vision to predict future trends

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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Department: Human Resources

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

We are seeking a dynamic International Human Resources Manager who can develop effective relationships with PLP's international subsidiaries and provide functional support/expertise in all areas of HR Management with an emphasis on compensation programs to help drive the strategic needs of the business. These areas include, but are not limited to, salary administration, employment, training, benefits, employee relations, performance management, compliance, and safety and health.

Job duties and responsibilities:

  • Plans, implements, and manages all global compensation (including incentive/bonus) programs, procedures and practices to ensure consistency with the Company’s overall objectives and in compliance with professional standards as well as state and federal requirements and laws.
  • Provides counselling expertise on the administration and interpretation of HR policies/ procedures and ensures conformance to existing statutory and contractual requirements.
  • Evaluates key HR metrics including absenteeism and turnover and provides viable solutions.
  • Chairs and/or participates in global operating programs pertaining to the operational aspects of HR, Training and Safety, and other cross-functional teams.
  • Evaluates and implements HR related programs to ensure optimal cost savings through integration while maintaining the maximum value and integrity of individual countries’ programs.
  • Conducts and participates in investigations/hearings and serves as a liaison reviewing legal matters with both in-house and outside legal counsel as it pertains to HR policies/practices to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Participates/assists in the recruitment/interviewing process for higher level positions as needed.
  • Works with Managing Directors and their staff members to manage career planning efforts, employee development activities and performance management programs used to drive a culture of high performers and strong leadership.
  • Conducts due diligence reviews on current and potential business opportunities.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in Industrial Management, HR, and/or Psychology. MBA a plus.
  • 7-10 years extensive knowledge of and experience within an international human resources environment with a strong background in developing and administering global compensation programs. SHRM certification preferred.
  • Proficient with software applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.
  • Ability to travel 25% internationally.
  • Mastery of a foreign language is helpful.
  • Superior interpersonal, coaching, communication, negotiation, and consultative skills at all levels.
  • Ability to engage with and win the respect of leaders to successfully influence them on key change initiatives.

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