Careers in Compressed Air Distribution and Automation Industry

John Henry Foster (JHFoster) is a compressed air system and automation distributor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota & northern Iowa providing service, maintenance & electro-pneumatic design.

For 80 years, John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading air compressor systems distributor and service provider. Our teams of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air, automation, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedication in taking care of our 100+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been part of John Henry Foster since 1938. John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package, along with a 401(k) program.


Receiving Coordinator

About John Henry Foster:

For more the 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading distributor of automation solutions and air compressor systems. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Responsibilities:

  • Receive purchase orders on Infor Inventory Management System.
  • Pull parts orders from receiving for daily shipping of orders, warehouse transfers and pickup orders.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail to ensure accuracy and timely shipments of all products shipped to increase and exceed customer satisfaction.
  • A sense of urgency to complete tasks at hand.
  • Work well with others in a warehouse environment.
  • Effective communication and organizational skills to work effectively in a warehouse environment.

Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years warehouse experience preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure to meet department objectives.
  • Ability to drive a forklift – prior certification a plus.
  • This position requires the ability to lift 40 pounds and team lift heavier items.
  • Ability to work in various temperatures depending on the season.

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Electrical Panel Assembly

About John Henry Foster:

For more the 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading distributor of automation solutions and air compressor systems. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Summary:

This position will work closely with our Automation Department to interface electrical systems with pneumatic circuits for small machinery.  This position requires a highly self-motivated individual with the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure to build and maintain customer expectations both internal and external.  Ability to work as a team to independently to accomplish department goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Measure, layout and use hand and power tools to cut control panel enclosure holes to mount devices
  • Layout and install electrical components in control panel enclosures and wire them to the schematics provided.
  • Label all wire circuits per electrical schematics
  • Perform tasks with safe and proper use of hand and power tools
  • Maintain a safe, clean and well-organized work environment
  • Ability to look for ways to improve and promote quality
  • Good organizational ability and detail orientated

Qualifications:

  • High degree of mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to read electrical schematics a plus
  • Wiring experience a plus
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects to meet production schedule/project requirements
  • Good problem-solving skills with the ability to evaluate options and implement solutions

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Office Coordinator

About John Henry Foster:

For more the 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading distributor of automation solutions and air compressor systems. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Summary:

Office Coordinator will reside within our Marketing department. The successful candidate will perform skilled office tasks and functions while providing general administrative support to all departments. Responsible for assisting with quotations, maintaining records and facilitating communication among company departments. This position is ideal for someone who is motivated, organized, able to multi-task and prioritize work assignments, and capable of working without supervision.

Responsibilities:

  • Produces quotations in support of sales staff and backup for other departments.
  • Responsible for updating databases with sales territory changes.
  • Data entry and updates in multiple database systems as needed.
  • Produces bin labels for customers upon request.
  • Print and bind presentations and training documents upon request.
  • Assist sales staff with coordination of lunch for product display luncheons and sales meetings.
  • Responsible for supporting sales staff with literature delivery and other miscellaneous requests.
  • Maintains office supplies/literature/sticker inventory by checking stock to determine quantities and levels; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
  • Keeps office equipment operational by following manufacturer instructions and established procedures.
  • Maintains schedules and calendars for department personnel; arranging meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel.
  • Assist in the coordination of all employee events and activities.
  • Documents agenda and meeting minutes for internal committees.
  • Occasional out of office travel to coordinate event registration and greet customers.
  • Contributes to team effort by performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Administrative writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Microsoft Office experience required
  • Professionalism, confidentiality
  • Strong written and verbal communication

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Marketing Intern

About John Henry Foster:

For more the 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading distributor of automation solutions and air compressor systems. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Summary:

We currently have an excellent opportunity available for a Marketing Intern to join our growing team. If you possess a strong interest in marketing systems development and would like to gain marketing experience with an established organization, please apply! The Marketing Internship is a paid position and will provide you with exposure to our products, business-to-business marketing concepts, customer insights and more.

Responsibilities:

  • Website design and content creation using WordPress
  • SEO optimization and copywriting
  • Design graphics as needed using InDesign
  • Marketo Marketing Automation content creation
  • Track analytics and engagement
  • Shoot and edit video for YouTube and other social media platforms

Qualifications:

  • College sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Majors considered: marketing, mass communications, or related field.
  • Ability to work 15-25 hours per week.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Strong attention to detail.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Service Coordinator – Metro

About John Henry Foster:

For more the 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading distributor of automation solutions and air compressor systems. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Summary:

The Service Coordinator handles scheduling of customer compressed air system maintenance and repairs, via phone or email. These systems consist of air compressors, blowers and vacuum pumps.  This position requires good organizational skills, with the ability to work closely with customers to resolve issues in a timely manner; exceeding customer expectations and increasing overall customer satisfaction.

Responsibilities:

  • Communicate effectively with customers, technicians and suppliers via phone and email to schedule service calls and/or assist in resolving compressed air issues.
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively under pressure to resolve issues.
  • Work effectively with customers to ensure call meets/exceeds customer expectations – willing to go the “extra mile”.
  • Ability to quickly resource information/individuals when needing assistance to complete repair.
  • Proactively promotes John Henry Foster products/parts and services.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience in a related field preferred.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong mechanical background preferred.

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Field Service Technician

About John Henry Foster:

For more the 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading distributor of automation solutions and air compressor systems. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Summary:

The Service Mechanic will work on-site at customer locations to repair compressed air issues including air compressors, blowers and vacuum pumps. Strong mechanical background desired with the ability to properly diagnose and solve problems on a variety of compressor systems; some electrical experience helpful. This person should have excellent communication and organizational skills, with the ability to work closely with customers to resolve issues in a timely manner; exceeding customer expectations and increasing overall customer satisfaction.

Responsibilities:

  • Communicate effectively with customers to resolve compressed air issues
  • Maintain up-to-date information related to compressor technology, on-going focus on sharpening mechanical and diagnostic abilities to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Ability to learn how to assemble and disassemble compressors; to fully understand repair issues
  • Understand and abide by safety procedures and policies
  • Ability to quickly resource information/individuals when needing assistance to complete service calls
  • Work effectively with customers to ensure call meets/exceeds customer expectations.  Willing to go the “extra mile” to exceed customer expectations
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of service repair experience preferred
  • Professionally trained in compressed air mechanics preferred
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure or deadlines
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Account Manager

General Purpose of the Job:

The Account Manager will be able to appropriately identify the customer’s needs and help them succeed in using our products.  They should be highly self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure and deadlines to build and maintain customer expectations both internally and externally.  The Account Manager should have a solid understanding of our product line with the ability to proactively promote and sell the John Henry Foster “value-add” proposition to acquire business in competitive situations.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing key accounts; develop and maintain a sales forecast to help analyze market conditions and/or changes in assigned territory for maximum productivity and sales growth.
  • Strong understanding of the competition and the ability to win business while still maintaining profit margins.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the customer’s business and partner in their ongoing success.
  • Use initiative and strategy to increase sales/profits by account and overall market share.
  • Follow-up on all generated quotes to assure that the customer is being serviced and to document the outcome of the proposed solution.
  • Stay current on existing and emerging products, industry trends and technologies.
  • Maintains ethical, cooperative manufacturer relationships consistent with company image and company goals in the marketplace.
  • Executes sales efforts in an ethical and professional manner, assuring a favorable impression of yourself and the company.
  • Contribute to internal and external marketing communication.
  • Ability to look for ways to improve and promote quality.
  • Recognize customer concerns; addressing proactively.

Qualifications

  • 2-year degree in Automation or at least 2 years of air compressor related experience required.
  • 3+ years of successful account management/sales experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Good organizational ability and detail orientated.
  • Good problem solving skills with the ability to evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • High degree of mechanical aptitude.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Good driving record required.

For more than 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading air compressor systems distributor and service provider. Our team of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation solutions, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedicated in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been a part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume to hr@jhfoster.com or fax to 651-681-9368.


Installation & Piping Specialist

For more than 80 years John Henry Foster has been the Midwest’s leading air compressor systems distributor and service provider. Our teams of experts bring customized client solutions in consistency, reliability and profitability by demonstrating the latest trends in compressed air automation, robotics, air compressors and electrical motion controls. We promote a progressive culture by seeking opportunities for technology and searching for exceptional value. Dedication in taking care of our 115+ employees and providing clients with first class service has been part of John Henry Foster since 1938.

Summary:

The Installation and Piping Specialist will work on-site at customer locations to install compressed air and coolant piping. Mechanical background is helpful but will train as needed; able to diagnose and solve problems on a variety of piping systems. Excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to work closely with customers to resolve issues in a timely manner; exceeding customer expectations and increasing overall customer satisfaction.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Communicate effectively with customers/supervisors to ensure proper installation of all equipment and piping projects
  • Ability to multi-task and work to resolve issues to meet project deadlines
  • Work with customer to ensure calls meet customer expectations
  • Understands safety procedures/policies
  • Good driving record
  • Ability to work alone or with a team
  • Previous experience with maintenance, installation, plumbing and/or a technician is helpful.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications:

  • HS diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Previous experience within the industry is a plus

John Henry Foster offers a competitive benefits package. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your resume or fax to 651-681-9368.


Automation Specialist

General Purpose of the Job:

John Henry Foster (Eagan, Minnesota) is hiring an Automation Specialist. This position will have an emphasis on creating and developing on-going business relationships with our customers. Additionally, this position will focus on providing excellent customer service including; technical support, pricing, processing customer orders via phone, fax and email, expediting customer orders, follow-up on leads, crossing over product to increase automation business, as well as assisting our Account Managers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a contact for JHF product and pricing information
  • Work with list of target accounts along with other customer inquiries; supporting on-going communications and sales
  • Focus on increased “add-on” business with customers calling in; increasing revenue per call/per customer
  • Knowledgeable on all JHF products, parts and services including strong technical background on all automation product offerings
  • Good understanding of competition and offerings
  • Ability to successfully sell the JHF “value-add” proposition and cross over product on an as-needed basis
  • Build and maintain excellent customer relations (internal and external)
  • Recognize customer concerns; addressing proactively
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or management

Qualifications, Skills and Education:

  • Two-year degree in Automation/Fluid Power/Mechatronics
  • Professionally trained in automation systems
  • Knowledge of Infor Enterprise Software a plus
  • Team player, but also must be able to work independently
  • Excellent communication and customer relations/service skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure or deadlines to meet customer expectations

For 80 years, John Henry Foster has been a leading distributor of Industrial Air Compressor Systems and Electrical, Robotic and Pneumatic Automation solutions. Our cultural emphasis is on creating contemporary leadership that is focused on serving/coaching, empowering employees to be successful, and generating an open and healthy environment. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and a 401(k) program. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your cover letter and resume to mark.augustin@jhfoster.com.


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