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Expert Surface Solutions [Applications Manager] (m/f)

Expert Surface Solutions [Applications Manager] (m/f)

We are looking for an Expert Surface Solutions (Applications Manager) (m/f) for on-site / workshop thermal spray applications / coatings within the thermal / renewable power generation (hydro, wind or others) or petrochemical industry based in Germany or in any other of our global branches. You will be responsible for planning, initiating and driving application specific initiatives and projects on a global basis. You identify new opportunities, promote our Materials & Equipment products and services and develop market traction for the product portfolio. You will report to the Segment Portfolio Manager.


  • As an Expert for Surface Solutions (Applications Manager) you are responsible for providing technical and, together with sales, commercial leadership to drive innovation and business growth within this segment of thermal spray
  • You drive and attack application specific market opportunities from the tops down and or bottoms-up
  • You develop market traction for the portfolio´s products and pro-actively identify and pursue new contacts
  • You initiate product or coating developments, campaigns, marketing material and exhibition participation, as required to enable the growth strategy for the application
  • You monitor the market for competitors portfolio and latest movements and feedback to the organization to increase sales and define the future roadmaps & growth strategy
  • You are responsible for pushing application specific qualifications, validations, enabling of joint developments and fast product market introduction
  • You open new doors for Sales as well as supporting Sales when materializing or exploring opportunities as a trusted technical and project partner
  • Closely working with Sales Management and Marketing You define action plans, develop sales support tools and help translate customer needs into initiatives to generate top line sales

We expect

  • You have a technical university degree, preferably a master’s degree
  • You have minimum 5 years’ related industry application experience in coatings in at least one of the following industries: wind turbines, hydro turbines, thermal power generation, fuel cells or petrochemical
  • You possess experience in on-site or workshop thermal spray coating business and in customer facing interactions
  • You have a good understanding of state-of-the-art corrosion, erosion and hard facing or latest fuel cell coating materials and equipment
  • As a subject matter expert for the applications and the coating used in those applications you are able to deliver the relevant information and technical credibility to our Customers creating ideas for customer needs to be solved
  • You are a self-motivated team player, have an open-minded personality with strong communication and presentation skills and a customer-orientated attitude
  • Excellent knowledge of English language; other languages are beneficial
  • You are flexible to extensive travel internationally (~40%)

We offer

  • Accelerate your career in a growing business
  • Be part of an innovative and passionate team delivering disruptive solutions
  • Join a global cross-cultural and collaborative workplace with modern technology


Irene Saxer

Phone: +41 56 618 81 14

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy to become a global powerhouse in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. Backed by the key ability to intelligently engineer and process surface solutions and advanced materials, the Group is committed to invest in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable, more efficient and environmentally sustainable products. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13 500 employees at more than 180 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016. The company invested CHF 94 million in R&D in 2016 and has over 1 000 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

The Surface Solutions Segment of the Oerlikon Group includes the two brands Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco. The Segment operates more than 145 facilities with over 140 coating centres in 37 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, employing more than 6 000 people.
Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials, services, specialized machining services and components. Operating a dynamically growing network of more than 40 sites in EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific, Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, power generation, automotive, oil & gas, industrial and other specialized markets. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team.