Montana State University Business Advisor in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 19129

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Tricia Cook (406) 994-4507

Classification Title Facilities Professional

Working Title Business Advisor

Brief Position Overview

Help Montana manufacturers succeed! The Business Advisor helps Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) support that mission by providing growth, innovation, efficiency, compliance, and managerial assistance. This position may be based in Great Falls, Helena, Butte, or Billings, so all interested individuals are encouraged to apply.

Position Number 4C1236

Department Montana Manufacturing and Extension Center

Division College of Engineering

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center’s (MMEC’s) mission is to grow Montana’s economy by helping manufacturers succeed. We accomplish this goal by providing growth, innovation, efficiency, compliance and managerial assistance to Montana manufacturers for a fee. MMEC is an outreach of the College of Engineering at Montana State University. Field Offices are located in Bozeman, Billings, Helena, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula, and serve the entire state. This position may be based in Great Falls, Helena, Butte, or Billings, working independently from an office in one of our partner agencies. The territory will include the entire State of Montana.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Sell and deliver growth, innovation, efficiency, compliance and managerial consulting services to Montana manufacturers.

  • Proactively visit (cold call) prospective and existing clients, assess clients’ needs, determine strategies and action plans resulting in written proposals for contracted services with manufacturers.

  • Provide consulting and training across the State of Montana to assist food manufacturers to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

  • Write and review reports, track and report project progress and develop and manage third party delivery experts.

  • Develop appropriate educational materials and present public training workshops and seminars.

  • Prepare end of project survey tools and effectively assist clients in completing end-of-project surveys that result in significant economic impact.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated, significant experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility in improving manufacturing operations.

  • Experience in food manufacturing and/or food safety for manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated experience using computers in business, customer relationship management, project management, communications, and personal productivity.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing systems design, analysis and continuous improvement, manufacturing processes and equipment, lean manufacturing concepts, quality management systems, six sigma concepts, waste reduction, emission reduction, safety management, and product design as it relates to manufacturing.

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology from an accredited engineering program.

  • Master’s degree in Business from an accredited business school.

  • Relevant licensing or industry recognized certifications.

  • Experience in additive manufacturing, industrial marketing, plant management, technical sales or product development using Solid Works software.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be able to sell your abilities and the abilities of team members to the owners and managers of manufacturing facilities throughout the State of Montana.

  • Have the ability to work as a productive member of a team of professionals that seeks to advance manufacturing in the State of Montana.

  • Possess the ability to identify manufacturing, business and engineering problems and then formulate multiple solutions for solving them.

  • Be a self-starter who can work independently to identify, sell (including cold calls), plan, organize, manage and execute projects.

  • Have excellent human relations skills, evidence of good judgment, flexibility and innovativeness to respond to the needs of a wide variety of clients.

  • Possess the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing including public presentations.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Position will be based in Great Falls, Helena, Butte, or Billings, MT, and continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

Position requires extensive travel by rental or own vehicle throughout the State of Montana, including frequent overnight stays.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 25, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please note that this position will be based in Great Falls, Helena, Butte, or Billings, MT,

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .