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Our Values Statement

Kele, Inc. is a customer focused, results driven, continuously improving organization that bases all that it does on building trusting relationships both internally and externally.

At Kele, there is nothing wrong with being obsessed. . . so long as it’s with our values! Everything we do must focus on providing outstanding customer service to all of those we serve, both internally and externally. No matter what an associate’s role is here at Kele, each associate’s job impacts our customers. To this end we consider our associates to be our most valuable resource. We want our associates to think of our company as a dynamic and rewarding place in which to work!

Every member of the Kele team plays a key role in our mantra of: “We Make It Easy.”

Our associates must be committed to the following:
  • Acting in a professional and courteous manner toward our customers, our vendors, fellow associates, and our communities. (Being Customer Focused) 
  • Performing our duties and responsibilities in a competent, prompt, and professional manner. (Building Trusting Relationships) 
  • Doing the very best we can in all that we do. (Being Results Driven) 
  • Striving to get better at whatever we are doing. (Seeking Continuous Improvement) 

A Great Place to Work

In addition to offering competitive salaries, tuition reimbursement, and opportunities for career progression, we offer a large selection of benefits to help promote our associates’ health and well being, including:
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance 
  • 401(k) with company match 
  • Short and long term disability insurance 
  • Basic life and AD&D 
  • Supplemental life insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Paid time off 
  • Company paid holidays 

A Great Place to Play

At Kele, we believe in working hard, but we also value a work/life balance. Not only do our associates receive paid time off and company paid holidays, we also regularly provide opportunities for our associates to attend local events, such as concerts and professional sporting events, all at premier venues such as FedEx Forum, the Orpheum Theatre, and AutoZone Park!

A Great Place to Serve

Kele believes in serving the community. We partner with local nonprofit organizations such as Youth Villages, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), and the Ronald McDonald House, to provide our associates with the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the communities in which we live and work.

If you want to be part of an organization that provides a great place to work, play, and so much more, then Kele may be the place for you!
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Purchasing Agent 

The Purchasing Agent will compile information and records to prepare purchase orders for procurement of material and serve as a liaison between Kele sales team and vendors by performing the following duties:

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Coordinates with suppliers, internal departments, and support staff to achieve team and company goals
  • Engages in team meetings to communicate on the status and execution of company initiatives
  • Drafts purchase orders and ensures they are accurate with regard to price, description, delivery dates, and lead time; update supporting data reports
  • Coordinates and modifies purchase quantities as needed
  • Monitors and verifies status of open purchase orders and open direct orders
  • Confirms pricing information according to specified Purchasing parameters
  • Monitors status of assigned Top 1000 items and ensures number of stock outs is within department goals
  • Researches and resolves problems with packing list and invoicing discrepancies
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • Two to four years of undergraduate work and two years of related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience to include a high school diploma
  • Understanding of the role of replenishment and how it relates to supply chain
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Working knowledge of Great Plains preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced purchasing environment
 
To apply for the role of Purchasing Agent, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.     

Accounting Specialist  
(part-time position)

The Accounting Specialist will support the accounting department in its credit, accounts receivable and accounts payable functions and will actively participate in process improvement projects related to accounting and other internal functions.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Performs daily invoicing and related tasks
  • Performs miscellaneous accounts payable and credit/accounts receivable tasks
  • Performs other related tasks including journal entries, various payroll tax returns and payment compliance tasks, and other duties as assigned
  • Reviews accounting performance metric files
  • Recommends enhancements/additions to existing accounting performance metrics along with daily process improvements
Required Basic Qualifications:   
  • One year of related work experience
  • Two to four years of undergraduate work or equivalent level of education and experience; high school diploma or equivalent required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to learn company software        
To apply for the role of Accounting Specialist, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.    

Regional Business Development Manager - Two Positions - Northeast and Southern Regions 

The primary role of the Regional Business Development Manager is to generate revenue from potential customers and increase wallet share of existing customers by networking, visiting, calling or other means. They are required to grow and retain existing accounts by planning persuasive approaches and pitches presenting new solutions and services in order to convince customers to increase their business volume with the company. Business Development Managers work with mid and senior level management, inside sales executives, marketing, and technical staff.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Prospect for potential new opportunities and convert them into increased business
  • Call as appropriate within market or geographic area to ensure a robust pipeline of opportunities.
  • Meet potential clients by growing, maintaining, and leveraging network
  • Identify potential decision makers within the customer organizations
  • Research and build relationships with new and existing customers
  • Set up meetings between customer decision makers and company’s practice leaders/Principals when needed
  • Work with team to develop proposals that speak to customers’ needs, concerns, and objectives
  • Handle objections by clarifying, emphasizing agreements and working through differences to a positive conclusion
  • Use a variety of styles to persuade or negotiate appropriately
  • Present new products and services and enhance existing relationships
  • Work with technical staff and other internal colleagues to meet customer needs
  • Arrange and participate in internal and external client debriefs
  • Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and provide feedback and information on market and creative trends
  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends in order to develop new services, products, and distribution channels
  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales
  • Using knowledge of the market and competitors, identify and develop the company’s unique selling propositions and differentiators
  • Submit weekly progress reports, ensuring data is accurate
  • Ensure that data is accurately entered and managed within the company’s CRM or other sales management system.
  • Track and record activity on accounts and help to close deals to meet targets
Required Basic Qualifications:   
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Three to five years of sales experience within the BAS market required
  • Thorough knowledge of the BAS market, the solutions/services the company can provide, and of the company’s competitors is required
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Must have the experience with Customer Relationship Management software (preferably Salesforce)
  • Ability to travel 100% of the time
  • A valid driver’s license
 
To apply for the role of Regional Business Development Manager, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.        

Outside Sales Director   

Under general direction of the Chief Sales Officer, the Outside Sales Director provides leadership to Kele’s outside sales professionals to optimize growth and increase market share from controls contractors. Leads the team of outside sales professionals to drive account and opportunity management strategies to help customers win. Coordinates outside sales activities with Kele’s inside sales team activities and serves as a key leader on Kele’s senior sales leadership team.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Leads the outside sales team members that are situated throughout North America to achieve Kele’s financial and strategic goals and objectives by leading the following strategies:
    • Management of assigned accounts of the outside sales team
    • Opportunity management of strategic projects assigned to the outside sales team
     
  • Drives monthly sales performance to budget and forecast across North America.
  • Ensures that the outside sales team works in coordination with the inside sales team, the Memphis-based Sales Directors, and the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts to drive account and opportunity management strategies in order to promote account growth and customer value.
  • Ensures that the outside sales team follows defined processes through consistent tool usage to enhance sales performance. These processes include, but are not limited to, account plan reviews, opportunity management reviews, and one-on-ones.
  • Increases sales productivity of the outside sales team by ensuring that all direct reports have established goals, personal development plans, and receive a monthly one-on-one.
  • Works with the senior sales leadership team to evaluate and staff additional outside sales team positions throughout North America.
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in engineering, marketing, or related field
  • Minimum of five years of sales experience in the construction or BAS market to include sales management and direct sales experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of BAS industry including the role of Kele’s customers, consultants, contractors, and end users as well as demonstrated knowledge of the construction marketplace, financial reporting and relationships with key players in the construction market
  • Knowledge of BAS applications and products and/or complete knowledge of Kele catalog
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Position will be based in Memphis, Tennessee and will require travel 50-75% of the time 
 
To apply for the role of Outside Sales Director, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.    

Sales Manager   

The Sales Manager plans, directs, and coordinates the sale of the organization’s products and/or services by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate team members.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Leads assigned sales team to achieve sales goals
  • Manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for assigned sales team
  • Develops and executes sales plans to ensure the profitable growth and expansion of company products and/or services within assigned markets
  • Develops, implements, and monitors department operating policies and procedures that will ensure effective and efficient production while meeting company’s mission
  • Coordinates communication between sales team and other departments
  • Assigns customer responsibilities to sales groups
  • Analyzes sales statistics and prepares sales reports
  • Reviews market analyses to determine customer needs and volume potential
  • Develops sales campaigns in conjunction with Marketing to accommodate goals of company; makes suggestions and recommendations on pricing strategy to the Marketing department
  • Achieves satisfactory profit/loss ratio and share of market performance in relation to pre-set standards and to general and specific trends within the industry and the economy
  • Travels with team members to call on customers
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of seven years of related experience and/or training with at least three years in a supervisory role; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A general working knowledge of BAS industry including the role of Kele’s customers, consultants, contractors, and end users
  • Basic knowledge of BAS applications and products and/or thorough knowledge of Kele catalog
 
To apply for the role of Sales Manager, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.    

Product Manager  

The Product Manager is responsible for the support of product life cycle management, product development, product maintenance and marketing, vendor management, continuous process improvement, and policies and contracts management.

The Product Manager will also be responsible for support of product portfolio maintenance, product training, sales tools, vendor relationship management, and up to date monitoring of assigned products and catalog sections for relevance and growth within our market and industry as required by the product management team.

Key Responsibilities: 
Manage product life cycle to include adding and performing competitive analysis on new products, and obsolete old products in the Kele product portfolio
  • Formulate product and marketing strategies
  • Assessing industry and competition
  • Market segmentation and targeting
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Forecasting volumes, estimated market share, and revenue
  • Create and maintain product literature
  • Serve as training and technical resource
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or technology; and
  • 2+ years of experience in a product management role; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint software
  • Experience using Great Plains and Agility inventory software preferred
  • Ability to build and manage relationships with internal and external partners
  • Technical expertise; experience in HVAC and/or building automation systems and related products preferred
  • Financial acumen
 
To apply for the role of Product Manager, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.        

Panel Technician I  

We are currently looking for experienced, enthusiastic individuals with electrical wiring experience to join our team in our panel shop. The Panel Technician I assembles protection, communication, and control panels using switches, relays, transformers, transmitters, and switchboards, as laid out in drawings and or wiring diagrams.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Cuts, strips, and mounts wire to connect electrical units
  • Assists in testing instruments for resistance, voltage and other characteristics
  • Plans, constructs, and assembles test panels for production and testing
  • Assembles and tests control devices, switch panels, transformers and other electrical equipment and components
  • Diagnoses cause of electrical or mechanical malfunction
  • Installs electrical assemblies and hardware in housing
  • Assists in testing assembled instruments for circuit continuity and operational reliability
  • Assembles wires, insulation, and electrical components, such as transformers and relays, following method layouts
  • Reviews project instructions and blueprints to ascertain specifications
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • High school diploma
  • Minimum three years of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proficiency in reading schematics and or blueprints and building electrical components to their standards 
 
To apply for the role of Panel Technician I, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.     

Mechanical Assembler/Packer 

The Mechanical Assembler/Packer selects and prepares panel enclosures for panel construction, completes final inspection and packs the units and accompanying accessories for shipment per customer-specific requirements; coordinates with Kele shipping department for delivery to customers.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Prepares panel enclosures for panel build process
  • Prewires panels when appropriate
  • Visually inspects and packs panels for daily shipments
  • Examines stock to verify conformance to specifications
  • Communicates inaccuracies on product to appropriate manager
  • Assumes direct responsibility for packing activities
  • Constructs panel crating to protect enclosure shipment as needed
  • Maintains inventory levels on panel packing supplies
  • Verifies correct parts and quantity received, along with proper paperwork
  • Moves all prepared panel enclosures to correct location      
 
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • One to three years of mechanical assembly, carpentry, or electrical experience preferred      
 
To apply for the role of Mechanical Assembler/Packer, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.     


 
Distribution Clerk I - Shipping   

The Distribution Clerk I - Shipping is expected to demonstrate the ability to work in a safe manner, ensure accuracy in all transactions, and meet or maintain the position’s production requirements in thirty days or less.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Compares identifying information and counts, weighs, or measures items of outgoing shipments to verify information against shipping orders or other records
  • Package SKU’s as instructed using correct packing materials
  • Process shipments using provided shipping system following all instructions
  • Affixes shipping labels on packed cartons or identifying shipping information on cartons
  • Posts weights for shipping charges
  • Examines outgoing shipments to ensure shipments meet specifications
  • Stocks and prepares work station with shipping materials and supplies
  • Other duties may be assigned
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • One year or less of related work experience
  • Ability to frequently lift/move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift/move up to 70 pounds
  • Experience operating powered industrial equipment, such as forklifts is preferred but not required 
 
To apply for the role of Distribution Clerk I - Shipping, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.     

 
Distribution Clerk I - Receiving

Receives, stores, and issues equipment, material, supplies, merchandise, or parts and compiles stock records in warehouse by performing the following duties:

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Counts, sorts, or weighs incoming articles to verify receipt of items on requisition or packing list and examines stock to verify conformance to specifications
  • Communicates inaccuracies on inbound SKU’s to Receiving Supervisor and stages freight in question as directed (OSD storage), marking paperwork as needed
  • Stores articles in bins, on floor, or on shelves, according to identifying information such as part number, size, system directions or type of material
  • Transfers receipts to stocking zone, storing in overstock if needed; completes put away of non-conveyable receipts
  • Handles inbound personal packages as directed (keeps log and forwards to mail room)
  • Verifies inbound items are shelf/saleable ready; labels/re-packs as needed 
  • Stocks parts transferred from other facilities and fills out internal documents as needed
  • Opens, logs, and transfers returned goods to the Returns department and helps re-box and stock large returned goods.
  • Forwards return transfer documents to Receiving Supervisor for adjustments
  • Cuts stock to size to fill order
  • Moves or transports material or supplies to other departments
  • Helps Zone Pickers with large items requiring the use of powered lifts
  • Backup domestic shipping as needed
  • Other duties may be assigned
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • One year or less of related work experience
  • Ability to frequently lift/move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift/move up to 70 pounds
  • Experience operating powered industrial equipment, such as forklifts is preferred but not required 
 
To apply for the role of Distribution Clerk I - Receiving, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.     

Panel Tech Admin
   

The Panel Tech Admin contributes to the Panel Shop operations by providing technical administrative support to all technicians/inspectors before, during, and after the panel build process. This individual acts as a primary support resource for the Panel Shop Manager and primary contact/conduit between customers, panel sales, panel engineering and technicians/inspectors.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Maintains customer information to include spreadsheets
  • Ensures Master Panel Schedule is updated and accurate
  • Ensures that technicians are supplied with work order(s) prior to their next panel build assignment to ensure constant flow of work
  • Coordinates & tracks customer and/or Kele parts required for panel build orders
  • Sends tracking information with pictures to customers on shipped orders
  • Changes, adds, or deletes components on orders per established processes
  • Runs, updates, and posts departmental metric tracking sheets
  • Runs invoicing & productivity reports on a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule
  • Utilizes Microsoft Word, Excel, and scheduling software in order to consistently and accurately provide customer reports
  • Acts as a Panel Technician I or II when overflow work is required
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • High school diploma
  • Three or more years of work considered to be preparatory to the job leading to a working knowledge of the job responsibilities or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Auto CAD, Visio, and scheduling software 
 
To apply for the role of Panel Tech Admin, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.     

Panel Inspector  

The Panel Inspector is responsible for testing, reviewing and modifying panel builds and/or design changes to meet or exceed customer expectations.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Reviews project instructions and blueprints to ascertain test specifications, procedures objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problem, and possible solutions such as part redesign, substitution of material or parts, or rearrangement of parts of subassemblies
  • Tests instruments for resistance, voltage, circuit continuity and operational reliability
  • Tests control devices, switch panels, transformers and other electrical equipment and components
  • Diagnoses cause of electrical or mechanical malfunction or failure of operational equipment and performs preventative and co-effective maintenance on diagrams or schematics
  • Identifies and troubleshoots panel design concerns in a manner that is conducive to supporting best manufacturing practices while optimizing operational throughput
  • Proactively identifies panel design concerns and recommends design alternatives that promote customer satisfaction and operational effectiveness
  • Develops effective departmental and interdepartmental relationships that promote overall panel design effectiveness
  • Proactively maintains up to date UL compliance training insuring manufacturing is constructing panels based on UL specifications
Required Basic Qualifications:  
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 8+ years of related work leading to a working knowledge of the job responsibilities
 
To apply for the role of Panel Inspector, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.