Career Opportunities with Lesman

Lesman Instrument Company is an established specialty products distributor with an installed base of equipment in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Eastern Kentucky, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State.

We sell process instrumentation that measures temperature, pressure, level, and flow at industrial plants, as well as burner control and combustion products, process valves and accessories, and industrial hygiene and safety instrumentation to keep your plant and workers safe.

Our primary customers are in the food and beverage, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, power and steel industries. We have an outside sales force supported by an inside sales team, and also market our products over the web and through internally developed catalogs and direct mail.

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

Available Positions

Accounting Specialist

Bensenville, IL

The Accounting Specialist supports the accounting department in one or more of its functions of credit, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and collection, recommending enhancements/additions to existing accounting performance metrics along with daily process improvements

Essential Responsibilities

Accounts payable duties to include:

  • Entering, verifying, and approving vouchers for payment
  • Processing invoices for payment and preparing invoice deduction notices, as necessary
  • Answering vendor inquiries
  • Preparing weekly accounts payable check runs
  • Printing accounts payable reports and maintaining accounts payable files
  • Assisting in Accounts Payable end of month closing procedures and reconciliations
  • Reviewing and verifying vendor statements
  • Reviewing open stock receipts report on a weekly basis, making adjustments as necessary
  • Researching and working with purchasing, accounts payable assistant and/or vendor on discrepancies of vendor accounts
  • Allocating invoices among departments as needed

Accounts receivable duties to include:

  • Preparing, posting, verifying, and recording customer payments and transactions related to accounts receivable
  • Processing lien waivers and Certificates of Insurance as needed
  • Performing daily invoicing and related tasks and releasing sales orders upon receipt of payments
  • Maintaining and updating customer files, including name or address changes, mergers, or mailing attentions
  • Performing representative commission order entry, invoicing and other related tasks and submitting invoices to representative vendors as needed
  • Working with Inside Sales team, customers, and EDI vendors to prepare/update EDI portals for processing Advanced Shipping Notices and invoices
  • Processing customer acknowledgements, shipping notices and invoices on EDI or customer portals
  • Maintaining access credentials for customer portals via Sharepoint
  • Creating and maintaining EDI procedural manuals
  • Recording collection activity in the company’s ERP systems
  • Reconciling eBay sales and applying cash and/or creating credit memos for settlement fees
  • Copying, filing, and retrieving materials for accounts receivable as needed
  • Assisting with related special projects, as required

Collections duties to include:

  • Requesting and pursuing payment on delinquent account, following up, updating, and maintaining accurate financial records including accounting, receivable, and credit records
  • Preparing and sending statements on delinquent accounts
  • Following established guidelines to review and update account status
  • Performing other related duties, as required

Other general duties to include:

  • Answering and transferring calls
  • Running various reports weekly, monthly, and as needed
  • Updating postage as required
  • Purchasing office supplies
  • Allocating inbound mail to departments
  • Coordinating office events

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate/bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of related work experience
  • Technical, electrical and mechanical aptitude
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn and use company software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

To apply for this position, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.


Account Executive

Chicago/Northeast Indiana or Central Illinois

The Account Executive is responsible for generating revenue from potential industrial process customers and increasing wallet share by networking, visiting, calling or other means. They are required to grow and retain existing accounts by planning persuasive approaches and presenting new solutions and services to convince customers to increase their business volume with the company.  The Account Executive works with senior level management, business development managers, inside branch sales and technical staff, and marketing.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Uses company provided selling tools to jointly develop account strategies and tactics with the team and to maintain accuracy in customer data and the sales funnel
  • Listens to and manages resolution of customer concerns by investigating problems, developing solutions, and making recommendations to the team for supporting the customer’s and the company’s shared goals
  • Proactively conducts sales calls, utilizing probing questions to identify the customer’s needs and opportunities, learn about the customer’s business, our competitor’s actions, our technology and the customer’s industry
  • Meets and maintains all minimum sales activity levels to include attainment of sales revenue/margin quotas, calendar activity, quote, opportunity and project lead follow up monthly, quarterly and annually
  • Develops and implements sales planning strategies to achieve all goals and total spend opportunity associated with assigned accounts
  • Works collaboratively with team members as necessary to maximize sales opportunities while not diverting from core sales responsibilities
  • Creates and maintains account management plan for all assigned accounts
  • Provides exceptional personal customer service to all internal and external customer

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate/bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of related work experience
  • Technical, electrical and mechanical aptitude
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn and use company software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

To apply for this position, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.


Business Unit Controller

Bensenville, IL

The Business Unit Controller oversees and manages the fiscal functions of the assigned business unit of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) while providing financial information about company activities that will assist management and its shareholders in making economic decisions about the company’s future.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates the assigned business unit’s fiscal function
  • Provides accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including, but not limited to, internal and external monthly financial statements, annual audits, and annual budgets
  • Collaborates in strategic planning efforts and provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans
  • Gathers, interprets, and prepares data, and provides recommendations and reports for executive committee review
  • Oversees the activities of the Accounting Department to ensure the accurate and timely management of all accounts receivable and accounts payable functions, including billings, cash control, employee expense reports, and customer relationship management
  • Oversees projects to select, implement, and maintain applications to automate certain functions of the accounting department
  • Establishes and maintains controls over inventory accuracy, completeness, and valuation
  • Leads the budget planning process, and provides timely and accurate analysis of budgets and financial reports that will assist the President, Board, and senior management in managing their responsibilities
  • Provides continual improvement of the budgeting process through education of department managers on financial issues impacting their budgets
  • Provides strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization; i.e., evaluation of potential alliances, acquisitions, and/or mergers
  • Effectively manages performance direct reports through consistent evaluation and feedback, while ensuring that individual performance objectives are managed and measured to encourage professional growth
  • Works to optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiates needed strategies for improvement
  • Develops financial reporting systems and controls to ensure compliance with company expenditure requirements and meet customer needs

Required Basic Qualifications

  • Undergraduate/bachelor's degree and applicable certification(s)
  • Minimum of five years related work experience
  • Big 4 or national public accounting experience
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word, and Outlook and ability to learn and use company software

To apply for this position, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.


Customer Care Representative

Bensenville, IL

The Customer Care Representative works as part of a team to proactively meet our customers’ expectations by delivering exceptional customer service while assisting them in choosing the correct product, specifying process instrumentation, valves and hygienic equipment.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provides quotes, order entry, order follow up, product and application information and other requests as required by the customer
  • Accurately enters and acknowledges orders placed via phone, fax, mail, and e-mail
  • Builds item cards in the company’s ERP system to include navigating the manufacturer’s price books and literature in order to create and input a model number, minimum description, pricing, vendor, product class code and lead time information
  • Negotiates pricing in order to facilitate sales and/or increase profit margins
  • Supports outside sales and technical sales support teams as needed through product selection support, quoting, estimating and order creation for medium and large-scope projects
  • Answers inbound sales calls and emails
  • Places outgoing phone calls to customers to obtain required information to complete the sale of a previously ordered product or service
  • Proactively problem solves for customers who have experienced an error with their order and follow up with same to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Resolves customer concerns pertaining to products and services
  • Assists customers with use and navigation of the company’s website and catalog
  • Handles literature requests for pricing, data sheets and other requested information
  • Monitors and releases web orders as required
  • Retrieves and accurately enters orders received via customer’s electronic PO portal, acknowledging as necessary

Required Basic Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of 1 year of related experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel and Outlook; ability to learn and use company software

To apply for this position, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.


Manager, Operations

Bensenville, IL

The Manager of Operations coordinates purchasing, warehousing and assembly operations, serving as a liaison between the sales team and vendors, while directing the activities of personnel engaged in purchasing and distributing raw materials, equipment, machinery and supplies.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and monitors the activities of the purchasing, warehousing, assembly, and procurement staff to ensure all daily functions are completed efficiently
  • Prepares instructions regarding purchasing and inventory control systems and procedures
  • Ensures best practices are being followed with company’s ERP system
  • Looks for opportunities to continuously improve operations, including the use of newer technology to make materials management more effective
  • Works closely with sales team regarding products and vendor relationships
  • Monitors delivery, pricing, and other pertinent vendor negotiations (either in person or through subordinates) to assure that the company receives the best value
  • Enters purchase orders and determines the best methods for inventory, either directly or through the company’s warehouse
  • Confirms pricing information in the company’s ERP is correct and transmits to purchase orders properly
  • Works with vendors to ensure all purchase orders are being properly processed
  • Monitors vendor rebate and incentive programs to assure company takes advantage of cost-saving opportunities
  • Ensures proper response to sales inquiries concerning delivery, pricing, order status and expedites
  • Analyzes market and delivery conditions to determine present and future material availability and prepares market analysis reports
  • Reviews purchase order claims and contracts for conformance to company policy
  • Monitors and arranges for disposal of surplus materials
  • Monitors and reports on the company’s cost reduction initiatives
  • Monitors dollar value inventory, turns, percentage of sales dollars in inventory, and other valuation amounts to assure inventory dollars are invested properly
  • Analyzes non-inventoried purchases to ensure proper approvals are secured based on purchasing guidelines
  • Plans physical inventories to be administered by inventory control personnel
  • Coordinates vendor-related information with appropriate departments
  • Plans, recommends, and directs the implementation of the departmental budget
  • Analyzes, approves and controls expenditures of department to conform to budgetary requirements
  • Resolves material management discrepancies
  • Monitors items that are going obsolete or overstock to minimize their impact on company financials
  • Develops, implements, and monitors department operating policies and procedures that will ensure effective and efficient production while meeting company mission
  • Manages, coordinates and performs activities concerned with the operation, repair, maintenance, and construction of facilities, equipment, buildings, and grounds to minimize interruption and improve efficiency
  • Acts as the safety liaison for the branch to include completion of safety audits and reporting of incidents/accidents

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate/bachelor’s degree
  • Five years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of all positions including the ability to prepare purchase orders for procurement of material while performing best practices in a fast-paced purchasing environment
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and the ability to learn and use company software

To apply for this position, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.


Mechanical Assembler/Packer

Bensenville, IL

The Mechanical Assembler/Packer assembles various instrumentation products and performs outbound, inbound, and picking tasks while demonstrating the ability to work in a safe manner, ensuring accuracy in all transactions and meeting and maintaining the position’s production requirements.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Organizes parts to be assembled in a production-type process and places parts in specified relationship to each other
  • Bolts, clips, screws, or otherwise fastens parts together and calibrates, configures and runs pressure tests
  • Operates power tools, such as drill press and cordless drills
  • Regularly refers to vendor literature to review wiring diagrams and instructions to complete the assembly process
  • Contacts vendors for technical support in order to complete the assembly process
  • Performs inbound tasks to include receiving, storing, and issuing equipment, material, supplies, merchandise, or parts and compiling stock records in warehouse by performing the following duties:
    • Counts, sorts, or weighs incoming articles to verify receipt of items on requisition or packing list and examines stock to verify conformance to specifications
    • 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
    • Verifies inbound items are shelf/saleable ready; labels/re-packs as needed
    • Opens, logs, and transfers returned goods; re-boxes and stocks large, returned goods
  • Performs picking tasks to include replenishing and picking customer orders by performing the following duties:
    • Picks customer orders, work orders, shipping orders, or replenishments and determine items to be moved, gathered, or distributed while maintaining production standard
    • Sorts and places materials or items on racks, shelves, or in bins according to predetermined sequence such as home location, size, type, style, color, or product code and verifies materials are marked with identifying information
    • Opens boxes, pallets and other containers and counts items to ensure conformance to company standards
  • Performs outbound shipping tasks to include verifying and keeping records on outgoing shipments and preparing items for shipment by performing the following duties:
    • Compares identifying information and counts, weighs, or measures items of outgoing shipments to verify information against shipping orders or other records
    • Packages SKUs as instructed using correct packing materials
    • Processes shipments using provided shipping system following all instructions

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to work in a safe manner while ensuring accuracy in all transactions and to meet and maintain the position’s production requirements
  • Ability to lift/move up to 20 pounds unassisted

To apply for this position, please send your resume to hr@kele.com.

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