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Chassix moves into new Metro Detroit global headquarters

Chassix, a global chassis casting and machining company formed in April, moved 150 workers from former offices in Wixom and Troy into a new, 22,000-square-foot headquarters in Southfield this past summer.

Chassix was formed after Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity merged Michigan auto suppliers Diversified Machine Inc. and SMW Automotive Inc.

The $1.2 billion, vertically integrated company now has manufacturing operations in Mexico, South America, Europe and China, in addition to plants in in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Georgia. It has 3,700 employees in 26 different locations.

“Bringing our team together in one headquarters location is just the next logical step in Chassix’s evolution,” Robert J. (Bob) Remenar, Chassix president and CEO, said in a statement. “A unified headquarters continues the integration of our business, improves communication, facilitates working together and better enables the company to support its customers and suppliers.”

Chassix offers exciting career opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional growth for all.

Additionally, Chassix offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment designed around the philosophy of mutual respect and the challenge of contributing to the continued success of our organization.

Click here to view the latest career opportunities at Chassix!

Senior Executive Assistant - Wakefield, RI

We are looking for a stellar Senior Executive Assistant to support O’Neill Consulting Group’s CEO & Founder Kevin R. O’Neill. As a true confidant and partner of the CEO, you exude professionalism, high-energy, confidence, self-monitoring, and intellect.  You anticipate needs and take initiative to complete actions that improve productivity and relieve the CEO of administrative detail. You leverage your superb organization skills and attention to detail to meet the urgent needs of multiple projects and agendas in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. A position of great responsibility and trust, you maintain strict confidences and take true ownership of the office workflow. You work well independently, learn and think quickly, and communicate professionally.

O’Neill Consulting Group is an executive search firm that intersects clients' needs for talent with candidate aspirations through a client-centered model. We build relationships with clients in our Consumer, Industrial & Manufacturing, Life Sciences, & Private Equity Practices. Other specialties include Business Services, Supply Chain, Legal, Insurance, and Not-for-Profit. Most often, we are engaged by client companies who are undergoing extraordinary transformations or expansions. We provide counsel for C-Suite and Senior Executives including roles such as CEO, CFO, COO, CHRO, CTO/CIO, GM, EVP, SVP, VP, Director, etc. In addition to executive search, we provide clients with creative solutions such as employment branding, integration, and recruitment process outsourcing.
Representative clients: Dunkin Brands / Swarovski / Panera Bread / PepsiCo / LoJack / Textron / Surescripts / Provant / Platinum Equity / ABRY Partners

Providence Business News recently recognized O’Neill Consulting Group as one of the 2013 Fastest Growing Companies in Rhode Island.

As the CEO, Kevin R. O’Neill has ownership of the firm’s strategic direction, aggressive growth, and the ultimate satisfaction of every client. He has over 25 years of consulting experience in leadership roles. More personally, he is the married father of four school-aged children, president of the parish council for Saint Thomas More Catholic Parish, serves on a number of not-for-profit boards.

Position Description:
  • Working directly alongside the CEO, you will seek to be of maximum assistance.
  • Demonstrate commitment, consistency, and care; upholding expectations of professionalism, character, and integrity.
  • Complete projects, tasks, and travel arrangements with high standards, efficiency, and precision.
  • Manage, organize, and prioritize multiple activities and agendas, making constant progress towards deadlines and results.
  • Ensure all CEO deadlines are met with an emphasis on client satisfaction –anticipating the needs of the CEO.
  • Interface with high level internal and external contacts requiring considerable discretion, initiative, and mature judgment.
  • Handle phone messages, email, and executive level communications and issues as necessary.
  • Maintain and optimize calendar by arranging and coordinating meetings, appointments, conference calls, travel, webex, etc.
  • Be flexible and responsive to changes in direction and prioritization of responsibilities under time-sensitive and frequently shifting deadlines.
  • Prepare, track, proofread, and process highly confidential reports, correspondence, documents, notes, expense reports, and administrative records. Ensure all are up to date, accurate, appropriately categorized, and distributed.
  • May also oversee other office management duties as needed.

Candidate Specification:

  • Administrative experience supporting Senior Leadership
  • Strong project management experience
  • Possess a high level of integrity and ability to handle extremely sensitive and confidential materials and discussions.
  • Self-sufficient and proactive with exemplary organizational skills and ability to anticipate needs
  • Keen ability to be assertive when necessary to get desired results.
  • Knowledge of administrative/business procedures and terminology
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Must possess the ability to analyze situations, solve problems, and make reasonable judgments consistent with responsibilities and company policies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills a must.
  • Demonstrated use of proper grammar, spelling and punctuation when reviewing and/or editing documents for accuracy and completeness.
  • Must be committed to quality service and client satisfaction.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Associates or Bachelors degree preferred.
Contact Stephen Dolinich for more information | sdolinich (at) 

Contract Recruiting Opportunities - Detroit, Michigan

O'Neill Consulting Group, a retained executive search firm, is searching for technical contract recruiters in Detroit.  Recruiters should have experience within the industial/automotive space.  This is an exciting opportunity to help staff an organization experiencing explosive growth!

This position reports to The Director of Operations and supports strategic recruiting goals by managing a portfolio of diverse searches, the Associate will have primary responsibility for building and cultivating strong professional relationships with candidates and serve as a strategic advisor to our client while creating effective hiring plans, conducting robust recruiting efforts, and helping to assess and select the strongest candidates to fill open positions.

·         Conduct thorough organizational assessments, create appealing job descriptions, develop robust recruitment plans, and craft interview questions to support screening and assessment

·         Utilize interpersonal and relationship-building skills to cultivate strong candidate relationships that are based on trust, communication and unwaveringly high levels of customer service

·         In collaboration with our Research Associates, spearhead efforts to source and engage possible candidates to apply for open positions

·         Review profiles/resumes to identify the most promising candidates and conduct phone and F2F interviews and to assess degree of potential fit with the position and organizational culture

·         Utilizing exceptional writing skills, advance the strongest candidates to clients with detailed and comprehensive candidate profiles

·         Consult with our client on a daily/weekly basis to provide updates, address specific challenges and devise action plans for moving forward with each search

·         Develop high-caliber resources and tools to support clients with all aspects of the hiring process from recruiting through interviewing and onboarding

Candidates will have:

       Bachelor’s degree

       3 or more years of experience in a role directly responsible for recruiting and staffing.

       Proficiency using FileFinder or other web based resume/data tracking system required.

       Proficiency using Microsoft Office required.

       Knowledge of interview processes and relevant laws and regulations.

       Experience in a fast-paced, high growth environment.

       Proven ability to sustain a high level of output and productivity.

       Ability to excel in ambiguous and continuously changing environments.

       Ability to thrive under consistent pressure.

This contract could be 3-6 months - Possibly longer

Please contact:
Stephen Dolinich
Director of Operations
O'Neill Consulting Group
sdolinich (at)

Employer Interview Tips

Interview the person, not the skill set:

  • Will they fit within your organization personally and culturally?
  • Can they accomplish their professional goals within your organization?
  • Can they do the job?
  • Always ask for real life examples of situations they have faced and problems they have solved.

Be open and honest with the candidate:

  • You want the candidate to be open with you, be open with the candidate.
  • Ask open-ended questions.  You will learn more about the candidate's technical and communication skills.
  • Always remember the candidate is interviewing you and your company as you interview them.


  • Tell the candidate what to expect in the hiring process.
  • Inform the candidate about training, career advancement, company news, etc.
  • Always remember: At the end of the interview, if you are interested in the candidate, sell the opportunity.

A Retained Executive Search Associate Just Called You. Now what?

Make the most of the opportunity

Whether you were called as a 'source' or a 'prospect', you have a unique opportunity to build a relationship with the retained executive search firm, so make the most of the opportunity by being as helpful to the recruiter as you can. 

A source is someone who can be of value to the search firm in terms of directing them to suitable candidates, getting a good lead, or offering market, industry or company insight.  A prospect is someone who the retained search firm has identified as a potential fit for the position.  The search firm contacts them to find out more about their qualifications and experience, and to gauge interest in a potential opportunity.  Even if the call amounts to nothing, the information and help you have given will keep you in good standing for future calls.

Retained Executive Search and the Job Seeker

Retained executive search consulting, while often referred to as "recruiting", is actually a specialized form of management consulting.  A hiring organization or employer typically retains an executive search firm to help them find a new senior level employee.  The typical salary for a position handled by a retained executive search firm, like O'Neill Consulting Group is at least $100,000.

The retainer implies a partnership between the hiring organization and the executive search firm.  The search firm brings their industry specific expertise and unique insight to the organizations leadership needs.  They will assess the organization and the role, review the organization's internal bench strength (including possible internal candidates for the role) and survey the broader market in pursuit of the best candidate for the job.

The most critical thing to remember as a job seeker is that a retained search firm does not represent you, the individual executive - at least not until you are a serious contender for the position - but instead works for the hiring organization to locate the best possible individual for a role.  A retained executive search firm's business is not driven by a flow of candidates looking for a move, but by a specific client need, and their mandate under retainer from the client to find the best possible candidate, whether or not that executive was looking to make a move in the first place.

Keys to Successful Interviewing

The job interview is a powerful factor in the employee selection process during a retained executive search. While it may not deserve all of the attention that it receives, the interview is still a powerful force in hiring.
Successful hiring takes time and thought, and, like most skills, it also take practice. Below are fifteen specifics necessary for a successful interview:

  1. Screen carefully.
  2. Have a plan.
  3. Follow a logical sequence.
  4. Create a proper interview environment.
  5. Put the candidate at ease.
  6. Let the candidate do the talking.
  7. Perfect your questioning techniques
  8. Become a better listener.
  9. Keep your reactions to yourself.
  10. Stay in control.
  11. Take notes.
  12. Don't oversell the position.
  13. Conclude the interview on a positive note.
  14. Write an interview summary.
  15. Learn from each experience.