Engineering and Technology: Manufacturing, Physics: Optics and Laser, Physics: Photonics
This is a great opportunity to join the rapidly growing Fiber Optics Business Unit of Thorlabs, a leading company in the exciting Photonics industry. We oversee the development of all fiber optics related products, including the manufacturing of optical glass, optical fiber, cables, and devices for applications ranging from research laboratories to medical and industrial applications. The ideal candidate for this position is a self-motivated leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who thrives in a fast-paced, creative environment. You will lead a team focused on meeting customer’s needs and expectations through product design and development. You must have experience with product and process design, project management and managing technical people.
Essential Job Functionsinclude the following, but are not limited to:
Leads a team of engineers and technical resources responsible for identifying new product and product line ideas
Responsible for improving existing products and driving them to market
Identifies opportunities for the development of new products through data and market analysis as well as a variety of other sources
Ensures that the proper scope and specifications are established and maintained throughout the product development cycle
Develops sales forecasts and cost projections for new products
Ensures that new products are designed for manufacturability and thoroughly tested.
Ensures that presentations of new products released to the website are accurate and highly visible to customers
Identifies and implements opportunities to improve speed to market
Moderates a forum for new product ideas and product tracking ensuring that all fiber optic topics are updated
Provides technical support to other business units for fiber optics product lines.
Works with Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Planning departments throughout business units in all entities
Selects, develops, trains and supervises staff
Provides development opportunities for all direct reports
Develops and implements methods and procedures aimed at monitoring projects and key process criteria
Prepares and delivers presentations to executive management
Supports tradeshows and exhibitions of fiber optics product lines
Directs activities associated with the creation, implementation and maintenance of all SOP’s
Maintains drawings, documentation and information integrity in accordance to ISO and Thorlabs quality standards.
Minimum 5 years of experience as an Engineering Manager/Product Design Manager or equivalent combination of education and experience
Six Sigma Black Belt accreditation and/or Lean Sigma certification preferred
Must have previous management experience; directing and managing individuals with different technical backgrounds
Project management experience preferred
Bachelor's degree in Physics or other related Engineering disciplines
Master's degree preferred
Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
Fiber Optics experience is required
Experience with use of SolidWorks 3D modeling or equivalent
General knowledge of CNC machining, fiber optics and optical design
Manufacturing and design experience with small, tightly toleranced components
Working knowledge of Value Stream Mapping and Lead Time Reduction
Thorough understanding of MRP, Bills of Materials and Route creation
Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.
About Thorlabs, Inc.
Founded in 1989, Thorlabs has been serving the photonics industry for over 25 years. During that time, our worldwide presence has grown to include 15 offices in 9 countries with over 1500 employees. Each location provides a local presence within the community it serves. These local operations allow for customer dialogues that better inform our understanding of regional needs and how they fit within the worldwide picture. Today, our portfolio includes over 15,000 items, many of which are customer inspired.
Founded in Newton, NJ, the company still calls the town home today. Nestled in rural Sussex County, NJ, Thorlabs is within close proximity to New York City, the Delaware Water Gap, various lakes, state parks, and outdoor areas.
Thorlabs is privileged to play a role in the work of tens of thousands of researchers throughout the world through the products we provide. We are committed to building a company that achieves its competitive advantage from its fundamental understanding of the community of customers we serve.
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