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 seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.
Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.
Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over 1800 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.