Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager

Department: Manufacturing
Location: Somerville, MA


To reinvent an industry, you have to build the best team. Join Formlabs if you want to bring groundbreaking professional 3D printers to the desktop of every designer, engineer, researcher, and artist in the world.

Our passion is designing and building powerful 3D printing tools. Our manufacturing team is responsible for research and development of the manufacturing processes for all of Formlabs products. They work cross functionally with mechanical design, electrical, and materials teams.

If you’re excited to help us shape ways of working, solve production line challenges, scale manufacturing capacity, and transition new hardware products into steady-state production, we want you as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager for our global headquarters team in Boston. It’s worth noting that this is not like the typical shop floor manufacturing engineering management role at a manufacturing plant.

The Job:

  • Lead, guide, mentor, coach, support, and coordinate the activities of a team of 8-12 manufacturing engineering professionals who are responsible for supporting an extended team of global manufacturing, supply chain, quality professionals.  
  • 60-80% on-going sustainment of manufacturing lines at our contract manufacturers + 20-40% transition into production and support.  This includes, but is not limited to, responding to non-conformities and other technical issues raised by internal/external customers.
  • Characterize process & product failures on our manufacturing line, and drive relentless continuous improvement, root cause investigations, corrective actions, and mistake-proofing at suppliers and contract manufacturers for component/module/product new builds and refurbishments.
  • Own manufacturing process (e.g. assembly, printer calibration, verification testing, etc.) control and issue prevention; implementing tools, equipment and process methods to ensure industry-leading reliability, quality, and yield.
  • Drive team collaboration and support across projects/programs as a player coach on complex engineering and operational challenges. 
  • Collaborate with peers and leadership to develop team member skill set and manufacturing engineering standard work and disciplined agile ways of working.
  • Own manufacturing technical readiness as a critical member of our cross-functional NPI teams, with specific emphasis on manufacturing return of experience, producibility, cost effectiveness, industrialization; negotiate conflicting requirements, identify lessons-learned and DFM/DFA/DFSS opportunities and share/escalate to upstream design engineers and downstream sustaining engineers.
  • Manage the details of transition into manufacturing, or industrialization, including resolution of first article inspections (FAI) and product/fixture assembly issues; drive maturity of manufacturing readiness; secure mass production capacity, throughput, yield, and process capability.

You:

  • B.S. degree in engineering; mechanical, manufacturing engineering, aerospace, industrial, or related/equivalent field. 
  • 1+ years experience in an engineering management or engineering team leadership role.
  • 5+ years of technical skills, preferably experience in manufacturing engineering roles for complex electro-mechanical product industrialization at scale, including machined, sheet metal, injection molded, PCBA, linear motors, LCD, cables, and plastic components.
  • Experience with remotely managed NPI and contract manufacturers, including transitioning high accuracy products from prototype to mass production.
  • Expertise in production quality metrics, GD&T, and process/equipment qualification procedures.
  • Proficient in methods for statistical analysis (e.g. DOE, comparison testing, Gage R&R), structured problem solving (e.g. A3, 8D, DMAIC), fault-tree), and process control (e.g. statistical process control, process capability Cp/Cpk).
  • Ability to interrogate product specifications, 2D drawings, 3D solid models, ECO records, factory MES, software scripts, etc. as part of reviewing new product development and resolving manufacturing line issues.
  • Independent, self-starter with strong ability to think strategically and execute tactically with a persistent attention to details and bias for action.
  • Solid written, verbal, and presentation skills with the ability to communicate well with management, peers, and suppliers
  • Willing to work onsite, in a fast paced environment, and occasionally coordinate with colleagues in different time zones during late evening local hours.
  • Travel to vendors, suppliers, and production facilities (mostly in China) from time to time (~10-20%)

Nice to Have

  • Experience with Proto, EVT, DVT, PVT, and MP product development process & life cycle
  • Proven history of new product manufacturing process development and managing contract manufacturers during manufacturing process and equipment definition, design, and qualification.
  • Have a desire to deeply understand system level interactions of complex firmware/software-driven electro-mechanical, and electro-optical-mechanical products.
  • Strong practical understanding of applied engineering mechanics, kinematic systems, bolted structures, and physics (e.g. fluids, optics, laser, etc.). 
  • A Six Sigma Black Green/Black Belt certified professional who can still apply and teach the problem solving and statistical body of knowledge.
  • Strong understanding of GD&T principles to support DFM/DFA and investigate fit up and tolerance stackup issues.
  • Have experience with data analysis tools (JMP, Minitab) and data visualization tool (Tableau, Power Bi, SQL, etc.)
  • On Shape of Solidworks CAD modeling skills

Our Perks & Benefits:

  • Robust equity program to build future wealth through RSUs
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Low cost fund options in our 401K and access to advisors 
  • Generous paid Parental Leave (up to 16 weeks)
  • Tenure-based paid Sabbatical Leave (up to 6 weeks)
  • Flexible Out of Office Plan – Take time when you need it
  • Ample on-site parking & pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Healthy on-site lunches, snacks, beverages, & treats
  • Regular sponsored professional development opportunities
  • Many opt-in culture events across our diverse community
  • And of course… unlimited 3D prints

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of 3D printing.

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