Director of Manufacturing (Design for Manufacturability & Sourcing) 
Job Type: Full-Time 

As Director of Manufacturing at Wavemaker Labs, your core competencies in bringing complex mechatronics products to marked will allow you to shine. You will work with our talented team members to lead the transition of our products to full production; initially Graze, a fully-automated commercial lawnmower. You will identify, vet and ramp up external contract manufacturers to take on building subsystems for integration at Wavemaker. Then you will lead the process of finding and vetting domestic and overseas contract manufacturers to take on high volume product manufacturing of the product. 

  • Commit to desired outcomes...define desired outcomes and achieve them vigorously
  • Challenge ensure great outcomes
  • Prudent, with a dose of caution to challenge our assumptions
  • No egos, no joke

  • Leadership: leads the company in establishing a repeatable process to transition products to scale manufacturing; communicates the manufacturing status and risks with leadership; works with all stakeholders and engineering teams to drive products to successful commercial launch; builds a team to lead the future manufacturing for all products for Wavemaker’s portfolio companies. 
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills: Ability to convey technical and business information clearly and effectively through informal and formal documents, reports, and presentations to senior management; builds strong relationships, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.
  • Product Management: Establishes and tracks project and product goals, milestones; aligns all stakeholders with product manufacturing plan; works with engineers and contract manufacturers to establish suppliers; manages product features and performance vs BOM cost vs schedule during manufacturing process. 
  • Manufacturer vetting: establishes broad network of potential manufacturers and suppliers; negotiates skillfully with contract manufacturers; leads the manufacturer selection and vetting process. 
  • Sense of Urgency: Prioritizes well, shows energy, reacts to opportunities, instills urgency in others, meets deadlines

Required Experience
  • BS degree or above in a technical discipline.
  • 8+ years' experience in bringing products to market through contract manufacturers.
  • Demonstrated independent successful management of complex projects and programs.
  • Aptitude in understanding technical specs of components and subsystems used in mechatronics products.
  • In depth understanding of technical sourcing, contract manufacturers and their business models. 
  • Demonstrated track record of BOM reduction and working with contract manufacturers.
  • Exceptional negotiation skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.

Additional Desired Experience
  • Demonstrated success bringing complex robotics products to market through contract manufacturers.
  • Experience with overseas manufacturing
  • Program Management certification, PMP or equivalent. 

Wavemaker Labs is a product development and startup incubator. We are a diverse team of innovators, builders and entrepreneurs, developing advanced technologies for practical use in robotics, automation and mobility… to name a few.

Department: Product
This is a full time position

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