Lead product development activities to specify, procure, measure, and build advanced optical components and sub-assemblies for AR/VR displays.
Work with the product development and Research teams to map out the scope, and identify constraints, dependencies, and risks.
Work with the team to develop the product development plans and scale-up strategy.
Work with the team to carry out make vs buy decisions of components and manufacturing processes.
Evaluate suppliers’ capabilities to meet product needs and establish criteria for meeting those needs with collaboration with product and process engineers.
Manage projects with suppliers and partners from writing statement of work to final deliverables in collaboration with support functions such as Business Development, Legal, and Procurement.
Operate at different levels of abstraction from high level strategic planning to tactical project management of prioritization, creating schedules, milestones, and deliverables.
Breakdown the complexity of the technical program to enable a clear understanding of the scope and deliverables to a wider audience of team members and support functions.
Drive the execution of the plan and manage the day-to-day activities of the program.
Proactively identify technical, legal, procedural, logistical, and communication issues and drive creative solutions to fix them and manage risk.
Identify resources needed and work closely with team leaders to maintain full visibility of the project schedule and potential roadblocks.
Act as the main channel of communication for key formal discussions and decisions that involve technical team leader, support functions (Legal, Business Development, and Procurement) external partners, and other members of the organization.
Expect to travel domestically and internationally, ~4-6 times a year.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in optical engineering, materials science, engineering, or similar field.
6+ years of experience as a program manager (or related role) in the optics or photonics field.
Analytical and organizational experience.
Experience with new product introduction (NPI) and technology transfer best practice and tools.
Experience with practicing phased product development processes.
Demonstrated experience in launching products from concept/inception phase with knowledge of product and process development, supplier management, developing cost models, and pilot-scale manufacturing lines either internally or with a contract manufacturer.
Experience communicating technical information to non-experts.
Experience building, coordinating, and maintaining schedules across multiple teams, and managing shared resources.
Experience working with coordination activities with multiple teams.
Interpersonal experience with experience motivating, influencing, and resolving conflicts.
Communication experience for sharing high level updates as well as detailed plans.
Track record of transitioning immature or emerging technologies into consumer products.