Additive Manufacturing Operations Manager
torrance, ca, usa
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2023
Divergent is on a mission to democratize the design and manufacture of vehicles. We want to enable a future where small entrepreneurial teams across the globe will bring increasingly material and energy efficient transportation solutions to market with a fraction of the capital and time.
Divergent has invented a complete manufacturing solution to address system level challenges. The Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS) is a complete software hardware solution designed to replace traditional vehicle manufacturing. To make the complex simple, it is a complete modular digital factory for complex structures. Given a set of digital requirements as input, the machine automatically computationally engineers, additively manufactures, and assembles any complex structure. The system is able to move seamlessly between manufacturing different vehicle models.
Purpose of the job:
In this role, the Additive Manufacturing Operations Manager will ensure successful execution of Divergent’s AM operations by maintaining on-time delivery, ensuring quality and efficiency, and setting strategic direction for the AM process steps. This role will be responsible for scaling the production systems to meet new levels of increased demand, while continuing to improve operational efficiency and overall product quality. The role be responsible for ensuring that production processes are scalable, repeatable, and meet quality standards. You will manage a team of production supervisors, technicians, and support staff, and work closely with the engineering, quality, and supply chain teams to ensure that customer orders are produced on-time, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Standards:
•Execute the operation processes and procedures that have been implemented in our AM operations processes.
•Reports to the VP, Production & Program Management
•Create a fully automated, world class AM Production Operation at Divergent
•Establish strategic direction and set goals for the additive manufacturing operations for the company, including growth management, cost, timing, and quality.
•Build the team to execute the production operations at Divergent.
•Hire the leaders to drive the vision and build the teams reporting to this position
•Scale all our production systems for scheduling work orders to meet demand
•Modeling capacity and establishing overall production KPI’s
•Establish and implement scalable and repeatable production processes, leveraging metrics and KPIs to track performance and improve efficiency.
•Monitor production metrics and implement continuous improvement initiatives to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase throughput.
•Create the appropriate shopfloor dashboards and visual aids to provide live feedback on production performance against real time targets.
•Provide regular clear feedback to all employees and standardize their workflow.
•As part of the senior operations team, you'll play a leading role in hiring, team building, and developing the culture within Divergent.
•Work with the Director of Supply Chain to lead strategic sourcing for components and contract manufacturing services including negotiating pricing, terms, and contracts with all suppliers.
•Tackle and solve challenging start-up problems that require resourcefulness, creative thinking, and collaboration.
•Direct employees, external resources, contract manufacturers, vendors and third-party logistics vendors as required to build and ship Divergent products.
•Provide leadership for AM machine operators and post-processing technicians at Divergent in setting up and executing builds
•Develop, standardize and perform AM system level tests and calibrations
•Work with systems engineers developing AM supporting equipment
•Collaborate with the engineering team to develop and implement new production processes and procedures to improve efficiency and quality.
•Provide guidance and leadership on all internal production topics, including scaling internal operations to meet demand.
Regular office environment with frequent interaction with manufacturing operations.
•5+ years of combined large and small company experience supporting the launch of vehicles, robotics, or similarly complex products, specifically in production operations management - preferably in a digital production or additive manufacturing environment.
•Strong leadership skills, with the ability to manage and motivate a team to achieve production goals.
•Demonstrated experience developing and implementing production plans, schedules, and budgets.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
•Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to implement continuous improvement initiatives.
•Knowledge of health and safety regulations and best practices.
•Familiarity with production management software, such as MES and ERP systems.
•Proven experience using metrics and KPIs to drive process improvements and efficiencies.
•Must have had increasing levels of management responsibility, previous positions at manager level with over 20 direct reports, with an emphasis on operations, manufacturing, and end-to-end supply chain roles.
•Experience in the global management of complex mechanical and electronic components, from planning through procurement, negotiation, and execution/administration of procurement/supply agreements.
•Familiarity with AM Direct Metal Laser Sintering machines, particularly SLM Solutions machines a plus
•Experience with facilities management, maintenance and negotiations are a plus.
•Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast paced, start up environment
•Solid interpersonal skills, capable of managing a small team and interfacing with engineering and manufacturing groups to understand system designs and the associated constraint
• Solid interpersonal skills, capable of managing a small team and interfacing with engineering and manufacturing groups to understand system designs and the associated constraint
*Bachelor of Science Degree or equivalent
•Must be able to remain in stationary position 50% of time.
•The person in this position needs to occasionally move about the office and warehouse to
•execute work efficiently.
•The person in this position frequently communicates with his team and other teams to
ensure smooth operation.
Divergent is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Our positions adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
No agencies, no solicitations, and no calls please. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.