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NPI Program Manager

Company: nLIGHT
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR). nLIGHT is a global leader in high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, aerospace, and defense applications. Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, nLIGHT employs over 1,000 people with operations in the U.S., China, and Europe.

nLIGHT, Inc. is seeking a New Product Introduction (NPI) Program Manager to join our team, located in Vancouver, Washington. Our ideal candidate is a proven leader and collaborator who is motivated, detail-oriented, proactive, and reliable, with a passion for growing the business while increasing R&D efficiency and corporate profitability. This position will primarily focus on developing, manufacturing, and supporting high power fiber lasers and supporting software platforms used in industrial applications. Specifically, in this role you will manage a variety of development and improvement projects consisting of fiber laser products, Cloud-based software services platforms, laser components and accessories, engineering changes, and engineering/factory tooling. nLIGHT uses a phase-gate NPI process as a product life cycle management tool.


  • Manage Projects and Resources. Lead matrixed cross-functional teams (including but not limited to engineering, purchasing, sourcing, planning, quality, IT, compliance, test, sales, marketing, facilities, and manufacturing) through the development/ NPI process.
  • Manage and oversee feasibility studies, requirements generation, cost/schedule planning, external service contracts, product design and qualification, compliance certification, production handoff, and continuous improvement.
  • Deliver to Plan. Develop and manage detailed project plans (resource allocation, schedule, budget, and product requirements); provide regular written and verbal status reports to peers and executives.
  • Influence Business Strategy. Provide inputs to the business unit and corporate planning processes in support of quarterly and annual planning cycles.
  • Improve Processes. Implement appropriate business and operations systems in support of product development needs. Drive structured continuous improvement efforts.
  • Manage Risk. Escalate issues and drive resolution, as required, to balance program risk as it relates to cost, schedule, and performance attributes. Facilitate risk- and priority-based technical decision-making.

Success Criteria

  • Employees performing in this capacity are measured primarily on their ability to meet their cost, schedule, and performance commitments for a given deliverable.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, or similar discipline. A Masters or MBA is desirable.
  • 5+ years of product development, transfer to production, product line management, and/or manufacturing management experience in global high-tech industries.
  • Experience managing/directing engineering development activities, and/or leading R&D teams through the spectrum of NPI Phases and Gates. Ability to motivate, focus, and coach project staff. Ability to influence, manage, and collaborate with external stakeholders.
  • Experience championing the definition, development, and delivery of complex software systems, including a solid understanding of the dynamics of software construction and deployment for PC applications, embedded software, and Cloud-based systems.
  • Experience with manufacturing systems and management controls (Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Material Requirements Planning (MRP), Product Data Management (PDM), Lean, Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control (SPC), as examples).
  • Experience with capital equipment development, and in particular, laser-related products or equipment, is desirable.

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: "EEO is the Law" and its accompanying temporary supplement. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

Keywords: nLIGHT, Vancouver , NPI Program Manager, Other , Vancouver, Washington

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