Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Manufacturing Supervisor

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, microelectronics and defense applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Asia and Europe. nLIGHT lasers are not only changing the way things are made, but what can be made.

nLIGHT is seeking an experienced Swing Shift Production Supervisor tjoin our team in Hillsboro.

The Swing Shift supervisor will  Lead their team(s) to reach and maintain nLIGHT’s high standards for safety, quality, and productivity. The supervisor will have daily interaction with Process Engineering, Supply Chain team, and Quality and be responsible for all activities across the factory regarding their product line(s). This person will need to be a highly motivated leader and manager with a proven track record for Lean manufacturing, Kaizen, and continuous improvement.


  • Support, train, develop, and manage team members to achieve aggressive and dynamic output goals
  • Coordinate work flow through multiple departments and across shifts
  • Lead and report out in daily manufacturing meetings
  • Lead LEAN, 5-S, value stream mapping, and continuous flow activities
  • Identify staffing needs and assist in capacity planning
  • Responsible for cost center level cost metric performance for materials and labor utilization on a weekly and accounting period basis. 


  • Proven skills as a professional team builder and leader
  • 2+ years supervisor experience with hands-on general and complex assembly/testing processes
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or sciences preferred 
  • Fast paced and dynamic supervisory/management experience desirable
  • Experience with development and pilot builds is helpful
  • Proficient in current production methodologies and metrics (KPI’s)
  • Experience with LEAN and 5-S implementation and maintenance 
  • Proven ability to drive continuous-improvement approach to production
  • Proven ability to work with strong personalities, and bring them together as a team to brainstorm and achieve desired outcome
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work with minimal direction
  • Ability to communicate effectively (in both written and oral form) with employees of various backgrounds, education, and national origin
  • Ability to investigate and lead solutions to manufacturing constraint issues
  • Basic understanding of computer business applications and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT)

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

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