Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Sr Manufacturing Manager, Components

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 Finland.


Manage all aspects of production for laser and electro-optical products and components.  Lead team of supervisors, leads, technicians and assemblers to meet quality, yield, delivery, cost and cycle-time goals. Implement key strategic programs including lean manufacturing.  Play a leading role in achieving Manufacturing Operations’ vision: Become a world-class manufacturing organization that is a major source of competitive advantage and delivers the best operations performance in the high-power semiconductor laser industry as measured by customer returns, on-time delivery, yield, gross margin and employee retention.


  • Establish production schedules with planning and business groups and execute against schedule to meet goals for revenue, on-time delivery and lead-time
  • Meet aggressive goals on quality, cycle time, yield and cost
  • Aggressively ramp production of new products as they move from the design phase to volume production
  • Analyze bottlenecks and establish sufficient capacity to cost-effectively meet production demands
  • Implement key improvement initiatives, including lean manufacturing
  • Interface with senior management and various functions such as Development Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain, and IT as required to establish plans and execute against them
  • Ensure strong safety program is in-place
  • Manage and motivate direct staff of supervisors/leads
  • Build upon ISO9001:2000 certified quality management system in place
  • Responsible for cost center level cost metric performance for materials and labor utilization on a weekly and accounting period basis.


  • BS in an engineering or business discipline. 
  • 10+ years high-tech manufacturing experience with at least 5 years in a managerial role.
  • Implementation and use of lean manufacturing, SPC, MRP and ERP systems.
  • Hands-on deployment of lean manufacturing techniques (e.g., material pull/kanban, visual management, one-piece flow, value-stream mapping, 5S)
  • Proven leadership/team building skills
  • Semiconductor laser micro-assembly experience including: die and wire bonding, burn-in, test, lensing, fiber coupling, electronics integration and laser module assembly
  • Six Sigma Black Belt is preferred.

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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