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VP of Product Realization Newlab Inc

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The Vice Pres­i­dent of Produc­tion Real­iza­tion will oversee multi­ple fabri­ca­tion and inno­va­tion spaces, expand­ing the team of experts bring­ing hard­ware prod­ucts into the world. This role has a strate­gic focus, and includes infrastructure oversight.

Vice Pres­i­dent of Production Realization

Newlab applies trans­for­ma­tive tech­nol­ogy to things that matter. We are home to over 800
entre­pre­neurs, engi­neers, and inven­tors, solving the world’s biggest chal­lenges with leaders and
experts across indus­tries and cities. We support a range of fron­tier tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing
robot­ics, A.I., computer vision, connected systems, and mate­ri­als science.
Newlab is seeking a Vice Pres­i­dent of Produc­tion Real­iza­tion to expand our team of experts for
bring­ing hard­ware prod­ucts into the world. This role will report to the Chief Oper­at­ing Officer and
focus on strate­gic imple­men­ta­tion and lead­er­ship for the infra­struc­ture and product real­iza­tion efforts
of Newlab. The ideal candi­date is passion­ate about support­ing inno­va­tion, always learn­ing new
fabri­ca­tion skills and tech­niques, and is commit­ted to creat­ing machine spaces where all members feel
invited and empow­ered to lever­age the tools.

● Create an inclu­sive culture of creativ­ity, learn­ing, and safety.
○ Oversee the LMS (learn­ing manage­ment system) across dozens of courses, hundreds of
learn­ers, and multi­ple train­ing sites.
○ Build a shop culture that centers safe machine use, supports an empow­er­ing learn­ing
envi­ron­ment, and demon­strates world class inno­va­tion and explo­ration.
○ Lead and mentor Product Real­iza­tion manage­ment teams to grow their own skills in
product real­iza­tion facil­i­ta­tion
● Create a global commu­nity focused on product real­iza­tion across multi­ple sites
○ Estab­lish member support strat­egy across Brook­lyn and Detroit loca­tions with eye
toward scal­able processes for expan­sion in other facil­i­ties
○ Manage high profile and high value exter­nal work­shop rela­tion­ships: spon­sors,
part­ner­ships, media, collab­o­ra­tors, etc.
○ Manage Product Real­iza­tion team in creat­ing tools to support the shop user
● Oversee shop oper­a­tions to provide a consis­tent expe­ri­ence for the team and the members.
○ Works with COO to create and manage the annual shops budget across loca­tions.
Actively seeks oppor­tu­ni­ties to mini­mize costs.
○ Eval­u­ate propos­als for equip­ment changes and acqui­si­tions from the Product
Real­iza­tion Team.
○ Estab­lish strat­egy for tool inven­tory and main­te­nance.
○ Balance demands on work­shop space and staff between: events, train­ings, tours,
proto­typ­ing sprints, and maintenance.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and Skills

● Work History
○ At least 10 years of expe­ri­ence in a product devel­op­ment envi­ron­ment with increas­ing
levels of respon­si­bil­ity, includ­ing direct people manage­ment of distrib­uted teams.
○ Hands on exper­tise in many of the shop areas, expe­ri­ence or famil­iar­ity with all of them:
■ Wood, Metal (machin­ing, welding, sheet metal), CNC, Metrol­ogy, Casting,
Finish­ing, Elec­tron­ics, Rapid Proto­typ­ing, 3D Print­ing, Textiles, and Robot­ics
■ Expe­ri­ence with phys­i­cal proto­typ­ing, digital design, design for manu­fac­tur­ing, or
other produc­tion related processes.
○ Public Speak­ing expe­ri­ence, comfort with devel­op­ing presen­ta­tions, speak­ing at events,
acting as an ambas­sador of the work­shops.
● Work Style
○ Highly effec­tive commu­ni­ca­tor and collab­o­ra­tive leader.
○ Embrace flex­i­bil­ity and adapt­abil­ity as the team learns through proto­typ­ing and
playtest­ing, adjust­ing project plans as needed.
○ Trans­late high level scope/​vision into action­able plans.
○ Demon­strates a desire to constantly improve and adapt to new tech­nolo­gies.
○ Is highly depend­able with strong work ethic.

Nice to haves
● Deep famil­iar­ity with spaces that support phys­i­cal proto­typ­ing, research, and inno­va­tion.
● Expe­ri­ence with the oper­a­tions of shared-equip­ment and machine train­ing programs.
CAD/CAM lever­ag­ing autodesk.
● Under­stand­ing of auto­mo­tive compo­nents and systems.
● Famil­iar­ity with GD&T, detailed engi­neer­ing draw­ings, assem­bly instruc­tions, and elec­tri­cal
● Knowl­edge of Manu­fac­tur­ing Quality prin­ci­ples and prac­tices and how they apply to proto­type

Compen­sa­tion / Perks etc specific to this role
● Target Salary for Role — $120 – 140k
● Equity and cash bonus programs
● Gener­ous PTO and company holiday calendar

Send appli­ca­tions to: Alisyn Malek, General Manager of Newlab Detroit, alisyn.​malek@​newlab.​com


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