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Manager, Manufacturing Development Engineering

Department: Product Operations

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara

Req#: 5393

We are looking for a highly experienced leader of our Manufacturing Development Engineering team who can bring transformational leadership capability and focus to our design for excellence strategy in the areas of product assembly, manufacturing and service. Manage a high performing team that takes on the tough challenges of how to assemble or test the critical features of our products that differentiate us from the rest. Foster relationships with our internal & external partners in product development and operations that drive us to higher levels of manufacturing and reverse logistics performance. Build a culture that thrives in the advanced development of manufacturing and test processes. 
About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do
  • A people manager with a passion to develop your technical team of process and test engineers; provide them with the tools to grow. 
  • Empower your team early in new product development to create proofs of concept models, develop risk mitigation plans and offer recommendations for redesign. 
  • Provide project resource allocation, priority setting, performance reviews. 
  • Develop team policies, procedures and KPIs; be a change leader for continuous improvement. 
  • Ensure DfX implementation into new product designs (design for mfg, test, assembly, logistics, service/repair); escalation to partner functions as needed. 
  • Expand our lab capabilities to grow the team’s ability to analyze manufacturing processes outside of a prototype build; for key processes such as adhesives assembly, test or test firmware pre-qualification, etc. 
  • Create an environment for advanced manufacturing development; part finishing techniques for limited edition product variants, sustainable manufacturing processes, automation approaches for manual operations, etc. 
  • As a key member of the Extended Operations Leadership Team, you will be expected to contribute to the future direction and transformation of the Operations team as we strive to become the highest performing organization in our industry. 
Skills You’ll Need
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing, Industrial, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.. 
  • 10+ years experience as a team leader of a technical (manufacturing &/or test) engineering team. 
  • Deep experience in design for excellence, application and measurement with focus on assembly (DfA/DfAA), testability (DfT), manufacturability (DfM) and service/repair (DfR). 
  • A bridge builder to partner with PD/ID, our on the ground team and our manufacturing supply base. 
  • Ability to influence others with regards to optimization of a new product design for manufacturing &/or service. 
  • Willingness to travel to Asia; expect 15%. 
  • Experience with planning & execution of design of experiments (DOE), statistical tolerance analysis (TA) and process Six Sigma. 
  • Passion for music is a strong plus! 
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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