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Product Realization Leader

Department: Product Operations

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara, Seattle

Req#: 5598

Sonos is seeking a dynamic and talented operations leader who can bring transformational leadership capability and focus to our product realization activities.  This is a high visibility function at Sonos that will focus on developing capabilities to create amazing, uniquely differentiated acoustic hardware products – as well as the high performance operations teams needed to deliver them to the world.  This role will lead a product operations team working in parallel with the development team to turn ideas into products. This position also plays a key role in developing, influencing and aligning our longer-term manufacturing, sourcing, and technology strategies across the operations and product development organizations.
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
  • Lead a cross-functional team of project managers and individual contributors within the product operations team, including program sourcing, product and process engineering, supply base engineering, quality, and factory program management, through the process of realizing physical product from exploration to mass production. This is a role of influential leadership, not direct reporting.
  • Tightly integrate the work between operations and product development and keep the teams aligned at all times.
  • Work closely with the Product Introduction Manager to plan and drive all program builds at the sub and final assembly level, develop and manage the operations budget, and communicate with all of Sonos.
  • Work with the operations team and other groups to ensure there is proper communication of the state of the program, program issues, risks, and mitigation plans.
  • Motivate, energize, and lead the product operations team with optimism while instilling a quality mindset around every detail of every part of the product.
  • Embrace the role as the operations program leader that everyone looks to as the point of accountability for the overall delivery of the product with the quality, cost, and scale expected.
  • Be the focal point for identifying gaps in organizational capability and driving systemic change to improve the overall effectiveness of the product development engine at Sonos.
  • Develop and manage the overall operations schedule for all the NPI product.
  • Develop and manage the operations budget for all the NPI product.
  • Manage the product COGM using Monte Carlo simulation and report out to the broader team.
  • Manage all the operations lesson learn for all the NPI product.
Skills You’ll Need
Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience designing, building and leading high performance teams within fast growing, highly innovative and progressive environments. 
  • Proven track record coaching and developing people and teams - especially in globally diverse, face-paced, dynamic, and demanding environments.
  • Broad leadership experience bringing complex, game-changing products to high-volume manufacturing.  Technical background with progressive leadership in at least one of the following areas; manufacturing operations, new product introduction/development, and/or strategic sourcing.
  • Must be willing and able to travel in the US as well as, internationally. 
  • BS/BA degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Consumer Electronics. 
  • Experience traveling to and/or working in China.
  • Experience in Lean product and process development.
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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