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BrightDrop Advanced Manufacturing Manager

  • Palo Alto
  • Manufacturing
  • Full time
  • Added
  • JR-000059773


 BrightDrop is seeking customer-focused team members who have a passion for innovative technologies and approaches to the business.  Individuals will work collaboratively with small multi-disciplinary teams to create concepts and start new ventures that solve personal and commercial mobility challenges.  
Access to advanced technologies and the autonomy to challenge convention, creates an exciting fast-paced environment often associated with Silicon Valley start-ups.  This is a unique opportunity to innovate and scale solutions that address the world’s mobility challenges.  We seek experienced individuals ready to rise to the challenge!

The Future Product Manufacturing Manager role requires a highly skilled/expert who coordinates with engineers or technical employees responsible for execution of solutions in support of BrightDrop's programs / products. Provides technical solutions to successful execution of products. Develops new products, processes, standards, or operational plans for the organization's business strategies with a direct impact on business and/or function overall results. Influences others directly or indirectly within the organization to accept new concepts, practices, and approaches. May include identifying problems, updating or modifying working methods that may be complex in their work area without the benefit of defined procedures.  

Help the BrightDrop team meet the world’s mobility challenges and partner with us in building a future with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion.

Job Description

At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles, to ePallets and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce. To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future. 

From engineering to product management to operations, BrightDrop is looking for people who can combine a passion for technology and sustainability with high doses of curiosity and rigorous thinking to deliver a better future. 

Backed by General Motors, BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Manager role requires a highly skilled/expert who leads engineers or technical employees responsible for execution of solutions in support of BrightDrop's programs/products. They will provide technical solutions and develop new products, processes, standards, or operational plans for the organization's business strategies. 

Key Duties:

  • Leads manufacturing development for all future Last Mile products including growth into new business markets

    • Work directly with BrightDrop program/product teams on advanced future products and serve as the primary manufacturing voice from concept through prototypes.

    • Facilitate and enable product and process decisions regarding content, new technology implementation and issue countermeasures in regard to customer expectations. 

    • Create a long-term strategic manufacturing plan to ensure quality, meet volume forecasts and program profitability. 

    • Support Last Mile product team and support execution as needed. This will include cross functional engagement in manufacturing and program discussions. 

  • Establish and lead prototype production for new state-of-the art additive laboratory

    • Develop concept, equipment requirements and long term strategy for new additive prototyping lab

    • Manage operations of labs to support rapid prototyping of new product concepts

    • Oversight of lab space in both Palo Alto and Atlanta

  • Manage and supervise group of manufacturing engineers for Palo Alto office

    • Hire, coach, develop and evaluate California based manufacturing team

  • Assist in the implementation and coordination of manufacturing objectives.


Additional Description

Additional Qualifications

  • BS in Engineering (Masters preferred)

  • Combined 10+ years’ experience in Global Manufacturing

    • Experience leading product based projects through execution

    • Experience leading technical manufacturing operations

    • Experience in manufacturing operations

    • Experience in application of lean mfg principles and/or GMS

  • Comfort with ambiguity, working independently and self-motivation to drive towards results

  • Ability to work comfortably and effectively with cross functional team

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills

  • Knowledge of various composite materials and manufacturing processes

  • Hands on experience with additive manufacturing equipment and capabilities

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.