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Optics Research Program Manager

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Redmond, WA

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Expected Salary
$75 - $80 per hour
Job Description

HireArt is looking to hire an experienced Optics Research Program manager to work on-site at our client’s Redmond, WA office on a contract basis. In this high priority and multi-faceted role, you’ll help lead research and product development initiatives with a focus on advanced optics and optics engineering. 

You’ll ensure research efforts are planned, executed, and shared efficiently and seamlessly. You'll work closely with Team Leads, external partners, and cross-functional teams to ensure all research project planning is completed, the right collaborations are happening, and highest quality work is being shared. 

The ideal candidate is able to facilitate teams' best work by managing short- and long-term planning, anticipating project issues and resolving them, connecting research needs to resources, and removing barriers to doing great work. 

The Optics Research Program Manager is an expert in problem solving and multitasking while building long-term relationships with teams. You'll utilize a full range of organizational, interpersonal, and technical skills to help talented teams operate at their highest and most effective level. 


  • Lead research and product development activities to specify, procure, measure, and build advanced optical components and sub-assemblies.
  • Operate at different levels of abstraction from high level strategic planning to tactical project management of prioritization, creating schedules, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Work with research teams to map out project scope and identify constraints, dependencies, and risks.
  • Manage metrology needs, which includes working with the team to define method development, method validation/verification, instrument/equipment metrology, and data management.
  • Develop a process for make vs buy decisions of components and manufacturing processes, particularly for diamond turning and molding capabilities.
  • Evaluate suppliers’ capabilities to meet product needs and establish criteria for meeting those needs through collaboration with product and process engineers.
  • Breakdown the complexity of the technical program to enable a clear understanding of the scope and deliverables to a wider audience of team members and support functions.
  • Proactively identify technical, legal, procedural, logistical, and communication issues, and drive creative solutions to fix them and manage risk.
  • Identify resources needed for program success, and work closely with team leaders to maintain full visibility of the project schedule and potential roadblocks.
  • Act as the main channel of communication for key formal discussions and decisions that involve technical team leader, support functions (Legal, Business Development, and Procurement) external partners, and other members of the organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (ideally optical engineering, opto-mechanical engineering, materials science, or similar)
  • 6+ years program management experience in the optics or photonics field, preferably in adaptive optics, optics manufacturing, active optical devices, or complex opto-mechanical systems
  • Experience building, coordinating, and maintaining schedules across multiple teams, and managing shared resources
  • Self-starter with strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills for sharing high level updates as well as detailed plans
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate teams and resolve conflicts
  • Able to create clarity within complex and ambiguous situations in a highly technical setting
  • Able to understand and communicate technical information to non-experts
  • Able to operate autonomously across multiple teams
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally, ~4-6 times a year

Commitment: This is a full-time (40 hours per week), 2-year contract position based in Redmond, WA. This position involves both domestic and international travel (up to 4-6 times per year).