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Job Number: 2166268

Position Description:

Searching for a Technical Program Manager for Materials Science & Engineering in the Bay Area.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Autonomously manage development of various raw material development initiatives (plastics, coatings, textiles, adhesives, new material initiatives) and drive the overall tactical execution and strategy of the team.
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team to execute tactical solutions to materials development risks and issues to meet schedule milestones, cost, and development.
  • Provide clear communication to cross-functional team leads and senior management regarding material development status, resource requirements, issues, and priorities. Proactively identify risks, prioritize them, and create plans to resolve in a timely manner.
  • Interface between vendors and materials engineers driving multiple configs and multiple ongoing material projects
  • Proactively implement process improvements to streamline materials development and sustainability initiatives.
  • Define and manage project schedules and budgets from inception to completion.
  • Represent the team in critical meetings to track actions, milestones and deliverables.
  • Vendor liaison administration duties such as budget, SOW, PO management and vendor enrollment.
  • Scoping and drive forward sustainability opportunities collaboratively with design team and material engineers
  • Some international travel may be required to support materials engineering activities with vendors (post COVID)


  • BS/MS degree in ME, Materials Science or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years practical engineering experience including vendor development/ management and technical program management experience developing high volume consumer electronics products through the entire life cycle.
  • Proven ability to multitask, analyze opportunities, define successful approaches, proactively solve problems and accomplish challenging objectives with a minimum of direction.

Nice to Have:

  • Knowledge of engineering properties of plastics, textiles, coatings, metals, adhesives and other materials
  • Experience documenting material-specific design, test, and manufacturing requirements
  • Familiarity with Manufacturing processes used for the aforementioned areas of materials
  • Knowledge of vendor relations and working with vendors (raw material as well as converters) in Asia.
  • Experience working with multiple disciplines such as Material Science Engineers, Industrial Design, Color, Materials & Finish (CMF), Mechanical Engineering, Supply Chain, and Operations.


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