Director of Optoelectronics Manufacturing

Operations Colorado Springs, Colorado


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Position at Samtec, Inc

Founded in 1976, Samtec is a privately held, $950 million global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnect solutions, including High-Speed Board-to-Board, High-Speed Cables, Mid-Board and Panel Optics, Precision RF, Flexible Stacking, and Micro/Rugged components and cables. Samtec Technology Centers are dedicated to developing and advancing technologies, strategies and products to optimize both the performance and cost of a system from the bare die to an interface 100 meters away, and all interconnect points in between. With 40+ international locations and products sold in more than 125 different countries, Samtec’s global presence enables its unmatched customer service.

Samtec is seeking a Director of Optoelectronics Manufacturing for the Colorado Springs, CO location. The salary range for this position is $160,000 - $260,000 per year inclusive of applicable bonus and commensurate with experience. Standard benefit offerings available are medical (HSA/PPO), dental, vision, group life, AD&D, short and long term disability, EAP, 401k plus other voluntary options as well as time off.   We anticipate this position to close on 6/10/2024. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience to be considered.

Summary/Objective:  This position will be responsible for overseeing the entire manufacturing process, ensuring the efficient and high-quality production of microelectronics and optoelectronics assemblies.  At the core of the optoelectronics assemblies are “optical engines,” consisting of optics, electronics, and optoelectronic devices. 
Essential Functions/ Responsibilities: 
  1. Production Oversight:
    • Lead and supervise the manufacturing team to ensure seamless production operations.
    • Manage a local staff of functional managers which report to you and other managers which report solid line to functional heads in other locations and dotted line to you.  These dotted line responsibilities could include test development, quality, HR, and other functions.
    • Implement and optimize manufacturing processes with a focus on efficiency and quality.
  2. Site Oversight:
    • Drive site leadership team to excel in all site functions; some with solid line relations and others with dotted, as noted above.
  3. Microelectronics Packaging Expertise:
    • Leverage in-depth knowledge or microelectronics, including flip chip, wire bonding, die attach, and thermal bonding of wafers.
    • Oversee and guide the team in the execution of complex microelectronics processes.
  4. Semiconductor Operations Management:
    • Utilize semiconductor processing experience to streamline operations and enhance production capabilities.
    • Act as a key contributor to strategic planning for semiconductor-related projects.
  5. Quality Control:
    • Implement and maintain rigorous quality control measures to ensure the delivery of high-quality products.
    • Collaborate with the quality assurance team to address and resolve any production issues promptly.
  6. Optical Engine Integration: (Preferred)
    • Leverage optical engine background to contribute to projects involving optical technologies.
    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate optical components seamlessly into microelectronics products.
”The responsibilities as defined are intended to serve as a general guideline for this position. Associates may be asked to perform additional tasks depending on strengths and capabilities”   
Required/Preferred Experience:  
  1. 15+ years in Microelectronics or Semiconductor manufacturing with 7+ years in Operations or Plant management.
  2. Extensive & Proven experience in microelectronics packaging, optoelectronics, flip chip, wire bonding, die attach, thermal bonding of wafers, and semiconductor processing of both logic IC’s and optoelectronic IC’s such as lasers, detectors, and physical layer ASIC’s.
  3. Background in semiconductor operations management and knowledge of optical engine technology will be considered a significant advantage.
  4. Prior experience in semiconductor processing and semiconductor operations management.
  5. Familiarity with optical engine technology is a plus.
  6. Strong leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to lead and inspire teams.
  7. Excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  8. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related field.  An advanced degree is preferred.

SAMTEC, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating a diverse environment. All employment decisions at Samtec are based in business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, pregnancy or parental status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity/expression, marital status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable laws.