Optics Engineering Project Manager | Coherent

Date Posted: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019

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Position Location: 
Richmond, CA
Job Description: 

Founded in 1966, Coherent is one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for industrial, commercial and scientific customers. Propel your career by joining some of the most talented professionals in high tech. Come join the brightest and largest team in the business to help continue taking Coherent laser solutions into future generations.

We're looking for an energetic and detail-oriented Engineering Project Manager to manage projects in our growing world-class custom optics fabrication and optical subsystem businesses at Coherent. Our Coherent Tinsley Optics product line delivers custom high-precision aspheric optics and opto-mechanical assemblies, primarily to the aerospace and defense markets. The ideal candidate is an optics industry veteran with deep knowledge of optics manufacturing.

This position is ideal for someone who excels at project management, and wants to have a direct impact on the customer experience and overall business unit results. The role entails managing various custom optic projects by coordinating cross-functionally across sales, product management, engineering and operations to deliver new products, improve the profitability and production capacity of existing products, and to create a positive customer experience. The position is based in Richmond, California, approximately 30 minutes north east from San Francisco.


  • Manage custom optic and opto-mechanical assembly fabrication projects from the end of the sales process through product realization
  • Serve as a centralized resource that coordinates with sales, product management, engineering, operations, and quality functions
  • Deliver regular project updates to technically sophisticated, and detail-oriented customers (the customer portfolio includes high-end commercial, aerospace, military and government organizations)
  • Proactively identify and mitigate project technical, schedule, and financial risks
  • Manage change requests to ensure successful and on-time project delivery
  • Produce customer required reports and other contractual deliverables
  • Present project technical, schedule and budget status to internal stakeholders
  • Support manufacturing engineering, supply chain, and planning functions by providing insight into customer requirements
  • Drive resolution of quality issues, including those requiring customer inputs
  • Drive feasibility studies, vendor selections and proposal evaluation by appropriate business unit stakeholders
  • Define the Statement of Work and Specifications for subcontracted processes (precision machining, coating,etc.)


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering or applied science discipline
  • 5+ years of experience working in an optics manufacturing environment
  • 3+ years of direct project management experience
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. PermanentResident
  • Expertise with MS Project and other project management tools
  • Working knowledge of optical systems engineering and optical fabrication
  • Experience working directly with sophisticated technology customers
  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally in a technical environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to deliver effective executive level communication
  • Good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions

Contact Susan Hubbart with interest.