Senior Operations (NPI) Technical Program Manager.

Agility Robotics

Agility Robotics

IT, Operations
Corvallis, OR, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Agility Robotics is a pioneer. Our robot, Digit, is the first to be sold into workplaces across the globe. Our team is differentiated by its expertise in imagining, engineering, and delivering robots with advanced mobility, dexterity, intelligence, and efficiency -- robots specifically designed to work alongside people, in spaces built for people. Every day, we break through engineering challenges and invent new solutions and capabilities that will one day make robots commonplace and approachable. This work is our passion and our responsibility: our mission is to make businesses more productive and people’s lives more fulfilling.

About the Role

Agility Robotics is looking for a Senior OPM/NPI Program Manager with experience in building and launching V1 Products. The role will interface with a cross-functional engineering and program team to develop robot hardware paired with software for integration into the overall system. You will tackle challenging, novel situations every day and given the size of this initiative, you’ll have the opportunity to work with multiple technical teams. You should be comfortable with a degree of ambiguity that’s higher than most projects and relish the idea of solving problems that haven’t been solved at scale before! Everyone on the team needs to be entrepreneurial, wear many hats and work in a highly collaborative environment. We’ll need to tackle problems that span a variety of domains: software, hardware, networks, RF, embedded, real-time and distributed systems as well as industrial automation. Along the way, we guarantee that you’ll learn a ton, have fun and make a positive impact.

About the work

The Sr Ops New Production Introduction (NPI) Technical Program Manager (TPM) will be responsible for driving operations development programs in Robotics/Mechatronics, Packaging, and systems. The role will serve as the main point of contact between program teams and operations, own cross-functional and cross-geographical communications, and strategic planning for manufacturing a new product from prototype to high volume, determine KPIs, and drive cost-reduction initiatives. In this position you will be responsible for scoping and delivering large end-to-end projects for manufacturing, supply chain and test, collecting business and systems requirements from internal and external customers, writing specifications, and driving project schedules from design to full production. As a Sr Ops NPI TPM, you will provide escalation management, anticipate and make tradeoffs, and balance the business needs versus technical constraints.

  • Provide New Product Introduction (NPI) guidance to support the development of our in-house designed components and assemblies to meet product and timeline requirements.
  • Participate in design review meetings to help guide product development by advising the design team on device manufacturability, assembly flow, and test and fixture requirements.
  • Interface across our organization to help drive awareness for manufacturability in development activities from prototype builds to reliability testing and rollouts to the field.
  • Supports continuous improvement efforts for efficiency, cost, and quality of manufacturing.
  • Drive and maintain Assembly BOM to align with manufacturing and supply chain needs
  • Support Cross Functional teams in demand planning, forecasting, and budgeting of NPI products
  • Partner closely with Design Engineering and Operations Technical Teams to assess and drive all program risks
  • Plan and drive execution of all Engineering development builds through to initial ramp
  • Write business and operational planning documents for the NPI project teams.
  • Identify and recommend improvements across the Operations department on behalf of NPI programs.
  • Work with multi-functional teams to drive scope and design changes by balancing short-term improvements and long-term solutions
  • Create, foster and maintain effective working relationships with multi-organizational and multi-functional groups: including systems, hardware, software engineering teams and external partners
  • Continual mentoring, coaching and development of Sponsors, stakeholders, team members, business analysts and others throughout the project experience.
  • Continuous improvement and utilization of project reporting KPIs, OKRs and milestones.
  • 30% travel expected to supplier sites.

About You:

This position requires strong interpersonal skills essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business.

  • 10+ years of direct hands on experience working in a cross functional Technical Program Management role implementing complex integrated hardware/software products in the automotive, robotics, consumer electronics, or aerospace industries
  • 6+ years of direct hands-on experience as a systems, hardware and/or software engineer working with complex and integrated hardware and software systems
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent experience. Advanced Degree preferred.
  • Experience developing or working on an end-to-end robotics or automotive system
  • Experience working with Suppliers and Contract Manufacturers.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in metrics, working through data sets, project forecasting, and scheduling.
  • Understanding of project financial and operational impacts.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant engineering environments, terminology, practices, language, and products, and possessing enough knowledge in robotics or similar development from concept through to commercialization. Manufacturing experience is required.
  • Demonstrated ability and proven track in prioritizing and managing concurrent projects and project tracks of work.
  • Utilizes in daily practice process improvement skills throughout all efforts and projects, with timely project completions.


  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • 100% Company Paid Disability, Life, Health, Dental & Vision Insurance (for AR employees)
  • Employer Matched Retirement Plan
  • Five Weeks of Paid Time Off Annually
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Relocation Assistance (for certain roles)
  • Stock Options (for certain roles)
  • A culture that encourages flexible work schedules
  • A culture that embraces individuality and authenticity

Agility Robotics is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, it is the policy of Agility Robotics to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Agility Robotics prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

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