High Performance Lasers

Manufacturing Supervisor (Swing Shift)

nLIGHT is seeking an experienced Swing Shift Production Supervisor to join our Laser systems factory team.

This swing shift supervisor will focus specifically on a production line ramp in nLIGHT's High-Power CW Fiber Laser system factory.  You will lead your team to reach and maintain nLIGHT’s high standards for safety, quality, and productivity. You will have daily interaction with the supply chain team and be responsible for all swing-shift activities across the factory.  You need to be a highly motivated leader and manager with a proven track record with Lean manufacturing, Kaizen, and continuous improvement.


  • Train, develop and manage team members to achieve aggressive output goals
  • Coordinate work flow through multiple departments and across shifts
  • Lead and report out in daily manufacturing meetings
  • Lead LEAN, 5-S, value stream mapping, and continuous flow activity
  • Identify staffing needs and assist in capacity planning


  • Proven skills as a professional team builder and leader
  • 2+ years supervisor experience with hands-on general assembly processes
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or sciences preferred 
  • Semiconductor supervisory/management experience desirable
  • Proficient in current production methodologies and metrics (KPI’s)
  • Experience with LEAN and 5-S implementation and maintenance 
  • Proven ability to drive continuous-improvement approach to production
  • Proven ability to work with strong personalities, and bring them together as a team
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work with minimal direction
  • Ability to communicate effectively (in both written and oral form) with employees of various backgrounds, education, and national origin
  • Ability to investigate and lead solutions to manufacturing constraint issues
  • Basic understanding of computer business applications and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT)

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, defense, and medical applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures direct diode and fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. We're committed to working together to deliver breakthrough solutions that help innovate and grow our customers' needs.

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

nLIGHT is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including protected veterans and people with disabilities. For more information, please see the EEO is the Law poster from the federal government:dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf


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