Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Senior Planner

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, microelectronics and defense applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Asia and Europe. nLIGHT lasers are not only changing the way things are made, but what can be made.

Senior-level supply chain planning professional.  For assigned product lines / products, this role creates and manages supply plans & production schedules to support S&OP objectives, inventory goals, and customer order fulfillment requirements.   As the Planning focal-point for Operations, this role will coordinate actions to support resolution of issues related to supply / demand matching, materials support, and production priorities.

The ideal candidate will have experience and a proven track record in a similar role supporting a challenging, high velocity/rate-of-change environment.  A strong drive for success, high individual accountability, and excellent interpersonal skills, will be key contributions to success.

Primary Functions:

  • Individual contributor role.
  • In partnership with Sales, Finance & Operations teams, and business management leaders:
    • Analysis, operations planning strategies, and supply plan formulation; ensuring Operations and business issues are collaboratively analyzed to make the best collective decisions.
    • Develop new product introduction (NPI) supply positioning plans, considering demand inputs, supply objectives, and constraints, to meet business objectives and manage risks.
    • Contribute to business Sale & Operations Planning process improvements.
  • Production scheduling in direct support of customer demand priority and inventory management goals.
  • Develop, coordinate and execute shipping schedules to ensure on-time delivery per customer request dates and nLight commitments.
  • Develop inventory planning strategy for key components as well as monitor, and make visible, capacity constraints.
  • Direct production schedules through effective work order management and manage plan inputs to our MRP system.
  • Work closely with Supply Chain and Manufacturing teams to ensure clear understanding of plans and issues, as they arise, to minimize adverse impacts.
  • Maintain an effective supply chain, and act as the first level of escalation when a potential supply disruption is identified.

Required Qualifications:

  • Recent and relevant experience with supply chain, scheduling and S&OP processes.
  • BA/BS Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Detail oriented; excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated competence in addressing and resolving complex supply chain issues.
  • Competence with an ERP/MRP systems, advanced analysis & modeling skills utilizing MS Excel.
  • Customer oriented, strong sense of urgency, and a bias for action.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Competence with Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • APICS certifications
  • LEAN Training/certifications

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement.  If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

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