Manufacturing Cell Lead

Long Island City, New York

Job Summary

As Manufacturing Cell Lead you will help bring 3D printing out of the prototyping era and into the future by helping to build a full-scale, lean manufacturing operation that will produce an ever growing number of unique products. You will work alongside our Director of Operations to reduce lead-time, increase quality and take on new production technologies. You will aid in driving down costs per product so our customers can get their creations at a lower price, and in turn, 3D printing becomes a means for personal manufacturing for all. In this position you will report to the Director of Operations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-5 years in a large-scale manufacturing environment
  • Has utilized/implemented lean methodology and six sigma techniques for process improvements
  • Experience leading and mentoring a small team of 2+ people
  • Driver of change, pro-active, independent and mature
  • Analytical, process-driven thinker
  • Able to obtain, analyze, and use data to make sound decisions (experience with Excel required, experience with SQL a plus)
  • Great communicator, accountable, diplomatic, able to empower employees and delegate
  • Thorough experience in root cause analysis
  • KPI and metrics-driven decision maker
  • Flexibility to work weekends and outside of regular business hours (9:00am-6:00pm)
  • Able to work in a dynamic environment with immense growth


  • Daily Operations
    • Optimize daily machine usage to maximize throughput
    • Assign daily tasks to 3DP and/or PPD team via daily operations meeting
    • Understand daily planning performance via end of day operations debrief
    • Act as liaison between your team, Director of Ops and other departments/teams
    • Be proactive in developing ideas for improvement
    • Ensure optimum utilization of shift labor (maximize productivity)
  • Coaching, mentoring and leadership
    • Lead weekly team meeting with team and individual KPIs
    • Meet with members of team in weekly one-on-one sessions
    • Report on KPI’s during leadership meeting
    • Reward and celebrate team success
    • Support culture change initiatives within the department
  • Maintains inventory of raw material and places all material orders
  • Manage and supervise all machine maintenance and document all maintenance activity
  • Safety
    • Ensure all team members have sufficient safety equipment and are adhering to factory safety guidelines
    • Help to implement and reinforce safety procedures
  • Support Director of Ops in ad hoc business requests in a timely manner
  • Special Projects
    • OEE and throughput improvement (machine capacity)
    • Standardization and documentation of processes and SOP’s, creating a training plan for new employees
    • Labor capacity analysis
    • Continuous process improvement
    • Support Industrial engineering initiatives

Why join our team?

Shapeways is breaking new ground in the field of 3D printing. With our website and marketplace for designers, our goal is to give everyone access to the revolution of additive manufacturing. This isn’t your typical web business – we have a physical product at the back end. If you’d like to work in a dynamic, collaborative, respectful environment where colleagues share ideas and encourage each other to think creatively, Shapeways is just what you’re looking for. Fun is also part of our DNA – a sense of humor is a must! You’ll also have the coolest desk toys anywhere.

How to apply

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