Vice President of Manufacturing (US), Algramo


Oct 22, 2020

Algramo is a smart dispensing system that allows consumers to buy the product, not the packaging at the lowest price point, in the most convenient location, with zero waste. We are backed by Closed Loop Partners. Our mission is to provide people with a more affordable and convenient solution to refill their cleaning products that they know and trust. We’ve launched our pilot units within NYC with great brand partners (The Clorox Company, Colgate, & EcoLogic Solutions) and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers. We’re looking for smart and creative people to join our team and build a movement for reusable packaging. Algramo is headquartered at New Lab, a hub for hardware innovation in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

About the Role

Algramo US is seeking an experienced VP, Manufacturing to help bring our smart dispensing systems to scale production. The VP, Manufacturing will build and lead our manufacturing organization within the US and will also serve as the main communication conduit with our Product, Design, and Engineering team located in Chile, our external vendors and manufacturing partners. You’ll play a crucial role during a  transformative phase of our business, as we expand into new markets and segments.


What You’ll Do

  • Build and lead Algramo’s internal manufacturing organization and practice within the US
  • Identify, vet, and onboard strategic manufacturing partners in order to build our supplier network
  • Serve as the communication conduit between key internal stakeholders (Product, Engineering, and Design) in Chile and our external vendors/manufacturing partners
  • Lead vendor RFQ and contract negotiation process
  • Lead BOM savings and reliable supply chain
  • Manage production lead times
  • Work with the Engineering team to develop quality and incoming inspection plans


Experience & Skills

  • 5-10 years product development experience (manufacturing, NPI/NPD, related engineering roles)
  • 2+ product development cycles for complex electro-mechanical devices (consumer or industrial)
  • Experience identifying, onboarding and working closely with domestic and international suppliers and manufacturers
  • Demonstrable experience in working with a supplier to ensure strong practices around quality and safety
  • A strong understanding of good supply chain management and the tasks required to maintain a product through multiple component life cycles
  • Knowledge of various manufacturing processes and their benefits and drawbacks in regards to manufacturing speed and cost. These should include CNC machining, injection molding, welding, and metal forming, etc.
  • Ability to collaborate and bridge the gap between engineering and manufacturing
  • Ability to travel, as needed (this position may require domestic & international travel)
  • Extremely detail oriented when it comes to documentation, communication, scheduling, and tracking costs
  • Familiarity with electrical components
  • Able to work independently in a fast paced environment
  • Strong initiative with a focus on results
  • Education: Bachelor/Master of Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Operations or related field


Nice to Have

  • In-house manufacturing experience (either at a CM or at a company that manufactured its own products)
  • Experience leading teams (the manufacturing organization will grow, and we want you to build and lead the manufacturing organization as it grows)
  • Experience implementing and maintaining a PLM system
  • Experience working through certification processes (e.g. UL, NSF, FCC, NAMA)
  • Experience with ISO 9000


Bonus Points

  • You love learning
  • You have fun, bringing a good sense of humor and energy to the table
  • You are open and transparent, not afraid to speak your mind
  • You are collaborative and able to build trust and respect with your colleagues
  • You take work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously
  • You embrace complex problems and love solving them
  • You care about sustainability and fighting climate change


Why Work Here

We’re a growing team of passionate people working in a fun, flexible work environment. We work with a ton of energy and purpose, but we strive to maintain a healthy work-life balance so work never gets stale. Our flat structure and open communication allow for innovation from all levels ideas flow freely. We offer competitive compensation (salary and stock options) and great perks and benefits, including:

  • Four weeks vacation annually
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits


Algramo does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or veteran status.


Apply for the role here.