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OEM Project Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Newton, NJ, United States
Employer Description

Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever-increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over 1800 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

Thorlabs encourages its employees to grow during their time with the organization by providing several benefits. Our benefits include full tuition assistance, internal advancement opportunities, health insurance (Thorlabs pays up to 75%), eye care and dental, 401k, and several wellness programs.


Job Description

Thorlabs is an exciting and vibrant work environment. We are in a new 125,000 sq/ft building located in northwest NJ. There is easy access to outdoor opportunities that include hiking, biking, water sports and many other team sport activities. We are also less than an hour away from NYC and the cultural opportunities that are located there. It is an easy environment that has a large number of cultural and personal development opportunities. Northwest NJ has a lower cost of living when compared to other NJ and metro NY areas.

Purpose of the Position

The OEM Project engineer is an entry-level project engineering role supporting external customers on a business to business sales team. This person will serve as a direct consultant to Thorlabs OEM customers and will work to qualify initial customer projects and see to it that the customers technical and project needs are met to the customers’ expectations. The OEM Project Engineer will work with the appropriate internal teams to ensure rapid feedback and technical information to our customers. This role will directly interface with various levels of technical experts and engineers, both internal to Thorlabs and within the customer organization. Strong communication skills as well as the ability to simultaneously manage multiple complex projects at various stages are required.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Provide sales support to Thorlabs OEM Sales Team as well as directly to Thorlabs OEM customers by managing internal and external projects to meet customer requirements
  • Proactively manage customer projects (specs, timeline, compliance, etc) to maintain a current understanding of requirements, resolve operational inefficiencies and ensure on time performance
  • Outline cost structure for fulfilling customer projects for completion of pricing inquiries
  • Understand and safe guard the business case with respect to cost and schedule
  • Establish regular communication pattern to share information and updates with internal and external stakeholders throughout the duration of the project
  • Interface with Thorlabs Business Unit engineering, manufacturing and quality teams to confirm customer requirements and develop statement of work
  • Support Marketing and Sales activities by attending Tradeshows and Customer visits.
  • Travel to visit key customer/accounts, tradeshows as well as Thorlabs entities (<25% travel)



Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to read, write and interpret documents such as product manuals, spec sheets and test data.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups and customers
  • Adept at planning, coordinating and facilitating as well as maintaining key relationships with customers and team members
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of multi-disciplinary problems.
  • Knowledge of Photonics and Laser Technology via work or laboratory experience.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advanced project management skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)


Job Requirements


  • 2 year’s experience in engineering, project management or related, preferred.
  • MS Office Suite; high level proficiency required
  • MS Project & MRP/ERP systems preferred
  • Understanding of product design and supply chain preferred



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Optics, Engineering, Physics or a related engineering field; advanced degree preferred


14 September 2021
14 October 2021
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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