Samsara hardware products are plug and play, and core to the product portfolio. The hardware team is responsible for industrial design, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and supply chain. Everyone here has a big impact in bringing products to market. We focus on the key creative/design/problem-solving and bolster our development resources with top JDMs, toolmakers, and suppliers.
Samsara’s Hardware New Product Introduction Manager (“HW NPI”) is responsible for driving Samsara’s 3rd party manufacturing partners to ramp high-quality, well-validated new products. The HW NPI manager will manage key new product planning and operations for engineering and pre-production builds from prototype through production, across Samsara’s portfolio of Industrial IoT products.
Drive Samsara engineering and pre-production builds from a technical, operational and materials-management perspective
Adeptly manage Samsara’s JDMs to deliver high-quality new products and key materials on time
Establish new product quality control standards and process controls with Samsara engineer(s), ensure strong implementation and ongoing execution by CM manufacturing partners
Support reliability engineering validation process with Samsara engineers & manufacturers
Collaborate with CMs and Samsara engineers to developing and implement manufacturing process & testing flow, equipment/ fixture designs, implementation schedules and validation plans
Communicate project readiness, track major risks & corrective actions, and creatively problem solve issues that arrive during builds & production ramp
Collaborate with engineering on key component selection
Negotiate and communicate product cost(s) with key internal stakeholders
Develop robust processes for analyzing field failures and implementing corrective actions with engineering or factory process team(s)
3+ years experience in hardware engineering or operations program management - proven ability to effectively manage factory build events and vendors
Proven track record of effective 3rd party (JDM) communication and oversight
Strong communication and organizational skills
Attention to detail & ability to manage detailed build planning
Self motivated, proactive, creative and critical problem solving capabilities
Ability to support international travel for build events
BS or MS degree in Engineering required, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering preferred. MBA a plus.