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R&D Senior Project Manager

Barrington, NJ USA

Position: R&D Senior Project Manager
Department: R&D
Reports To: Engineering Manager
Classification: Exempt

Edmund Optics, an industry leader in the design, manufacturing, and sale of precision optics and optical components for over 75 years is hiring! As a global, family-owned company, employees are key to our success. Our culture is at the heart of everything we do, and the company’s Core Values demonstrate our commitment to act as one family, do what is best for the customer, drive innovation through continuous improvement, and to be proud of what we do. As we work to continue to be technological leaders in the industry, we seek those who are prepared to learn, engage, grow, and enable the future through optics.

Brief Summary:

The R&D Sr. Project Manager manages the development of technology through Feasibility, Beta, and Pilot phases into Production. They coordinate all activities to meet project cost, schedule, and performance metrics of multiple assigned projects. The principles of project management are utilized to ensure adherence to statements of work, completion of schedules and transfer of required technology.

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  • Execute and manage projects on the Technology Road Map as described by management
  • Asses & develop project feasibilities, project plans and compliance matrices
  • Work with R&D and manufacturing in the procurement and justification of required capital equipment
  • Work with R&D and manufacturing in the transfer of technology to EO manufacturing sites
  • Work with R&D and engineering to establish test requirements and resources
  • Head project meetings and present project schedule and status to stake holders and management
  • Develop and manage risk assessment and risk mitigation plans through risks analysis
  • Interfaces with product line management for spec development on internal projects
  • Work with R&D to select proposals for grants, review IP and execute patent applications
  • Customer point of contact
  • Provide project support for other activities as required
  • Supervise project department personnel as required
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations


  • 7-10+ years previous Program/Project management experience or equivalent
  • 7-10+ years previous Research and Development experience
  • 10+ years experience in the optical industry


  • Minimum: BS in optics, Mechanical engineering or related field
  • Masters in Optics, Mechanical engineering , Business administration or equivalent experience


  • Ability to handle open ended projects
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with R&D staff at various levels
  • Ability to manage technical resources with varying interest across department lines
  • Grant proposal writing
  • Execution of patent applications
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Job Shop manufacturing knowledge
  • PC skills: literacy in MS Projects, Excel, Word, & optical /mechanical design software
  • Must use Critical Thinking/ Deductive reasoning
  • Must work Independently

Physical Requirements:

Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time; ability to travel; work in office setting.


Edmund Optics shall, in its discretion, modify or adjust the position to meet the company’s changing needs. This job description is not a contract and may be adjusted as deemed appropriate in the employer’s sole discretion.


Contact Information

Max Matejik

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