Posted: 11/25/2020

Shift: Monday thru Friday; with flexibility

Location: Our headquarters in Torrance, CA

Employment Type: Full time

Start Date: ASAP

Blue Robotics specializes in designing and manufacturing underwater robotic components and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Our mission is to enable the future of underwater exploration by providing high-performing marine robotics components at an accessible price point. We’re a growing team of 35 people encompassing manufacturing, supply chain, product design, software development, sales, marketing, and support.

We’re looking for a Director of Engineering to lead our established R&D engineering department, including guiding our team, managing our R&D projects, working cross-functionally with our manufacturing and sales departments, and helping us build a great company! You will be working with a dedicated team of people on an exciting product line that helps explorers, researchers, hobbyists, and businesses around the world address ocean-related problems.

Unlike other opportunities, you won’t be “plugging in” to a system that’s been established for decades, but rather be an integral part of creating one at a young company. As Director of Engineering, you’ll oversee the new product development efforts, corrective and preventive action efforts, testing and equipment resources, and our team of awesome humans, who operate both onsite and from remote locations.

You will be the source of truth for day-to-day process or project updates and a mentor to everyone within your department. Through proactive, positive communication you will be able to ensure our team members are aligned and working effectively towards our goals. You will have to balance day-to-day tasks with long-term improvement projects and unexpected urgent issues that come up.

We’re looking for someone with a proven track record of developing and releasing products from the concept idea stage through the prototyping and development phase, the validation process, the transition to manufacturing, and the follow-through on the product’s lifecycle. You will be sharing your experience with our whole team, causing a positive ripple effect into many areas of our business.

Behind our mission of enabling ocean exploration and serving our customers is a goal to build a long-lasting company that is a great place to work. In this role, you will have a critical impact on that goal and we’re looking for someone who can help us foster a friendly, open culture that strives for constant improvement and innovation.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead and support an established R&D team including several engineers and technicians
  • Prioritize projects and allocate resources to achieve our goals
  • Oversee all R&D staff (onsite and remote) and maintain staffing levels through hiring and employee retention
  • Coach, counsel, and develop direct reports
  • Create and drive strategies to guide our department decisions and approach
  • Manage efforts to implement new processes, tools, and procedures
  • Facilitate communication within the R&D team and with other company departments
  • Develop and maintain KPIs to monitor performance
  • Prepare external publications and reports to be shared broadly with the company and outside the company
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to qualify new product designs, transfer them to manufacturing, and implement engineering change orders
  • Drive and manage new product development efforts and be accountable for top-level progress and output
  • Lead daily engineering standups, biweekly mission-planning meetings, and organizational design meetings

  • Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an engineering field
  • 10+ years of experience in a professional environment
  • A demonstrated ability to develop products and bring them to market, including experience with prototyping, manufacturing, supply chain, and validation
  • An affinity for communication through verbal and written means
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage and motivate teams
  • Willingness and ability to manage individuals working remotely from multiple locations, as well as on site
  • Well-developed time management skills and project planning skills
  • Ability to gauge realistic project timelines and work under pressure to achieve deadlines
  • Familiarity with Solidworks or similar CAD packages

  • Benefits:

  • Competitive pay
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401(k) with 4% matching
  • Medical & dental
  • Parental leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Blue Robotics Education Support Program
  • Company lunches and special events
  • Gated on-site parking

  • To apply for this position, please click here to submit your resume and a brief cover letter.

    Posted: 12/15/2020

    Shift: Monday thru Friday; Schedule Flexible

    Location: Our headquarters in Torrance, CA

    Employment Type: Full time

    Start Date: January 2020

    Blue Robotics is looking for an Assembly Technician to join our production team building underwater vehicles, thrusters, lights, sensors, and other products. As the Assembly Technician, each component that you assemble will go out into the world to help explore shipwrecks, study endangered species, map the ocean floor, and generally advance human understanding of the oceans.

    Because our customers depend on our products performing consistently when they are out in the field, our manufacturing team is focused on continuous process improvement. For us that means every Assembly Technician is someone who is willing to learn and ask questions, comfortable receiving feedback, and can be trusted to work consistently with minimal supervision. Our processes change as we discover better ways of doing things, so someone who is flexible and able to learn quickly is an ideal fit for this position.

    We provide hands-on training and frequent check-ins to ensure you are comfortable and confident following assembly procedures. Within 30 days you will be able to cut cable, strip and tin cable, solder cable onto PCBs, and assemble our core products from start to finish with some assistance. By three months, we expect you to be able to fly solo; assembling products that consistently meet quality standards at the same rate as the rest of the team.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Consistently assemble products that meet quality standards;
    • Complete manufacturing orders in a timely manner;
    • Package and label products;
    • Maintain detailed notes on each job;
    • Report scrap and waste;
    • Maintain an orderly workstation;
    • Follow safety guidelines;
    • Communicate production issues as they arise;
    • Take the initiative to stay up-to-date on production processes;
    • Complete other tasks as needed from time to time

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Able to follow both written and verbal instructions;
    • Comfortable using basic tools (screwdriver, drill, tape gun, etc.);
    • High School diploma or GED;
    • Basic math skills (add, subtract, multiply and divide);

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • 1 – 2 years experience soldering and assembling products;
    • Familiarity with 5S principles;
    • Experience working in a warehouse/manufacturing environment;
    • Experience working in a Lean Manufacturing environment a plus!

    Physical Requirements:
    Assembly Technicians carry trays of products from one workstation to the next to complete assembly. Most work is completed while sitting down, although some workstations require standing. Additionally, this position requires carrying, pulling/pushing, bending, kneeling, stooping, reaching, as well as using basic hand tools. Soldering and assembly require excellent visual capability with or without corrective lenses. Team members will be lifting objects weighing 30 lbs frequently.

    Benefits for FT Employees:

    • Flexible scheduling
    • Medical and dental insurance
    • 401(k) Plan with 4% matching
    • Paid vacation hours + paid holidays
    • Paid parental leave
    • Plenty of parking
    • Team lunches and other fun events

    To apply for this position, please email your resume and a brief cover letter to [email protected]

    Posted: 2/2/2021

    Shift: Monday thru Friday; with flexibility

    Location: Our headquarters in Torrance, CA

    Employment Type: Full time

    Start Date: ASAP

    Blue Robotics is looking for a Buyer to join our supply chain team to support our manufacturing of underwater vehicles, thrusters, lights, sensors, and other products. As a buyer, you will have the opportunity to work with engineers to understand the required parts to build a product that can explore shipwrecks, study endangered species, map the ocean floor, and generally advance human understanding of the oceans.

    The Buyer will be our main support in communicating with our vendors domestically and internationally and will be responsible for placing and tracking orders, relaying quality issues, and negotiating pricing. As our company continues to grow, constant communication with each department is required.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Follow up on PO confirmations ensuring that products arrive on time and maintain/update the information in our system.
  • Communicate any incoming part delays or issues to Production Coordinator and other departments deemed necessary.
  • Be the point person in communicating any quality issues to vendors.
  • Update POs if there are any part overages or shortages sent to us.
  • Frequently looks into and update ERP system material pricing, vendors, MOQs, lead times, payment terms, and shipping methods
  • Arrange air/sea shipments and expedite orders via air if necessary.
  • Work with the Engineering team to research and approve backup vendors.
  • Look for any cost-saving strategies that we can implement with vendors and/or freight pickup services.
  • Establish, build, and maintain relationships with all key suppliers.
  • Work with Receiving and Accounting in processing and keeping accurate records of returns and credits.
  • Order, arrange, and communicate blanket PO delivery dates and ensure POs are processed accordingly.
  • Constantly work with the Production Coordinator/Receiver to review stock levels.
  • Assist with inventory cycle counts.
  • Review any discrepancies that may arise and communicate with vendors and/or mail carriers for clarity.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain purchasing policies, procedures and work/ordering instructions for purchasing and contract management.

  • Minimum Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of Purchasing experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience on computerized purchasing system (Odoo preferred)
  • Ability to prioritize and make decisions
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (Mandarin language skills are a benefit)
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized

  • Physical Requirements:

    This job requires long periods of time working on a computer, with the occasional light lifting of components weighing 30 lbs or less.

    Benefits for FT Employees:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with 4% matching
  • Paid vacation hours + paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Plenty of parking
  • Team lunches and other fun events

  • To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]