Production Manager – RF Products

SWISSto12 is one of the world’s fastest-growing aerospace companies, evolving from its pioneering use of 3D printing technologies for high-performance Radio Frequency (RF) products and applications to recently announcing the manufacture of entire geostationary telecom satellites, called HummingSat, that define a new category in space.

SWISSto12 is a leading provider of Radio-Frequency (RF) products and sub-systems for aerospace applications. The company’s patented 3D printing technologies and associated product designs are unique to deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF products.

SWISSto12 is also providing the HummingSat as the world’s first commercial telecom GEO SmallSat developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Its uniquely compactsize combined with highly capable telecom payloads allows telecommunications operators to deploy a cost-efficient, compact and agile asset without sacrificing performance or security. HummingSat has recently been selected by Inmarsat to build three I-8 satellites and in 2022 by Intelsat to build the I-45 satellite. If you are looking for position where you can play an active role in contributing to innovative and growing company, this role is for you.

We are looking for a Production Manager to lead our day-to-day production activities in Switzerland to support delivering cutting edge RF products to our international customer base.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Responsibility for the production activities on RF products out of our Renens site.
  • Plan resources and production schedule, supervise daily execution.
  • Monitor the production operations and adjust schedules as needed.
  • You will be managing a broad portfolio of productions for RF products and subsystems, with production files and configuration specified by the Program management office.
  • Supervise the production team in Renens with staff in a mechanical workshop, 3D printing workshop, assembly and test.
  • Champion the day-to-day use of business processes relevant to production, such as: o Maintain an up-to-date parts inventory in the ERP o Issue production orders, where applicable through the ERP o Resupplies and purchase requests, where applicable through the ERP and in collaboration with colleagues from procurement & supply chain o Verify completeness of BOMs and drawing packages received from the design & methods teams during production handovers.
  • Ensure customer orders are completed on time, on budget and that quality standards and targets are met.
  • Contribute to organizing the different production areas (workstations, machines, warehouses).
  • Contribute to selecting equipment and be responsible for their maintenance (preventive and curative).
  • Ensure production is executed safely and is compliant with relevant EHS standards.
  • In collaboration with colleagues from the quality team, align production processes to both internal and customer quality requirements. Foster and drive continuous improvement.
  • Supervise, in collaboration with the Quality team, the quality control and inspection of in-house manufactured or delivered by suppliers’ products.
  • Write technical documentation, procedures, production tracking documents.
  • Supervise logistics activities to and from suppliers, partners and customers.
  • Support projects managed by colleagues.
  • Occasionally, you will be asked to participate in overall tasks and services inherent to a dynamic fast-growing company.

Required experience and competencies:

  • Proven experience as production manager/supervisor, preferably involving the assembly of complex mechanical/electronic equipment, for a minimum of 5 years.
  • In-depth knowledge of production and logistics management.
  • Exposure to working in working with a production team which is scaling-up and working towards improved industrialization.
  • Good understanding of quality standards and health & safety regulations.
  • Excellent communication skills including excellent relationship building skills and ability to work in a team with different professional and cultural backgrounds across all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated strong leaderships skills.
  • Proven ability to attract and retain talent and coach and develop team members.
  • Attention to detail and very good organizational skills.
  • Strong decision-making skills and a pragmatic results-driven approach.
  • Fluent in English & French.

Interested applicants are requested to apply through LinkedIn

More about SWISSto12:

SWISSto12 has successfully established contracts with Inmarsat/ViaSat, Intelsat and ESA for HummingSat as well as contracts for their RF product line in Europe and the US with prominent partners and customers such as Thales, Lockheed Martin and the ESA. SWISSto12 is a spin off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is privately owned and backed by prominent Swiss and European Investors. SWISSto12 is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and operates a US-subsidiary in Foster City California and another team in New Hampshire. The company is well funded for its near and mid-term developments and backed by a solid customer revenue stream.