VP Manufacturing and Operations

Martyn Bassett Inc
Kitchener, Canada



Our client is at the centre of one of high tech's most talked about product categories this year: ROBOTICS.

Our client is headquartered in the Kitchener Waterloo area. The company was founded in 2017 by Mechatronics Engineering graduates from the University of Waterloo. Today the business has grown to 125 employees and has a satellite office in California for sales and marketing.

The company has built it's success on an easy to use robotics solution for industrial applications, based on sensor technology and cloud connectivity. They have a global business that sells on 5 continents, and their future plans include new products and software applications.


Our Client is on the hunt for a Manufacturing and Operations leader.

As a member of the Executive team you will work closely with Engineering, Sales, Service/Support, and Product teams to set, meet and exceed company level goals, manage the day-to-day operations on current, future and other product offerings.

Experience in a Senior Leadership role is a must along with a strong background in continuous improvement, lean methodologies and formal business management training. This role reports directly to the CEO.

In addition to Executive responsibilities, you will be required to interact routinely with members of the Board as well as strategic industrial partners. Succeeding in this role has a high possibility of a career defining opportunity for the successful candidate in a venture backed, high growth, international startup maturing in to a global company.

Main Tasks:

  • Develop a long-term vision and plan for growth of the entire operations organization which includes analyzing cost structure, process improvement, and workflow

  • Plan and execute a comprehensive operations strategy for the manufacturing, supply chain, and Quality teams

  • Meet and exceed annual site goals and objectives as set by the senior leadership team

  • Engage with different leaders from key areas of the company from sales, product, engineering, and finance to identify critical operations issues and resolve them in the best way possible

  • Evaluate, implement and manage systems, tools, and training to provide efficiency and scalability for our operations

  • Evaluate and manage key operational metrics and best practices to ensure we are meeting business and customer expectations

  • Lead, develop, recruit, and mentor people for professional development and growth

  • Perform other tasks as assigned in support of the business

Experience & Expertise


  • Bachelor's degree

  • Minimum 10 years of progressive manufacturing and operations work experience

  • 5+ years of experience in managing and leading high growth teams

  • Exceptional time and project management skills with a proven track record of delivering on Quality, Budget, and Time.

  • Strong communication, presentation and leadership skills

  • Strong background in strategic management, lean methodologies, and continuous improvement

  • Experience implementing new tools and ERP systems

  • Experience having negotiated and interacted with Contract Manufacturing organizations

Bonus Requirements:

  • International contract manufacturing experience

  • A passion for robotics and hardware systems development

  • Strong desire to be part of and influence the future of the entire robotics industry

  • Experience working with international CMs and or setting up Manufacturing Ops in other geos


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