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Operations Program Manager (Hardware)



Other Engineering, Operations
Abingdon, UK
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Snap Inc. is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap Lab is home to our hardware products with a world-class research & development team. We are focused on pushing the boundaries of what a camera can be, specifically overlaying computing on the real world. Next Generation Spectacles are our first pair of glasses that bring augmented reality to life

We’re looking for a Operations Program Manager to join Snap Labs!

What you’ll do:

In this exciting role you will lead cross-functional engineering and operations efforts delivering cutting edge technologies that will enable the mass adoption of Augmented Reality glasses. You will work with high performing, industry leading, engineering and operations teams who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. You will specialise in delivering projects that encompass both technical and operational advancements in fields such as new product introduction, off-shore contract manufacturing, new supplier sourcing and capital expansion.

  • Manage a range of engineering and operations activities relating to the development and manufacture of microdisplays, optical waveguides and optical engines for the Augmented Reality space

  • Utilise your technical expertise to lead complex multi-disciplinary projects from initial concept until final delivery

  • Lead technology and infrastructure projects within a high tech manufacturing environment with manufacturing facilities in both the UK and USA along with a global supply chain

  • Work with the project team to develop & capture requirements, identify risks, plan and drive execution of all deliverables

  • Lead communicating priorities and timelines to the various teams and project updates to senior stakeholders

  • Take ownership of all technical issues within the project, working with the various engineering teams to drive towards solutions

  • Engage with technical procurement and the engineering teams to drive key suppliers on custom developments, ensuring components are delivered to specification

  • The role will be hands-on, requiring active involvement in many areas

  • The role may require availability for international travel (10% - 30%)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a high attention to detail.

  • Ability to combine technical expertise with exceptional communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in an Engineering, Science, or Technology discipline.

  • Proven experience delivering engineering and operational improvement programs

  • Strong experience of new product introduction and engagement with external contract manufacturers

  • Knowledge of optical or electronic engineering and component manufacturing.

  • Previous experience as an engineer.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience taking products from initial concept to market release. Ideally volume consumer products

  • Experience within the photonics or electronics industries

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office 4+ days per week.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!