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Director of Hardware Engineering

| Chicago


The Director of Hardware Engineering at Inventables will provide technical and strategic leadership to a small and growing engineering team building innovative hardware solutions for new, and existing, 3D Carving Machine product lines.  As a member of the executive leadership team, you’ll help lead a VC backed growth stage company. Reporting to the CEO, the position will partner closely with Product Management and Software Engineering to deliver a new generation of accessible, and easy to use, manufacturing tools that are expanding and transforming the manufacturing industry.


  • Build, manage, and mentor our hardware and firmware engineering team

  • Prioritize and address departmental needs

  • Suggest and implement product and process improvements to reduce cost and increase quality, reliability, and efficiency

  • Communicate relevant technical details to stakeholders throughout the organization

  • Present to our board of directors

  • Lead the creation of schedules and project milestones

  • Identify potential engineering or manufacturing issues early in the design process

  • Evaluate and select Contract Manufacturers to build current products and launch new ones

  • Prioritize and address issues with current fielded products


  • Apply engineering expertise to product requirements definition process

  • Provide feedback for improvement of technical designs

  • Partner with sourcing to evaluate component suppliers

  • Facilitate creation of documentation for efficient communication of designs

  • Maintain projects and manage change utilizing our PLM system

  • Facilitate creation and execution of test and validation plans

  • Partner with product owners to participate in customer research

  • Stay abreast of new technologies, industry trends, and methods for cost effective and efficient design and manufacturing methods



  • Experience in an Engineering Management role leading a small team

  • Experience in development of a product with adherence to safety requirements

  • Experience with a project that involved firmware

  • Experience participating in requirements definition for new product

  • Experience transitioning a product with >1k/yr volume from development to manufacturing

  • Experience with all phases of product life-cycle from concept creation through field support

  • Experience with PLM and BOM documentation systems

  • BS in Engineering field


  • Coordinated motion control experience

  • Direct experience moving a product into production via contract manufacturer

  • Experience working with overseas suppliers

  • Experience working in an Agile (or similar) environment

  • Previous experience in a hands on Mechanical Engineering role


  • Excellent BCBS health insurance plan

  • Accrued Flexible Vacation

  • Options Program

  • 401(k) program with 4% match

  • Excellent Parental Leave Policy

  • Yearly Creative Project Budget

  • Yearly Exploration Budget

  • Snacks and weekly team lunches

  • Workshop Access


We value the things that make us different and believe a diverse company drives innovation.  Inventables provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants, and prohibits discrimination of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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