Workshop Manager

New York City, NY /
Operations – Workshop /
OXMAN & the facilities
OXMAN is a hybrid design and R&D company that fuses the fields of biology, technology, and design to invent multi-scale products and environments.
We are currently in the process of building our future offices with studio, wet laboratory, and workshop facilities, which is estimated to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. The offices, which have been designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, will be a 36,000-square-foot facility that will be used for a novel research and design practice which seeks to foster systemic changes in the built environment by radically realigning methods of design and production with the natural world. Operating at the intersection of technology and biology, OXMAN will research, design and implement inventions to address complex challenges across product, architectural, urban and planetary scales.
Founded by multi-hyphenate designer Neri Oxman, the company is based in New York City.
The role
We seek a well-versed, skilled, and highly experienced Workshop Manager to lead the set-up and day-to-day management of our interim and future workshop. This is an incredible opportunity to work in a world-class facility that will house a range of capabilities for R&D including precision machining, additive manufacturing, large format 5-axis milling, robotics, electronics, laser and waterjet cutting. This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

About you

    • You are a consummate professional who is focused on establishing top-tier workshop operations with integrity, thoughtfulness, and care.
    • You carry a strong safety culture and expertise and are dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all of the workshop’s users in partnership with our Environmental Health & Safety team.
    • You are a problem-solver who is comfortable operating in uncertainty and without structure and finding tangible, pragmatic solutions.
    • You are a cross-disciplinary team player who can work with all kinds of roles and personalities.

About the functional team

    • You will be the lead of the workshop management function and sole team member within the function until we reach the next level of scale. However, given the interdisciplinary approach of the team, we expect to have various team members who can support the function.

Core responsibilities

    • Workshop Management
    • Lead the set-up of the interim and future workshops including managing procurement of equipment, setting up safety protocols and documentation, training shop users.
    • Establish standards for operations including regular maintenance checks, inventory purchases, and safety reviews.
    • Manage the day-to-day operation of the workshop in accordance with the set standards.
    • Develop and maintain the workshop budget and related reporting.
    • Hire and train the future team as the company scales.
    • Workshop Development
    • Investigate new machines/ technologies/ processes to support advanced manufacturing/ prototyping.
    • Establish & develop relationships with machine tool manufacturers, focusing on the future of manufacturing.
    • Collaborate with internal R&D teams to support their prototyping needs.
    • Collaborate with Environmental Health & Safety to ensure a safe working environment.
    • Continually seek to improve workshop operations.

Qualifications & competencies

    • Minimum of 10 years of professional workshop experience with 5 years of experience leading a workshop.
    • Ability to support and advance safe working environments.
    • Strong background in more traditional machining and metalworking techniques.  
    • Experience with 5-axis precision CNC machining, preferably on HAAS machines such as the UMC 500SS
    • Experience with laser welding or other forms of welding.  
    • Working knowledge around operating a CNC brake press such as the Amada EG 4010 or industry equivalent. 
    • Strong organizational skills around tools and components.
    • Ability to understand and assist with general project content. Not limited to component assembly, manufacturing, and construction management.
    • Experience with CAM software such as HSMWorks, Mastercam, Solidcam, Fusion 360, etc.
OXMAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.