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Senior Manufacturing Engineer



San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

  • Business Operations
  • San Jose
  • Senior
  • Full-time
  • ID: VDT25244


VAST Data is looking for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer to lead and manage the day to day manufacturing operations at our system integrators through the full product lifecycle (NPI - Sustaining - EOL) for Vast qualified hardware.

This is a great opportunity to be part of one of the fastest-growing infrastructure companies in history, an organization that is in the center of the hurricane being created by the revolution in artificial intelligence.

VAST Data is the data platform company for the AI era. We are building the enterprise software infrastructure to capture, catalog, refine, enrich, and protect massive datasets and make them available for real-time data analysis and AI training and inference. Designed from the ground up to make AI simple to deploy and manage, VAST takes the cost and complexity out of deploying enterprise and AI infrastructure across data center, edge, and cloud.

Our success has been built through intense innovation, a customer-first mentality and a team of fearless VASTronauts who leverage their skills & experiences to make real market impact. This is an opportunity to be a key contributor at a pivotal time in our company’s growth and at a pivotal point in computing history.


  • Develop processes and documentation that ensure reliable and compliant manufacturing operations
  • Manage day to day manufacturing operations for multiple system integrators across multiple time zones (Domestic and International)
  • Write and update work instructions and other documents (e.g. specifications, procedures,…)
  • Create and maintain Bill of Materials (BOMs) from NPI through EOL
  • Create and implement engineering change orders (ECO) at system integrators
  • Manage supplier quality escapes/escalations and drive RCCA (Root Cause/Corrective Action) through an 8D quality process
  • Work with cross functional teams of engineers and suppliers to drive RCCA on factory failures/issues
  • Participate in NPI projects and ensure projects are delivered on schedule
  • Review and approve First Article Inspections for NPI and Sustaining Qualifications
  • Summarize and communicate factory yields and quality issues to the leadership team
  • Communicate concisely verbally and in writing to leadership. Will be required to present monthly and quarterly first pass yield reviews and factory escalations
  • Provide support for customer issues

Basic Qualifications/Required Experience

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years hands-on experience in manufacturing operations
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes and work instruction generation
  • Understand manufacturing and test equipment concepts, technologies and techniques
  • Hands on experience with Engineering Change (EC) processes, BOM structures, and new product introduction releases
  • Detail oriented, reliable, self-motivated, and able to work under pressure with clear communication.
  • Flexibility working in a startup that’s continually punching above its weight
  • A proven ability to work collaboratively across time zones and countries, filter and prioritize high priority tasks, and escalate to management where appropriate
  • Strong problem-solving skills, analytic capabilities, data analysis and attention to details.
  • Familiar with JIRA, Confluence, google docs, Slack tools
  • Working knowledge and debug understanding with OEM server and compute products. (Supermicro, Dell, HPE)
  • Preferred - Experience using cloud based PLM/BOM/CRM tools (Arena PLM, SFDC)
  • Understanding of country and industry compliance