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President/Chief Technology Officer

Department: Business Operations
Location: Chicago, IL

President & Chief Technology Officer

+ About MxD

The President & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is the chief architect of MxD’s technical strategy. S/he partners with the CEO and collaborates with the Senior Leadership Team to develop and execute the organization’s business plan to drive long-term growth and sustainability. S/he also serves as a key thought leader, evangelist, and principal subject matter expert in digital manufacturing technologies.

The President/CTO interacts directly with a diverse set of industry, government, and academic stakeholders with a mission to make U.S. manufacturing the most competitive in the world by realizing our vision to make “every part better than the last.” The ideal candidate is a highly entrepreneurial and inspirational leader, who is passionate about advancing U.S. manufacturing and accelerating the adoption of digital manufacturing technologies.

The President/CTO is a member of the MxD Senior Leadership Team, directly supervising the Vice President of Projects & Engineering, Vice President of Strategy & Engagement, and Vice President of Finance & Business Operations. This position reports to the CEO.

+ Key Accountabilities:

Technical Strategy & Vision

  • Develop and communicate a clear technology strategy and roadmap, including overseeing the development of the annual Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), with input from MxD partners and stakeholders to ensure that it meets the needs of industry and government partners, advances U.S. manufacturing, and supports the organization’s business plan. 
  • Employ user-centric design approaches to identify key problem areas facing U.S. manufacturing that can be addressed by digital manufacturing solutions.

Align and coordinate technology roadmaps/portfolios with relevant government, university, and industry partners, evaluating potential opportunities and threats from emerging technologies.

Project Operations

  • Oversee project development, management and evaluation activities in conjunction with the Vice President of Projects & Engineering, ensuring clear value propositions for each project and regular assessment of project deliverables and impact potential.
  • Lead the project ideation process to develop applied R&D projects that aim to de-risk and demonstrate digital manufacturing solutions that can be deployed in operational environments.
  • Identify emerging technology solutions from among the project portfolio, partner portfolio, and startup community for advancement of projects and the dissemination, transition and adoption of digital manufacturing solutions.
  • Ensure efficient, effective operations that yield value creation, decrease timelines, and clear bottlenecks for partners in de-risking and demonstrating new technology solutions.

Partner Engagement & External Relations

  • Serve as MxD’s principal subject matter expert in digital manufacturing, providing strategic and tactical direction to internal teams as well as partners, and representing the organization externally, including speaking at industry events.
  • Promote MxD’s technology leadership brand with all external and internal stakeholders including MxD’s capabilities, equipment, expertise and services to attract research and technology development engagement from universities and research facilities, government agencies, and industry associations.
  • Cultivate relationships with external subject matter experts and partners from industry, academia and government.

 

Business Operations

  • Collaborate with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team to continually rationalize and prioritize all MxD activities to ensure clear alignment with focused product/service offerings that are optimized to satisfy targeted stakeholder needs and that generate financial sustainability for MxD.
  • Develop and implement a scalable impact framework and metrics that will enable MxD to measure and track technical, operational and financial impact for itself and its partners.
  • Support the CEO in delivering value to partners and customers pursuant to the Membership Agreement, Cooperative Agreement, and other such contracts.

 

+ Experience & Skills:

The President will possess and demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • Strategic orientation, execution mindset.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a visionary yet focused mindset.  S/he will possess a comfort with ambiguity and the self-drive to craft a vision and create structure within the ambiguity.  The candidate will effectively prioritize and rationalize opportunities. A reputation for action and follow-through are critical components to success in this role. Successful candidates will have a strong track record in perseverance, execution, and a reputation for rolling up their sleeves to get the job done.
  • Manufacturing and technology experience.  The successful candidate will have 15+ years of direct manufacturing, technology or related advisory experience.  S/he will have a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in engineering or other technical field and a deep interest the applications of digital manufacturing technologies.
  • Customer orientation.  The successful candidate must serve as an evangelist for the organization, able to motivate stakeholders, create excitement, and influence groups.  S/he must have an externally-focused mindset with a history of direct interaction with customers and a network of relationships with manufacturing and technology companies, including the digital manufacturing software vendor ecosystem as well as machine tool vendors.  A network of relationships and experience working with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies is also desired.
  • Team leadership.  The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to set strategy and then motivate his or her team to meet challenging goals, while maintaining high quality service standards and timeline objectives.  S/he will have the ability to command respect through initiative, leadership, and technical competence.
  • Collaboration and influencing skills.  The successful candidate must be able to successfully operate within a matrixed organization with a complex and diverse set of stakeholders from industry, government, and academia.  Importantly, she/he must be a strong communicator and will possess a strong, yet savvy and tactful approach, and a collaborative style.  The individual must understand the key internal and external stakeholders and work with each to achieve the desired results. S/he is highly adept at successfully facilitating both small and large group discussions and leading such discussions to clear outcomes.
  • Driven by change.  The successful candidate will have a track record leading organizations and teams within an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial environment.  Further, s/he will have demonstrated experience leading organizations through significant transformational change and be able to leverage those experiences to work with and motivate partner organizations embarking on digital transformations in manufacturing.

+ How to Apply

  • Please apply online at www.uilabs.org/careers by clicking on the link to the position posting and submitting an application including your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this role and MxD..  Tip: Meeting the qualifications is important, but a great cover letter will set you apart!

+ Work with Us

  • MxD is a results-oriented, lean, collaborative tech organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are hard-working, mission-driven, flexible, and work with a sense of urgency. We hire tech-savvy, committed, self-starters who can think outside the box, and have a strong capacity to learn and adapt to the needs of the organization and role through both skill and grit. All-star employees excel without the help of administrative support, and don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty (figuratively!). Additionally, people who love to solve problems, no matter how big or small, find they are a good fit for MxD.
  • Our state-of-the-art facility, located on Goose Island in Chicago (just north of downtown), features a 24,000-square-foot “future factory” manufacturing testbed and a bustling open-office environment. MxD is a collaborative space, hosting many events for our partners and other prestigious organizations, so being able to engage with staff and visitors in a professional, helpful manner is a must.
  • MxD is a 10-minute walk from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, a 20-minute walk from the Division Blue Line stop, and accessible by a variety of other public transit options; additionally, we have free parking available for employees.

+ Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

  • MxD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse environment in our workplace, our communities, and within the tech industry. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, disability status, economic circumstance, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.  We are unable to sponsor H1B visas at this time. 

 

 

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