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Project Manager

Department: Program Operations
Location: Chicago, IL

Project Manager
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), UI LABS

+ Work with Us 

UI LABS is 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 UI LABS.

Our state-of-the-art facility, located on Goose Island in Chicago (just north of downtown), features a manufacturing floor, a smart green infrastructure testbed, and a bustling open-office environment. UI LABS 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.

UI LABS 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.

+ About DMDII

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. In partnership with UI Labs and the Department of Defense, DMDII provides factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business.

+ Position Overview

DMDII, the manufacturing lab within UI LABS, is seeking candidates for a Project Manager, reporting to the DMDII Director Projects and Technology to support and work in conjunction with the broader technology projects team.

The DMDII Project Innovation Engineer will assist with the initiation of projects as initiatives emerge from the Strategic Investment Plan and Technology Roadmap and will direct their progress through solicitation, evaluation, selection and award. She/he will oversee project execution for multiple projects and apply a fresh point of view to inspire teams to produce valuable program deliverables on time and on budget.

The Project Innovation Engineer will be responsible for providing technical input into projects and to aid in the development of innovative solutions. She/he will also be responsible for assisting the team in the development and execution of a productization strategy to disseminate and transition project outcomes to the DMDII membership and manufacturing community at large. She/he will need to accommodate the needs of numerous stakeholders while ensuring project execution adheres to Institute standards and remains focused on DMDII’s mission.

The Project Innovation Engineer will also be responsible for understanding all projects within DMDII’s portfolio to find synergies across projects and to match technology development efforts with manufacturer’s needs. He/she will be responsible for using their knowledge of the project portfolio and common manufacturing problems at large to provide technical input into the Institute’s Strategic Investment Plan. He/she will also be asked to present to the manufacturing community and to develop thought leadership pieces that are consistent with DMDII’s mission.

Candidates must excel at communicating and have the necessary skills and technical acumen to make and implement management decisions on multiple projects simultaneously. We are looking for an individual who has managerial skills and leadership, is intelligent, highly motivated, and a hands-on self-starter.

+ Key Responsibilities

  • Provide programmatic oversight of project execution by project teams to ensure projects produce valuable program deliverables
  • Assist project teams in the development and execution of productization strategies
  • Provide technical direction to scope project work through discovery of business requirements
  • Full accountability for end to end project management for a select number of the Institute’s R&D projects
  • Provide consistent and concise verbal and written communications to project teams
  • Develop thought leadership pieces that are consistent with DMDII’s mission
  • Identify synergies within DMDII’s project portfolio and make recommendations
  • Actively participate in the evaluation of technical proposals
  • Assist with generating documents associated with Institute Agreements for project execution, including statements of work (SOW), deliverable tables, integrated master schedules, reporting requirements and intellectual property assertions
  • Provide technical input to project teams on active and completed projects for member engagement and recruitment events and communicate project status information to DMDII leadership

+ Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Software, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing Engineering, or other relevant engineering degree
  • 2-5 years of experience in environmentals relating to design, manufacturing, or supply chain
  • Experience in research and development or product development is a plus
  • Experience with manufacturing processes and machines (e.g. subtractive machining, castings, welding, assembly, CNC machines, CMMs) is a plus
  • Experience in product design and technical data package creation/consumption using CAD and PLM software tools such as Siemens NX, PTC Creo, Solidworks, CATIA, etc. is a plus
  • Capable of effectively communicating technical efforts to individuals at all levels of an organization
  • Candidates must demonstrate business acumen and broad curiosity across diverse disciplines (e.g. public speaking, computer sciences, business courses, etc.)
  • Candidates must have the ability to manage multiple activities and priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Candidates must be self-motivated and have strong leadership skills, including the ability to influence and motivate others
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills; excellent analytical and problem-solving skills along with expert communication and negotiation skills

+ How to Apply

Please apply online at 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 UI LABS.  Tip: Meeting the qualifications is important, but a great cover letter will set you apart!

+ About UI LABS

UI LABS is an innovation accelerator that leverages a network of hundreds of partners from university + industry, along with startups, government, and community groups, to address problems too big for any one organization to solve on its own. Our mission is to transform industries, starting with manufacturing and infrastructure, using digital technologies. We drive value for our partners and help make the U.S. economy and workforce the most productive in the world. UI LABS encompasses the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and City Tech Collaborative.

+ Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

UI LABS 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.

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