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Product Line Manager (Motion Control)

Thorlabs, Inc., Newton, NJ, United States
Employer Description

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over Approximately 2,300 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

Job Description

The Product Line Manager (Motion Control) is a member of the Office of CTO and is responsible for growing Thorlabs footprint in the Motion Control market. Therefore, the PLM in close collaboration with Motion Control Steering Committee and the CTO manages the combined development roadmap of Thorlabs’ Motion Control products in People Republic China, UK and US Mechanical Business Unit. Will be responsible for further explore ways to increase revenue of existing products through traditional marketing activities as well as the conversion of significant OEM/specials opportunities by facilitating a close collaboration between engineering/manufacturing groups and the customer. The PLM also reports critical KPIs to the executive team.

Hybrid work schedule in any of our offices which would include NJ, MD, VA, CO, or CA.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining a clear overview of Thorlabs Motion Control product offering and how we are positioned in the market.
  • Develop an extensive knowledge of Thorlabs design and production capabilities as well as production capacities and ability to scale when needed.
  • Collaborate with marketing to design and improve e-commerce presence and effectiveness e.g. through better, and self-consistent content and industry accepted specification, application notes or SM presence.
  • Conduct independent or in collaboration with the OCTO or the BI team market research and analysis to identify potential growth areas and gaps in the portfolio to support Steering Committee decision making.
  • Keeps themselves abreast of new technologies and applications.
  • Regular collaboration with customer facing teams to identify opportunities related to Motion Control including joint customer visits.
  • Represent Thorlabs in Select Business Development and Acquisition Opportunities
  • Manage Tradeshow activities around MC.
  • Monitor and track motion control KPI:
    • New product releases schedules
    • R&D investments
    • Revenue & Margins
    • Quality
  • Participate in steering committee meetings. Voting member for 1st approval.
  • Project Management of Collaborations Between MC and Non-MC BUs/Entities


*The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.



Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.


Job Requirements



  • 5 + years of experience in a MC business, either as engineering manager, sales or marketing manager, or product line manager
  • Experienced with research tools like PowerBI, Sales Cubes, CRM


  • MS, PhD, or Equivalent Experience in an engineering discipline, physics, or photonics
    • robotics or mechatronics preferred.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong technical knowledge of assigned products
  • Strong business acumen
  • Strong communication proficiency.
  • Demonstrated experience in a customer centric environment
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Strong sense of confidentiality & ethical conduct
  • Strong planning/organizational Skills
  • Strong strategic thinking skills
  • Strong technical knowledge of assigned products


  • Willingness to travel up to 25%



08 September 2023
08 October 2023
Masters Degree
Manager / Supervisor
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors