Job Title:

Manufacturing Manager


ChopValue Manufacturing


Vancouver, BC

ChopValue Manufacturing is a product engineering and design firm motivated to give used chopsticks a second life by creating new jobs in the circular economy. We are a team of makers, designers and engineers who harvest our urban environment for the most under-utilized resources to new value added, innovative products.

We are seeking to grow our team with a permanent, full-time management and leadership position for Precision Manufacturing Manager for Lighting Design. Our ideal candidate has extensive technical expertise in precision prototyping and product development for lighting design fixtures made of natural wooden and non-traditional materials and has experience with go to market strategies of such. As the Precision Manufacturing Manager in the field of Lighting Design, you play a key role in both the Design and Concept team and Production team for processing, building, assembling, and leading the design of lighting products from our innovative material - locally processed and sourced recycled chopsticks. This position will ultimately support our growth plans of expanding our product portfolio and scaling production of lighting products to meet requirements of our largest clients.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the production operations, with a focus on the lighting product portfolio
  • Lead and train existing team on production guidelines and manufacturing for identified applications 
  • Support business and market expansions of commercial lighting through development of new product portfolio (including development of drawings, renderings, animations, plans and templates for scalability across Canadian manufacturing locations)
  • Rapid precision prototyping of new lighting design fixtures adopted to the needs of the North American market 
  • Consult with Product Manager and Sustainability Architect to better understand project scope and client requirements  
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials using woodshop tools including planer, sander, table saw, chop saw, and hand woodworking tools
  • Lead as role model in keeping the shop clean, tidy and clutter free
  • Carry out testing and quality checks throughout production process 
  • Implement changes to machinery, equipment, and production systems to improve and streamline our processes

The Ideal Applicant:

  • Previous joinery, woodworking, carpentry or manufacturing experience working with non-traditional materials
  • 5+ years experience in a management or supervisory role in a manufacturing setting
  • 5+ years experience with lighting design fixtures, specifically with designing bespoke lighting
  • Lighting design and precision prototyping knowledge from conceptualization to implementation including certification and market implementation procedures
  • Education in design is an asset but we are more interested in your background developing your own brand or entrepreneurial experience
  • Has exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Works well with a team, excellent in communicating and delegating tasks
  • Takes initiative and leadership in a team environment, strong sense for taking on responsibilities in a self sufficient and self responsible way

Benefits of Joining:

  • Comprehensive benefits after probation
  • Employment stock option plan for leadership team
  • Opportunity for advancement in your skills and career
  • A friendly, family-like progressive workplace

Chopvalue’s pioneering manufacturing process gives bamboo chopsticks a second life by transforming this unutilized urban waste into beautiful, functional design products. Just as there is diversity in the types of chopsticks we collect, there is diversity in our design, production, and engineering teams. Our commonality lies in our authenticity, curiosity, and dedication to what we feel is a worthwhile endeavour, not just personally but also environmentally and socially. We are looking for enthusiastic people who share those qualities and can overcome whatever challenges they may encounter using reason, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. We might be small in size but, with the right people on our team, our impact can be massive. 

Language: English

Wage: starting salary $72,000 per year, or $34.62 per hour


Please include your resume and cover letter to to let us know how your interests and experience align with ChopValue’s mission and values. 

Job Location:

102 - 358 East Kent Ave South
Vancouver, BC V5X 4N6

Posted 2020-06-02

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