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Headwall builds spectral solutions that address important problems across key markets. You will play a hands-on role in defining the vision, prioritizing features, and managing the product roadmaps for solutions. This role will also work closely with engineering, sales, marketing, manufacturing and customers to challenge the boundaries of what’s possible and build product roadmaps, finding new opportunities for growth. You are a key player executing our company strategy to make our spectral products more connected and integrated into our customer’s workflows, directing the lifecycle of our products.

The successful candidate will be highly collaborative, technically savvy, and passionate about delivering impactful user experiences to customers. You will have experience and knowledge in marketing, product launch, pricing strategy, product management and product readiness with strong knowledge of spectroscopy and analytical instrumentation. You will be the subject matter expert for understanding important market trends, competitive environments, and key customers.

Success in this role includes a proven ability to bring products to market, experience in Product Lifecycle Management, ability to work with engineering and sales teams, and an entrepreneurial drive with an innovative mindset. You must be able to transform quantitative and qualitative data from our customers into insights and strategy to drive product development priorities. You will measure product performance, keep your pulse on the customer, and assess functional market tradeoffs. You can break down complex problems into steps that drive product development.

One of the reasons Headwall Photonics consistently brings innovative, world-changing products to market is because of the collaborative work we do across functions. Our team works closely with creative engineers, designers, and marketers to help design and develop technologies that improve product performance and market adoption. We're responsible for guiding products throughout the execution cycle, focusing specifically on analyzing, positioning, packaging, promoting, and tailoring our solutions to our users.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Optics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Life Sciences, Advanced degree preferred.
  • Broad technical competency, with the ability to transform technical content into commercially accessible materials
  • Direct experience developing products for industrial and machine vision customers, such as imaging systems, quality control analytical devices, in-line inspection systems, or image processing software.
  • Experience managing day-to-day technical and design direction
  • Knowledge of multiple functional areas such as Product Management, Engineering, Sales, Customer Support, Finance and Marketing
  • Ability to influence multiple stakeholders
  • 6-10+ years of experience creating strategic product roadmap(s) from conception to launch and working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience driving the full lifecycle of the product: product vision, go-to-market strategy, and design discussions
  • Demonstrated experience with data driven decision making, including competence with market intelligence, competitive assessment, revenue analysis, and usage metrics
  • Demonstrated ability to translate market and user needs into technical user
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to influence multi-disciplinary teams and develop strong partnerships across functions to drive measurable operational
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment with high degree of autonomy and accountability
  • Ideal candidate is a collaborative, detail oriented, competitive individual who strives to deliver the highest quality products

Responsibilities

  • Externally and internally defines, enhances and communicates company position through presentation that includes an understanding of markets, competition, and user requirements
  • Responsible for launch of new products and features
  • Work collaboratively with engineering, marketing, sales and customers on leading edge technology
  • Develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s hardest problems by collaborating as needed across regions, product areas, and functions
  • Leverage industry relationships as well as market and technology trends to inform product definition and share with working teams and business units
  • Define and clearly communicate product roadmaps, KPIs, and measures of product success to stakeholders
  • Support product innovation by analyzing usage metrics and continuously improving upon the user experience and product releases
  • Capture and prioritize product requirements using customer research, voice of customer and usage metrics
  • Set business goals for product and identify how you will measure them. Ensure success criteria is clearly defined and instrumented
  • Distill requirements into features and user stories consumable by development team
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment with high degree of accountability
  • Ability to communicate and influence multi-disciplinary teams; developing strong partnerships across functions to drive measurable operational results

Working at Headwall Photonics

Nothing matters more to Headwall Photonics than teamwork built upon our strong ethical and safety commitments. Given product work with the US government agencies and departments, US Citizenship status and Green Cards in the US are required.

Headwall Photonics is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. See also Headwall Photonics' EEO Policy and EEO is the Law.

Headwall builds spectral solutions that address important problems across key markets. You will play a hands-on role in defining the vision, prioritizing features, and managing the product roadmaps for solutions. This role will also work closely with engineering, sales, marketing, manufacturing and customers to challenge the boundaries of what’s possible and build product roadmaps, finding new opportunities for growth. You are a key player executing our company strategy to make our spectral products more connected and integrated into our customer’s workflows, directing the lifecycle of our products.

The successful candidate will be highly collaborative, technically savvy, and passionate about delivering impactful user experiences to customers. You will have experience and knowledge in marketing, product launch, pricing strategy, product management and product readiness with strong knowledge of spectroscopy and analytical instrumentation. You will be the subject matter expert for understanding important market trends, competitive environments, and key customers.

Success in this role includes a proven ability to bring products to market, experience in Product Lifecycle Management, ability to work with engineering and sales teams, and an entrepreneurial drive with an innovative mindset. You must be able to transform quantitative and qualitative data from our customers into insights and strategy to drive product development priorities. You will measure product performance, keep your pulse on the customer, and assess functional market tradeoffs. You can break down complex problems into steps that drive product development.

One of the reasons Headwall Photonics consistently brings innovative, world-changing products to market is because of the collaborative work we do across functions. Our team works closely with creative engineers, designers, and marketers to help design and develop technologies that improve product performance and market adoption. We're responsible for guiding products throughout the execution cycle, focusing specifically on analyzing, positioning, packaging, promoting, and tailoring our solutions to our users.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Optics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Life Sciences, Advanced degree preferred.
  • Broad technical competency, with the ability to transform technical content into commercially accessible materials
  • Direct experience developing products for remote sensing markets, such as imaging systems, unmanned aircraft, geospatial systems, or image processing software.
  • Experience managing day-to-day technical and design direction
  • Knowledge of multiple functional areas such as Product Management, Engineering, Sales, Customer Support, Finance and Marketing
  • Ability to influence multiple stakeholders
  • 6-10+ years of experience creating strategic product roadmap(s) from conception to launch and working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience driving the full lifecycle of the product: product vision, go-to-market strategy, and design discussions
  • Demonstrated experience with data driven decision making, including competence with market intelligence, competitive assessment, revenue analysis, and usage metrics
  • Demonstrated ability to translate market and user needs into technical user
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to influence multi-disciplinary teams and develop strong partnerships across functions to drive measurable operational
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment with high degree of autonomy and accountability
  • Ideal candidate is a collaborative, detail oriented, competitive individual who strives to deliver the highest quality products

Responsibilities

  • Externally and internally defines, enhances and communicates company position through presentation that includes an understanding of markets, competition, and user requirements
  • Responsible for launch of new products and features
  • Work collaboratively with engineering, marketing, sales and customers on leading edge technology
  • Develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s hardest problems by collaborating as needed across regions, product areas, and functions
  • Leverage industry relationships as well as market and technology trends to inform product definition and share with working teams and business units
  • Define and clearly communicate product roadmaps, KPIs, and measures of product success to stakeholders
  • Support product innovation by analyzing usage metrics and continuously improving upon the user experience and product releases
  • Capture and prioritize product requirements using customer research, voice of customer and usage metrics
  • Set business goals for product and identify how you will measure them. Ensure success criteria is clearly defined and instrumented
  • Distill requirements into features and user stories consumable by development team
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment with high degree of accountability
  • Ability to communicate and influence multi-disciplinary teams; developing strong partnerships across functions to drive measurable operational results

Working at Headwall Photonics

Nothing matters more to Headwall Photonics than teamwork built upon our strong ethical and safety commitments. Given product work with the US government agencies and departments, US Citizenship status and Green Cards in the US are required.

Headwall Photonics is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. See also Headwall Photonics' EEO Policy and EEO is the Law.

Headwall designs and manufactures unique spectral imaging instruments, software, and solutions with unparalleled capabilities to acquire and exploit spectral data across the electromagnetic spectrum. Our spectral and analytical technology is used throughout four main markets: remote sensing, machine vision, medical-biotech, and government/defense. With brand leadership and expertise in managing reflected light technologies, the team at Headwall dedicates themselves to improving our designs and processes for the benefit of communities and organizations around the world. From manufacturing food inspection sensors to satellite payloads for earth observation to imaging devices for tumor detection, Headwall is proud of the positive impact our work has on the global stage.

The Director of Manufacturing & Operations leads global operations including multiple manufacturing sites in the areas of lasers, optics, photonics, electronics, machine vision, motion control, vibration control, and opto-mechanics technologies.

The position includes responsibility for lean/efficient management of Production, Manufacturing and Test Engineering, ISO quality programs, and Supply Chain management. As a member of the senior management team, the position will require skills and experience in profitably scaling production operations in a growth environment requiring development of production budgets, staffing and hiring plans and capital expenditures. Implementing continuous improvement through Kaizen approaches and value stream analysis to drive greater profitability is a critical aspect of job responsibilities.

Reporting to the CEO, responsibility includes team engagement to drive customer satisfaction throughout the organization while ensuring safety, quality, delivery, productivity and profitability, and effectively partnering with other functions in the value chain.

Critical Skills
  • Strategic planning of production operations and manufacturing leadership
  • Lean manufacturing and process efficiency improvement
  • Optical & analytical instrument knowledge
  • Supply chain management
  • Quality-based management
Operations Leadership
  • Develop and design best-in-class Operations processes and procedures based on expert understanding and relevant industry experience; drive culture supporting the innovation of new techniques, approaches, and skills
  • Foster a process-driven culture of continuous improvement. Cultivate a problem-solving mindset at all levels of the organization to drive efficiency and gross margin improvements across the product lines.
  • Develop strategy and administer budgets, plans and performance requirements linked to meeting manufacturing volume, quality, delivery, cost targets and safety expectations.
  • Drive a cohesive approach in each aspect of operations across a multi-site footprint, ensuring customer experience is consistent.
  • Lead adherence to existing quality standards while further strengthening Headwall production and quality systems.
  • Support customer demand in a high mix environment by applying planning processes to anticipate demand and level-load production schedules and materials flow.
Continuous Improvement
  • Partner cross-functionally (Sales, Engineering, Finance) consistently, and at the front-line level, to improve quality and productivity, reduce waste and standardize processes.
  • Drive daily management as a team-based, visual process applied consistently at each point of impact to ensure process discipline and drive improvements. When off-track, hold self and team accountable to apply problem solving and appropriate action.
  • Work with Engineering managers and teams to maximize production uptime and efficiency, including supporting efficiency projects based on product/price variance goals (PPV).
  • Maintain a Kaizen event funnel focusing on the most important opportunities and problems in our business, as driven by our strategic plan and performance versus KPI’s. Champion Kaizen work cross-functionally and drive commitment to sustaining improvements.
Supply Chain & Procurement
  • Manage procurement processes and tools to reduce supply-chain risk to customer delivery expectations
  • Work with Supply Chain professionals to consistently deliver year-over-year savings on direct & indirect spend; maximize material availability to ensure high levels of productivity and customer service via on-time delivery; reduce excess inventory to improve working capital turns and maximize effective use of physical space
Strategic Insight
  • Define manufacturing operations role in enabling previously unobtainable insights – along with engineering and sales and strategic programs supporting the implementation of breakthrough product innovation, while providing instruments with the highest field reliability, accuracy and stability, and delivering to customers when they expect
  • Collaborate and benchmark across to identify innovative solutions and implementation best practices, to address challenges and opportunities for operational competitive advantage
  • Provide Operations input to business decisions and keep company leadership apprised of expected changes to the Operations landscape affecting business performance and core value drivers
  • Represent Operations perspective through acquisition diligence and integration, ensuring performance to established commitments
Responsibilities
  • Coordinates, manages, and directs personnel, and activities to ensure organizational goals (on time delivery, out of box quality, efficiency, financial, inventory turns) are achieved
  • Ensures efficient and cost-effective operations
  • Participates in the strategic planning for the organization, as it relates to the Operations and the implementation of strategic goals and objectives
  • Develop, administer and maintain continuous improvement methodologies throughout all production facilities
  • Ensures that production budgets including capital, schedules, and performance standards are realistically set and attained
  • Promoting growth by driving strategies such as factory consolidation and new product introduction
  • Driving an innovative team focused on leading edge manufacturing process technology
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of Operations, overseeing that work is accomplished and that it is consistent with corporate policies and objectives
  • Oversee that the inventory management is consistent with sales, cash flow and financial goals
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned by the CEO
Requirements & Qualifications
  • BS in engineering or related scientific discipline, MS or advanced degree preferred
  • Experience in the Laser, Optics and photonics industry preferred
  • US Citizen or Green Card status
  • APICS certification (CPIM) preferred
  • Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma principles and tools; Demand Flow Technology (DFT), VSM, flow design, Kanban, cycle time, Takt Time, line balancing, constraint theory, Kaizen, 6S, DFT, and CpK. Application of Lean Manufacturing techniques; Six Sigma; Root Cause & Corrective Action (RCCA)
  • P&L experience required
  • Risk identification, mitigation and management
  • People development and performance management and ability to direct and coordinate activities of others, to take decisive action appropriate to the situation and business plan
  • Ability to develop presentations, present to audience; group training or status to senior level managers, excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Material and labor quoting
  • Applies knowledge to resolve unprecedented problems or issues
  • Manufacturing requirements planning
  • Develop staffing plans and supporting overhead budgets. Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Experience with ERP systems (MAX preferred)

Critical Competencies

  • Strong executive and customer presence
  • Strategic and hands-on orientation with team
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize key points and prioritize on a real time basis
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong relationships and influence with different stakeholder and employee groups
  • High ethics and integrity, and a non-compromising safety orientation
  • Strong managerial courage and an ability to make tough decision

The Senior Program Manager will lead the Program Management Group within the Headwall R&D team which is advancing the field of hyperspectral imaging by providing components, software, systems, and fully integrated solutions to our customers in the machine vision, remote sensing, and OEM business segments. The Senior Program Manager will lead teams to complete projects that span across one or more functional groups in a matrix fashion. They will manage resources, schedules, and documentation and adhere to stage gate quality and control guidelines throughout the full project life cycle. This also includes management of issues, risks, and project change requests to ensure successful and on-time project delivery.

The candidate must have a proven ability to understand complex problems and requirements as described by customers, product line managers, and scientific and engineering staff. The candidate must also demonstrate confidence and poise in reporting to senior company management as well as external partners. Due to export restrictions, the candidate must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

• Manage a portfolio of complex engineering projects that span one or multiple functional groups with asynchronous timelines.
• Prepare statements of work, resource demand estimates, and a detailed project plans for all phases of the projects.
• Lead project teams in the preparation of requirements, cost estimates and schedules for interdisciplinary engineering tasks.
• Provide status reporting on project milestones, deliverables, dependencies, risks, and issues, communicating to company leadership.
• Prepare for and lead comprehensive engineering design reviews.
• Supervise and mentor the growing program management team.
• Champion the program management function within the company and build a culture of efficiency and accountability.
• Work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment demonstrating teamwork, innovation, and excellence.
• Meet deadlines, sustain superior personal task management, and deliver consistent high performance.
• Occasionally travel to customer sites for project reviews, system integration and test, and end-user training.

Required Skillsets:

• Ability to formally organize and manage technical development projects, i.e. creating requirements, specifications, statements or work, work breakdown structures, risk analyses, schedules, and reports.
• Superior oral and written communication skills.

Desired Skillsets:

• Experience working with imaging, cameras, or similar real time sensors.
• Experience working with hardware calibration, test, and automation.
• Proficiency in failure analysis methodology and design for cost/ reliability/ manufacturability.

Experience & Education:

• Technically competent with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Planner) and Microsoft Project (or equivalent).
• Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or the physical sciences (or equivalent experience).
• 5+ years of project management experience, including tracking and planning projects.
• 3+ years of experience with full product life cycle with understanding of development life cycle and various technology methodologies that support that life cycle.
• Formal training in project management is highly desired.
• Advanced training and/or a degree in engineering management is also a plus.

The Software Engineering Manager will lead the Headwall software development team which is advancing the field of hyperspectral imaging by providing easy-to-use data collection, image processing, sensor fusion, and machine learning tools to our customers. The successful candidate will have significant opportunities for career growth in the development of scientific and mathematical software applications and algorithms. This includes video processing, test development platforms, UAV and Airborne image manipulation (including geo-location and orthorectification processes), industrial machine vision, and many other applications.

The Software Engineering Manager will primarily direct the software group activities and resources for releasing new software packages complying with requirements defined by the product roadmap. Other duties include supervising and mentoring the software engineering team as well as interfacing with company management to communicate progress and propose solutions to achieve strategic goals. The candidate must have a proven ability to understand complex problems and requirements as described by customers, product line managers, and scientific and engineering staff. Due to export restrictions, the candidate must be a US Citizen.

Roles & Responsibilities:

• Be responsible for efficient and timely completion of corporate software goals.
• Lead the specification, design, development, and documentation of code for new product development as well as existing products.
• Supervise the software engineering team to achieve rigorous project plans, execution of tasks, design review, and completion of software products.
• Create, review and debug code for stand-alone applications and larger collaborative systems.
• Author the software technology roadmap and deliver on technological milestones as well as software product point releases.
• Engage and interface with Product Management resources for product definition.
• Support automated build process, testing, and QA/QC.
• Lead project teams in the preparation of requirements, cost estimates and schedules.
• Prepare for, and participate in, comprehensive engineering design reviews.
• Contribute to manufacturing and quality assurance applications and support the manufacturing team in pilot builds and troubleshooting during production.
• Meet deadlines, sustain superior personal task management, and deliver consistent high performance.
• Occasional travel to customer sites for equipment integration and training

Required Skillsets:

• Proven experience in the design and development of software solutions to complex problems.
• Proficiency with Scrum methodology.
• Superior oral and written communication skills.
• Proficiency in Object Oriented Programming in C++.
• Knowledge of QT and QWT frameworks.
• Knowledge of user interface design and implementation.
• Experience with multi-threaded / multi-process applications in Windows and/or Linux OS.
• Knowledge of linear algebra and numerical methods used to process data.

Desired Skillsets:

• Experience working with imaging, cameras, or similar real time sensors.
• Experience working with hardware calibration, test, and automation.
• Knowledge of SQL databases.
• Experience with MATLAB or Python.
• Experience with machine learning languages, libraries, or other related toolkits (OpenCV).
• Experience with image or spectroscopic classification algorithms (supervised or unsupervised).
• Experience with git version control system and Atlassian tools.
• Experience with automated build and testing toolsets.
• Proficiency in failure analysis methodology and design for cost/ reliability/ manufacturability

Experience and Education:

• 10+ years of experience in bringing software solutions from concept to released product.
• Experience in execution of engineering documentation, from design reviews and requirements documents to failure analysis and risk mitigation.
• Experience using change control and formal documentation release processes.
• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or a closely related field.
• Advanced training and/or a degree in engineering management is also a plus.

The Software Program Manager will join the Headwall's Software Development Team which is advancing the field of hyperspectral imaging by providing easy-to-use data collection, image processing, sensor fusion, and machine learning tools to our customers. The successful candidate will have significant opportunities for career growth in the development of scientific and mathematical software applications and algorithms. This includes video processing, test development platforms, UAV and Airborne image manipulation (including geo-location and orthorectification processes), industrial machine vision, and many other applications.

The Software Program Manager will primarily manage projects and resources for efforts involving external consulting partners. The candidate must have a proven ability to understand complex problems and requirements as described by customers, product line managers, and scientific and engineering staff. Due to export restrictions, the candidate must be a US Citizen.

Roles & Responsibilities:

• Lead the specification, design, development, and documentation of code for new product development as well as existing products.
• Supervise the work of contractors and external software development firms to achieve rigorous project plans, execution of tasks, design review, and completion of software products.
• Review and revise code for stand-alone applications and larger collaborative systems.
• Support automated build process, testing, and QA/QC.
• Lead project teams in the preparation of requirements, cost estimates and schedules.
• Prepare for, and participate in, comprehensive engineering design reviews.
• Contribute to manufacturing and quality assurance applications, and support the manufacturing team in pilot builds and troubleshooting during production.
• Meet deadlines, sustain superior personal task management, and deliver consistent high performance.
• Occasionally travel to customer sites for equipment integration and training.

Required Skillsets:

• Proven experience in the design and development of software solutions to complex problems.
• Ability to formally organize and manage technical development projects, i.e. creating work breakdown structures, schedules, and reports.
• Proficiency with Scrum methodology.
• Superior oral and written communication skills.
• Proficiency in Object Oriented Programming in C++.
• Knowledge of user interface design and implementation.
• Experience with multi-threaded / multi-process applications in Windows and/or Linux OS.
• Knowledge of linear algebra and numerical methods used to process data.

Desired Skillsets:

• Knowledge of QT and QWT frameworks.
• Experience working with imaging, cameras, or similar real time sensors.
• Experience working with hardware calibration, test, and automation.
• Knowledge of SQL databases.
• Experience with MATLAB or Python.
• Experience with machine learning languages, libraries, or other related toolkits (OpenCV).
• Experience with image or spectroscopic classification algorithms (supervised or unsupervised).
• Experience with git version control system and Atlassian tools.
• Experience with automated build and testing toolsets.
• Proficiency in failure analysis methodology and design for cost/ reliability/ manufacturability.
Experience and Education:
• 5+ years of experience in bringing software solutions from concept to released product.
• Experience in execution of engineering documentation, from design reviews and requirements documents to failure analysis and risk mitigation.
• Experience using change control and formal documentation release processes.
• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or a closely related field.
• Formal training in project management is highly desired.
• Advanced training and/or a degree in engineering management is also a plus.

Headwall is looking for a motivated individual to join our Gratings production team at our Fitchburg, Massachusetts, facility. This position is primarily responsible for ensuring quality of our optical components, which includes incoming inspection of our optical substrates and final testing of our gratings.

Responsibilities:

  • Testing of product with Zygo interferometers, roughness tools, and other laser based testing tools
  • Inspect for scratch/dig criteria and other surface quality specifications using microscope
  • Support glass handling, cleaning, and inspection operations
  • Communicate quality or compliance concerns with urgency
  • Develop and maintain inspection reports
  • Collate data and report on trends and anomalies
  • Ensure compliance to federal and state laws, as well as company standards and specifications
  • Perform inspections across all stages of production
  • Identify areas for quality and process improvement
  • Provide support to the coating lab: clean room housekeeping, data collection 
  • Completes work order documentation describing jobs performed and enters time spent for each job promptly
  • Maintain clean equipment and work area in line with a lean manufacturing operation

Essential Duties:

  • Ability to work in clean room environment 
  • Mentor other technicians in the quality and continuous improvement processes
  • Apply basic mathematic knowledge to manufacturing process
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Familiarity with Lean manufacturing preferred
  • Proficiency with math skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience/Education:

  • Technical high school and/or associates degree in manufacturing process, optics, fabrication, math and sciences or related experience

Headwall is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. We are an official Affirmative Action Program employer. Headwall encourages any United States citizen and others who are authorized to work in the United States to apply for these positions. No agencies, please.

To apply, send an e-mail to jobs@headwallphotonics.com and reference your position of interest in the subject line.