Thorlabs is currently seeking applications from scientists holding a doctorate degree in experimental physics or a closely related field to directly lead the efforts of our NPI Marketing Team, which is responsible for crafting web presentations for 1000+ new products being released to Thorlabs’ ecommerce site annually.
With a customer-centric philosophy at the forefront of all decisions, Thorlabs has spent the last 1.5 decades building an industry-leading online resource for our customers. That resource provides an abundance of information, carefully layered to focus on our customers’ needs. As the leader of our NPI marketing efforts, the successful candidate will need to continue that tradition as new technologies are added to our portfolio, which now numbers over 20,000 items.
Candidates for this role should be highly familiar with a wide range of photonics equipment, be able to see linkages between Thorlabs’ product lines, and be able to make significant recommendations for improvement to our product offerings and web functionality. In addition to extensive laboratory experience, the candidate must have strong writing and presentation skills in English, high attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work under tight time constraints.
Members of the NPI Team partner with graphic artists to create marketing collateral. Original product content is written based on information from application specialists, product managers, R&D engineers, and key customers as well as personal experience and research. Hence, successful leadership of this team requires strong collaboration with multiple groups within the organization.
Essential Job Functionsinclude the following, but are not limited to:
Ensures web presentations prepared for new product introduction are of high quality, technically accurate, align with the organization’s brand, and meet release deadlines once all information and inventory are available from the releasing business unit/entity.
As the ultimate “gatekeeper” for product releases, ensures all documentation meets organizational standards prior to release
Ensures proper cross selling across the website for all new products
Generates proposals for organizational changes to the website’s visual navigation necessary for new product introduction (NPI), using Google analytics and sales data to guide decision making.
Obtains data from the sales cube as necessary to answer product-specific questions whose answers influence web placement/updates
Ensures keyword usage is appropriate and leads to strong organic ranking
Partners with internal SEO expert to create Google Ad Campaigns
Works with senior management to minimize scrapping costs during new product introduction
Partners with the Web Team and Business Units as necessary to develop/test configurators and address customer-facing issues
Partners with the Marketing and eCommerce Sales Manager, CEO, Technical Marketing Manager, and Web Programming Manager to identify, develop, and test new tools and features that further enhance the shopping experience on Thorlabs’ website
Identifies projects that will enhance the customer’s buying experience, creates proposals, and executes on those that are approved.
Sets annual goals for NPI marketing team members and facilitates successful completion of those goals
Coaches, supports, develops, and mentors individual employees
Oversees implementation of new product presentations tied to acquisitions as appropriate
Conducts market research as necessary to gain a thorough understanding of how new technologies are furthering the advancement of photonics
Partners with senior management on annual budget
Ability to guide teams, clearly and effectively communicating desired outcomes and addressing issues in a timely fashion
Supports Technical Marketing Team projects via feedback from subject matter experts residing on the NPI Marketing Team
Coordinates projects/outcomes with the Technical Marketing Manager as appropriate
Is fully versed on the Technical Marketer role and contributes directly to deliverables as necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
Extensive hands-on photonics experience
Extensive laboratory experience
Prior marketing experience a plus
Ph.D. in experimental physics or a closely related field
Specialized Knowledge and Skills
Native English language writing skills
Strong organizational skills, planning, skills, and attention to detail.
Ability to multitask, be detail oriented, and solve moderately complex management and technical challenges, all while under tight time constraints
Strong interpersonal/leadership skills
Ability to establish and track appropriate performance metrics
Strong quantitative skills, with an ability to quickly analyze data and act on it
Must be willing to work extended hours as necessary to meet goals/deadlines
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.
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 1800 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.