Operations Manager

PHIX Photonics Assembly in Enschede, The Netherlands, is looking for an Operations Manager to take responsibility for the entire production process of components and modules based on photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

Company profile

PHIX is a world leading foundry for packaging and assembly of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). We supply customized PIC-based components and modules to OEM customers and system integrators in scalable production volumes.

We believe that early involvement is critical to come to the best results and therefore PHIX is also offering engineering support in the product design phase to ensure the manufacturability of the PIC based modules. PHIX is a start-up company and started operations in July 2018. Further information on our website

Job description

As Operations Manager you are responsible for the entire production process of the PIC based components and modules, from production planning until final product quality. In addition, you are also responsible for lab and equipment management and you are managing the transfer of projects from the engineering phase into the production phase. Since we are a new and young company, we are on a steep continuous improvement curve and the Operations Manager will play a vital role in this process. You will report to the COO and your main tasks and responsibilities are:

  • Responsible for entire production process, from planning to final quality inspection
  • Responsible for logistics of incoming material and outgoing products
  • Responsible for lab and equipment management (new equipment introduction and maintenance plans)
  • Define and realize production and quality documentation
  • Define and implement business processes for production, logistics and quality
  • Define and implement plans for continuous improvement
  • Manage the operational team (currently 4 people and growing with organization)

Professional requirements

  • BSc. or MSc. degree in a technical direction
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in an engineering and production environment
  • Experience in applying 6 Sigma tools
  • Practical and pragmatic approach
  • Capable of working independently
  • Good personal organization and good reporting and documentation skills


  • Fluency in English
  • Dutch or willing to learn to speak Dutch

What we offer you

  • A position in the new area of photonic IC packaging, a vibrant area with many exciting challenges and developments.
  • An opportunity to develop PHIX, together with us, into a market leader in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment.
  • A talented and very diverse group of passionate people working in an open culture.
  • A challenging position with plenty of room for own initiatives and professional development.
  • A competitive set of employment terms.

Are you interested?

Please send your motivation letter and resume to: Joost van Kerkhof (, COO