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MKS Instruments Inc Business Unit/General Manager in Franklin, Massachusetts

Spectra-Physics, Ophir, Newport and ESI are brands within the MKS Instruments Photonics Solutions division. We provide a full range of solutions including lasers for precision industrial and scientific research applications, laser and LED measurement, beam profiling, precision motion control, optical tables and vibration isolation systems, photonics instruments, temperature sensing, opto-mechanical components, optical elements, and systems for flexible PCB laser processing, high-speed MLCC testing, and CO2-laser-based systems HDI PCB and IC substrate manufacturing. MKS Photonics Solutions enhance our customers’ capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, advanced electronics and specialty industrial markets.

We have an excellent opportunity for someone like you to join our innovative leadership team as site leader for our Rochester, NY and Franklin, MA facilities. As General Manager, you will report to the Vice President and General Manager of the Optical Solutions Business. What makes this role exciting is that you will be vital to the success of the team and the business. You will accomplish this success through financial performance, business and technical interface to key OEM customers, repeat OEM design wins and/or product life cycle management, sustained engineering and product management as well as quality, reliability and customer satisfaction.

What you will do is:

  • Set and implement the overall business strategy, with the objective of improving both market share and profitability. This includes meeting corporate objectives for profitability and growth and responsibility for the Optical Components Business P&L

  • Own Optical Components product lines, including filters, gratings and mirrors

  • Lead the Business Unit consisting of Product Management, Business Development, Design and Engineering to support legacy products and to develop new solutions, and partner with Operations to transfer products to production

  • Meet & exceed customer expectations for product performance, including quality and reliability, logistic, technology, costs and sustainability

  • Meet & exceed customer expectations for continual reduction in cost of ownership

  • Maintain exceptional knowledge of customer needs, which in some cases requires diligent relationships with OEM equipment design authorities

What you will bring to the role and to our team are the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Engineering is required, but an advanced technical degree and/or MBA is desirable

  • 15+ years of experience with optical component manufacturing and/or optical design, engineering and manufacturing

  • 5+ years of P&L responsibility

  • Exceptional leadership and communications skills; extensive experience interacting with customers and within cross-functional or matrix organizations

  • Travel approximately 15%-20% including international

  • Position located in either Rochester, NY or Franklin, MA.

    Salary Pay Range: $168,000. TO $312,000. per year. This range is a good faith estimate of the expected salary range for this position, based on a wide range of factors including qualifications, experience and training, operational and business needs and other considerations permitted by law.  At MKS, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for the role.

    MKS is an equal opportunity employer, including disability, veteran status and all categories protected by law. Please review our EOE statements for additional details.


    Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds. However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.” “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.

    MKS Instruments, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries (“MKS”) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer: diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We win as a team and are committed to recruiting and hiring qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), religion, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability or handicap, marital status, membership in the uniformed services, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law. Hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications and business needs. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with applicable law and company policies. MKS is generally only hiring candidates who reside in states where we are registered to do business.

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Work, job, career.Similar words that can have very different meanings when you join the right company with outstanding people.And that company is MKS Instruments. Our vision is to enable the technologies that transform our world. Our people are the reason we continue to be one of the fastest-growing companies, - an innovation leader and trusted partner pushing the boundaries of possibility.

Consider us if you are seeking a place to learn, grow and be a part of the next generation of technical expansion.

So are we at MKS. Our collective curiosity drives us to be an innovation leader in many industries. Our products drive technology advancements across a wide range of applications such as 5G, augmented/virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, clean drinking water and space exploration. We are a team of collaborators who value fresh thinking and believe in mutual respect, constructive candor, diversity and inclusion. As a valued and trusted partner to our customers, we are continually pushing the boundaries of possibility. We believe in creating technology that transforms our world and are looking for like-minded individuals to join our team. If this is appealing to you, we want to meet you.