Advanced Manufacturing Project Manager

Job Posted: 9/30/2021

In its role as the Statewide Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center, Polaris MEP seeks to hire a Advanced Manufacturing Project Manager with automation and technology experience.

Polaris MEP, a division of URI Research Foundation and an affiliate of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network, guides Rhode Island manufacturers to sustainable growth, innovative technology strategies and cost-efficient operations.

Polaris MEP serves small to medium sized manufacturers (SMMs) by making connections and introductions to the appropriate resources and programs available to assist in their growth through a variety of programs and activities.

The Advanced Manufacturing Project Manager will connect with RI manufacturers to

– assist with the identification of use of robotics and other advanced manufacturing technologies to meet SMMs’ productivity and supply chain needs,

– by connecting them with public, university, and private resources.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage with small and medium sized manufacturing companies (SMMs) in Rhode Island with a focus on implementation of advanced manufacturing technology particularly automation and additive manufacturing.
    • Prospect, qualify, close and/or manage clients to generate revenues pursuant to the Center’s earnings goals.
    • Participate in sales calls, perform client assessments, develop training roadmaps, and write proposed service agreements as part of client engagement process.
    • Provide training virtually, in classroom and hands-on settings to client company ownership and staff.
    • Follow up with clients and measure results and satisfaction of services delivered.
    • Complete project impact statements, case studies, and customer follow-up, as necessary.
  • Encourage the use of advanced manufacturing technology and educate our small – medium manufacturing companies.
    • In collaboration with the marketing team, conduct outreach (webinars, one-on-one meetings, presentations) to promote awareness of current technology, resources, and R&D.
    • Represent Polaris MEP at events.
  • Participate in the development of new training curriculum and service delivery options.
    • Maintain awareness of the latest enhancements and developments in key advanced robotics technologies, processes, and enablers.
    • Identify trends, industry drivers, and technology gaps across manufacturers in the northeast.
    • Assist in MEP robotics and automation service development including ideation, research, feasibility, development, assessment, validation, deployment, and transition.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the operation and success of Polaris MEP.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain, or Engineering. A Master’s degree in the appropriate discipline and a relevant experience will be considered competitive but is not required.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience across a broad range of automation or advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • Strong understanding of product development, product and manufacturing engineering, advanced manufacturing, supply chain management, and procurement.
  • Broad knowledge of business strategy, business development, marketing, solution selling either outside or internal organization business development.
  • Project management skills including coordination, team development, scheduling, budgeting, and tracking results. Ability to be proactive in anticipating problems, solving problems, and developing contingencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, articulate and effectively pioneer programs with minimal direct supervision.
  • Proven ability to build trust and maintain effective working relationships with internal employees, clients, partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft productivity tools and Salesforce recommended.
  • Previous consulting experience strongly preferred.


Polaris MEP follows safe COVID practices and is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].



Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge and URI Research Foundation are committed to creating a diverse environment built on respect for all. We are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.

No persons will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other protected characteristic.

We are committed to the fulfillment of this principle by employing individuals based upon job-related criteria including education, experience and skills.

Each employee is expected to support and carry out this policy fully in all their relations with present and prospective employees and in any dealings they may have with others as a representative of Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge or URI Research Foundation. In fulfilling our commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse environment, URI Ventures and its business units will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

Our Vision

Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge and the URI Research Foundation together have a clear vision: to be a community in which a diverse mix of talented people come together to make a lasting difference. Our success comes only through the dedication of our employees and thoughtful, creative collaboration. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.