[Gasification] Job Opp: Director of Manufacturing Operations, ALL Power Labs, GEK Gasifier

jim mason jim at allpowerlabs.org
Wed Sep 21 06:12:56 CDT 2011


thank you for the note.  the problem has not been getting candidates
applying.  it is trying to find someone in possession of both the needed
skills, as well as a cultural fit with the organization.  this is not a
typical line manager need.  things are somewhat unusual around our place.
we had over 100 apps in the previous round.  we got about 30 today on the
start of this round.  most come from craigslist, but some propagate out from
more topic related lists and forums.  we get all types.   the applications
are always really interesting to read.

in general, this is a really important position for us so we're taking our
time.  you are encouraged to fwd it to others who might know others who,

yes, it is really 3 or more positions, but such is the case with a startup.
 in the earlier stages a single individual usually plays many roles that
will later be divided into multiple positions.  and things are usually
overwhelming as a result.  this is why only the young and foolish attempt
startups.  the grey hairs know better and wait until things have settled
down a bit . . . ;-)

do stop by if you can.   we learn a tremendous amount from those who have
come before us and have experience in these areas.  there will be another
workshop some time this fall.


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 9:30 PM, Pete & Sheri <spaco at baldwin-telecom.net>wrote:

> I retired from 3M’s hardware and electronics support division (HESD) 15
> years ago.  I know at least 10 guys who could do this job, but, like me,
> they are retired too.  Most of them live in other places on this earth.  If
> I lived close to you, I’d consider applying for the job just for the fun of
> it.  Most of the guys I worked with had most of the qualifications to one
> degree or another, but I think you’d need about 3 people to do all you ask
> for in just one individual.  Maybe that’s why you aren’t swamped with
> candidates.   ****
>   Methods Engineer****
> Purchasing Agent****
> Project Manager****
> And more.****
>   I’d love to have an extended coffee break chat with you on this subject
> some time.****
> ** **
> I think I remember a salary or salary range attached to an earlier post you
> made on the gasification list.  I don’t remember the number, but I don’t
> think it was high enough to attract the kind of person you are searching
> for.  Maybe, as manufacturing gets worse in the USA, you will find someone.
>  You need someone with a little gray hair to be “deep” in all those areas.
> ****
> ** **
> Every time you post a workshop date, I hold my breath, waiting for a
> non-conflicting  selection, but so far, no luck for me.  Sooner or later, we
> will match up.   Problem is that my wife and I demonstrate blacksmithing and
> wool spinning together a  lot on  weekends and are involved in several
> metalworking  groups, etc..****
> ** **
> I would think that there would be plenty of candidates right around silicon
> valley.  Maybe they are all in school getting their MBA’s so they can run
> the company instead of working within it.  (Sorry about that)****
> ** **
> Pete Stanaitis****
> ----------------****
> ** **
> *From:* gasification-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org [mailto:
> gasification-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org] *On Behalf Of *jim mason
> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:44 PM
> *To:* gasification at bioenergylists.org
> *Subject:* [Gasification] Job Opp: Director of Manufacturing Operations,
> ALL Power Labs, GEK Gasifier****
> ** **
> We are still searching for the perfect candidate for this position.  Maybe
> it is you.  Maybe you can point us to him or her.  Or maybe you have a list,
> forum, twitter account or some other venue to repost which might help to
> surface the right candidate.  Any input and/or fwds are greatly appreciated.
>  jim
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ****
> ** **
> ALL Power Labs is looking for a manufacturing operations expert to create
> and manage the next stage of our production solution. We are fast outgrowing
> our current DIY based methods, and need to quickly implement a more
> scalable, higher volume solution. This will require deep skills across
> international supply chain management, multi-discipline production
> processes, fast design-to-market iteration, and the information systems that
> make them possible. ****
> ** **
> Our core product is now as complex as a small car.  This position requires
> skills across a wide set of industries including sheet and cast metalwork,
> powertrain, electronics, and finishes.****
> *************************************************
> ALL Power Labs is a Berkeley, CA based start-up specializing in biomass
> gasification equipment for small-scale, distributed power generation. In
> APL's 3 short years over 300 gasifiers have shipped to over 40 different
> countries and 50 universities and research institutions.
> You can find more information on our website: http://www.gekgasifier.com.
> *************************************************
> Position Objective:
> Manage the daily operation of APL's current in-house production method
> while working with our team to:
> a) Establish new partners and processes for our supply chain
> b) Improve and create systems for inventory control, product version
> control, and financial reporting
> c) Optimize our product design for manufacturability
> d) Establish the total manufacturing solution that will enable rapid global
> growth
> Qualifications:
> - Extremely familiar with the concepts and methods of contemporary
> manufacturing systems
> - Experienced with software systems for workflow management, sourcing,
> inventory control, product version control and documentation, etc.
> - Able to both build and manage an exceptional team
> - Excellent financial reporting skills and ability to make sound
> assessments based on this data
> - Literate in 3D CAD environments
> - Able to travel and operate internationally
> - Willing to work long hours, odd hours, and make the job happen
> Our start-up has a unique story. We began by offering the GEK, an open
> source DIY experimenter's kit that could be manufactured in-house in small
> quantities. The GEK gasifier led to the development of the Power Pallet, a
> complete solution for biomass power generation. GEKs are now made in batches
> of 50 and Power Pallets in batches of 10.
> Our ultimate goal is to create an easy-to-operate consumer appliance that
> can turn any form of organic waste into electricity, heat and shaft power.
> The global market for this is massive.  The world is in need of a "PC of
> personal scale energy", and we intend to be the group that first delivers it
> at mass scale.****
> APL is funded entirely by sales and we are bootstrapping our way through
> each stage of growth. Every member of our dedicated team wears many hats and
> works long hours to see our goals realized. We seek team members who are
> flexible, creative and excited about this challenge.
> This is an unusual opportunity for which we are seeking an exceptional
> candidate. You will need to have respect for the atypical methods we've
> developed to date, but also know how to integrate more traditional best
> practice production solutions.
> The ideal candidate for this position will grow into a core member of our
> start-up founding team. Pay is negotiable, but will start at the lower end
> of the market, given current status as a bootstrapped start up.  However,
> significant equity will be offered after a trial period and a fit is proven.
> ****
> To apply, please send a letter describing your interest and qualifications,
> as well as your resume to jobs at allpowerlabs.org.  Please do not just send
> a resume.  We need to hear why you think you are the perfect fit for this
> adventure.****
> ** **
> --
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Jim Mason
> Website: http://www.whatiamupto.com
> Current Projects:
>    - Gasifier Experimenters Kit (the GEK): http://www.gekgasifier.com
>    - Escape from Berkeley alt fuels vehicle race:
> www.escapefromberkeley.com
>    - ALL Power Labs on Twitter: http://twitter.com/allpowerlabs
>    - Shipyard Announce list:
> http://lists.spaceship.com/listinfo.cgi/icp-spaceship.com****
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Jim Mason
Website: http://www.whatiamupto.com
Current Projects:
   - Gasifier Experimenters Kit (the GEK): http://www.gekgasifier.com
   - Escape from Berkeley alt fuels vehicle race: www.escapefromberkeley.com
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