Human Resources Manager for Operations

Who We Are

At nLIGHT, we are constantly on the cutting-edge of laser technology in a massively growing market. We are a leading provider of high-power semiconductors and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace & defense applications, to name a few. Our lasers are changing not only the way things are made, but also changing the things that can be made.
Headquartered in Camas, Washington, nLIGHT is a publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR).

Play a critical role as onsite Human Resources Manager for Operations supporting the operations/manufacturing organization and leadership located in Camas and Vancouver, WA and Hillsboro, OR.  Partner with US operations leadership and managers to attract, develop, and retain employees. We are seeking an individual with high personal and professional values and a desire to make an impact and grow with the company. This is a hands-on role requiring human resources experience in manufacturing/production and a strong knowledge base of Human Resources disciplines.

  • Serves as the primary HR point of contact for employees and leadership in Operations.
  • Provides guidance, support, and recommendations for the resolution of complex employee relations activities including coaching conversations, investigatory meetings, and administration of discipline.
  • Responds to employee complaints and concerns; conducts investigations, while ensuring compliance with applicable Company policy and federal, state, and local statutes.
  • Works with managers and employees on a wide range of issues including performance management, compensation, and organizational and employee development.
  • Leads recruitment efforts for the operations organization, working with managers to identify and hire top talent for key roles. Works with senior management to identify and develop additional sources for entry level or experienced manufacturing employees and technicians.
  • Applies legal requirements, company policy and values to make recommendations to help resolve employment related issues. Work closely with management to ensure compliance with policies as well as state and federal labor laws.
  • Engages as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert to guide managers in addressing employee relations issues. Performs investigations and advises management personnel on the fair and consistent handling of situations requiring discipline.
  • Develops productive and influential relationships across all levels of the organization. Gathers insights about the organization to enable better management coaching and employee engagement and development opportunities.
  • Leads implementation of programs within operations.
  • Collaborates on the development of corporate level HR programs, policies, and practices.
  • Collaborates with HR team members on compensation, benefits, and recruiting strategies. Leads projects as needed.
  • Assists with training and communication to employees, at the operations level.
  • Maintains operations position descriptions.
  • Reviews all operations personnel actions such as hires, terminations, disciplinary actions and transfers in accordance with company policies and practices.
  • Participates in developing HR department goals, objectives, programs, and systems.
  • Tracks and reports on HR data in support of operations management.
  • Supervises the operations HR coordinator.
  • Reports to the Director of Human Resources.
  Required Skills/Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Current HR certification is preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience as an HR Generalist or Manager, with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in a high-tech industry.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
  • Flexible to work with employees on different shifts and different locations, as needed.
  • Expertise in employee relations and talent acquisition.
  • Solid HR systems understanding and experience.
  • Ability to grasp issues quickly, get to the root of problems and work with others to resolve.
  • Exceptional organizational, attention to detail and time management skills.
  • Ability to establish relationships while maintaining a neutral and unbiased stance.
  • Ability to be proactive, to anticipate and provide solutions to business needs, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong knowledge of employment laws and HR practices, with the ability to turn that knowledge into practical action.
  • Strong analytical and systems ability.  Experience with HRIS systems, HR metrics or dashboards.
  • Strong Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills.
  • Effective project management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including excellent communication and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to protect confidential and proprietary information, exercise discretion, and set professional boundaries.
nLIGHT is proud to offer comprehensive COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary based on qualifications:
  • Human Resources Manager:  $83,000 – $119,000
   Other Compensation and Benefits
  • Target Cash Bonus of 5% of your wages
  • Eligible for Restricted Stock Unit grants
  • 3 weeks of Paid Time Off per year, increasing by 1 day each year up to 4 weeks
  • 10 paid Holidays
  • Eligible for health benefits on the 1st day of the month after your start date
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, including prescription and orthodontia with employee-paid premiums as low as $40.00 per pay period
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • 401(k) with company match and immediate vesting
  • Company paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, and Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Paid Bereavement Leave and Jury Duty
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Pet Insurance
nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, you must be a US Person (that is, a US citizen, lawful permanent resident, or protected individual granted asylum or refugee status).
Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement.  If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

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