Lead Fabrication Manager for Large-Scale Sculpture Studio

Nikolas Weinstein Studios, Inc.

This is a full-time and salaried position at Nikolas Weinstein Studios. Some domestic and international travel is required for installations.

You might be—or have the mind of—an industrial designer, architect, machinist, rigger, builder, or artist with technical fascinations and we’ll be happy to hear from you. We are looking for someone with a deep knowledge of tools but who’s also good with people; who has an excellent sense of intuitive physics but also derives satisfaction from getting organized and making things run more efficiently. You will need to have a longview and be able to lay things out in your mind in advance. However, this is not a managerial job at a remove but one where you will be actively participating in the work as much as you manage it. While we are a glass studio, and experience with glass is helpful, it is not mandatory.

This is a hands-on management position. This person will likely spend ±70% of the time on the shop floor and ±30% of the time at a desk. Much of the work that we do is not standard and requires problem solving on a consistent and simultaneous basis.

We are not a fabrication shop that makes things in repetition. 50% of the time is spent on things we know and 50% on ideas for which we are deriving solutions in real time.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time salaried position with a supplemented medical insurance, paid sick/flex time and 401k.

  • This person is the shepherd: setting goals, maintaining boundaries and focus, and encouraging momentum to accomplish tasks but also knowing when to take a break and let things settle.

  • This person determines how to apportion the team, at times flipping situations on their head or reassessing who should be doing what.

  • Prioritize and monitor activity on the shop floor with an eye towards process (is this what should be happening right now and is it the right solution?), methodology (are these the correct tools and setup?) and safe practices.

  • They need to schedule work, monitor progress and communicate regularly with the design and admin team.

  • Work with and take direction from Nikolas and the Design Manager. This involves a bi-directional collaboration with the design-side of the operation in figuring out how best to express the ideas as well as “talking upstream” to influence the design in advance of fabrication. One week, it may be figuring-out how to jig-up a large metal mold the size of a small car and weld it. The next it may be tracking-down a basic electrical problem on a piece of equipment. And the next, determining how to choreograph the team to rig something large to be moved with the forklift, or installing a new piece of equipment.

  • You must be a mature person who is calm under pressure, able to appreciate what you may not know and willing to reconsider your approach or at least sleep on it.

  • You must be an independent self-starter with a confidence in your skill set.

  • You must be capable of multitasking without getting flustered.

  • You must be a well-rounded problem solver with excellent three-dimensional skills and a strong sense for how the physical world works.

  • You must be conversant in the tools and methods of several different trades. This means being very comfortable with basic carpentry and shop safety. You should also have basic welding and metalwork skills along with a working knowledge of general machining and rigging.

  • Minimum of 5 years shop work experience with at least two years managing a team or project.

  • If you have never taken something apart when you clearly did not know what you were doing, this job is not for you. If you relish tinkering and have taught yourself new skills to solve problems you got yourself into, and can tie more than ten distinct knots please read further.

  • You should have a strong sense of process and organization; you should enjoy developing efficiencies in an iterative and creative process (through delegation?).

  • You must be able to read technical drawings and translate them into actionable tasks.

  • Hold oneself accountable for quality work. You must hold up standards because it impacts every step of the work down the line. This is a team effort and the team will rely on, and look to you.

  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the minutiae, and monitoring your team: there are a lot of details to be worked out and problems solved. It’s important to not get lost down the rabbit hole.

  • Open to dialogue and accepting of disagreement. Many opinions and ideas are solicited. Not everyone can be right every time but we are all committed to the process and continue to contribute anew, each time.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to use G-Suite and be fluent in Mac/PC operating systems. Must be able to communicate via email in a clear and concise way.

Physical Requirements

  • Lifting, pulling, reaching, and pushing items over 50 lbs.

  • Climbing ladders.

  • Standing for extended periods of time.

  • Handling objects, tools, or controls.

  • Balance, crawl, crouch and kneel.

Fork Lift Certification is helpful.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter. A professional portfolio is not required but if you have images of projects you’ve been involved in feel free to send them, if possible.

This job will remain open until we find the right person. Thanks for making it to the end. We look forward to hearing from you and perhaps meeting you.

Posted on June 7