Other Engineering
New York, NY, USA · Tennessee, USA · Raleigh, NC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Simplifyber is searching for a Vice President of Hardware. This is a full-time position in a fast-paced, fast-growing startup. Collaborative, creative, multi-disciplinary team, blending scientific innovation with design, fashion and business. Compensation will include both salary and equity. The VP of Hardware will be working with Simplifyber’s founding team, CTO, VP of Materials, and bio-based materials team. Thermoforming, Injection Molding, and/or Paper/Pulp Molding experience is a plus. 

You will be working to create new additive manufacturing solutions for our sustainable materials used in clothing and footwear. This will be very hands-on, wrench turning, fast-paced engineering work requiring attention to detail and innovative problem solving skills. Prior experience with development of new manufacturing hardware, and experience in the development of hardware used with new materials, bioproducts, cellulose products or paper making are a plus.



Simplifyber is changing the way clothing is created, transforming the world's $1.5 trillion Apparel Industry and 250-year old factory system into sustainable, additive manufacturing. By assembling clothes with chemistry rather than with sewing machines, the Simplifyber process eliminates much of the waste, carbon emissions, and water pollution that have led to fashion’s devastating environmental and social impact in recent years. Efficient, plant-based and closed-loop, Simplifyber is revolutionizing the way the world manufactures clothing with its proprietary technology and cutting-edge techniques.

Location: New York, NY; Nashville, TN; Raleigh, NC. We also have two additional remote teams in Canada: one in Vancouver, the other is near Montreal. Occasional travel between locations will be required.



  • Act as the mechanical engineering lead on the ground within the United States, leading the execution of various hands-on engineering tasks related to the production of machinery used in our manufacturing process.

  • Work alongside all members of the Simplifyber team, to assist with the design, assembly, modification, and operation of early-stage industrial manufacturing prototypes.

  • Work in a hands-on manner to modify or design new parts for prototypes as needed. This may include metal work, plastics work, etc.

  • Work closely with the Materials Team to help refine the manufacturing process in development.

  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment.

  • Liaise with local suppliers to procure parts and supplies related to the prototyping process.

  • Liaise with local fabricators/suppliers to procure fabricated parts related to the prototyping process.

  • Produce detailed technical CAD drawings for the production of various components of manufacturing machinery.



  • Must have an entrepreneurial spirit, very responsive, hands-on (i.e., ability to do some of the engineering yourself) and willing to work hard, in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience managing a technology team

  • Experience with product innovation, at an early stage

  • Experience with creating minimum viable products (MVPs) and, testing, iterating, and prototyping

  • Experience with commercializing a product, post prototype phase

  • Experience with bringing a product to market

  • Ability to prepare budgets, with regard to a technical roadmap

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Proven leadership abilities with high-performing teams

  • High emotional intelligence

  • B.S. or above in Mechanical, Industrial, or similar Engineering or equivalent experience.

  • 5+ Years experience developing and launching manufacturing equipment (paper pulp or similar industry preferred)

  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills.

  • High level knowledge and understanding of GD&T requirements.

  • Ability to create assembly instructions and other visual documentation related to manufacturing systems.

  • Understanding of Design for Manufacturability.

  • Experience with additive manufacturing, sheet metal design, CNC machining, welded assemblies, and general metal fabrication.

  • Experience with hands-on development of hardware.

  • Proficient in Solidworks

  • Proficient in MS Office suite

  • Experience producing machinery used in the paper making industry or similar.

  • Experience in developing automation solutions in a manufacturing setting.

  • Experience procuring industrial equipment.

  • Hands on metal fabrication and machining skills.

  • Experience with FEA

  • MS and/or PhD is preferred


Send an email with your CV/resume to jobs@simplifyber.com, and be sure to write “VP OF HARDWARE” in the subject line.