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VP of Manufacturing

Manufacturing | Hybrid in Boston, MA | Full Time

Job Description

Why AeroShield might be great for you

AeroShield Materials is a collaborative team of 17 people bound by a mission to deliver innovative new materials to make our lives more sustainable and comfortable. Every year, windows and doors lose an estimated 40 billion dollars in thermal energy in the US. We are developing super-insulating, transparent aerogel inserts for windows to bring state-of-the-art thermal comfort and energy efficiency into homes at an affordable price.

As part of AeroShield, you would join an agile, passionate, and talented team focusing on realizing our mission in a sustainable, ethical, and innovative way.

What we are looking for in a VP of Manufacturing

As a VP of Manufacturing your mission is to lead the strategic scaling of manufacturing operations, optimizing and implementing processes to achieve efficiency and quality in aerogel production. You will lead capital projects focused on increasing AeroShield’s manufacturing capacity and quality while also managing output and quality from AeroShield’s existing manufacturing processes. Focused on innovation and sustainability, you will drive the team to deliver cutting-edge solutions that meet growing market demands while maintaining the highest standards of safety and environmental responsibility. Through process optimization and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, you will position AeroShield to launch its first products in the residential window market.

You thrive in a small team environment where you have autonomy over your day-to-day work. Responsibilities of this position include: 

  • Develop manufacturing roadmap and timelines, growing AeroShield’s capabilities from prototyping capacity today to first production facility to support business goals
  • Lead, manage, and scale AeroShield’s manufacturing team
  • Oversee processes, capacity planning, supply chain, and resource allocation for maximum operational efficiency and cost reduction
  • Develop and incorporate operational safety, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and cost control policies and programs into all manufacturing processes.
  • Direct and participate in workforce planning to meet manufacturing and business goals
  • Lead capital projects to expand AeroShield’s manufacturing capabilities:
    1. AeroShield is currently building a 12,000 sqft facility that produces up to 15,000 sqft/yr of aerogel sheets, and is targeting moving into this facility in June, 2024.
    2. AeroShield is planning a Series A manufacturing facility that will produce 280,000 sqft/yr with capability to expand to 1M+ sqft/year, targeting completion mid 2026.
  • Lead selection and management of external design/build firms to support capital projects
  • Leverage networks in manufacturing, chemical processes, and prototyping to solicit advice and help as needed

This role includes a combination of tasks that can be done remotely, work that needs to be done on-site, and in-person meetings with on-site team members. We expect that a typical week consists of 3-4 days on-site. AeroShield is currently located in Hyde Park, MA and is moving to our facility in Waltham, MA in June 2024. Our 2026 Series A manufacturing facility location is TBD.

We highly value a positive team culture and are looking for someone who wants to be part of continuously enhancing this culture - ideally playing an active role in this as the company grows. This person should embody the three core values of AeroShield: Understand & Improve, Value People and Persons, and Act Sustainably.


Many great team members do not fit a “standard blueprint”. Even if you do not fit all aspects listed below, but feel that you can contribute to AeroShield’s team, please do not hesitate to apply or to reach out with questions. Great candidates for this role enjoy learning quickly, are excited about new technologies, and possess a technical background through school and work experience.

  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes involving hazardous chemicals, pressure vessels, and mechanical equipment.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in manufacturing processes and engineering, preferably including capital projects in related industries to AeroShield, understanding the full life cycle of a project involving permitting, financing, construction, and manufacturing operations.
  • Strong project management skills and experience working with many stakeholders to deliver on a project
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to listen, distill information, consult, and suggest new approaches
  • Knowledge of data management tools and statistical process control
  • Experience in a hard tech startup environment, ideally in a leadership role within the R&D team, as the startup grew from Series Seed to Series B+ stage

Bonus skills

  • You have been involved in building a team to support your role.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume via our career portal at:

Additionally, please include a few sentences or paragraphs about why you are interested in this role and why it looks like a good fit for you. This does not need to be a cover letter or anything formal, we just want to see what excites you about working at AeroShield!

Contact for questions: Kyle Wilke

About AeroShield

AeroShield manufactures a super-insulating nanoporous form of glass for energy efficient windows. Based on silica aerogel technology, AeroShield is more transparent than glass and twice as insulating as air, enabling windows that are 50% more energy efficient and cost-effective, with the potential to save billions of dollars in energy. See and for more details.