Opportunity: COO, UK



Our client is an extremely well-financed pioneering photonics company that has developed next generation fibre optic interconnect technology.


Their optical fibre technology is able to provide:

  • up to 100% more bandwidth and
  • reduce latency by +30%


The company has just closed B-round funding and is now building its production capability, their pilot line is providing samples, but the new production facility will enable them to scale to volume production.


The CEO is now looking to appoint a COO to take accountability for engineering and production as the company moves from technical innovator into commercial growth. The COO will have full accountability for the delivery of the technology roadmap as well the build, commissioning and ramp-up of their state-of-the-art production line. We do not need photonics experience.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A demonstrable record in building engineering and/or manufacturing environments for a semiconductor, materials, electronics or photonics company.
  • Ideally, a  combination of large company experience coupled with start-up / scale-up.
  • Experience of negotiating and managing subcontractors
  • Experience of implementing of ERP/MRP systems.
  • Experience of building and managing multi-discipline teams.


For more information, please contact Oliver Smith | osmith@gillamorstephens.com