Materials Development Manager at Bolt Threads
Emeryville, CA, US

Bolt is a materials company inventing the sustainable textiles and ingredients of the future. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products that solve the problems of a resource-constrained world.


We are collaborative, driven individuals who love creative problem-solving. We’re always on the lookout for curious, resourceful, and motivated people who want to make a lasting impact. Join a diverse team of engineers, scientists, marketers, and consumer product experts.


We’re Looking For…

Someone with a passion for materials and an understanding of what it takes to develop a material that people will remember. It will take an understanding of the manufacturing processes used to make textiles and a humbleness about how much there is to learn. It also demands an understanding of customers and a willingness to dig in and figure out how to make the material they need. Alongside this you will be the primary contact at one of our supply chain partners for development, so strong interpersonal and written communication skills are vital to your success. You will also be managing your projects within Bolt and working alongside Research, the Quality lab, Process Development and Manufacturing teams to get this material over the finish line and into the hands of customers. To be a superstar in this role, you will need to be organized, curious, a people person, and someone who doesn’t stop until the product is right. The ideal candidate will have experience working with leather or vegan leather.


You’ll be Excited to Come to Work Because…

  • You’ll have the ability to make a significant, positive impact on a team, a company, and the world.
  • You’ll get honest feedback that’s given in the service of helping us get better at what we do.
  • You’ll encounter unique challenges, and diverse teams working to solve them.
  • You’ll find innovative approaches to science, technology, and culture.


Within the first 30 days you will…

  • Learn everything there is to know about our material, the research behind the process, and the manufacturing process we have designed to make it at small scale.
  • Likewise you will learn everything about our processes with supply chain partners, what the development history has been, and where we are headed.
  • Spend hands-on time with our teams working with the material to understand the challenges we face in every phase of the process.


In the first 60 days you will…

  • Put your learnings into action by taking over the relationship with our supply chain partner.
  • Manage scheduling, delivery of samples, and commenting on the development of materials with our partner to move projects forward.
  • Work with our internal lab to ensure that testing on finished goods is specified and happens in a timely manner.
  • Work with Corporate Responsibility to help integrate their activities into product to market timelines to ensure timely completion.


In the first 90 days will...

  • Collaborate with product team stakeholders to define the product to be developed for market niche / brand customers.
  • Develop specs for each new product to be used for communication with all stakeholders.
  • Act as the primary contact for product development with our supply chain partners.
  • Work with our Manufacturing team to ensure quality of input materials needed for supply chain partners to produce quality products.
  • Collaborate with Quality in establishing which test methods to use in testing for product quality as we move into manufacturing. Also work with quality lab and materials lab in testing to inform your development work.
  • Work with the Corporate Responsibility team to understand the sustainability metrics that must be met for each product. Since different customers will have different requirements, work to translate those requirements to partner mills so that they will satisfy customer requirements.


This Team will be Excited to Have You Because You Bring…

  • Great written and verbal communication skills.
  • 5-7 years of experience in textile development or related field.
  • Minimum BS in Textile Engineering, Textile Science, Leather Technology, or Materials Science.
  • Ability to interpret test results and turn them into next steps.
  • Solid understanding of the current consumer market.
  • Ability to manage projects including timelines and communication.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with supply chain stakeholders.
  • Ability to use project management software and standard business softwares.
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25% of time (once travel restrictions are lifted).