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Vice President of Production and Design

Location
North Hollywood, California
Job Type
Permanent
Posted
23 Sep 2022
Description:

WHO WE ARE:

ESCAPE CAMPERVANS is North America's largest campervan rental company. We design & build our vans in-house. We provide budget-friendly, easy-to-drive, and functional campervan rentals for weekends away, cross-country road trips, and everything in between. Perfect for couples, families, and friends, we strive to inspire adventure and exploration off-the-beaten path.

Founded in 2009 in LA, we now operate across 13 locations, offering 5 different vehicle models. One-ways and round trips are available out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Denver, New York, Phoenix, Orlando, Portland, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Vancouver, and Calgary.

We are an energetic and entrepreneurial team. We have a passion for travel and believe in the power of adventure.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

As a member of the executive team, this senior position will spearhead all product strategy and execution for the company - from van design, prototyping, production, project management, research and development. In addition, they will handle vehicle procurement and sales. The candidate must have demonstrated campervan, RV or marine/boat building experience. The candidate must be mechanically inclined, and highly experienced in general construction and product design - carpentry, metalworking, assembly, light electrical. Attention to detail and strong work ethic is required. Reporting to the President, the position will be required to deliver monthly reporting, and work closely with finance, purchasing, operations.

VAN/PRODUCT DESIGN:

- Audit current van fitouts and identify opportunities for design that align with Escape strategy, model and customer base

- Identify components to improve/enhance, and test those

- Audit all componentry and manage all inventory, budgeting and purchasing of components required for van buildouts

- Lead research and development for innovating designs, build approaches and materials

- Identify which vendors, 3rd parties, contractors are the right partners for Escape and which

PRODUCTION/BUILD

- Oversee all aspects of production to ensure proper timing to meet production goals and deadlines Manage all inventory, budgeting and purchasing of components required for van buildouts

- Create and manage timeline & project plan to meet production deadlines and deliverables

- Hire and manage technical build staff

- Manage all third party partners and vendors & schedule installations

- Responsible for overseeing QA process and signoff on quality for every van produced

- Maintain a clean and organized facility

VAN PURCHASING & SALES

- Work directly with auctions/manufacturers to procure all vans for Escape fleet

- Make recommendations on van models and manage order from order to delivery

- Coordinate all van sales for Escape and keep all licensing up to date

Requirements:

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

- Current driver's license and clean driving record

- Previous experience overseeing large van conversion projects

- Experience project managing, overseeing large volume projects on tight deadlines

- Strong knowledge of general construction practices - electrical, carpentry, plumbing, metal working, and assembly

SKILLS AND QUALITIES DESIRED:

- Knowledge and experience working with building materials and finishes (plywood, starboard, aluminum, steel, vinyl, etc.)

- Proficient with material properties, fastening methods, failure mode, and structural stresses / load

- Efficient and creative problem-solver

- Positive, team-oriented mindset

- Proactive and independent worker, get-it-done attitude

- Effective communicator

- Able to work effectively across teams and departments

COMPANY PERKS

- Competitive salary based on experience

- Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)

- Retirement options

- PTO + paid holidays

- Parental leave

- Career growth and training opportunities

- 10 days of free campervan usage/year

- Occasional travel required
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Details

  • Job Reference: 719154104-2
  • Date Posted: 23 September 2022
  • Recruiter: ESCAPE CAMPERVANS INC
  • Location: North Hollywood, California
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Executive Positions
  • Job Type: Permanent