Avionics Development Lab Manager


DESCRIPTION:  As part of a unique and highly-skilled avionics hardware team, you will manage development lab activities supporting components and subsystems integrated on rocket launch vehicles and spacecraft. 
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of a development lab supporting research, development prototype, and Production Transition phases.
  • Establish processes, equipment, and tools to support lab use by engineering customers.
  • Develop and improve processes across engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance to support hardware through Initial Manufacturing and Production Transition phases.
  • Support responsible engineers as peer reviewer, quality agent, and voice of the customer.
  • Mentor and educate on engineering product transition guidance and process.
  • Provide expertise on engineering design production readiness assessments.
  • Establish appropriate design and manufacturing controls to support engineering handoff to operations.
  • Perform a hands-on engineering and liaison role between our design team and our manufacturing customers.
  • Train and engage manufacturing customers to understand design intent.
  • Lead projects to eliminate waste, reduce time-to-iteration, and improve outcomes.
  • Drive to root cause, corrective action, and preventive action.
  • B.S. degree in engineering or physics discipline.
  • 5+ years of demonstrated resourcefulness and execution within complex, rapidly-changing manufacturing environments.
  • Desire to work hands-on, both independently and as part of a team, throughout the development and production phases of the product lifecycle.
  • Lab management skills consistent with leading a team of engineers and technicians through the complex Production Transition phase.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong task ownership, someone who demonstrates pride in all work and willingness to perform low-level tasks when needed.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly build rapport work with all personality types.
  • Experience with ERP systems, work order creation/management, and BOM structures.
  • Experience in both development and production environments.
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight.
  • M.S. degree in mechanical, industrial, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering.
  • Experience with 3D CAD software.
  • Experience in small company, startup, or growth transition environments.
  • Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Six Sigma, or related training.