Job Listing Description

Engineering Manager


The scope of the engineering manager position includes:

  • Focus on Xogdor vehicle build program, related technology development and testing programs, and VTVL terrestrial testbed flights
  • Coordinating with leadership team on staffing allocation and resources
  • Being a technical contributor to challenging engineering problems
  • Providing engineering expertise and leadership
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to the technical team 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Will oversee a team of 10-15 Engineers and Technicians. 
  • Will Coordinate resources across the technical team to ensure projects meet internal and external deadlines as well as stay on budget
  • Perform one-on-one meetings with direct reports
  • Assist with management of schedule, projects, and resources using Smartsheets
  • Work closely with the CTO, Chief Engineer, and second Engineering Manager to meet program goals
  • Assist with and contribute to project planning, proposals, and scoping business opportunities
  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Experience leading a technical team in aerospace, ideally spacecraft but not required. 
  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy - passionate about space
  • Understands what is needed for high-quality spaceflight systems - and also what is not needed. 
  • Experience with the complete lifecycle of launch vehicle development: design, build, test, and fly. 
  • 8+ years experience in aerospace engineering
  • Experience with startups or new space companies is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical field
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation

Engineering Manager Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Have experience and methods to keep the team on schedule
  • Have experience and methods to keep the team on budget
  • Technical background 
  • Fast feedback cycles, gets to the point and doesn’t delay on pointing out concerns
  • Detail oriented, able to track schedules across multiple programs
  • Calm, cool, and collected when things go wrong. Work the solution not the problem. 
  • Be a mentor to the team and provide guidance on troubleshooting
  • Has made mistakes in the past and learned from them, so we don’t have to make them ourselves.
  • Is able to work in a highly dynamic environment, and shift resources quickly to cover unexpected gaps, or keep people busy while waiting on delays
  • Strong documentation ethos

Professional Requirements:

  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Job Number: 2010123098
Job Location: Mojave, CA
Duration: 36 months
Input Date: 12/28/2020
Last Updated: 01/25/2021
Attention: Nicole Emfinger
Address: 370 N WESTLAKE BLVD STE 120
City, State: WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA 91362
Phone: 805/418-9862
800 Phone: 866/458-4322
Fax Phone: 805/418-9866

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