Director, Avionics Production
Hawthorne, CA, United States
SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.
DIRECTOR, AVIONICS PRODUCTION
We are seeking a highly motivated and achievement oriented manufacturing and production professional to join this dynamic team. The selected candidate will be responsible for delivering multiple components and assemblies to production partners building the First and Second Stage Rockets as well as the Dragon flight vehicles. There are multiple product lines that make up this area of responsibility, including PBCA Production; Electromechanical box assembly; Environmental Testing, Battery and Solar Panel Production, Harness Production; Transducer Production; as well as a number of New Product Projects. The selected candidate will need a demonstrated track record managing a complex product range under tight requirements for cost, quality and schedule.
+ Responsible for the strategic and tactical execution of Avionics production in order to deliver all products to the 1st and 2nd stage of the Falcon rocket and Dragon Spacecraft.
+ Manage an overall staff of 250+ people with several direct reports.
+ Manage a team of Manufacturing and Test Engineers to ensure all enabling and functional expectations are met, as well as steering them to continually improve all aspect of the manufacturing operation.
+ Manage all scheduling and material movement processes to ensure product and process synchronization between component build and test.
+ Implement a development program to enhance the capability of all team members while improving quality and reducing lead time and cost.
+ Ensure a strong focus is placed on safety and maintain an excellent safety record.
+ Champion continuous improvement projects using appropriate metrics and data sources.
+ Use quality metrics to continually improve the quality output of the manufacturing team.
+ Manage resource levels to ensure optimum performance of the team.
+ Monitor and communicate area status/readiness and risks to leadership.
+ Monitor and maintain compliance to internal quality and customer contractual requirements.
+ Own implementation of improvement or mitigation plans needed to achieve the next level of performance.
+ Foster a spirit of cooperation and collaboration within and between departments.
+ Collaborate with responsible engineering partners to ensure new product development meets with the goals of product manufacturability.
+ Meet tight production schedules to achieve high rate production, while adapting to changing priorities in a fast moving environment.
+ Think creatively; question the status quo, while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards.
+ Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline.
+ 5+ years of experience with large complex assembly products.
+ 3+ years of management experience.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
+ Thorough knowledge of electronics manufacturing and test techniques.
+ Experience monitoring cost and quality (ISO 9000, AS9100) standards.
+ Experience developing and delivering continuous improvement projects within a production environment.
+ Willing to work extended hours as needed.
+ Willing to travel as needed.
+ To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
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