ENGINE PRODUCTION MANAGER

Company Details

We are Astra. Our mission is to launch a new generation of services to connect and improve life on earth. We are a small, highly ambitious team with deep technical expertise who love to build things and relish the idea of a grand challenge.

The Company

We are Astra. Our mission is to launch a new generation of space services to improve life on Earth.

We are working to deliver daily access to earth orbit for a new generation of services powered by large constellations of small satellites. Come help us build the hardware and launch the services that will open the frontier of space to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Our campus where we design, manufacture and test nearly every component of our rocket launch system is located on the former Alameda Naval Air Station, just 15 minutes outside of San Francisco.

Astra Values

Mission first, people always; while we must work together as one team, we respect and protect the safety of everyone. Communicate fearlessly; so that we can understand, not persuade. Learn by doing; the only sustainable competitive advantage is our ability to learn faster than the competition. Simple scales; complexity is expensive and slow. Embrace moonshots; think big, then bigger – the hardest problems are the most important to solve.

The Opportunity

Astra builds nearly all of its rockets in house in a vertically integrated production facility, currently occupying 35% of the facility that will produce rockets at scale.

As the Engine Production Manager, you will be responsible for producing all of the engines for the first and upper stages of a major piece of Astra’s core product, the world’s highest production rate orbital rocket. You will be responsible for growing and managing the organization of technicians and ensuring that each portion of the factory can repeatably and reliably output engines that will successfully deliver the rocket and payload to orbit. You will partner at all levels across the organization as part of your normal work. Accurately measuring time and resources will be critical to your ability to scale the team and select portions of the rocket that need redesigns for manufacturability or automation. You will be interacting daily with product and engineering leaders to make critical decisions about the direction of improved versions of the rocket that drive manufacturing complexity and costs down.

Reporting to you will be a team of highly motivated and skilled technicians who have experience in the aerospace, automotive production, racing and other fields required to produce Astra’s rocket stages.

You will report to the VP of Manufacturing and serve as a member of the Manufacturing Team.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Build and lead a world class team of builders, technicians, and engineers by example. Manage Astra’s build processes and hold all technicians and engineers accountable to the high standards you set. Ensure that each member of your team understands how their individual objectives helps your team deliver a quality product on time and budget.  Provide clear feedback to the team and reward success. Empower and coach upcoming production leaders and individual contributors to achieve outsize results through career, skill and personal development. Measure and drive the performance of production teams by designing, implementing, and monitoring OKRs and KPIs; identify risks and seek constant improvement of your teams and the organization as a whole.
  • Partner with the engineering leaders and individual contributors who design the rocket to make sure the product can be built and scaled. Help author and edit work instructions, and reinforce your team’s involvement in the design process to produce the most manufacturable designs. Work hand-in-hand with those same engineers during initial builds of the rockets.
  • Design and scale the workspace and factory layout as we increase production rates toward a rocket per day. Own the budget and execution plans. Partner with facilities to set up the infrastructure you and your team need to execute. Operate and train employees on the use of state-of-the art automated manufacturing equipment.
  • Deliver completed engines ready to integrate to the rocket and leave the factory to head to space with little to no touch time. Run integrated checks and work with the test team to perform test fires on each engine. Document and drive build related issues to closure, and feed root causes and corrective actions back into the design process for fixes in future iterations.
  • Establish a strong culture of ownership, safety and continuous improvement. Keep work areas clean and organized with tools always in their place.

Why We Value You

  • You have leadership experience in an early production, complex product environment
  • You have demonstrated experience with thermal / fluid systems involving valves, tanks, regulators and instrumentation
  • You have a demonstrated track record of strong technical judgement and a bias to action
  • You manage and communicate processes and metrics to enable highly transparent, credible and impactful teams
  • You have the professional maturity and confidence to “push back” with tact when necessary
  • You have expert assembly skills, an ability to read and interpret designs and drawings, and experience with fabrication and assembly tools
  • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced, self-driven entrepreneurial workplace
  • You are an energetic leader with excellent written and oral communication skills and high EQ
  • You are self‐motivated, resilient and assertive with a high willingness to learn
  • You are a great coach, focused on the professional development of your team members and peers
  • You are a good sounding board for others, with low ego

Desired Multipliers

  • Degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering or similar technical field
  • 8+ years of experience leading engineering and/or technician teams
  • Experienced in a medium volume manufacturing environment
  • Experience with checkout & test of integrated systems
  • Previous experience with high performance metallic structures
  • Prior or current FAA A&P mechanic certification
  • Proficient in CAD / PDM / PLM systems

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

ITAR Requirements: To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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.

© Astra Space Inc. All rights reserved, Astra is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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