Head of Propulsion Engineering

Company Details

Building humanity’s multiplanetary future.

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.  


Relativity seeks a highly talented Head of Propulsion Engineering to join a rapidly growing additive manufacturing focused launch vehicle company. The Head of Propulsion Engineering will be the business owner of Relativity Propulsion and will build and lead a team of engineers to design and develop additively manufactured propulsion systems for our orbital class launch vehicles (Aeon-1 and Aeon-R).

What you’ll do: 

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to guide engineers in clean-sheet product design, manufacturing methods, assembly, and testing. You must have the passion, tenacity and resolve to work through challenging issues unique to propulsion design. Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with multidisciplinary groups. More specifically, you will:

  • Scale a world class 50+ person propulsion engineering development organization, providing strategic and technical direction to deliver  multiple engine development programs
  • Drive the overall engine architecture for a clean sheet, fully reusable, 250,000lb thrust additively manufactured liquid propulsion engine (Aeon-R), plus all future engine programs
  • Develop strategies to continuously reduce the iteration cycle time for component and system development leveraging an expansive platform of internal additive manufacturing and development test resources to accelerate improvements in performance, cost, reliability and reusability
  • Participate in or lead cross-departmental collaboration related to manufacturing, test, and launch

What you need to know:  

In order to be successful in this role, you should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field
  • Background working in a fast paced, full cycle, test focused R&D environment
  • 10+ years professional experience in the propulsion, launch vehicle, or spacecraft systems industries
  • Track record of leading, scaling, and managing a 30+ person team while interfacing with other engineering and operations groups

Nice to haves but not required:  

  • Advanced degree in Engineering
  • Substantial hands on experience with propulsion systems and components
  • Knowledge of liquid rocket engine design and test specifications
  • Deep understanding of thermodynamics, compressible and incompressible flow, thermochemistry mechanics, structural design in demanding environments, design for additive manufacturing, and/or materials

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