Relativity Space
Relativity Space is building humanity's multiplanetary future.
Long Beach, CA

Manager of Structures Engineering at Relativity Space (Greater LA Area, CA)

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Company Overview:  

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.  


The Structures team at Relativity is responsible for the design, analysis, testing, and manufacturing our launch vehicle integrated structures, as well as flight mechanisms. As a part of this team, you will be given hardware ownership for the full product lifecycle, and get the opportunity to conveniently validate your hardware through testing at our factory of the future, headquartered in Long Beach, CA. Unique to Relativity, you will get to work across many teams to leverage Relativity's first-of-its-kind 3D printing technology to develop world class integrated launch vehicles. Overall, this team is critical to the launch success of Terran 1 & Terran R, among many other firsts! 

What you’ll do:

You will play a key role in finalizing the Terran 1 flight structures as well as developing the structural architecture of the upcoming Terran R vehicle, along with growing an amazingly talented team. Your team will be responsible for the full design cycle, including conceptualization, design, analysis, manufacturing and testing of primary and secondary structures related to Thrust Structure, Propellant Tanks, Interstage and/or Fairing. You will need to think creatively to leverage our additive technology to reduce mass, parts count, processes and tooling required.

Here are some examples of projects you could be working on:

  • Serve as technical authority for structures design in collaboration with Relativity’s engineering leadership
  • Hire, train, guide and mentor structures & design engineers to be efficient, hardware-focused, collaborative, and technically rigorous
  • Innovative conceptualization of structural load path, design of complex structures, definition of system packaging, guidance of test campaigns as well as support of manufacturing processes
  • Review of static & dynamic load inputs, material properties, and additive process features development, along with establishing structural systems & subsystems requirements

In order to be successful in this role, you should be self-motivated, adaptable and is able to lead a team in a fast paced environment. You should also be able to resolve ambiguity and drive projects to completion. Ideally, you have significant mechanical or structural design and leadership experience as well as a proven track record completing collaborative projects effectively.

On a weekly basis, you will be providing guidance for the team, upholding the highest level of accountability, reviewing or creating design of flight components, reviewing or performing analysis, as well as supporting fabrication and testing of your team’s components. Designs will be optimized for our additive manufacturing methods, for which fundamental knowledge is crucial. You will also use your strong organizational skills to properly document your work and move forward your recommendation when decisions are needed.

What you need to know:

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or related field
  • 3+ years of technical leadership, hiring and performance management experience
  • Demonstrated ownership, accountability and success in delivering complex products on time and budget with minimal guidance
  • Fundamental knowledge of structures design, analysis, manufacturing and testing

Nice to haves but not required:

  • 5+ years of technical leadership, hiring and performance management experience
  • Experience in a startup or fast pace development environment
  • Strong problem solver with great organization skills
  • Experience with NX, Teamcenter, Ansys and Femap

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Free snacks and drinks
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some meals provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Paid industry certifications

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