Director of Test and Integration at Relativity Space

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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.  

Team:

Relativity seeks a Director of Avionics Test and Integration to join a rapidly growing space startup. This position will provide outstanding technical engineering in the design, integration, and testing of the electrical components of the Terran-1 Launch Vehicle, as well as supporting vehicle checkouts and the development of test and launch facilities and infrastructure.

What you’ll do:

As the Director of Avionics Test and Integration, you will be responsible for overseeing all avionics deliverables to the Terran-1 Launch Vehicle. You will work with various component responsible engineers to ensure that boxes, harnesses, and mechanical features are being designed and manufactured to meet vehicle integration deadlines. You will oversee the development of test equipment and a scripting infrastructure that can quickly and reliably vet vehicle hardware. You will provide guidance to a number of team members that will produce test equipment, scripts, and flight hardware, and ensure that they remain focused by prioritizing and delegating work. You will provide feedback on numerous aspects of the design that will allow for easier fabrication and test during the course of the integration campaign and will provide guidance on how the company will physically assemble the rocket. You should look for ways to adapt to 3D printing techniques to bring aerospace integration into the 21st century.

The ideal candidate is a strong leader that can guide production and integration efforts. They should have experience integrating and testing large, complex electrical systems. They are focused on practicality, tracking delivery of avionics products and ensuring a prompt and on time delivery. They take full ownership of whatever falls in their jurisdiction. They are meticulous in tracking and documenting test results and testing rationales, and ensure the cause of all issues are researched and resolved. Assertive without being aggressive, they can mentor and inspire the members of their team to perform to the best of their abilities. They strive to improve their working understanding of the vehicle at all times to allow them to be decisive when it comes to programmatic decisions. A successful candidate should be able to communicate effectively between their team and other departments, detailing successes, decisions, risks, and blockers in order to keep management informed and able to adapt to challenges that arise during the build flow.

What you need to know:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering and 10+ years relevant experience
  • 5+ years experience leading a team 
  • Experience with the planning, design, bring-up, and integration of the electrical system of large scale systems (e.g. car, plane, launch vehicle or satellite, ship)
  • Experience leading test software development 
  • Willingness to travel to our test facilities at the Stennis Space Center and launch sites at Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral

Nice to haves but not required – if you do not meet all of these criteria, you should still apply:

  • Prior work on a launch vehicle or spacecraft
  • Experience leading and growing people managers and leads 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Electrical CAD and circuit design experience
  • Mechanical or electrical design experience with CAD modeling software, preferably Teamcenter, NX or Altium
  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment
  • Experience developing tests to support component acceptance/qualification or on-vehicle verification

We believe varied perspectives & backgrounds strengthen our team. Prior experience in aerospace is not required.

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual Learning & Development 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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Location

3500 East Burnett Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.

Nat

Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.

Tim

CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!

Samantha

Talent Operations Coordinator

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical 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
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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