Manager I - Manufacturing Process Development

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 The Process Development team at Virgin Hyperloop (VH) brings our hyperloop vehicle from concept to reality. The Component Process Development Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of VH's hardware component R&D and prototype manufacturing development needs. This individual is expected to lead development of manufacturing processes, provide design for manufacturing feedback, execute prototype and low volume builds, manage staffing plans, fiscal planning, resource and project planning and reporting. This individual will be required to interact with engineering resources within the Core Engineering Organization and the Product Development and Systems Engineering organizations. This individual is also accountable for Process and Procedural Development including continuous improvement activities for the component Manufacturing Process Development team. 


  • Solve difficult and complex engineering problems collaboratively with limited supervision alongside the Senior Manager
  • Work cross-functionally to define, plan, coordinate, and execute engineering-wide component R&D and low volume manufacturing process development and builds
  • Implement & continually improve effective hardware manufacturing strategies, methodologies and processes. Scope of component development includes electromagnetic systems, power electrics, thermal, and vehicle structures
  • Assist in the VH manufacturing strategy for hardware on the vehicle including make vs buy analyses, vendor selection, and long-term production planning
  • Work with the team to setup the build facility at the test site including incoming receiving processes, execution of component builds for the test vehicle, and acceptance test of all internal and external builds
  • Develop fiscal and project specific budget plans. Provide regular updates on spend, budgetary adjustments and justifications for new capital requirements
  • Work closely with the Engineering Project Management Office to ensure schedules, risks and issues are consistent and up to date
  • Grow the component process development team
  • Provide effective leadership and manage employee and organizational expectations
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Strong process development background for complex, new-concept technologies
  • Proven experience having taken designs with no historical reference on how to fabricate it & come up with a solution
  • Experience setting up build facilities for low-volume production
  • Capable of creating, managing, and executing prototype hardware builds in a fast-paced development environment
  • Solid understanding on manufacturing processes and fabrication methods
  • 2+ years of experience leading manufacturing projects in a leadership or manager role
  • 2+ years of managing multi-disciplined, high-performing teams
  • Experience with defining and implementing end of line and acceptance test programs
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot complex issues
  • Strong communication, presentation and technical writing skills


  • B.S. or advanced degree in Engineering or equivalent field
  • 6+ years of process development or manufacturing experience
  • Experience in manufacturing one or more of the following types of hardware
    • Electric motors or electromagnetic systems
    • Power electronics or high voltage electronics
    • High voltage battery packs
    • Thermal management systems
    • Automotive or aerospace structural frames
  • Six Sigma and Kaizen experience
  • Familiarity with automated manufacturing processes and equipment
  • Hands-on fabrication experience


  • Our Benefits: medical (including infertility & mental health), dental, vision, life, FSA, HSA, 401k, and more 
  • Your Wellbeing: flexible work schedules, unlimited PTO, and 16 weeks of paid parental leave
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What are Virgin Hyperloop Perks + Benefits

Virgin Hyperloop Benefits Overview

We place great value in our employees' work-life balance, so our office is full of great perks to make you feel right at home. We've got catered lunches, snacks, coffee and drinks every day so employees can enjoy all three meals at work. Our office also has full showers, towels and lockers along with on-site barber visits, dry cleaning service, and mobile car wash services. Our employees enjoy premium quality medical insurance, as well as stock options with early exercise option. Also, we're dog-friendly!

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
VHO employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary with no maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 3x an employee's annual salary. Additionally, we offer the ability to purchase additional Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance to protect yourself, your spouse & children.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
We have employee-lead group workout sessions after work!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
VHO offers up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave to eligible employees who become parents through birth, surrogacy, adoption, or foster care
Flexible Work Schedule
VHO provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Hourly employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 48 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Virgin Hyperloop One hosts company outings semi-annually. Our most recent team-building was at a Dodgers game!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Eligible company positions are offered relocation assistance.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Our lunch and learns focus on our recent technology, business opportunities, and potential partnerships.
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