VP of Safety, Certification & Quality Assurance

| Greater LA Area
THE PURPOSE:
As the Vice President of Safety, Certification & Quality Assurance at Virgin Hyperloop One, you’ll be our internal safety authority, holding VHO to the highest safety and quality standards as we transition from R&D to building and maintaining the world’s first hyperloop networks. You’ll lead the team that ensures our products are fit for purpose, sustainable in operation, and safe to use, operate, and maintain. As our internal auditor, you’ll assess our engineering quality, control, and compliance to secure certification, accreditation, and regulatory compliance.   
 
THE ROLE:
 People Management: 
  • Recruit, mentor, coach, and motivate your team 
  • Manage people, priorities, schedules, budgets, and quality 
 Technical Safety Authority: 
  • Establish overall safety strategy and foster a safety culture at VHO 
  • Set certification strategy aligned with existing and proposed standards 
  • Evaluate, develop, and implement policies, standards, and practices to support safety, quality, and reliability throughout the engineering and product lifecycle 
  • Accountable for oversight of our engineering process, ensuring all engineering projects, initiatives, and processes adhere to our established safety policies and objectives 
  • Responsible for independently verifying and validating the safety requirements of the supplied system and the integrity of the technical solution  
  • Develop, maintain, and enforce our system safety management plan 
  • Develop generic product, generic application, and specific application safety cases  
  • Support operators in implementing safety management systems to our standards 
  • Accountable for interface with regulators, certifiers, transportation authorities, national safety agencies, independent safety assessors, and regional development partners 
  • Monitor international, federal, state, and local regulations and laws, making recommendations for necessary changes to achieve compliance 
  • Develop any functional bodies necessary to promote and advance hyperloop acceptance 
  • Flexibility to travel 25or more Other projects as assigned 
THE CANDIDATE:
  • You’re an enthusiastic leader with strong interpersonal skills  
  • You’re an excellent communicator (both spoken and written), comfortable presenting in front of groups 
  • You think deeply, critically, and creatively about challenges, comprehensively analyze and solve ambiguous problems, and convey your points persuasively 
  • You’re highly self-motivated and eager to take on new challenges  
  • You manage conflict effectively, dialoguing, negotiating, influencing, and working with others collaboratively and constructively 
 MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science, or other relevant field or equivalent work experience 
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing safety programs and plans 
  • Experience leading and developing senior-level cross-functional teams  
  • Familiarity with safety standards, such as CENELEC 5012x, IEC 61508, or ISO 26262  
  • Familiarity with quality management systems, such as ISO 9001 or AS 9100
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science, or other relevant field or equivalent work experience 
  • Leading senior-level safety teams through definition, implementation, construction, and commissioning  
  • Operation and maintenance planning and development for mass transportation projects  
  • Driving organizational change, managing stakeholders, and delivering high-level safety training 
  • Experience with requirements management tools, especially DOORS
 
Hyperloop One is an Equal Employment Employer; employment is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other protected status. Hyperloop One will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the “Ban the Box” legislation. We may access publicly available information as part of your application. For full information on how your personal information will be stored and processed, please click here.
 
To all recruitment agencies: Virgin Hyperloop One does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Virgin Hyperloop One employees or any other company location. Virgin Hyperloop One is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
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An Insider's view of Virgin Hyperloop One

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office gives the feeling of excitement and energy every day. You can see it through the passionate discussions about engineering, marketing or any field. The people really bring a level of passion and energy that makes it one of the best places to work. The dog-friendly culture also helps soothe our nerves after any intense discussions!

Matt

Manager - Software Design Specs

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

My job is based around collaboration with other teams. When a team needs to optimize their workflow or day-to-day operations, I gather requirements from them to find solutions to best suit their needs. I love being able to make this easier and simpler for other teams.

Anne

IT Operations Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I am probably a unique example having only worked for the company for six months and already having the opportunity to start in the Dubai office and then be seconded to the Los Angeles Headquarters. Relentless focus on making a difference, impacting positive change, and putting safety first have already given me great opportunities with VHO.

Bruce

Safety Regulatory Certification Director

What are some things you learned at the company?

I have learned how to model the dynamics of our pod and how the different EM systems generate forces that control its motion. I extended my knowledge into multi-body dynamics which is needed to simulate the motion of the vehicle through curvilinear trajectories. I have learned how to develop my own in-house simulation tools and use CAE tools.

Cathy

Vehicle Dynamics Specialist

What are Virgin Hyperloop One Perks + Benefits

Virgin Hyperloop One 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!

Culture
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
Diversity
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
401(K)
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
Parking
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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