Manager, Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GNC)

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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:

The Vehicle Engineering team at Relativity Space is responsible for ensuring that our rockets will achieve our overall objectives. Our department comprises teams responsible for Flight Sciences, including Aerodynamics, Thermal Science, Loads, and Dynamics; Vehicle Simulation & Performance; Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC); and Systems Engineering. We architect and execute analysis, simulation, and test projects for all of Relativity’s hardware and software teams in pursuit of mission success, and ensure that our designs and practices meet stringent customer and government requirements. Overall, this team is critical to the launch success of Terran 1, among many other firsts!

As the Manager of Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC), you will lead a team of engineers responsible for modeling and development of Relativity vehicles' GNC function, including simulation tool development, system modeling, algorithm development, and certification.

You will collaborate with our propulsion, avionics, flight software, performance, and dynamics teams to deliver simulation and controls projects on time and budget, while meeting our technical requirements. A high degree of autonomy along with an ability to prioritize work in our fast paced environment is required.

What you’ll do:

You will play a key role in driving the Terran 1 launch vehicle to first flight, developing initial architecture for the upcoming Terran R vehicle - including for re-entry, landing, and re-usability, and growing a talented and experienced group of analysts and coders. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary vehicle engineering team to deliver world-class ascent and entry vehicle GNC. Additionally, you will help build an outstanding GNC organization at the cutting edge of commercial aerospace.

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

  • Establish and execute roadmaps for GNC in collaboration with Relativity’s engineering leadership team to achieve our strategic objectives
  • Leverage simulation and analysis to drive the design of major Terran 1 system elements to meet criteria for vehicle performance, stability, and accuracy
  • Serve as company technical authority for GNC, with ownership of relevant requirements, criteria and verification activities; customer and range certification; and methodology, tool sets, and workflows
  • Hire, train, guide, and mentor GNC engineers to be product-focused, creative, collaborative, and technically rigorous
  • Define and lead campaigns for system modeling, algorithm development, and sensor development, including tool development, analysis, test, and validation & verification
  • Mature Relativity’s simulation and algorithm development processes, including custom and commercial tool selection and implementation, workflow automation, methodology development, and data and results processing and communication
  • Direct consultants and contractors in supporting analysis and modeling activities

In order to be successful in this role, you should be self-motivated, adaptable and able to lead a team in a fast-paced, integrated vehicle program. You should also be able to resolve ambiguity and drive projects to completion. Ideally, you have significant controls, simulation, and leadership experience as well as a proven track record completing projects successfully in a highly collaborative environment.

On a weekly basis, you will be providing guidance for the team, upholding the highest level of accountability, reviewing or performing simulation and algorithm development, as well as supporting testing and certification of Relativity launch vehicle systems. You will also use your strong organizational skills to properly manage the documentation and communication of your team’s actions, recommendations, and decisions.

What you need to know:

  • A graduate degree in engineering or related field and 8+ years relevant experience
  • 3+ years experience in managing and leading simulation or controls teams, including hiring and performance management
  • Industry-leading expertise in vehicle GNC and performance
  • Experience in a GNC role from concept through V&V and certification on at least one vehicle program, including on-console support of vehicle operations
  • Experience solving complex problems on integrated vehicles
  • Proficiency in Python and C++
  • Experience structuring, negotiating, executing, and delivering complex control systems and simulations for software, hardware, and certification customers

Nice to haves but not required:

  • 15+ years relevant experience
  • Experience managing and developing simulation toolsets and workflows
  • Expertise in multiple technical domains (e.g. guidance and controls)
  • Experience with vehicle entry and landing GNC

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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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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