Vehicle Development Engineer at Relativity Space

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Team and Role Overview

Relativity is creating the first autonomous rocket factory. Our vision is to build the future of humanity in space – starting with rockets. We have an ambitious mission, and we understand that it takes a team to achieve it. This is why we are growing and looking for team members to join us that feel just as excited and driven to accomplish something that has not been done before, together.

We are expanding our Vehicle Engineering team! Relativity seeks a highly talented systems engineer to help achieve our ambitious goal of launching a 3D printed rocket.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated technical excellence in cross-functional analysis, developing engineering processes and tools, and project delivery.  This position is ideal for multidisciplinary engineers looking to make a broad impact in a small, high-performance team.

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives

As a founding member of the systems engineering team at Relativity, you will work collaboratively with team members across the organization while leading the development of Relativity’s engineering processes and tools to enable the design, development, and flight of the Terran 1 launch system.  Additionally, you will help build an outstanding vehicle engineering organization at the cutting edge of commercial aerospace.

Projects and responsibilities could include any or all of the following:

  • Conduct trade studies across vehicle systems to ensure vehicle performance and reliability are achieved.
  • Contribute to all stages of the product lifecycle for both flight and ground systems. This will include developing requirements, system architecture, concepts of operations, integration and test storyboards, verification plans, and data analyses.
  • Build, modify, or eliminate engineering process as a means to support an efficient, product-focused culture.
  • Create or review engineering documentation including requirements, interface control documents, hazard analyses, test plans, and data reviews.
  • Provide support and information to a variety of technical meetings including design reviews, test readiness reviews, change boards, and risk boards.
  • Provide engineering expertise to solve technical problems at all levels.

Candidate Profile

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to lead projects to completion.  You are experienced in working across engineering disciplines to produce effective output and drive decisions at the interface of engineering systems.  Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects across the product lifecycle while collaborating effectively with a broad technical team.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering or related field at 3+ years relevant experience
  • Experience performing cross-functional engineering and integration for complex systems
  • Experience solving difficult problems with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven track record of contributing to project completion
  • Expertise in modern systems engineering practices and tools
  • Demonstrable written and oral communication skills

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Graduate degree (MS/PhD) in engineering or related field and 7+ years aerospace experience
  • Hands-on experience in the design, integration, test, and operation of space vehicles
  • History of taking an aerospace product from concept to production
  • Strong desire to learn new subjects in order to solve difficult and often ambiguous challenges.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

 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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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.


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.


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!


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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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
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
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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