Director I - Pod Structures & Mechanical Systems at Virgin Hyperloop

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To connect the world, we must reflect the world. At Virgin Hyperloop, we’re bringing together unique perspectives, empowering our community to celebrate all voices, and creating equal opportunities to build, grow, and thrive. 

WHY WE NEED YOU

Pod Structures and Mechanical Systems team mandate is to design and deliver structural and mechanical sub-systems of Hyperloop pod, including but not limited to pod primary structures/doors/interiors/thermal management/life support systems within time and budget.

The Director of the Pod Structures and Mechanical Systems mandate is to lead the team through planning and assuring successful day to day execution in order to complete deliverables on time and on budget.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

PROJECT MANAGEMENT 

  • Accountable and responsible for all Pod structural and mechanical sub-systems (including Pod primary structures/doors/interiors/thermal management/life support systems) engineering development activities and completing deliverables to time and cost  
  • Identify, manage and mitigate technical risk, using the established Risk Management processes  
  • Direct Pod Structures and Mechanical systems team with technical leadership, resource management, execution, problem solving, risk management, scheduling, and budgeting through collaboration with work package Project Manager,  
  • Support VH high-level engineering strategy and planning,  

PEOPLE MANAGEMENT  

  • Build and manage the Pod Structures and Mechanical systems team to ensure that all key capabilities are identified and provided to the team: skills, facilities, processes, technology and information  
  • Recruit and maintain highly skilled team – Develop succession plans,  
  • Provide mentoring/coaching to engineers, helping them generate development plans and support their growth and learning,  
  • Lead and motivate the Pod Structures and Mechanical systems team, ensuring all staff are suitably supported. Serve the teams to give them environment to succeed,  
  • Manage people, define priorities, remove roadblocks and support team development:  
  • Plans, schedules, directs, reviews and approves work of employees,  
  • Manage conflicts and informs the VP of Product Development for complex cases,  
  • Perform Performance Reviews for employees under direct supervision,  
  • Maintain good communication with senior leadership and business support functions (Biz Dev, Talent Ops, Finance, Legal)  

SUPPLIER/PARTNER MANAGEMENT  

  • Lead partnership with critical design and manufacturing partners. Own and manage relationship.  
  • Accountable for subcontract program work definition, progress, delivery of results, timely and cost-effective execution and risk management  

TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP  

  • Accountable and responsible for the technical architecture definition, development, selection, hardware delivery and integration, and certification for the pod primary structures, doors, interior, thermal management system, and environmental control & life support system  
  • Accountable for developing and maintaining a technical development roadmap,  
  • Accountable for the technical architecture definition, design, development, integration, delivery, testing, and certification for the pod integrated product, including but not limited to primary structures, doors, interior, thermal management system, environmental control & life support system.  
  • Provide technical expertise on design of safe, lightweight, producible, certifiable, and reliable hard components for pod structures and mechanical systems,  
  • Review and consult on design work completed by teams, review neighboring Departments’ work with an eye towards system-level integrated performance against Hyperloop System requirements,  
  • Provide engineering decision recommendations for items impacting wider system operation, software, business requirements or business strategy, manufacturing strategy,  

WHAT YOU'VE DONE

  • Minimum education: Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics or another related field or equivalent work experience
  • Managed multi discipline teams
  • Managed partnerships with critical design and manufacturing partners
  • Developed and maintained a technical development roadmap
  • Been responsible for the technical architecture definition, design, development, integration, delivery, testing, and certification of a product/System
  • Demonstrated commercial accountability and ownership

NICE TO HAVE

  • Experience in Electric Mobility, or Aerospace industry

WHY VIRGIN HYPERLOOP

  • 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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We're located in the Arts District, an up-and-coming neighborhood with new hotels, restaurants, and breweries—and just minutes away from Downtown LA!

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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

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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.

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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!

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
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
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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