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Sr. Manager, Test Fabrication & Support

Sr. Manager, Test Fabrication & Support

Texas Rocket Development & Test - Operations

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Sr. Manager, Test Fabrication & Support


  • Manage and provide daily support of the GSE/Facilities Operations team:
    • Manage a diverse team of fabrication and support teams who specialize in a very broad range of projects and skills
    • Ensure all employees are trained and competent on required tools and equipment
    • Ensure employees have the necessary resources, product, tools and/or equipment
    • Assess employee performance; provide positive and constructive feedback; provide conflict resolution; complete annual performance review process; address performance issues with corrective actions in performance improvement plans or through disciplinary actions
    • Provide leadership by setting an example, being a model, taking input from everyone and deciding how it fits according to our strategic initiatives
    • Identify process improvement and ensure operations are lean, efficient and effective
  • Ensure that fabrication personnel and resources are properly allocated to meet site priority
  • Coordinate site wide facility upgrades and maintenance
  • Communicate priority and schedule within the different Fabrication and Support groups to maximize efficiency
  • Maintain a constant working relationship with engineering to keep up with a continually changing project schedule and daily operational work load
  • Ensure the team is following all necessary regulations and appropriate SpaceX procedures including quality policies, safety policies, OSHA, EPA, NIOSH, NFPA, ASME, NEC, etc. standards
  • Provide leadership, future directional planning, and oversee the Fabrication & Support infrastructure, organizational unit productivity and mission-critical operations
  • Establish direction, leadership, and vision for all decision-making
  • Assist with preparation and administration of site operational expenditures
  • Champion change and effectively manage the implementation of new ideas
  • Evaluate manpower requirements, assess manpower costs & needs
  • Continually seek process improvements, technology improvements, and automation for all teams
  • Provide mentorship and leadership development for leaders within the organization
  • Maintain a positive and healthy work environment and continually promote the SpaceX culture
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience serving in a personnel manager role

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Associate’s degree
  • Management experience with a particular emphasis on strategic planning
  • Knowledge of fluid, structural, thermal, and electrical systems – system design, pitfalls, potential hazards, expected operation, etc.
  • Ability to delegate tasks and make use of resources to get things done effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to understand and interpret technical manuals, 2D drawings, P&IDs, fluid and electrical schematics and other engineering documentation
  • Knowledge of hazardous systems – cryogenic, flammable, hypergolic, pyrophoric
  • Knowledge of high pressure system design and handling
  • Knowledge of material, concrete, drawing, fluid system, codes and standards (ASME, AISC, ASTM, etc.)
  • Knowledge of welding and machining operations
  • Knowledge of supply chain (material management and material distribution)
  • Knowledge of ERP systems (WarpDrive)
  • Ability to communicate professionally to parties both internal and external to SpaceX
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflict in a calm and diplomatic manner
  • Knowledge of McGregor site infrastructure, product development, and testing operations
  • Intermediate level in Microsoft OneNote, Visio, and Project
  • Intermediate level in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to support and supervise operations outside of normal business hours, when required
  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying light weight such as materials or equipment (0 to 15 lbs.)
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000


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