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Manager, Manufacturing Engineering (Launch Vehicle Assemblies)

Manager, Manufacturing Engineering (Launch Vehicle Assemblies)

Manufacturing and Production - Leadership

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.



  • Lead a team of exceptionally talented manufacturing engineers to advance the course of production, utilizing state of the art technologies and Lean manufacturing principals to achieve industry changing levels of cost efficiency, process and product reliability and change introduction speed
  • Act as a technical decision maker and advisor to the team on manufacturing techniques such as panel machining, friction stir welding, precision hardware installation and integration, orbital tube welding, proof and leak, and painting and insulating processes
  • Identify opportunities for implementation of high-volume manufacturing efficiencies to a lower volume environment
  • Work with cross-functional teams to increase production throughput by a factor of ten in the next two years, while maintaining the highest possible standards of quality
  • Institute department-wide manufacturing and production metrics, to measure and then optimize productivity in all areas
  • Act as a forcing function for excellence and aggressively focus on cost reduction in every element of the production process within the area.
  • Identifies and develops talent within the organization
  • Develop detailed "as-is" process maps, and assess current process in order to improve them & deliver competitive value by maintaining a deep knowledge of industry best practices and technology trends in field of expertise
  • Create collaborative business plans with design engineering teams and develop and maintain positive vendor relationships
  • Lead design for assembly/manufacturing activities in order to influence product designs appropriately
  • Continually develops capacity plans in order to support customer vehicle manifest as well as a diverse and variable R&D demand


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience required in a medium to high volume production environment


  • High degree of comfort on the factory floor, working to identify and execute efficiency improvements in all aspects of production and manufacturing
  • Significant exposure to a wide variety of machining, fabrication and testing methodologies
  • A proven track record of leadership and team building within a rapidly changing environment
  • Strong preference will be shown to candidate from a high volume production background such as automotive, commercial aviation, or consumer electronics
  • Strong preference to candidates who have a consistent record of exceptional personal achievements and contributions that have supported career progression to-date
  • Strong preference will be shown to candidates from top-tier product companies, with a reputation for excellence in technology and product quality
  • Strong preference will be shown to candidates with significant experience in both sub-assembly production and final vehicle assembly/test experience
  • Experience managing a team of experienced and newly qualified engineers in a manufacturing environment


  • This position may require long hours and weekend work.


  • 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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