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Production Manager - F9 Subassemblies

Production Manager - F9 Subassemblies

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.

Production Manager – F9 Subassemblies  


  • Lead and manage a staff of 40+ employees per shift. (up to 80 on 2 shifts)
  • Manage the modification, repair, assembly and integration of production assemblies in order to guarantee achievement of on time delivery and quality targets
  • Manage launch site shipment preparations
  • Ensure a strong focus is placed on safety and achieve excellent safety performance with the team
  • Use quality metrics to continually improve the quality output of the manufacturing team. Play a leading role in ensuring root causes for quality issues are identified and appropriate improvement actions are put in place
  • Review work instructions and make change recommendations when needed to improve processes
  • Meet tight production schedules to achieve high rate production
  • Responsible for assessing, staffing and vetting the appropriate skillset needed
  • Achieve cost targets by improving labor efficiency and driving design for manufacturability improvements
  • Identify opportunities for training improvements and coordinate with technical training team to develop new hire and advanced skill training programs
  • Develop, initiate, and enforce system policies and procedures
  • Monitor labor hours and overtime and implement improvement plans and time management with staff
  • Capacity planning of equipment and personnel
  • Coordinate with Engineering and other departments to minimize production interruptions
  • Think creatively; question the status quo, while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards
  • Develop and assure adequate machine maintenance schedules and back-up spares availability


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering field or 5 years of leadership experience
  • Minimum of 4 years in high volume manufacturing sector
  • Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving total cost equation
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods required


  • SpaceX experience
  • Experience bringing teams and processes from development to production desirable
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels in the organization, including production technicians, engineering, and the Executive level
  • A technical understanding and practical knowledge of composite manufacturing processes or systems integration
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to read, interpret and follow: Schematics: engineering drawings, circuit layouts, and parts list/ Cable Harnesses: wiring diagrams, layout drawings, and parts list/ Mechanical Assemblies: mechanical drawings and parts lists
  • Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy


  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min
  • Must be able to other SpaceX sites; Up to 10% travel


  • 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.

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