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Build Reliability Manager

Build Reliability Manager

Build and Flight Reliability

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.


The Launch Site Build Reliability Manager will be the key advocate for build quality and mission assurance at the launch site by promoting efficient and reliable operational processes. The manager will build and manage a team of engineers and inspectors to partner with Flight Reliability, Launch Reliability, and Launch Operations teams at SpaceX to ensure mission success as SpaceX marches towards manned spaceflight and Mars.


  • Build and mentor a team of engineers focused on ensuring build reliability during launch site processing and refurbishment.
  • Develop individual team members by enabling opportunities suited to each individual that align with strategic goals of the Build & Flight Reliability and Launch organizations.
  • Partner with associated reliability organizations (Launch and Flight Reliability) to determine high-risk processes and problems that need additional reliability analysis. Enable engineers to proactively implement improvements to these processes and ensure operational excellence.
  • Maintain the feedback loop to drive hardware inputs that enable reliable and rapid launch cadences by using data to make the quality landscape transparent and drive prioritization of resolving the most impactful issues.
  • Allocate Build Reliability Engineers to all launch site areas (launch pad/ground support equipment build and maintenance, F9/Dragon integration and maintenance) to ensure successful day-to-day operations via reviewing work instructions and issue tickets for reliability critical inputs.
  • Ensure adequate and efficient coverage of Quality Inspectors to all operational areas; ensure inspector skills are adequately defined and developed.
  • Influence and execute standard hangar/pad practices to create a culture of reliability. Including management of the training/verification of authorized overseers.  Support internal and customer (e.g. AS9100/EELV/etc.) audits of launch organization, including preparation and resolution of findings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years experience building and leading teams of engineers


  • Master’s degree in an engineering or science discipline
  • Demonstrated delivery and technical project management of an engineering problem
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals
  • Self-starter mindset to seek out solutions to technical problems with the local team along and extended SpaceX departments dealing with aspects of the vehicle and spacecraft design
  • Experience working with flight hardware
  • Experience hiring and conducting performance reviews
  • Experience writing test plans and test procedures
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people
  • Ability to be diplomatic with a variety of individuals across the organizational infrastructure
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills


  • Willingness to travel, potentially for extended periods of time
  • Available to work extended hours, nights, and weekends when required by mission milestones
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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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