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Manager, Propulsion Manufacturing Engineering

Company Overview:

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity's industrial base on Earth and on Mars.


The Manufacturing team is building the factory of the future. This team has a wide variety of responsibilities-from determining the most efficient factory floor layout, to building out cells for some of the largest 3D printers in the world. Unique to Relativity, you will get to work across many teams to iterate and support Relativity's first-of-its-kind 3D printing software and robotics technology. Overall, this team is critical to the launch success of Terran 1, among many other firsts!

The Manager, Propulsion Manufacturing Engineering will be responsible for leading the manufacturing team that builds our Aeon-1 and Aeon-R engines. You will be responsible for architecting and refining how we process engine hardware in Long Beach-beginning with our printed piece parts up through pre-ATP engine checkouts. You will have the opportunity to set the tone for engine manufacturing at Relativity by trailblazing and defining the manufacturing development strategy for Aeon-R, in addition to operationalizing our existing Aeon-1 product line. The candidate will play a critical role in both the introduction and scaling of Relativity's engine production. We are seeking a highly-motivated, strategic, and technical individual to lead the front on producing the industry's highest quality, scalable 3D-printed engine line.

What you'll do:
  • Be the engine build champion for the company.
  • Lead a highly talented team of propulsion manufacturing, integration, and/or component engineers responsible for the build, integration, and in-factory testing of our Aeon engines.
  • Support, challenge, and develop Lead ME's through technical, performance, and behavioral mentorship.
  • Accountable for both the strategic and tactical vision for propulsion manufacturing. Architect Relativity's Manufacturing Engineering roadmap and execute on defined deliverables.
  • Define and drive a manufacturing strategy that supports a rapid design-manufacturing iteration loop and enables a swift transition to high-volume for Aeon-R.
  • Partner with Production and Operations to productionize Aeon-1 and ensure on-time delivery of high-quality engines to the test stand.
  • Integrate the Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, PBF/Machine Shop, and Propulsion Integration departments to establish and attack our aggressive production targets.
  • Spearhead design integration, manufacturing planning (BOM's, process development, work instruction creation, etc.), and build execution/Production of all vehicle engines.
  • Partner with PBF/Prop Engineering to optimize our engine designs for manufacturing.
  • Spearhead process improvement plans to drastically reduce cycle times, enable more efficient operations, and improve safety and quality on the floor.
  • Establish the inaugural Aeon-R work center by considering manufacturing operations, tooling and capital equipment requirements, and production rate targets.
  • Champion manufacturing development efforts and stand up new, innovative capabilities in-house.

What you need to know:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering & operations, mechanical engineering, or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in an operations-focused role within a high-mix, development environment.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience formally leading or managing a professional team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience building aerospace/automotive hardware in a similarly-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a manufacturing, integration, test, or propulsion engineer.
  • Extensive experience interfacing with design engineering, manufacturing, and production personnel.
  • Extensive knowledge of manufacturing fundamentals, including but not limited to: GD&T & engineering drawings, mBOM architecting, process plans and work order development, ERP/MES development, issue ticket & resolutions, demand planning, MRP, and fulfillment.
  • Extensive knowledge of at least two of the following: PBF, machining, post-processing, assembly, integration, and functional testing.
  • Highly skilled in task management, resource allocation, and prioritization.
  • Working knowledge of rocket subsystems, including structures, fluids, and avionics.

Nice to haves but not required:
  • 5+ years leading cross-disciplinary manufacturing engineers, integration, and/or test engineers.
  • New product introduction of an aerospace hardware system into a manufacturing, test, and production system with proven success.
  • Well-versed in process development and first-time manufacturing efforts.
  • Well-versed in high-volume production.
  • Highly organized and able to provide structure and direction to the previously undefined.
  • Self-starter that has demonstrated the ability to define and own a process from scratch and roll out that process through adept communication to a diverse team.
  • A strong sense of self-awareness, accountability, and ability to influence others outside of your organization.
  • Working knowledge of typical PLM, ERP, MES, and QMS systems.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
Salary Range
$158,000.00 - $193,000.00
per Year
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California Hot Springs, CA, 93207, US