Archer is an aerospace company based in Palo Alto, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What You’ll Do

  • Lead a cross functional team of engineers with diverse backgrounds in Manufacturing Engineering, Automation Engineering, and Tool Engineering focused on Design for Manufacturing (DFM), manufacturing process development, and production support
  • Work in a fast paced and flexible environment
  • Lead the development of standard processes and documentation for the Production Engineering department including manufacturing work plan authoring guide, tool definition requirements, producibility guidelines, etc.
  • Lead the development of the production system design for the entire aircraft
  • Develop the tooling and index plan
  • Develop the overarching Build Plan for the aircraft build
  • Establish a Production Engineering functional home room that is a high performing support organization inclusive of policies, procedures, training, tool utilization and employee development
  • Coordinates and implements new engineering principles, theories, advanced technologies and concepts
  • Validates and ensures production readiness of solutions to complex problems
  • Leads development and implements manufacturing plans
  • Resolves technical problems that would significantly affect performance, cost or schedule
  • Interfaces with academia, professional associations, partners, other companies, suppliers, high performance teams and customers to optimize product definition development
  • Develops, identifies and implements conceptual designs and maintains the program architecture for build
  • Develops and implements cost effective and improved processes for Lean production and tooling methodologies
  • As a member of a high performance team, integrates technical solutions to ensure process and product reliability
  • Implements Lean principles and technologies
  • Improves product development and execution performance
  • Analyzes design/build concepts, to evaluate a producible design/build definition and investigates alternative solutions to meet producibility requirements
  • Assesses process capabilities on the product definition at a team level
  • Assists in providing input to the program plan to ensure that producibility activities and deliverables are incorporated
  • Be a collaborative partner who drives change and establishes standardization of PE deliverables in order to achieve functional excellence
  • Lead the work projects and direct the staff involved in the projects; they may have to provide guidelines in development, production and quality control in manufacturing processes 
  • Perform technical data analysis related to product workflow, manpower forecasting, and manufacturing performance
  • Lead the production engineering staff to ensure the function is providing exceptional support across the company
  • Develop, coach and mentor the production engineers to ensure they understand roles & responsibilities, provide performance feedback, develop a career roadmap and partner with them on their career aspirations
  • Establish KPIs in order to drive performance management, identify trends and mitigate risks, and support manufacturing as well as other departments 
  • Complete data analysis pertaining to production and sustainment performance, cost control, cost reduction, and other related production systems using tools like Google Docs suite, OneNote, Project, or data analysis tools. On the basis of these studies, monitors the development and implementation changes to production workflow, manpower changes, or changes to the schedule
  • Develops detailed work plans in collaboration with the Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing teams
  • Champions continuous improvement across the organization and leads activities as required
  • Partner with Industrial Engineering to keep track of all manufacturing crew loads and standards and work with the manufacturing team to improve efficiency and streamline processes
  • Provide an effective interface to all departments and provide assistance as needed
  • Build and recruit your team to meet defined staffing and budget requirements
  • Partner with manufacturing to choose an appropriate MES
  • Support the head of quality in assuring inspection is included in work plans and inspection methods
  • Collaborate with quality to ensure inspection methods are defined and standards are established
  • Plan and assign work strategies in the production schedule that covers maintenance of process equipment and inspection at proper intervals
  • Assist with equipment installations and project planning
  • Ensure the production engineers are effectively supporting the High Performance Teams across the facility

What You Need

  • BS or MS Degree in Engineering or a related field
  • 7+ years experience developing aerospace, automotive, or electrical products
  • 4+ years experience leading a production engineering team
  • Process and documentation development experience
  • Manufacturing Engineering and/or Tool/Automation Engineering experience
  • Structure or Electrical production support experience
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Proven track record as an inspirational leader who invests and develops others
  • Ability to understand, apply and implement concepts and lean tools to the company production system for improvement
  • Demonstrate potential to design, analyze and implement industrial engineering techniques

Bonus Qualifications

  • FAR 23 experience
  • Part 21 experience
  • Working under an FAA Production Certificate
  • Battery or electric motor assembly experience
  • Experience in automation and robotics
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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