Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, 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: 

    • As the Program Manager for the Air Vehicle you will be responsible and accountable for the program performance of the design, development, test, manufacturing and certification of the planned production eVTOL aircraft. 
      • You will lead and manage the planning, coordination, risk management, and liaison with these, but not limited to, functions: Engineering, Test, Certification, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Sourcing and Quality for supporting the development, certification and production of Archer’s air vehicle.
      • The Air Vehicle scope includes the airframe (fuselage, wings, tail, booms), cabin w/ interiors, landing gear (nose and main), mechanical systems, material and processes, structural analysis and test.  This role will also be the primary program manager to integrate the efforts of the Archer Industrial Design team with the Aircraft Engineering team. 
    • The primary deliverable will be the successful development, verification, certification, and production of the air vehicle. As the air vehicle matures this role’s responsibilities will be shared across Air Vehicle and supporting Integration and Assembly of our flight test and production aircraft during LRIP (low rate initial production) and production load in Georgia, for example: 
  • Material availability
        • Interfacing cross functionally on material availability and mitigating any disruption to our production line and coordinating program decisions on production demand quantities.
  • Manufacturing
      • Coordinating cross functionally to assist in solutions for any program disruptions to manufacturing that include engineering design releases, rate changes, customer requests/feedback, new product introductions, lot breaks, modification periods, etc. 
  • Primary accountability and responsibilities are the management of cost, schedule, and technical performance to program requirements and milestones for all systems and subsystems. You will openly collaborate with all functions across the company to support the scope defined for your program. 
  • The Program Manager will 
    • Openly collaborate with the Director of Air Vehicle to ensure the functional capabilities of this engineering discipline effectively enables the aircraft design, development, test, and certification of our inaugural aircraft platform is successful. 
    • Define, launch, and drive mission-critical technical and business initiatives to ensure program success and will be expected to resolve a wide range of issues in imaginative as well as practical ways.
    • Develop strong relationships across Archer, inclusive of suppliers, and lead a multidisciplinary team to execute complex development programs within schedule and budget. 
    • Build program task-based schedules, lead program kickoff and / or  gate meetings, and track milestone progress against the program management plan.
    • Identify and manage program Risks, Issues, and Opportunities to closure. 
    • Utilize configuration control and change management to maintain technical discipline of the program. 

What you need: 

  • Understanding of aircraft design, development, test and production.
  • Experience as a program manager and knowledge of the program management best practices. 
  • Experience in one or more aviation engineering disciplines.
  • General experience with aircraft civil certification programs.
  • Working knowledge of how program management interacts and collaborates with , finance, supply chain, quality, engineering.
  • Experience managing program scope (technical, budgets, schedules).
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Computers, Mathematics, Physics or a related field. 
  • A minimum of 10 years related experience in aviation including technical product and program leadership and management roles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills especially in team building/maintenance and customer relationships.
  • Must be able to act independently and make decisions on administrative / operational issues affecting the success of this organization.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Bonus Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated business insights and business acumen
  • MBA or Master's Degree in one of the identified academic disciplines is preferred
  • Thorough understanding of engineering product development including design phases, manufacturing business processes and supply chain management knowledge
  • Direct experience as a program manager of an air vehicle program

This position reports directly to the Vice President of Program Management.

This position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of U.S. regulations.

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $164,000 - $205,000. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

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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