Skydio is the leading US drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from action sports enthusiasts to first responders.

About the role:

Skydio is hiring a Japan-based Aviation Regulatory role to support regulatory breakthroughs that enable safe and routine autonomous flight. In other countries, including the United States, Skydio has achieved multiple, groundbreaking waivers that enable our autonomous drones to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). This role will build on that success in Japan, taking Skydio’s regulatory work--and our products--to new heights. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to push the frontiers of unmanned flight with the strength of category defining technology, working in support of customers ranging from energy utilities to departments of transportation to railroads. The role reports to the Vice President of Regulatory and Policy Affairs and will be embedded with our world-class sales and operational team based in Tokyo. The role will work closely with our product, engineering, and sales functions.

In particular, this role will concentrate on working with customers, aviation regulators (especially JCAB), and Skydio’s regulatory team to plan and prepare advanced regulatory applications in support of BVLOS operations. This person will need to have a strategic sensibility with a willingness to focus on the technical, tactical--and critical--work necessary to prepare sophisticated regulatory applications. In addition to Japan, this role may support regulatory projects in the APAC region. 

Although we are looking for a full-time hire, we would also consider part-time consultants interested in supporting our regulatory mission. 

How you'll make an impact:

  • Develop a regulatory strategy in Japan/APAC designed to enable our customers and partners to conduct advanced operations that dramatically boost efficiency, protect workers, and push the frontiers of flight. 
  • Responsible for preparing applications to enable Skydio’s customers to operate Skydio drones BVLOS, including remote operations launched and landed in the Skydio Dock. 
  • Support engagements with aviation regulators (JCAB, MILT, etc) and other stakeholders to unlock Skydio’s autonomous drones for routine, low-friction use by enterprise and public sector customers.
  • Serve as a trusted resource and guide for our customers and partners pursuing advanced regulatory projects. 
  • Develop systems to track and oversee the implementation of regulatory projects. 
  • Provide regulatory advice to the product management and engineering teams designed to ensure the safe and scalable use of Skydio’s hardware and software products in Japan/JCAB.
  • Support efforts with standards bodies, industry associations, and other stakeholders to develop regulatory standards and approaches that advance our business and the industry.
  • Review and advise Skydio’s regulatory and engineering teams on proposed and final rules from JCAB and other regulators. Support the process of developing Skydio’s responses to proposed rules and regulations. 
  • Support key product demonstrations, technical validation events and regulatory test plans in coordination with the flight testing and solutions engineering teams. 

What makes you a good fit:

  • Strong record of experience working on complex regulatory issues in the aviation or transportation sectors. 
  • Intensely motivated to find and implement creative and compelling regulatory solutions that unlock the potential for autonomous drones to make the world more productive, creative, and safe. You can point to examples in your career where you questioned the status quo, proposed new solutions, and successfully worked with regulators and decision makers to bring your vision to life. 
  • A willingness to get technical, understand the technology that powers Skydio’s market-leading autonomous drones, and bring that knowledge to bear in developing safety cases, concepts of operations, and other information to support regulatory applications. To that end, an engineering degree or background may be helpful but is not required. Experience with autonomous systems is helpful but not required. 
  • Experience leading and developing advanced UAS regulatory projects is very valuable, but not required. Along the same lines, experience working with the leading standards bodies on UAS standards is helpful but not required.
  • Experience with advanced regulatory processes, such as type certification, is useful but not required. 
  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with competing demands on your time. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complicated topics--such as autonomy--to regulators and partners.  
  • ​​Native Japanese speaker with strong English proficiency. 
  • Ability to travel to client sites and attend technical validation events, as required (likely no more than 15-30% of the time).
  • Be flexible: As the Japan team is growing, you are willing and enthusiastic to work on multiple projects, both tactical and strategic, as needed.
  • A B.A. or B.S. degree (advanced degrees are preferred but not required).
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