Manager, System Safety Engineering

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The Company

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, then weekly, then daily launch, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

As Astra's first System Safety Engineering Manager, you will lead a team of system safety professionals responsible for identifying and eliminating/mitigating hazards on our launch vehicle and spacecraft programs. Your scope will include all operations at Astra, including development, qualification, production, testing, and launch operations.

You will be responsible for establishing policies and procedures that put public safety and personnel safety at the forefront of everything we do at Astra. You'll also be responsible for driving execution on those policies and procedures, iterating and improving them over time.

You'll work with teams across Astra, including engineering, production, launch operations, and launch licensing. You will be directly responsible for important deliverables that support our ability to launch, including: functional safety analysis, flight/ground safety analysis, and hazard analysis. You and your team will be the primary safety representatives of the company to external stakeholders/regulators, including the FAA.

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission:

  • Hire, lead, and coach a team of high-performing system safety engineers.
  • Ideate and implement innovative new processes and software tools that help Astra maintain system safety while scaling up production and launch operations.
  • Dive head-first into complex hazard analysis, functional safety analysis, risk analysis, and mitigation triage.
  • Represent the company to regulators and other external stakeholders as Astra's Safety Official.

Why We Value You:

  • You are an expert in System Safety Engineering and are comfortable championing the discipline for our company
  • You are a thoughtful people leader, invested in your team members' growth, development, and impact
  • You partner seamlessly with engineering, production, and launch operations teams, including with hourly technicians
  • You are eager to jump in & learn how we build and launch our rocket, and help us do it better
  • You ask insightful questions and are excited to explore problems that are several layers deep – a champion of the “5-Why” approach to problem solving, never content with the surface-level answer
  • You help us anticipate issues that haven’t occurred yet, using frameworks such as Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • You have exceptional attention to detail
  • You have strong critical-thinking skills combined with the ability to break down complex technical problems into their digestible component parts
  • You have the professional self-esteem and confidence to “push back” on peers and executives when necessary – even when it could mean delaying a launch
  • You are an energetic individual with excellent communication skills (written and oral) and interpersonal skills

Desired Multipliers:

  • 5+ years previous experience as a system safety engineer and/or reliability engineer
  • Previous experience managing a high-performing team
  • Previous experience in the aerospace or automotive industry
  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-882E

ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


United States, Alameda, CA

Posted 4 months ago

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