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Project Quality Engineer

Zeno Power Systems

Zeno Power Systems

Quality Assurance
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024

Company Overview

Zeno Power’s (Zeno) mission is to provide clean, plug-and-play power anywhere in the universe. To do that, Zeno is developing a next-generation radioisotope power system (RPS) that generates carbon-free, resilient power for decades, utilizing material found in nuclear waste. Zeno’s technology is both light-weight and cost-effective compared to historic RPS, opening up broad market opportunities in space and terrestrially. To bring this breakthrough technology to market, Zeno is seeking out purpose-driven and innovative professionals who are comfortable working in a startup environment. Team members will have a direct impact in enabling commercial and national security missions from the depths of our oceans, to the surface of the moon, and in austere environments here on Earth.

Zeno is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Project Quality Engineer

Zeno is seeking a highly motivated Project Quality Engineer in our Seattle office to support the mission-oriented efforts of developing and bringing to market Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) technologies. The Project Quality Engineer is responsible for the effective implementation of the Zeno Quality Management System in support of project execution while facilitating collaboration across various Zeno departments to drive project success through quality assurance. You will report to the Director of Quality and be an independent voice of the customer, ensuring quality and safety expectations are met and exceeded at Zeno.

In this role you will:

  • Support a project-focused Engineering team to ensure effective implementation of the Zeno AS9100D quality management system.
  • Proactively promote a Quality culture throughout all Zeno organizations.
  • Collaborate with Project Management, Engineering, Supply Chain, and Procurement functions, along with suppliers, to ensure quality standards are in place and maintained
  • Verify supplier activities meet required standards and specifications
  • Facilitate root cause analysis and corrective actions to ensure completeness and process improvement
  • Monitor, report, and analyze metrics to ensure compliance, performance visibility, and continuous improvement
  • Review statements of work for suppliers and define project-specific quality requirements for each supplier
  • Participate in design reviews and other design activities to ensure quality requirements are met
  • Support the change control and material review boards as the quality representative including reviewing supplier waivers or deviations

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field, engineering preferred
  • At least 3 years of quality assurance experience in a space, satellite, or aerospace environment
    • Quality assurance experience with flight hardware preferred
    • Nuclear quality assurance experience is a plus
  • Proven knowledge of ISO 9001 or AS9100 standards
  • Experience with developing process and procedures in a new quality management system implementation
  • Experience with root cause and corrective actions tools and implementation
  • Candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to influence cross-functional teams
  • Ability to provide independent oversight of Zeno activities
  • Ability to manage and support numerous simultaneous tasks that require a multi-disciplinary approach

Job Functions

  • Position requires in-office presence in Seattle (South Lake Union) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, remote work is optional on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Travel: Travel is required, <20%
  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 15 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated salary band for this position is $90,000-150,000. The final job level and compensation will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, years of relevant experience, skills, qualifications, certifications, and other business considerations.

In addition to competitive compensation, we also offer a generous benefits package, which includes:

  • Stock options
  • Flexible paid time off
  • 401k plan with employer match
  • 16 weeks of paid family leave
  • Annual employee wellness reimbursement and office supply stipend
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Relocation assistance

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Export Control

Applicants for employment at Zeno Power must be a U.S. person. The term “U.S. Person” means (i) a U.S citizen or U.S. national; or (ii) any natural person who is a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e., holds a Green Card), as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or as a “protected individual” defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) (i.e., admitted as a refugee or is granted asylum).