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Electrical Engineering Manager - Avionics



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers.
The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Avionics team is a multi-disciplinary hardware and software team responsible for designing robust avionics systems for our life-saving drone delivery service in some of the harshest environments on Earth. Zipline’s aircraft avionics must be successful in a wide range of challenging real-world climactic and EMI environments. Our team plays a vital role in system architecture - designing for performance and reliability, while minimizing mass and cost. A critical part of the team’s design responsibility is Zipline’s FAA-approved safety system to ensure the safety of employees, customers, and bystanders. Our sophisticated flight systems also require us to build custom solutions with high performance embedded computing, high speed communication buses interfacing to sensors, and tightly integrated radio systems.

As the Electrical Engineering Manager for the Avionics team, you and your team will be responsible for delivering integrated electronic systems spanning flight computers, communication systems, safety avionics, and harnessing. These components are at the core of a new unmanned aerial system that will enable Zipline’s impact to expand from 100,000 deliveries/year to 100 million across the globe. Zipline’s future success depends on the development of avionics systems that are low mass, low cost, high reliability, and produced at high volumes. Rigorous design engineering and validation is required, as well as ingenuity in approaches to packaging, integration, fault tolerance, and validation.

We are looking for a leader with a strong foundation in board level design and an excellent grasp of electronics development, processes, and tools, and the proven capacity to lead and grow a high-performing team.

What You'll Do

  • Lead, mentor, and grow a small but mighty team of electrical design and test engineers
  • Coordinate with cross discipline teams within Avionics and cross functional teams outside of Avionics
  • Coordinate team resources, project scopes, and timelines to complete deliverables aligned with program needs
  • Develop and execute roadmaps for generational improvements in avionics system architecture and compute capability
  • Design flight computers and safety avionics PCBAs, including schematic capture, layout, and DFM
  • Integrate flight computers into aircraft, including harnessing, thermals, EMI/ESD, and waterproofing in collaboration with mechanical and RF engineering peers
  • Plan and execute electrical design validation in prototypes, engineering validation, manufacturing validation, and production ramp
  • Design test systems for avionics hardware manufacturing test
  • Ongoing engineering to successfully sustain the operation of existing avionics systems in our existing fleet of thousands of aircraft

What You'll Bring

  • A degree in Electrical Engineering or Embedded Hardware Engineering; or equivalent practical experience
  • Minimum 5 years of design experience including: circuit design, schematic capture, PCB layout, packaging, integration, cost reduction, sourcing, and transitioning a product to production
  • Past success developing electronics for critical systems in fields such as automotive, aerospace, transportation, or medical devices
  • Design experience with mixed-signal, high-speed digital, high performance embedded compute, and electromagnetic compatibility
  • Proven talent in building and leveraging a team of engineers to achieve ambitious goals
  • Experience in formally managing a team of junior and experienced engineers
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating in a fast paced, cross-functional environment
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to explain technical challenges and solutions to fellow engineers and non-engineers alike
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Must be able to work in person at Zipline’s South San Francisco Headquarters

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $170,000 - $210,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!