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Hardware Validation Manager - Avionics



Other Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 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 group of hardware and software engineers responsible for designing robust systems that power our life-saving drone delivery service in some of the toughest environments on Earth. Our team designs aircraft avionics that must excel in a wide range of harsh, real-world climates and electromagnetic interference (EMI) environments. Our work also plays a vital role in system architecture, where we strive to achieve optimal performance and reliability while minimizing mass and cost.

As the Validation Manager on this team, you will play a pivotal role in the validation of Avionics flight computer assemblies and vehicle-level harnessing through a broad range of environments. You will be responsible for testing environmental performance, including thermal, UV, rain, and humidity, as well as load cases such as vibration, shock, and acceleration. Additionally, you will oversee the electromagnetic environment validation, including EMI, EMC, and self-compatibility.

Your leadership will be critical as you would be the first hire for this discipline and be responsible for growing and guiding a team in the validation of the assemblies, developing test infrastructure, and partnering with design engineers to ensure that the design units meet engineering and production validation standards. This is an exciting opportunity to build a team that is crucial in the development of life-saving technology and pushes the boundaries of what's possible.

What You'll Do

  • Lead, mentor, and grow a small but mighty team of test engineers
  • Coordinate team resources, project scopes, and timelines to complete deliverables aligned with program needs
  • Plan and execute electrical design validation in prototypes, engineering validation, manufacturing validation, and production ramp
  • Design test systems for avionics hardware manufacturing tests
  • Partner with contract manufacturers to design manufacturing test systems for external volume manufacturing
  • Develop test infrastructure for Avionics specific challenges, such has high speed network or camera interfaces
  • Lead validation of environmental performance (thermal, UV, rain, humidity), load cases (vibration, shock, acceleration), and electromagnetic environments (EMI, EMC, including self compatibility

What You'll Bring

  • Built and leveraged a team of engineers to achieve ambitious goals, with proven success
  • 8+ years of experience across design, integration, or test engineering roles
  • A degree in engineering, physics, or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience in validating the performance of electronics in fields such as consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, transportation, or medical devices
  • Test experience validating computer function, networking interfaces, or radio interfaces as part of a formal test or qualification program
  • 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 office

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $160,000 - $200,000. 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!