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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Director, Manufacturing Operations in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

At Stratolaunch, we count on our leadership team to solve complex business problems with creativity and passion while always collaborating with the rest of the team. We are seeking an experienced Sr. Director, Manufacturing Operations, to join us in this mission, with a focus on leading the manufacturing of our next generation flight vehicles. This position reports to the VP, Programs and Operations, and is responsible for leading a diverse manufacturing team currently focused on our Talon-A hypersonic, rocket-propelled testbeds. A key responsibility of this position will be to lead the maturation of our prototype vehicle manufacturing team into a world-class production operation.


  • Overall leadership responsibility for the manufacturing strategy and operations.

  • Oversee management of all areas of manufacturing to produce vehicles, direct activities and ensure that schedules are met while staying within quality standards and cost objectives.

  • Develop and implement policies and programs to ensure vehicles are manufactured within schedule and according to established quality and cost standards.

  • Prepare forecasts regarding future facility, equipment, and workforce needs, and ensures manufacturing capacity is sufficient to meet business requirements. Ensure plant design, workflow and assembly methods maximize operational efficiency.

  • Develop the plan maturing Stratolaunch manufacturing reinforcing it as a company strength with proactive problem solving and strong initiative

  • Drive and sustain improvement initiatives focused on improving processes to attain increased throughput and quality utilizing Lean and Six Sigma Principles.

  • Work with the Program and Aircraft Operations leadership to develop a cohesive plan for resources and workforce development with a strategic eye for future workforce needs and requirements. Assess current team and identify potential skill gaps and then determine training needs.

  • Mature manufacturing inventory and property control process and procedures commensurate with low-rate production operations.

  • Work with the Director, Aircraft & Ground Operations, and the Facility Manager to ensure the work environment is efficiently organized, maintained and clean.

  • Partner closely with Engineering and Aircraft & Ground Operations teams to ensure alignment of culture and interaction expectations between the departments.

  • Develop metrics to measure progress of the group and identify problem areas. Then work with Manufacturing leadership to determine most effective path forward for systemic change.

  • Create an agile environment that adapts to changes quickly. Addresses challenges directly with solutions that can be measured for desired outcome.

  • Support overall sense of urgency to meet aggressive production schedules.

  • Collaborate with Quality Assurance to design, implement, and monitor quality awareness and improvement programs.

  • Manage personnel, including setting expectations and empowering direct reports.

  • Create and maintain an organizational structure that elevates performance, allowing employees to thrive.

  • Maintain FOD Control and Tool Control processes in the manufacturing environment.

  • Drive decisions with data and proven leadership shown by increasing levels of accountability.

  • Participate in proposals and new business with planning representing production and manufacturing.

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • 20 years in diversified production roles, with an understanding of aerospace manufacturing and low-rate production methods.

  • Experience working with a variety of internal resources including Quality Assurance, Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities, Engineering, Aircraft Operations, Procurement, Property Control, and Human Resources.

  • Deep knowledge of production design and planning methodologies, and an ability to appropriately apply knowledge to our manufacturing environment and needs.

  • Proven experience developing and executing production plans that improves cost and schedule efficiency.

  • Proven track record of developing team members into effective leaders.

  • Strong team building, collaboration, and leadership skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with employees, fellow company leaders, and customers.

  • Ability to coordinate multiple concurrent activities among many groups and provide clear plan of dependencies and deadlines.

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, managing multiple priorities in a dynamic and changing environment.

  • Self-motivated with a strong track record of forecasting potential challenge areas and taking initiative to address those areas before they become a company concern.

  • Creative problems solving skills. Ability to think “out of the box” and apply non-traditional solutions to challenging issues.

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) or higher in an Engineering, Supply Chain or Business Management field and 20 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA.

Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Manufacturing