AVIONICS LEAD

Our mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize air freight and enable same day shipping for everyone, everywhere. To achieve this, we are developing a new type of cargo airplane, one that is small, remotely-piloted and extremely fuel efficient. It can transport up to 350 kg over 2,500 km for a cost that's 50% lower than other airplanes. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and can land and take off anywhere with at least 400m of landstrip. This is the kind of technology that can transform whole economies.

 

At first, it didn't sound possible, but we keep proving it is, which is why we've called it “The Black Swan”. It can land on short and unpaved runways, enabling on-demand point-to-point flights and speedy same-day delivery even to the most remote locations that would otherwise take days to reach over ground or sea.

 

We are starting with domestic air networks in Europe and Australia with fleets of the Black Swan, taking advantage of the multitude of small airfields that are often unused, training local personnel as drone and logistics operators, and partnering with local industry to provide a valuable lifeline of getting goods in and out of small, remote, mountainous and/or island communities within hours at a cost that is often below even that of road transportation.

 

We believe that rapid and reliable shipping has enormous socio-economic benefits , and our goal is to enable same-day deliveries for every single person on the planet at a cost that they can afford.

THE ROLE

Reporting into the Chief Engineer, the Avionics Lead will lead one of the most crucial teams in the company. They will take accountability for the design and delivery of electronic systems design and development for our aircraft and for ensuring that specifications are built into the production and quality control systems of our manufacturing team. The Avionics Lead will lead a growing team of people, while role modeling the Dronamics culture and nurturing a high engagement and productivity environment.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead and manage our Avionics organization overseeing design, development and transfer to production for systems and electronics.

  • In collaboration with program and company leadership, develop world-class processes, standards and practices for Avionics inclusive of Verification and Validation of Avionics hardware, software and complex electronic hardware; along with accountability for ensuring that these standards and practices are effective, efficient and compliant.

  • Oversee and develop New Product integration (NPI) process and NPI program management.

  • Applying technical knowledge of the full development, verification and certification lifecycle for safety critical avionics and/or flight control systems.

  • Collaborate / coordinate with the Chief Engineer and Senior Management to develop short and long-term product and manufacturing process roadmaps, and associated transfer to production.

  • Collaborate / coordinate with the Chief Engineer to support long term technology and Intellectual Property roadmaps;

  • Develop and maintain common software, select components and associated tooling that can be effectively leveraged across the company.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Engineering degree and or experience in similar positions of R&D companies.

  • Experience of working with autopilots, configuring CAN, and RS232 interfaces, defining wiring diagrams, layouts and wiring connectors is required

  • Broad working knowledge of understanding of radio, SATCOM, software development, electronics and electro-mechanical systems.

  • Experience in managing and leading product and new technology development for commercial markets.

  • Experience in managing and leading New Product Introduction processes and methodologies in related fields.

  • Strong knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and 6S.

  • Strong process management experience as well as R&D know-how

  • Demonstrates a spirit of learning, coaching, and continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrates a practical mindset by spending significant time on the factory floor.

  • System design and development, openness to innovation and change.

WE OFFER

  • A competitive compensation package for a Series A company.

  • Lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth on a global level.

  • Tons of work, zero office politics - we are here to impact the lives of millions of people around the world.

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to frame the future of how the world moves goods.

  • Location

  • This role could be based in Europe with regular travel to Bulgaria (hybrid possibility)

If you’re interested, please apply by sending us your CV and Cover Letter. We are always looking for people who want to grow our business and nurture our culture and we’d love to hear more about you in your cover letter. Rather than ask you for the same old standard letter, we are very interested in the following things:

 

  • What excites you about our business opportunity?

  • Why are you our number one pick for this role?

  • What about you makes you ideally suited to a startup environment?

  • What is your understanding of an inclusive work culture?

 

We are looking forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance for considering a career at Dronamics. We’ll be in touch to arrange an interview if we think that there is a potential fit, but if you don’t hear from us please contact us again if you see us post other opportunities that interest you in the future.