Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies

San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise.

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

The role:

Archer is seeking a Director for Assembly & Integration responsible for leading the manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, tooling engineering, and production planning teams for aircraft assembly. You will have direct responsibility over all aspects of aircraft technical operations to include design for manufacturing, technical interface with engineering, shop floor technical support, assembly tool selection & design, industrialization, and implementation of automated solutions where appropriate. You will be responsible for engaging cross functional resources to ensure we keep our employees safe, build quality into our product, deliver on time, and aggressively manage cost through build optimization and efficiency improvements. This role requires significant cross functional collaboration with Sales Inventory, Operations and Planning (SIOP), Material Management, Quality, Human Resources, Program Management, Environmental/Health/Safety, Finance, and Engineering teams.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Leading a cross-functional team, providing leadership and direction with an emphasis on team building through effective communication
  • Responsible and accountable for your department budget; establishing operational and financial objectives
  • Manage all manufacturing technical operations activities to ensure completion of customer and business requirements
  • Develop & support long- and short-term planning, policies, programs and objectives
  • Lead the team to monitor and improve manufacturing processes, increase efficiency, reduce product cost and improve yields on all products
  • Exhibit competent knowledge of all assembly & integration processes providing technical support & oversight to the shop floor
  • Interface with Manufacturing Manager & Design Engineering on a daily basis to understand technical issues and where we need to focus efforts in supporting production
  • Administer and oversee technical program/project execution by managing scope, tasks/schedules/cost projections for all projects
  • Provide guidance to engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements to best utilize equipment and manufacturing techniques
  • Manage resource investment in organization development, capital equipment and new technology to assure organizational, manufacturing, product and market leadershipOversee and help coordinate process improvement activities that reduce cycle time and increase throughput.
  • Support career development, employee engagement, time approval, staffing, yearly reviews and all other related activities for the Assembly & Integration team
  • Build organization capability through assessment and management of key leadership positions, coaching of manufacturing leaders and strategic development actions
  • The Assembly & Integration team will serve as the main process area interface when investigating, identifying and resolving discrepancies and performance issues when necessary. Understand impacts to production and coordinate providing alternate processing recommendations.
  • Lead efforts to implement lean management systems, lean tools and high performance work teams

Essential Qualifications:

  • Previous plant management training & experience
  • Minimum of 15 years of manufacturing operations experience within the aerospace sector
  • 10+ years of demonstrated successful people management experience – including experience managing technical organizations
  • Strong operational and financial acumen, executive presence, and the ability to lead multiple locations
  • Hands-on experience developing and managing budgets with responsibility for cost performance
  • Candidate must be authorized to work in the US on a continuous basis without company sponsorship
  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills along with proven capability to deliver results and build high performance teams
  • Background in driving continuous improvement activities to improve manufacturing performance including knowledge of lean management systems and lean tools
  • Broad knowledge of key operational systems including sales inventory operations planning (SIOP), materials planning systems (MRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing execution system (MES), and quality systems with diverse experience managing varied and complex manufacturing processes
  • Strong bias for action, can communicate vision clearly, and be a driver of change
  • Agile leadership style; able to adjust one’s approach to fit the situation as a driver, coach, mentor, or teacher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of ISO9001/AS9100 requirements


  • San Jose, California
  • This role will move to Covington, Georgia in 2024 to support launching our high volume manufacturing facility

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $220,320 - $259,200 . Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.