Director, Flight Test

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.

What You’ll Do:

  • Build, lead and maintain a diverse team of flight test personnel supporting the development and certification of Archer’s piloted eVTOL aircraft project.
  • Collaborate with the engineering and certification teams to plan and perform all required development and certification flight testing to include on aircraft ground testing.
  • Support the Certification team through all aspects of Type Certification
    • Plan and execute all flight test activities to generate the required data for Company and Certification Reports.
    • Coordinate eVTOL certification requirements for Archer’s flight test program
    • Ownership of Flight and Aircraft level ground test program
      • Including configuration control, Flight Test Safety Risk Management, Function & Reliability testing and other tests as required.
      • Aircraft configuration management, maintenance oversight and modifications to test articles as directed.
      • Participate or delegate representatives to the Flight Test Risk Management Program in compliance with FAA Order 4040.26C.
    • Build an integrated flight test instrumentation team
    • Ensure required ground and flight crew training is performed in support of flight test activities.

What You Need:

  • 10+ years experience in flight test as a flight test engineer or an experimental test pilot
  • 10+ years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams/organizations
  • Experience with FAA airworthiness certification flight test programs and requirements
  • Flight Test Safety Risk Management Experience under FAA Order 4040.26C
  • Flight test configuration management process experience
  • Ground test planning and execution experience on certification/military projects

Bonus Qualifications:

  • FAA DER - Flight Test Pilot and/or Flight Analyst
  • Graduate of an accredited Test Pilot (FTP)/Engineer(FTE) School
  • Flight experience with both fixed and rotary wing aircraft
  • Familiarity with EASA, Transport Canada (TCCA) and/or ANAC Brazil certifications and requirements

Please note that this job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and does not include an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications.

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 $224,640-$308,880. 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.