Relativity seeks a highly talented Stennis Site Director to join a rapidly growing space startup. This position will provide outstanding leadership over Relativity’s entire Mississippi operations located at the Stennis Space Center. The Stennis Site is responsible for all propulsion testing activities, primary structural testing, final launch vehicle integration as well as final launch vehicle stage acceptance testing prior to launch. This person will act as the primary interface to the rest of the Relativity executive team with full responsibility for the Stennis Site including NASA interface and government partnerships. A high degree of autonomy and leadership in building an elite organization is required.
The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives
Our mission is to change the people’s conception of the way rockets are built and flown. As the Stennis Site Director, you will lead the team defining and executing testing operations from engines to integrated launch vehicle stages. The Stennis Site is a core pillar in the Relativity organization and the cornerstone for test operations on the path to launch. You will manage a team of engineers, technicians and other support personnel to operate the entire site with industry leading test automation seeking high quality results. Expectations are for rapid test execution through the use of operations best practices and innovative solutions to new test challenges. We strive to make test operations as close to launch as possible. You will directly interface with other senior leadership in the Relativity organization to ensure program objectives for Stennis are clearly defined and provide regular status on progress towards technical milestones. The success of the team is also highly dependent on your willingness to recruit, build, and mentor a world class test site team.
In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to lead a growing technical and test operations focused team with a track record of success. Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with other key groups particularly from a remote site.
Minimum Required Skills and Competencies
- An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in engineering, project management or related field with demonstrated leadership experience
- 10+ years of relevant experience with test operations
- Knowledge of complex aerospace hardware testing processes
- Hands on experience with test operations
- Track record of building and managing an interdisciplinary team with successful milestone deliveries
- Solid interpersonal skills to interact with both internal and external groups to overcome associated constraints
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Preferred Skills and Competencies
- 15+ years of experience with aerospace test operations
- Experience in propulsion and structural test stand design and manufacturing
- Experience interfacing with NASA leadership
This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.