Head of Quality

Los Angeles /
Manufacturing /
Full Time
Straight to the point:

We’re seeking a head of Quality to be the subject matter expert and architect,  build and operate an enviable quality process and department.

Hadrian - Manufacturing the Future

Hadrian builds autonomous, software-defined precision component factories that help our customers make Rockets, Satellites, Jets & eVTOLs 2x faster and cheaper.

Getting precision components on time, quickly is the #1 problem for customers in the Space, Medical Devices, Fusion, Semiconductor, Defense & Carbon Removal industries - a $60B market in the US alone.

We are hiring our founding team; join our growing team of 8 hailing from SpaceX & Google to build the factory of the future and lay the groundwork for a Spacefaring, post-scarcity, carbon neutral world.

Our tech already makes us >50% more efficient than legacy competitors and we need you to help us build, automate and launch Factory v1.

We just raised one of the biggest seed rounds of all time, and we're lucky to be backed by Founders Fund, Lux Capital, Construct Capital & our customers (who make rockets and satellites).


About the Factory team and this role:

Hadrian's CAM automation ensures that we reduce CAM programming time by 90% and machine cycle time by 60%. This is a core cost and lead time driver for Space / Defense manufacturing. Our CAM automation team builds workflows, algorithms and automation components on top of our core CAM platform.

We are extending that automation to the shop floor, optimizing and connecting disparate elements of the business. You'll work with the Head of Programming to automate existing manual shop work flows, moving setup tasks to CAM and robotics, and document and test those optimizations to make our factory faster, better, and more reliable. Ultimately, your workflow strategies will be a core part of our automation.

In this role you will

    • Design and implement world class quality and inspection processes
    • Be a key voice in how we build the worlds most efficient factory
    • Work with CEO and other heads of on key product and roadmap decisions
    • Work hand in hand with software engineers to automate key parts of the quality workflow
    • Interface into CMM programming
    • Build an automation roadmap prioritized by engineering effort vs time savings
    • Recruit, Train and Lead a quality team for Hadrian
    • Work with the Manufacturing Team to improve processes
    • Recruit, Train and Lead a quality team for Hadrian
    • Act as technical decision maker and advisor to core team
    • Foster a culture of cross functional collaboration
    • Work with the Manufacturing Team to improve processes
    • RCCA process; root cause analysis, product containment, and recommend and supports the implementation of corrective actions that are necessary to reduce or eliminate recurring non-conformances

This might be a good fit if you

    • Have A++ mental horsepower and plasticity
    • Get a kick out of Manufacturing, Space, Defense and our mission
    • Have a passion for quality and understand why it's so mission critical
    • Understand CMM, PC-DMIS and the inspection ecosystem
    • Are great at documenting processes and explaining workflows (this makes it easy to work with software engineers)
    • Can hire and train CMM programmers and inspectors
    • Understand AS9100 requirements
    • Can program a CMM machine
    • Working knowledge of CNC machining for Space / Defense tolerance parts
    • Strong knowledge of GD&T, tolerances, etc

Nice to have (or excited to learn! you don't have to possess these to be a great fit.)

    • Have built PC-DMIS or CMM automation before
    • Have worked with software engineers before
    • Have a great network of quality people for Hadrian to hire
    • Have tried to automate quality before, but never given the proper resources
    • Have worked in Aerospace, Semiconductor or Defense environments
    • Like to play around with the latest automation tech and have a clear vision of how to execute the perfect machining quality system

What we offer

    • Autonomy in how you execute, work with the best Advanced Manufacturing team in the US.
    • Early leadership role in breakout startup
    • Work on something that actually positively impacts the Space Industry, The Country, and Humanity's future
    • Big equity grants
    • Platinum Healthcare, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance
    • Stipends for relocation, home office and/or flights to LA
    • Interact with our customers who are building Rockets, Satellites, Jets & Drones
    • Exposure to Tier 1 VCs and Angel Investors
    • If you quit Hadrian to start your own company, we'll invest and help you fundraise
    • Fame & Glory
We're building Factory #1 in LA - if you're relocating, we'll help cover relocation expenses.
We would also consider a fly in / fly out option for the right candidate.