People Operations Lead

Los Angeles /
Corporate – Business Operations /
Onsite in LA
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 - in total, a $60B market in the US alone. 

Join our growing team 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've raised >$100m to achieve this vision, with multiple rounds from Lux Capital, A16Z, Founders Fund, Construct Capital, Caffeinated Capital and more.

Straight to the point:
We’re looking for a People Ops lead that loves to move fast, build systems and always consider the employee experience. This person needs to be able to work with our current systems, develop new systems, and always push to enhance culture. You’ll balance the small tasks with the large-scale projects and ensure that our execution ensures our mission is achieved. You’ll be tasked with projects that you’ll take from idea to execution then turn them into a process. No day will look the same and work directly with the Director of Business and Finance to tackle projects such as onboarding, semi-remote culture, and blending our factory and office culture. This is a high-impact high visibility role with the ability to hire your team behind you. 

About the Factory team and this role:
Hadrian's automation ensures that we reduce programming time by 90% and machine cycle time by 60%. This is a core cost and lead time driver for Space / Defense manufacturing. Our automation team builds workflows, algorithms and automation components on top of our core CAM platform.
Factory 1 and Factory 2 are in Los Angeles, and this is a full time in person role. 

In this role you will

    • Be laser focused on culture and scalable growth
    • Coordinate and run multiple projects of various sizes simultaneously
    • Be given an objective and expected to project management, build consensus, execute, and back fill as necessary.
    • Be obsessed with process/automation and build systems that can be handed off once they’re developed.
    • Have a high degree of autonomy on development and execution of projects.
    • Have a direct impact in building the team behind you

Basic requirements, skills, and experience

    • Can move at Hadrian speed, building process and systems that achieve results and enhance culture and the Employee experience
    • Systems oriented
    • A self-starter
    • Can navigate ambiguity to achieve results without a prescription
    • A persistent desire to foster and improve culture
    • Process oriented and know how to build systems that are automated or easy for someone else to pick up
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Have A++ work ethic and are an incredible team player ("not my job" is not part of your vocabulary)

Preferred skills + experience (you don't have to possess these to be a great fit

    • Prior people ops experience in a high growth startup
    • A strong pulse on culture and a desire to Constantly improving the Hadrian experience
    • Interest in next generation manufacturing and alignment with the Hadrian Mission

What We Offer

    • Autonomy in how you execute, work with the best Advanced Manufacturing team in the US
    • 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
    • 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


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.