Director of Manufacturing

Atlanta, GA
Other – Confidential /
Full-time /
Hermeus is an aerospace and defense technology company founded to radically accelerate air travel by delivering hypersonic aircraft. The company aims to develop hypersonic aircraft quickly and cost-effectively by integrating hardware-rich, iterative development with modern computing and autonomy. This approach has been validated through design, build, and test of the company’s first combined turbojet-ramjet engine and is now being scaled through its first flight vehicle program, Quarterhorse. Hermeus is also developing Darkhorse — an uncrewed hypersonic aircraft designed to deliver unique asymmetric capabilities to the warfighter.

As the Director of Manufacturing at Hermeus, you will play a pivotal role in the development and production of our groundbreaking hypersonic aircraft technology. You will lead a talented team of professionals responsible for the build, integration, machining, and manufacturing processes, ensuring the highest quality and efficiency standards are met. 

Key Responsibilities:

    • Manufacturing Strategy: Develop and execute a comprehensive manufacturing strategy in alignment with the company's goals and objectives. Drive continuous improvement in manufacturing processes, technologies, and methodologies. Determine long-term operating goals, expansion efforts, and implementation of new and advanced technology. 

    • Team Leadership: Provide strong leadership and direction to a team of manufacturing managers, engineers, technicians, and support staff. Foster a collaborative and high-performance culture within the manufacturing department. 

    • Production Planning: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop production plans, schedules, and resource allocation to meet project timelines and delivery targets. Ensure efficient use of resources and adherence to budgets. 

    • Quality Assurance: Establish and maintain rigorous quality control and assurance processes to guarantee the highest standards of product quality and safety. Implement corrective actions and preventive measures as necessary. 

    • Process Optimization: Continuously evaluate and optimize manufacturing processes, including machining, assembly, and integration, to enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and increase output. 

    • Supplier Management: Work closely with the Supply Chain Department to manage relationships with key suppliers, negotiate contracts, and oversee the procurement of materials and components to support manufacturing operations. 

    • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with all relevant industry regulations, safety standards, and quality certifications. Stay updated on industry best practices and emerging trends in manufacturing technology. 

    • Cost Management: Develop and manage the manufacturing budget, monitor expenditures, and identify cost-saving opportunities while maintaining the highest levels of quality and safety. 

    • Risk Management: Identify and mitigate potential risks to manufacturing operations, including supply chain disruptions, equipment failures, and process deviations. 

    • Reporting: Provide regular reports to senior management on manufacturing performance, including key performance indicators, progress against targets, and strategic recommendations. 


    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering or a related field (Master's degree preferred). 
    • Extensive experience in manufacturing leadership roles, preferably in the aerospace or aviation industry. 
    • Strong knowledge of machining, additive manufacturing, integration, and assembly processes. 
    • Experience working in environment with vertically integrated manufacturing operations. 
    • Proven track record of successfully leading and developing high-performing manufacturing teams. 
    • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills. 
    • Proficiency in project management and resource allocation. 
    • Familiarity with regulatory and quality standards (e.g., ISO, AS9100). 
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. 
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative environment. 

Preferred Skills/Experience:

    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere 
    • Proven track record of building, motivating, and mentoring high performance manufacturing teams 
    • Technical project management experience 
    • Excellent technical expertise and judgement across multiple engineering disciplines permitting peer-level review of your team’s work product 
    • Creative problem solver that can bring multiple disciplines together 
    • Ability to assess risk and make development decisions without all available data 
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with direct experience negotiating integrated system trades between various stakeholders 
    • Experience working with cross-functional teams and external customers or vendors 
    • Highly detail oriented and passionate about advancing the commercial aviation industry 
$170,000 - $200,000 a year

We encourage you to apply even if you have skillsets and experience outside of our current needs as we're always open to connect and discuss future opportunities.