Senior Director of Engineering

Palo Alto, CA /
Heaviside – Engineering /
Here at Kitty Hawk in Palo Alto, we are leading the race to market with our all-electric  Vertical Take off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.  Project Heaviside is Kitty Hawk’s latest high-performance electric VTOL vehicle. It is designed to be fast, small, and exceedingly quiet, taking advantage of new possibilities to free people from traffic. 

We are looking for a Senior Director of Engineering to lead the engineering organization for Heaviside. You will instill an appropriate engineering culture with a focus on safety and design quality. You will manage the design processes and interactions with other cross functional teams including flight test, ground test, manufacturing and operations. Lastly, you will own the tracking of our development schedule and timeline.

Required Experience:

    • 5-10 years managing large, multi-layered teams working on complex programs
    • 5-10 years experience owning specific technical contributions in a relevant field
    • Experience with safety critical or other high assurance systems
    • Proven experience leading teams inclusive of mechanical, software, and complex electromechanical challenges
    • Experience with external certification or design and process validation
    • While we do not require experience in specific industries, applicable experience may include aviation, spaceflight, automotive, medical devices, or other safety driven industries with complex systems
We welcome you to apply even if you don’t match every requirement posted for this role.  No one candidate will be a 100% perfect match to our description, so if you are passionate about working on the next evolution in aviation and have similar experience to what we are looking for, we encourage you to apply.  Diverse backgrounds and experiences promote innovation and our goal is to build a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

All of our team whose roles allow them to work remotely are doing so, and will continue to do so until we’re able to be back in the office. For teams that are not able to work remotely we’re making every accommodation possible to provide a safe working environment, and ensuring we meet all state and county guidelines. 

Our headquarters is in Palo Alto and we offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), unlimited PTO days, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), flight lesson subsidy, education assistance, and company-sponsored social events. For those working onsite, Kitty Hawk also offers commuter assistance, and free drinks and snacks.

Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Kitty Hawk is an E-Verify employer.