Lead Mechanical Engineer

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About Zipline
Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and lifesaving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people.
About You and The Role

Does pushing the envelope in the regulated landscape of drone delivery to reach millions more patients excite you? Do you find comfort leading teams of people through ambiguity, clearly determining an action plan to drive the best designs forward on a hours/days timescale? Do you look at safety critical systems, and immediately expose potential weaknesses, and then successfully defend the design to a regulator?  Does driving reliability a scale excite you more than the quick wins of early design?  At Zipline our work is intended for the field. Patients are counting on it today--there is no time for aiming low or for coming up short.

Zipline was founded by engineers dedicated to making the world a better place. We are scaling around the world and are looking for a talented Engineer to join our team who is excited to drive simple, elegant solutions to complex problems that will help save lives every day. 

What You'll Do

As the Lead Mechanical Engineer of our air vehicle you will be responsible for bringing next generations of the product from feature set to production. You will use your demonstrated history of leading teams through development in a regulated landscape and know when to follow convention vs when to innovate over it. This position places an emphasis on working closely with a multi-disciplinary engineering team to develop and test sophisticated hardware designs.   You identify when to speed up, and when to slow down in a project to execute on tight timelines. You measure time to close on an issue in hours or days, not weeks or months. You bring with you a passion for aviation, and the excitement to champion technology that is first of its kind. 

What You'll Bring

Must have experience / skills sets 

  • Prior experience owning a design from concept through production of a safety critical component or subsystem in regulated environment (Aviation/medical/automotive)
  • Technical leadership experience; you’ve owned major technical trades and design decisions with broad cross functional impact 
  • Experienced design to aerospace or automotive level validation standards 
  • Excellent communication, written, verbal, and visual
  • Team builder, experience mentoring high caliber teammates, including those better than you in their craft
  • Passion for the aviation industry and pioneering designs in regulated environments 

Nice to have

  • Demonstrated understanding of the FAA certification process 
  • Identification of clean configuration and change control processes as an engineering stakeholder 
  • Experience with DFMEA or fault tree analysis as a design tool 
  • You’ve grown a team, you’re experienced with hiring and people management 
What Else You Need To Know
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.
 
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

If you’d like to learn more about Zipline and our teams, feel free to check out our Instagram, one of our Reddit AMA’s, or our website!

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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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