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Production Manager, Thermal Protection Systems



Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2023

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX revolutionizes the launch market through use of reusable technology to drive down price and increase accessibility. Atmospheric reentry and the extreme environments associated are one of the top challenges of making a reusable spacecraft. The Production Manager for the Thermal Protection Systems will own and operate the high volume production facilities of the most vital systems to protect the spacecraft from reentry while allowing for rapid reuse and economical re-flight.


  • Operate state of the art manufacturing sites for low density alumina-silica refractory insulation
  • Optimize tile factory in operations, scrap rate, material utilization, energy consumption
  • Lead and manage a staff of 40+ technicians, leads, and supervisors for 24/7 operations
  • Manage the modification, repair, assembly and integration of production assemblies in order to guarantee achievement of on time delivery, cost, and quality targets
  • Ensure a strong focus is placed on safety and achieve excellent safety performance with the team
  • Play a leading role in ensuring root causes for quality issues are identified and appropriate improvement actions are put in place
  • Review work instructions and production processes and make change recommendations when needed to improve processes
  • Meet tight production schedules to achieve high rate production
  • Achieve cost targets by improving labor efficiency and driving design for manufacturability improvements
  • Coordinate with engineering and other departments to minimize production interruptions
  • Develop, improve, and own machine maintenance schedules and critical spares inventory


  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, engineering physics, or other engineering field
  • 5+ years of experience in a leadership position
  • 3+ years in a production/manufacturing environment
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles
  • Experience using SQL, Python, PowerBI, Tableau or any other bulk data analyses methods


  • Master’s degree in engineering field
  • Experience bringing teams and processes from development to production
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels in the organization, including production technicians, engineering, and the Executive level leaders
  • Technical understanding and practical knowledge of material and chemical manufacturing processes or systems integration
  • Experience working with large-scale manufacturing machines
  • Experience working with automated controls systems or programming
  • Demonstrated record of high-performance
  • Experience identifying, analyzing and implementing production process improvements for rate and quality
  • Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving complete and accurate production cost equation


  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to travel to other SpaceX sites; up to 10% travel
  • Ability to pass Space Force background checks for Cape Canaveral


Pay range:
Manager, Production: $130,000.00 - $180,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.