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Lead Operations Engineer (Starbase Supply Chain)



Texas, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024

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.


The Supply Chain Technology team is looking for a Lead Operations Engineer that will lead a team to proactively steer Supply Chain stakeholders through the identification and correction of operational inefficiencies and will guide the team in driving sustainable, systematic improvements in reliability, delivery, and cost-effectiveness.


  • Lead a team to proactively identify operational challenges within the Starbase Materials Management organization, determine root cause, and develop appropriate solutions
  • Partner with key stakeholders across SpaceX to solve Supply Chain Materials Management related challenges
  • Provide updates to cross-functional groups and recommend strategic solutions for the broader business
  • Address top priorities of the Supply Chain Materials Management function by monitoring and actioning impactful requests and by driving success on strategic projects
  • Partner with software development resources to act as the product manager for Supply Chain software solutions
  • Develop a team of world-class supply chain professionals by conducting regular 1:1s and collaborating on personal development plans for each member


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or supply chain management
  • 5+ years of experience working in engineering, operations, or supply chain management


  • Experience driving cross-functional product/tool/process improvement efforts
  • Experience in an operations engineering and/or process development role internal to SpaceX
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, high-stress environments
  • Master’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience leading cross-functional groups in supply chain, manufacturing and/or capital projects
  • Experience with Lean principles and structured problem-solving/project-management methodologies
  • Experience building reporting tools using SQL, Python, Power BI, Tableau, or similar
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and influence stakeholders in higher-level leadership


  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed


Pay Range:
Lead Operations Engineer: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/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 & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & 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.