Head of Production

ThrustMe is a fast-growing industrial engineering startup in the space sector, founded in 2017. We are highly educated world experts in satellite space propulsion, pioneering the field of streamlined in-orbit propulsion for the rising satellite constellation paradigm. We help our clients in the US, Europe, and Asia, to maneuver satellites once in space while meeting their short timelines and cost-capped budgets. The company made history in 2019 and 2020 with the world's first in-orbit demonstrations of iodine-fueled electric propulsion systems, technologies that will revolutionize the satellite mobility industry. ThrustMe entered the market in 2019/2020 and has a solid commercial pipeline forecasting rapid growth in 2022.

As Head of Production at ThrustMe, you will be a part of the company's leadership team, and responsible for manufacturing and delivering space engines that customers from all around the world integrate into their satellites. In this exciting role, you will take the lead in the developmentimplementation, and operation of a production line capable of producing hundreds of space propulsion systems per year. 

You will grow and manage a dynamic production team, being in tight connection to the commercial, product development, and R&D departments. You will establish continuous feedback to the product development team in order to set up new efficient manufacturing and assembly processes. You will also ensure that the production line achieves its targets in terms of schedule, quality, budget, and safety. You will report directly to the CTO and closely coordinate with the CEO and the commercial team.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Manage the development, implementation, and operation of the scaled-up production line
  • Ensure production is on-schedule and respects predetermined quality requirements 
  • With the help of quality and product assurance engineers, develop and implement appropriate quality assurance strategies for various products
  • Support the recruitment of a team of engineers and technicians, and lead the team by example
  • Investigate bottlenecks and risks in the production line, and propose improvements in terms of quality and timeliness
  • Work with the R&D and product development teams in implementing upgrades to existing products, and setting up the production line of new ones
  • Coordinate with the commercial team and purchase manager in ensuring the pipeline and inventory status 
  • Regularly report the production status 


Required skills and qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD degree in engineering (aerospace, mechanical, electrical, or related field) with a focus on production
  • 5+ yrs experience in production management within companies producing complex, highly integrated hardware
  • Broad knowledge of engineering disciplines, with focus on manufacturing and electronics, at a system and subsystem level
  • Experience in recruiting and managing production personnel
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced startup workplace
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English

Salary is determined by the level of education and related work experience and certifications.

Apply directly to contact@thrustme.fr submitting your CV and a motivation letter