Airworthiness Group Lead

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Jul 4

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team is steadily working toward our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the traffic congestion below, giving you back the time that otherwise would have spent sitting in traffic. Since 2009, our team has been making this dream a reality, designing and flight testing a prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration and preparing for commercialization with launch targeted in select markets for 2024. 

Overview

The Airworthiness Group Lead will be a key position supporting Type Certification, Continued Operational Safety, and Type Design change project administration within Joby. The Airworthiness Group Lead will report directly to the Integrated Aircraft Lead and will be responsible for managing the Airworthiness Group. This position will own, support, and actively contribute to the administration of airworthiness projects and will also be responsible for establishing departmental processes, standards, and best practices. This position requires a driven, meticulous, and professional individual that is focused on accurate and expeditious execution of projects. Joby is looking for a hardworking, enthusiastic team member capable of self-managing their own work, coordinating the work of other airworthiness professionals, and who has the right temperament for fostering a healthy and constructive relationship with the regulatory community. Joby needs this individual to both understand the safety and compliance environment of certification while at the same time be forward thinking in evolving the certification process in a constructive manner considering modern development approaches to aircraft and systems.  

Responsibilities

  • Build and manage the Joby Airworthiness Group (“Office of Airworthiness”), including recruiting initiatives, performance management, and personnel development  
  • Organize and manage highly complex and challenging civil certification projects with the FAA and international Civil Aviation Authorities 
  • Work across a broad portfolio of products including aircraft, electric engines, propellers, complex systems, software, and airborne electronic hardware 
  • Continue to build mutual trust within Joby and with FAA leadership and specialists, foster teamwork, develop efficient business practices, and continue to mature Joby certification competencies 
  • Represent Joby in a professional manner and build corporate relationships with regulatory authorities, working groups, and industry committees 
  • Develop and execute policy and airworthiness standards development efforts with regulatory authorities and industry consensus standards groups 
  • Interface with Joby and regulatory authority personnel in the areas of certification project execution, collaborative development of certification basis, collaborative development of means of compliance, responding to regulatory changes, and similar 
  • Manage certification data packages and their delivery to regulatory authorities, including but not limited to applications, certification plans and reports, test plans, Issue Papers, Master Compliance Checklists, accomplishment summaries, manuals, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, and similar 
  • Organize and maintain airworthiness and certification project records, engineering files, type design data, and substantiating data 
  • Plan, monitor, and track certification project deliverables, risks and issues, action items, and recurring coordination activities, including project dashboards for strategic and tactical design making 
  • Outline and implement a development program for the Airworthiness Group, including process and procedure development, training, and work standardization 
  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve company airworthiness processes, tools, standards, best practices, and associated training 
  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve company designee management processes and plans and record keeping 
  • Provide airworthiness administration guidance and input to engineering, manufacturing, and operations teams 
  • Interpret requirements and advise company personnel in matters related to airworthiness, certification, and policy interpretation 
  • Contribute to internal familiarization and training, mentorship, and coaching on aspects of certification, airworthiness, and associated processes and expectations, as required 
  • Work closely with all other departments to ensure corporate needs relating to airworthiness will be met, including engineering, flight test, manufacturing, quality, and operations  
  • Report on airworthiness risks and issues to project and executive leadership 
  • Manage coordination meetings and action items for airworthiness efforts 
  • Resolve problems early using timely and effective communication methods  
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required 

Required

  • Strong knowledge of 14 CFR Part 21 and Part 23 requirements, guidance, policy, processes, and means and methods of compliance 
  • Strong knowledge of FAA Order 8110.4C 
  • Direct experience working with FAA, EASA, or other Civil Aviation Authorities 
  • Basic knowledge of ARP 4754, ARP-4761, RTCA/DO-178, and RTCA/DO-254 and the associated Advisory Circulars recognizing these industry standards 
  • Experience developing applicant positions on complex compliance issues, including Issue Papers, Equivalent Level of Safety, Special Conditions, and Exemptions 
  • Able to think creatively towards meeting airworthiness requirements and company objectives  
  • 10+ years of experience in the civil aviation industry 
  • 3+ years of experience managing technical professionals 
  • Effective at leading technical professionals, including individual mentorship, task management, and skills and performance development 
  • Excellent problem solving, communication, coordination, and technical writing skills 
  • Excellent presentation skills, able to communicate effectively with technical professionals, project managers, and executive leadership 
  • Strong organizational skills and highly detail-oriented  
  • Strong time and project management abilities, able to effectively work on multiple projects at once 
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related technical discipline; Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering preferred 
  • Proficient in English 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Docs 
  • Able to relocate permanently to the Santa Cruz, CA area 
  • Able to travel more than 25% of the time 

Desired

  • Previous experience as a Manager/Director of Airworthiness or ODA Administrator for an aircraft OEM 
  • Strong knowledge of Part 23 Amendment 64 intent and the corollary role of industry consensus standards 
  • Experience on multiple, whole-aircraft certification projects, clean-sheet designs preferred 
  • Strong knowledge of ASTM, RTCA, and SAE standards 
  • Working knowledge of Changed Product Rule and associated guidance 
  • Strong knowledge of 14 CFR Parts 25, 27, 29, 33, 35, 36, 91, and 135 regulations, policy, and guidance material 
  • Expert level understanding of normal category aircraft and their systems, airplanes and/or rotorcraft 
  • Previous experience training technical and professional personnel in aspects of civil certification  
  • 15+ years of experience in the civil aviation industry 
  • 10+ years of experience managing technical professionals 
  • Master’s degree or higher 
  • Experience using Dassault, Atlassian, and Polarian software tools  

Pursuant to various local, state, and federal regulations, you must show proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination status prior to your start date. Exemption requests are available for bona fide religious and medical circumstances.

Joby Aviation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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