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Head of Components & Test

ABL Space Systems

ABL Space Systems

El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024
ABL Space Systems is driven by the vision that in ten years, missions to space will launch every day from around the world. We’ve set out to assure global access to space through the development of a low-cost launch vehicle and a modular ground system, RS1 and GS0.
Behind our business model is an exceptional team. Engineers, technicians and operators at ABL thrive on creating simple yet effective systems to tackle the challenge that space launch presents.
Launch is just the beginning. Join ABL in paving the way for the next-generation space platform.
We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Head of Components and Test to join our dynamic team at ABL. This position will oversee the production and testing of critical components such as valves, turbopumps, sub-assemblies, and related equipment. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in aerospace manufacturing, with a proven track record in improving first-pass yield, operational efficiencies, and optimizing shop floor layouts.


  • Lead and manage a team responsible for the production and testing of aerospace components, ensuring adherence to quality standards and delivery schedules
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance first-pass yield, reduce cycle times, and optimize resource utilization
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to implement design for manufacturability (DFM) principles and ensure smooth transition from design to production
  • Communicate findings and recommendations effectively to stakeholders, fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making throughout product lifecycle
  • Develop and implement strategies to streamline shop floor operations, including layout improvements, workflow optimization, enhanced tooling, and implementation of lean manufacturing principles
  • Oversee equipment maintenance and calibration programs to ensure reliability and accuracy of test results
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives by leveraging data to propose innovative solutions for manufacturing challenges


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related field
  • 8+ years of experience in manufacturing, with at least 2 years in a leadership or managerial role


  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Strong knowledge of aerospace components and testing methodologies
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles and continuous improvement techniques
  • Proven track record of improving manufacturing processes, first-pass yield, and operational efficiencies
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to motivate and mentor a diverse team
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities effectively
ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations. As such, US person status (including US citizens, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) is a required qualification for this position.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.