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Production Development Engineer



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Production Development Engineer

As a Production Development Engineer, you will be responsible for developing and improving the business processes and systems that enable Astranis to effectively scale production while maintaining the highest levels of quality. The ideal candidate is someone with engineering experience working on high-reliability products, is self-driven, and autonomous who seeks a fast-paced, dynamic environment where they can solve difficult problems with high impact.


  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve business processes and systems for rate production including manufacturing execution, inventory management, nonconformance resolution, configuration management, material traceability, process control, and maintenance
  • Develop standardized metrics for the Production and Quality organizations
  • Implement data acquisition and tracking for Production and Quality metrics
  • Act as subject matter expert in multiple production processes and systems, enabling complex data gathering, troubleshooting, and problem solving
  • Assist the Production leadership team to identify trends and opportunities for optimizing production output, quality enhancements, and cost of manufacturability
  • Develop and execute training and communication plans during major process changes
  • Collaborate across disciplines including Engineering, Production, Quality, and Supply Chain to ensure efficiency and consistency across the organization
  • Develop production factory design including building requirements, facility resources, and part flow to meet production rate
  • Ownership of floor layouts, capacity studies, and product flow analysis to ensure on-time product delivery


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in manufacturing, industrial, or quality engineering role
  • Competency with SQL databases and ability to write SQL queries
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capability to think creatively and solve complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly cross-functional role


  • High volume production experience (consumer goods, automotive)
  • Experience developing custom software, ERP/MES systems, and dashboards
  • Experience with web-based Python applications (Flask/Django)
  • Understanding of lean engineering and Six Sigma concepts and their application
  • Experience analyzing large datasets and communicating conclusions
  • Experience supporting production of complex electro-mechanical systems in high volume work centers and/or during production ramp-up
  • Ability to identify customer needs, gather requirements, and execute independently
  • Creative approach to problem solving and exceptional analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment that includes working with changing needs and requirements
  • Experience with AS 9100, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 13485, or similar Quality Management System.
  • Knowledge of lean and quality tools such as Process Mapping, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control Plans, and various problem solving approaches.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis tools such as Design of Experiments (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Regression Analysis, and Minitab.
What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$100,000$130,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.