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Avionics Lead

RemoteLondon, England, United KingdomR&D

Job description

The Company

Our mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize airfreight and lower the cost of shipping in emerging markets. To achieve this, we are developing a new type of cargo airplane, one that is small, unmanned and extremely fuel efficient. It can transport 350 KG over 2,500 KM for a cost that's at least 50% lower than other airplanes. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and the whole system costs less than a sports car. This is the kind of technology that can transform whole economies.

At first, it didn't sound possible, but we keep proving it is, which is why we've called it “The Black Swan”. It can land on short and unpaved runways, enabling on-demand point-to-point flights and speedy same-day delivery even to the most remote locations that would otherwise take days to reach over ground or sea.

We are are starting with domestic air networks in Europe, Australia and UK and beyond with fleets of the Black Swan, taking advantage of the multitude of small airfields that are often unused, training local personnel as drone and logistics operators, and partnering with local industry to provide a valuable lifeline of getting goods in and out of small, remote, mountainous and/or island communities within hours at a cost that is often below even that of road transportation.

We believe that same-day shipping should be a human right, and our goal is to enable same-day deliveries for every single person on the planet at a cost that everyone everywhere can afford.

The Role

Reporting into the Engineering Director, the Avionics Lead will lead one of the most crucial teams in the company. They will take accountability for the design and delivery of electronic systems design and development for our aircraft and for ensuring that specifications are built into the production and quality control systems of our manufacturing team. The Avionics Lead will lead a growing team of people, while role modeling the Dronamics culture and nurturing a high engagement and productivity environment.


  • Lead and manage our Avionics organization overseeing design, development and transfer to production for systems and electronics.

  • In collaboration with program and company leadership, develop world-class processes, standards and practices for Avionics inclusive of Verification and Validation of Avionics hardware, software and complex electronic hardware; along with accountability for ensuring that these standards and practices are effective, efficient and compliant.

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of the full development, verification and certification lifecycle for safety critical avionics and/or flight control systems.

  • Collaborate / coordinate with the Engineering Director and Senior Management to develop short and long-term product and manufacturing process roadmaps, and associated transfer to production.

  • Collaborate / coordinate with the Engineering Director to support long term technology and Intellectual Property roadmaps;

  • Develop and maintain common software, select components and associated tooling that can be effectively leveraged across the company. Leading teams of Avionics Engineers to develop and deliver design solutions
    • Plan resource allocation within the Avionics Team to fulfil program requirements

  • Supporting the development of the system technical and certification requirements.

  • Supporting avionics systems test programs.

  • Checking and approving of documents like design definition documents, compliance demonstration documents, programmes and operating instructions; and filing test data, etc.;

  • Confirms by signing of the document that the document was prepared with best engineering practice, utmost care and to best knowledge of all facts affecting its contents and is completed.

What We Offer

  • A competitive compensation package for a Series A company

  • Lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth on a global level

  • Tons of work, zero office politics - we are here to impact the lives of millions of people around the world

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to frame the future of how the world moves goods

Job requirements

The minimum requirements to be eligible for Avionics Lead:

  • Knowledge of the relevant Certification Specification requirements;

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in avionics engineering

  • Minimum of 3 years design, integration and certification of aircraft avionic and electronic systems at a senior level

  • Wide knowledge of current avionic sensors and systems and their application including radio, SATCOM, software development, electronics and electro-mechanical systems.

  • Experience of working with autopilots, configuring CAN, and RS232 interfaces, defining wiring diagrams, layouts and wiring connectors is required

  • Demonstrates a practical mindset by spending significant time on the factory floor.

  • Management in leading and developing Engineering teams.

  • Microsoft software suite applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc

  • Experience in the use of the PLM modules of the 3DX tool

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education

Specifically the following internal training courses should be completed

  • EASA Part 21 Basics

  • Design Organisation Handbook

  • Introduction to EASA Part 21

  • Relevant CS training (TBD)