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Director of Prototyping and Manufacturing

RemoteBulgaria, Sofia, SofiaR&D

Job description

Our Company

Our mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize air freight and enable same day shipping for everyone, everywhere. To achieve this, we are developing a new type of cargo airplane, one that is small, remotely-piloted and extremely fuel efficient. It can transport up to 350 kg over 2,500 km for a cost that's 50% lower than other airplanes. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and can land and take off anywhere with at least 400m of landstrip 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 starting with domestic air networks in Europe and Australia 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 rapid and reliable shipping has enormous socio-economic benefits , and our goal is to enable same-day deliveries for every single person on the planet at a cost that they can afford.

The Role

Reporting directly to the CTO, the Director Prototyping & Manufacturing is responsible for all aspects of prototype production and testing, leading a team of manufacturing experts to deliver our next generation aircraft according to roadmap timelines and to safety and quality standards. The role will also collaborate with design experts and outsourced manufacturing partners to scale up production of new Black Swan models.


  • Develop the prototyping roadmap

  • Lead the prototype manufacturing team that partners with our aerospace R&D design team to execute prototype builds of next generations of Black Swan and all future products to be developed by the company

  • Develop and implement plans to scale production of new Black Swan models with our outsourced manufacturing partner

  • Establish and implement production controls and quality standards that meet quality and safety requirements

  • Remove obstacles to drive momentum and progress, identify and resolve gaps in communication, schedule, and resources. Manage issue escalations and provide support to teams balancing competing priorities, and drive results proactively

  • Collaborate with our Head of Design and Outsourced Manufacturing to develop and implement manufacturing strategies for the supply chain to optimize production quality, through-put and cost during assembly

  • Train, develop and manage the performance of the team to ensure regulatory standards are met

Job requirements

Skills & Experience

  • Extensive experience of Production Leadership

  • Experience with manufacturing safety critical / mission critical devices

  • Prior direct, measurable impact leading teams in a manufacturing site

  • Solid technical aptitude and an ability to understand technical designs, challenges and risks; ability to work closely with engineers

  • Extensive leadership experience with an ability to motivate and grow teams of modern manufacturing talent

  • Possess assertiveness and diplomacy, and achieves team cohesion, while integrating and aligning corporate initiatives.

  • Proven ability to juggle and balance conflicting priorities, to collaborate and build best in class solutions with an eye for fine details, and to break down high-level problems and articulate solutions to both business and technical audiences

  • Demonstrated empathetic, collaborative, and flexible working style in rapidly changing environment

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


  • This role will be based in Sofia, Bulgaria and business travel is an essential part of the role. We are open to relocation or frequent travel to Sofia