Aircraft IPT Lead at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Remote, United States

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Program Management Office

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all- electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!

The Aircraft IPT Lead will be in charge of the aircraft configuration, requirement development, trade studies, simulation and modeling, integration, and certification of the aircraft. The Aircraft IPT Lead will also be a manager of the IPT Leads who will be developing the systems that comprise the aircraft, and will work closely with the Program Chief Engineer, the Aircraft Chief Engineer, Program Manager, and Program Director.

The Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead will provide project-specific cross- functional leadership in a matrix organization with responsibility for planning, monitoring, controlling and reporting on key technical product development activities. The IPT Lead is accountable for ensuring the assigned team's objectives are achieved within the scope, schedule and budget allocation, and consistent with quality and technical standards.

The IPT Lead will utilize their business and technical acumen to drive program/technical decisions and objectives. They are responsible for planning and coordinating the resources required to execute the project and assigning responsibility to activities. The IPT Lead, in cooperation with a Program Manager who will be assigned to the IPT, will be responsible for the generation and maintenance of the schedule, comparing actual results to a baseline plan and assessing project performance, conducting risk management, supporting gate reviews, facilitating peer reviews of all work products produced by the team and identifying root cause and corrective actions to improve project execution.


  • Has authority and accountability for technical scope, schedule, and cost
  • Primary point of contact for the technical, cost, risk/opportunity, and schedule performance of the specific development effort
  • Engage with other IPT Leads, Chief Engineers, Functional Managers, and leadership to promote successful program planning and execution
  • Manage the IPT Leads who are developing the systems that comprise the aircraft
  • Frequent collaboration with multiple functions (e.g., certification, systems and safety engineering, hardware design, software, manufacturing, flight test, etc) and the program office
  • Leads technical development efforts related to the concept, architecture, design, development, integration, validation, performance assessment, risk management, and flight test
  • Support overall Program by contributing schedule inputs and changes into the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), maintaining timely and effective change management processes and procedures
  • Monitor engineering performance and ensuring that issues are addressed immediately and corrective actions and recovery plans are implemented expeditiously
  • Plan and coordinate activities to support verification and validation, including oversight of designing test fixtures, authoring test plans and associated reports
  • Coordinate the engineering review, approval and release processes
  • Support multidisciplinary program reviews and presentations throughout the different phases of development, certification, and production readiness with internal and external stakeholders


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or STEM field
  • 10+ years of experience in engineering development and leadership with responsibility for project scheduling and management
  • 5+ years of experience in leading a multi-functional, technically oriented, Integrated Product Team
  • 5+ years experience with airplane or helicopter certification
  • Experience with all phases of the development life-cycle including planning, conceptual design, requirements definition, preliminary design, prototyping, test and evaluation, detailed design, integration, formal verification, entry to production, etc.
  • Strong engineering analytical and technical writing skills with demonstrated experience authoring formal analysis reports and supporting design reviews
  • Effective communication & interpersonal skills with ability to present data and explain results to leadership, subordinates & peers
  • Experience performing cost and schedule management
  • Experience with risk, issues, and/or opportunity management
  • Expertise in project management tools such as Microsoft Project, Confluence, and/or JIRA
  • Strong decision making abilities


  • Graduate level degree in engineering or STEM field
  • Successfully helped organizations transition from the R&D stage to a product delivery and execution mode
  • Experience with the design of safety-critical high and low voltage voltage power distribution topologies
  • Experience developing complex operational systems using System Engineering processes and methods, including architecture development, systems integration, requirements development, validation, verification, etc.
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), including use case development, activity diagrams, logical architecture, etc.
  • Experience with Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS), preferably having been in a role as Control Account Manager (CAM)
  • Able to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Experience mentoring junior engineers and promoting two-way communication
  • Strong understanding of engineering fundamentals
  • Knowledge of systems engineering and systems safety analyses and processes, including Advisory Circular 23.1309-1E, SAE ARP 4761, and SAE ARP 4754A
  • Familiar with CAD software such as NX, Solidworks, CATIA, etc.
  • PMI Program Management Professional (PMP) certification


We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), alternative work schedule (9/80), flexible time off, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as flight lessons, wellness subsidies, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, IP bonus program, happy hours and many more.

Wisk Aero provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wisk Aero abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Aircraft IPT Lead
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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