Director of Systems Safety and Reliability Engineering at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Mountain View, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Chief Engineers' 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!

We are looking for a Head of Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering to join our team. The goal of systems safety engineering at Wisk is to build an aircraft that is safe to operate in an urban air-mobility environment. In support of this goal, you will lead the team that identifies hazards associated with functions, systems and items, and develop mitigation strategies against these hazards in support of the certification of the product.

What you will do

The Head of Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering reports to the Head of Core Engineering and has broad responsibility for the analysis of all safety, reliability, availability and maintainability aspects of the aircraft design. You will lead a cross-functional team, covering the Safety, Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Engineering, as well as interface and support other core engineering functions such as, but not limited to, Systems Engineering, Autonomy, Flight Physics, Hardware and Software engineering as well as Human Factors, Ground & Flight Test and Certification. You will also interface with the multiple development program IPTs (Integrated Product Teams) focused on program execution and product delivery. A key aspect of the role is to balance the need for innovation with the formal requirements and process of developing a certified aircraft.

You will be responsible for providing technical leadership of the Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering team. As a leader, one of your primary mandates will be to strengthen and mobilize the Safety organization through leadership, coaching and mentoring. You will also be expected to mature the teams’ capabilities and methods (processes, tools, organization, etc.) to support company needs.

You will also represent the Systems Safety & Reliability Engineering function at program/technical/certification reviews as well as customer/supplier meetings, ensuring the engineering definition meets all stakeholder requirements.

You will also ensure adherence to all engineering processes/standards, and participate in design reviews to meet certification, cost, and schedule goals. As such, with your experience, you will participate in the process of defining and obtaining the right certification basis tailored to Wisk’s vision of its product and operation.

Why we need you

You embrace new technology challenges and think outside of the box but understand the need to exceed the highest level of safety that has been set in today’s aerospace culture. You accept to sometimes challenge the established design standards, too often a slow pacing adoption of new technologies, while showing the highest respect for the safety culture that was gained over the last decades of learning, and understand the hazards and their respective mitigations associated with commercial passenger transportation.

Qualifications & Experience

  • You are an aerospace graduate, or aeronautical similar discipline, or equivalent relevant experience.
  • You have 15 years experience as an engineering leader within various aerospace tiers organizations, ideally OEM company environment, having been involved in all phases of development programs lifecycle (FAA/EASA Part 23, 25, 27 or 29), from the conceptual and preliminary design phase to certification, entry into service and continued airworthiness.
  • Direct experience with the safety & reliability aspects of aircraft design and certification within an approved design organization
  • Strong experience with systems & safety engineering principles for safety critical systems (SAE ARP 4754A/4761) as well as SW and HW design (DO-178C and DO-254)
  • Experience with Operational Safety (FAA/EASA Part 135) would be an asset
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills in English.
  • Team builder and team worker.
  • Passion for aerospace innovation and Wisk’s mission.


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 free catered lunches, flight lessons, gym membership subsidies, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, patent bonus program, happy hours and many more.

In order to protect the health and safety of all Wisk employees in the workplace, we are requiring that all employees receive an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19 prior to physically returning to Wisk’s U.S. offices. Exceptions/accommodations are considered for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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
    Director of Systems Safety and Reliability Engineering
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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