Propulsion Manufacturing Manager

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain

About PLD:

Founded in 2011, PLD Space is a high-tech engineering, manufacturing and service-driven company, with deep track record and expertise in space launch technologies.

We are a trusted global championing industry leader disrupting the pathway to space access. We are on a mission to reach new heights by making space more accessible, supporting missions that will make us smarter, safer and wealthier.

Our purpose is to propel new futures, to enable progress from space and enrich peoples’ lives on Earth, by moving new economies, people and world forward.


As the Propulsion Manufacturing Manager, your main mission within the area will be to be responsible for leading the manufacturing team that builds our Miura 5 engines.  


  • Be the engine build lead for the company. 
  • Lead an exceptionally talented team of propulsion manufacturing, integration, and/or component engineers responsible for the build, integration, and in-factory testing of our engines. 
  • Support, challenge, and develop through technical, performance, and mentorship. 
  • Accountable for both the strategic and tactical vision for propulsion manufacturing. Develop the Manufacturing Engineering roadmap and execute on defined deliverables. 
  • Define and drive a manufacturing strategy that supports a rapid design-manufacturing iteration loop and enables a quick transition to high-volume.  
  • Partner with Production and Operations to productionize and ensure on-time delivery of high-quality engines to the test stand. 
  • Integrate the Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, PBF/Machine Shop, and Propulsion Integration departments to establish and attack our aggressive production targets. 
  • Lead design integration, manufacturing planning (BOM’s, process development, work instruction creation, etc.), and build execution/Production of all vehicle engines. 
  • Partner with PBF/Prop Engineering to optimize our engine designs for manufacturing. 
  • Lead process improvement plans to reduce cycle times, enable more efficient operations, and improve safety and quality on the floor. 
  • Create the work centre by considering manufacturing operations, tooling and capital equipment requirements, and production rate targets.
  • Lead manufacturing development efforts and stand up new, innovative capabilities in-house.

Necessary Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering & operations, mechanical engineering, or equivalent. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in an operations-focused role within a high-mix, development environment. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience formally leading or managing a professional team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a manufacturing, integration, test, or propulsion engineer. 
  • Extensive experience interfacing with design engineering, manufacturing, and production personnel. 
  • Extensive knowledge of manufacturing fundamentals, including but not limited to: GD&T & engineering drawings, mBOM architecting, process plans and work order development, ERP/MES development, issue ticket & resolutions, demand planning, MRP, and fulfilment. 
  • Extensive knowledge of at least two of the following: PBF, machining, post-processing, assembly, integration, and functional testing. 
  • Highly skilled in task management, resource allocation, and prioritization. 
  • Working knowledge of rocket subsystems, including structures, fluids, and avionics. 


Desired Requirements

  • 3+ years leading cross-disciplinary manufacturing engineers, integration, and/or test engineers. 
  • New product introduction of an aerospace hardware system into a manufacturing, test, and production system with proven success. 
  • Experience with process development and first-time manufacturing efforts. 
  • Experience with high-volume production. 
  • Organized and able to provide structure and direction to the previously undefined. 
  • Ability to define and own a process from scratch and roll out that process through adept communication to a diverse team. 
  • Working knowledge of typical PLM, ERP, MES, and QMS systems.
  • Spanish and/or English fluency.  


Health & Wellness: We want you to be happy and healthy in body and mind.  We encourage you to have regular physiotherapy sessions at our facilities so that you can continue with your physical activities.  We offer partial coverage of your medical scheme covering you, your spouse or partner, and your children. 


Boost your creativity: Focus. Energy. Yummy snacks and those fizzy waters you love. It takes a lot to be creative all day, but we’ve got you covered. Eat local, sustainable, delectable fare at our cafes, and plunder our pantries for fresh fruit and other goodies whenever you need a boost. 


Engineering by doing: We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 


Find balance: PLD Space offers 23 days of annual leave, 6 global wellbeing days, and public holidays. We prioritize worklife balance with flexible schedules, empowering teams to manage their own hours. We work hard here, so we encourage taking breaks to recharge, ensuring a healthy work environment. 


Never stop learning: At PLD Space, education and professional development is a priority. We offer extensive learning opportunities, from conferences and webinars to higher education programs and technical certifications. We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 

Focus on your financial future: Flexible remuneration plan lets you allocate part of your salary to everyday expenses like lunch, nursery school or public transport, which are exempt from Personal Income Tax (IRPF) when paid through this system. 


We have four critical beliefs that guide the way PLD Space is shaping the future of space launch technologies. 

  • Teamwork. 
  • Hard work. 
  • Dynamism. 
  • Commitment. 
  • Keep it simple. 

Become part of our movement, enabling you to make change happen in your career and, above all, your life.