[P122] Test Benches Development Manager

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain


As a Test Benches Development Manager, your mission is to lead and oversee the development, implementation, and management of test benches for PLD Space. You will be responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of test benches, enabling the testing and validation of various products and systems. Your role will contribute to the overall quality assurance and product development processes. 


  • Lead a team of engineers and technicians in the design, development, and implementation of test benches mainly for propulsion ( engines and turbopumps) and structures testing and validation. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including design, production, and quality assurance, to gather requirements and provide technical expertise in the development of test benches. 
  • Establish and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) for test bench development, ensuring consistency and adherence to industry best practices. 
  • Manage the budget, resources, and timelines for test bench projects, ensuring successful completion within specified parameters. 
  • Oversee the troubleshooting and resolution of issues related to test benches, minimizing downtime, and maximizing productivity. 
  • Conduct regular audits and inspections of test bench functionality and performance to ensure compliance with quality and safety standards. 
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and trends in test bench development and recommend enhancements or upgrades to improve efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Provide technical guidance and support to team members, fostering a collaborative and high-performing work environment. 
  • Collaborate with external vendors and contractors for the procurement of necessary equipment, components, and services related to test bench development. 
  • Document all test bench development activities, including designs, procedures, maintenance logs, and incident reports. 
  • Generate documentation, including user guides, guidelines and user manuals for internal customers use. 
  • Generate documentation for formal program development reviews. 
  • Generate documentation for pad evolution, components obsolescence and maintenance guidelines as well as component´s performance evaluation. 
  • Provide high-level and low-level feedback for MIURA 5 program development planning.

Required Knowledge

  • Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree or demonstrable relevant experience in lieu thereof. Advanced degree preferred. 
  • > 10 years of relevant technical experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in design industrial machinery, hydraulics or fluid and gas lines such as water, liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen,  kerosene, nitrogen, or helium. 
  • Strong understanding of test bench development principles and methodologies. 
  • Knowledge in selection and application of design criteria and rules, materials, strengths, and other mechanical properties, according to the loading conditions, working environment, etc. 
  • High degree of CAD competence and PDM tools. 
  • Preferred software: Siemens NX and Teamcenter. 
  • Knowledge of safety protocols, regulations, and industry standards applicable to launchpad operations. 
  • Familiarity with risk assessment and mitigation strategies in high-stakes environments. 
  • Understanding of networking concepts and experience with network infrastructure design and implementation.  
  • Familiarity with automation and control systems employed in test operations.  
  • Proficiency in software tools and languages commonly used in test bench development (e.g., LabVIEW, C++, etc.). 
  • Knowledge in industrial communication buses, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human-machine interfaces (HMIs), sensors, actuators, and other devices. 

Required competences 

  • Exceptional leadership and team management skills to effectively lead a team of engineers and technicians. 
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities to work seamlessly with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders. 
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to maintaining high-quality standards for test benches infrastructure. 
  • Ability to make informed decisions under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a dynamic and challenging environment. 
  • Strong organizational and project management skills to prioritize tasks and oversee multiple projects concurrently. 
  • Adaptability and a willingness to continuously update knowledge and skills in line with evolving technologies and industry best practices. 
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills to identify and address infrastructure challenges. 
  • Attention to detail and a focus on quality to ensure the reliability and safety of launchpad infrastructure.  
  • English B2-C1.

Desired Competences 

  • Previous experience in test bench development or management, preferably in the manufacturing or engineering industry. 
  • Familiarity with a wide range of test bench equipment and systems. 
  • Knowledge of automation and control systems used in test bench operations. 
  • Understanding of data acquisition and analysis techniques. 
  • Experience with regulatory compliance and standards relevant to test bench operations. 
  • Understanding of cybersecurity best practices for safeguarding test benches infrastructure. 
  • Previous experience in a managerial or leadership role. 


  • Location: Elche. 
  • Full time position  
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Payload Aerospace SL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability.

We are compromised in maintaining a diverse and free from discrimination working environment where everyone is treated with respect. Employment is based on an individual’s merit and qualifications, directly related to job competence.

These principles are included in all aspects of employment: recruiting, hiring, training, compensation and benefits, and promotion.