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Technical Program Manager, Aircraft Systems (multiple positions)

Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation

IT, Operations
San Carlos, CA, USA · Marina, CA, USA · Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Technical Program Manager, Aircraft Systems (multiple positions)

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz | US-CA-Marina | US-CA-San Carlos
Program Management
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most. Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


The right person for this role can work from one of our three Northern California locations; San Carlos, Santa Cruz, Marina.

Joby Aviation is seeking
several passionate Technical Program Managers to join our Vehicle Program Management team with a focus in one or more of these areas:

  • Airframe structures
  • Loads and dynamics
  • Flight controls
  • Propulsion
  • Mechanical systems
  • Actuation
  • Energy storage
  • Avionics
  • Electrical wiring

These positions will be in our Santa Cruz, CA location, and will actively work with various teams at Joby Aviation, including design, analysis, loads, methods and allowables, systems engineering, system safety, manufacturing, supply chain, flight test, certification and more. This role will operate in a fast paced, demanding, and rewarding environment with high expectations for individual contribution.

The Technical Program Manager will be responsible for leading the Integrated Product Teams aligned with aircraft systems in all programmatic aspects. They are responsible for creation of the high level and detailed plans to execute on the Type Certification program for each system and for driving the team in execution of the plan.


  • Responsible for execution of the program plan for the system(s) per the requirements of Joby Product Development Processes
  • Work closely with integrated product team to develop and maintain project timeline towards aircraft type certification and manufacturing introduction
  • Directly support Integrated Product Team (IPT) technical leaders in working through and solving technical challenges and risks
  • Coordinate cost, schedule and technical issue and risk resolution
  • Coordinate with suppliers and as needed, interfacing with legal, shipping, quality, and other Joby support organizations
  • Collaborate with program teams to define scope of work to development and update system schedules, resource information, and identification of variances from the baseline records
  • Evaluate project schedule progress and performance and identify developing problem areas
  • Analyze critical path and constraints to determine effect of changes to schedule and recommend work-around
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary program reviews throughout the different phases of development, certification, and production readiness as required to coordinate and communicate system design projects
  • Support program management team by implementing schedule changes into the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS), maintaining timely and effective change management processes and procedures
  • Conduct analysis to determine alternative courses of action or recovery on slipped schedules
  • Present and report on system status to the aircraft Program Manager and Chief Engineer
  • Facilitate implementation of new processes and improvements
  • Monitor work and remove impediments to progress
  • Facilitate communication, discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or relevant field
  • 5+ years of experience in aerospace engineering environment with responsibility for project coordination and management
  • Experience with FAA certification processes
  • Expertise in project management tools such as Microsoft Project, Confluence and JIRA
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to details
  • Demonstrated experience in the simultaneous management of multiple high-paced engineering projects
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Good skills and knowledge of facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Be flexible


  • 10+ years of experience with aircraft Type Certification in an engineering environment
  • Basic knowledge of 2X.1309 analyses and processes, including Advisory Circular 23.1309-1E, SAE ARP 4761, and SAE ARP 4754A
  • Basic knowledge of FAA regulations and guidance material and industry standards

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $116,600 - $195,800/year. The compensation package will be determined by job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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