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Director of Engineering

Agile Space

Agile Space

Durango, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024

Company & Mission:

Located in Durango, CO, (Headquarters) and Mount Pleasant, PA (Additive Manufacturing Center) Agile Space Industries, Inc. (AGILE) designs, builds, and tests in-space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft. AGILE uses state of the art 3D metal alloy printing techniques to rapidly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in our purpose-built propulsion test facility. With over a decade of experience testing rocket engines, and engineers who have worked at industry leaders like Blue Origin, SpaceX, NASA, and Rocketdyne, AGILE is a rapidly growing company with many exciting Defense, Civil and Commercial programs.

The Director of Engineering will lead departments across the major engineering disciplines of Propulsion Engineering, Analysis, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (including structural and thermal), Software Engineering, IPT Leads, and Chief Engineers to accomplish the following:

Department Leadership

  • Plan and directs all aspects of engineering policies, objectives, and initiatives
  • Build technical strategies that enable scaling of the business
  • Develop and manage department budget for training, growth, and software
  • Be a champion for positive change
  • Empower teams and foster accountability throughout entire organization
  • Effective and concise 2-way communicator with experience in executive presentations (effective messaging)
  • Mentor and guide engineer career progression

Program/ IRAD Execution

  • Ability to troubleshoot, error check, and improve thruster and rocket engine designs by providing team feedback.
  • Ability to mentor engineers on propulsion system level trades, including thrusters, valves, tanks and more.
  • Experienced with gate review processes (SRR, PDR, CDR), providing technical content, oversight and determining gate pass / fail
  • Direct experience with design of propulsion components.
  • Ensure timely completion and technical integrity of team's assignments
  • Implement effective system for assessing technical progress of work product for IPT Leads
  • Ownership for technical risk content of program Risk Register (including mitigation and elevation strategy)
  • Experienced with working recovery of complex and difficult programs
  • Understand and communicate technical risks. Assist team with risk burn down.
  • Direct experience with Design of Experiments.

Personnel Development

  • Experience across product development lifecycle from concept to flight operations
  • Extensive experience with gate reviews and peer reviews
  • Drive technical root cause investigations, corrective actions, and preventive measures in Failure and Problem Report Tracking
  • Establish key technical metrics for evaluating progress for predictable and repeatable performance
  • Develop sound proposal basis of estimates (scope, schedule, budgets), technical approach, and technical write-ups with consideration for resource constraints associated risks (i.e. identified, assessed, and appropriately responded to)
  • Manage process and prioritize publishing "White Papers" and Technical Articles
  • Experience negotiating with software providers and consultants.


  1. Strong collaborate with and technical support for the Directors of PMO, Operations, Quality, Business Development and other ASI management teams


  • 18+ years in Engineering (BS+ 18 years, MS+ 16+ years, or PhD+ 13+ years)
  • 5+ years in Senior Management (or equivalent with related experience) with organization of 30+ employees
  • 10+ years recent experience with Aerospace applications is required
  • Extensive expertise in two or more technical disciplines like Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Embedded Software, and/or Test Engineering
  • Knowledge of propulsion and spacecraft interface Design and the associated analyses is a plus
  • Previous experience on NASA programs and Propulsion/Aerospace markets is a plus
  • Deep understanding of CFD, FEA, or numerical methods is a plus.
    • Typical tools include ANSYS, Solidworks Simulation, CEA, WinPlot or equivelants
  • Experience working with both commercial space as well as DoD customers is a plus.
  • Design experience with Additive Manufacturing is a plus.
  • Understanding of software development processes is a plus.
  • Experience with hot fire test stands and Data Acquisition Systems in Labview is a plus.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Engineering or other relevant field is required, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are preferred

Special Requirements

  • The Director of Engineering is a Senior Leadership level position that requires business acumen, leadership experience, and technical background. To be successful, candidates must be capable of managing and motivating an entrepreneurial, high energy, high quality, and high output product development organization. Candidate will exhibit strong leadership and motivational abilities capable of creating an effective team that is focused on accountability, empowerment, and pride in our technology.

Salary Range: $150,000 - $180,000

Eligibility for bonuses and company equity depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or temporary status. Contact HR for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Durango, CO

Relocation: Available

Closing Date: May 17, 2024

What You'll Love About us:

100% of monthly premiums paid by employer for Medical, Dental and Vision for you and your dependents.

Paid Holidays, Paid Flexible Time Off, Sabbatical Leave, Company Sponsored Life and AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Maternity/Parental/Adoption Leave

401K contributions match at 4% of your salary, Employee referral program, Learning & Development - allowing employees to explore development opportunities such as peer learning, trainings, certifications, tuition reimbursement, Company get-together and team outings and best of all, working with amazing humans!

We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, region, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and underrepresented minorities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Agile, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Reasonable Accommodation

At AGILE, our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request to hr@agilespaceindustries.com.

The salary ranges provided in this job posting are indicative and may be adjusted for individual candidates commensurate with experience or technical capabilities. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

AGILE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

  • Please note that if the position is covered by federal international trade regulations, it is a requirement of the position that the individual be eligible to obtain any required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.