Joby Aviation

System Test Site Operations Lead

Job Locations US-CA-Marina
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable.


We seek a highly qualified and experienced Aerospace Test Technician Team Lead to manage and lead a team responsible for operating large-scale test assets, primarily focusing on vectored thrust propulsion systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in aerospace testing, proven leadership skills, and the ability to oversee complex testing procedures.


  • Lead and manage a team of Aerospace Test Technicians and Operators, ensuring efficient operation and coordination of large-scale test assets, with a primary focus on vectored thrust propulsion systems, including full scale wind tunnel testing. 
  • Develop and implement testing procedures, ensuring adherence to safety protocols, industry standards, and project timelines. 
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to understand testing requirements, provide technical expertise, and ensure successful execution of test campaigns. 
  • Perform hands-on testing and troubleshooting as needed, utilizing a deep understanding of aerospace systems and test equipment. 
  • Maintain and calibrate testing equipment to ensure accuracy and reliability of results. 
  • Train and mentor team members to enhance their technical skills and knowledge in aerospace testing. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to analyze test data, identify issues, and recommend improvements to enhance testing efficiency and accuracy. 
  • Manage test documentation, including test plans, reports, and other relevant documentation. 
  • Oversee the procurement of necessary materials and equipment required for testing activities. 
  • Stay abreast of industry developments, emerging technologies, and best practices in aerospace testing. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field. 
  • Proven experience in aerospace testing, with a focus on large-scale test assets. 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in managing and leading technical teams. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams. 
  • In-depth knowledge of aerospace systems, instrumentation, and testing methodologies. 
  • Familiarity with safety standards and protocols related to aerospace testing. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities effectively. 
  • Proficient in relevant software tools and data analysis techniques. 
  • Commitment to maintaining a culture of safety, quality, and continuous improvement. 


  • Experience with high-voltage electronics
  • Experience with aircraft certification (DO-178B and DO-178C), regulatory requirements, compliance testing, aircraft software engineering processes, and test verification
  • Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures
  • Experience with Altium schematic capture
  • Polarion requirements and test case documentation experienced a plus 
  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline
  • Experience with aerospace projects and FAA Certification; specifically experience with gated (or phase-gate) development processes


Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $116,200 - $198,200/yr. 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.

This position must meet US export control compliance requirements, therefore a candidate must qualify as a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15. “US Person” includes US Citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees, or asylees.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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