Production Supervisor (Avionics Test Lab)



People & HR, Operations
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2023

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


As a Production Supervisor, you will ensure that SpaceX manufactures quality products, on time, every time. You will be responsible for developing a team capable of achieving a level of throughput and quality that goes beyond the boundaries of “industry standard”. You will help to develop, refine, and execute shop floor processes and product related functions as well as supervise all functions of the Space Simulation Test Team.


  • Provide clarity, direction, and motivation to a staff of up to 20 technicians
  • Interface with area leadership and prioritize work based on production schedule and organizational goals
  • Supervise shop floor activity, including daily schedules and workflow
  • Proactively identify schedule risk, plan mitigation and coordinate efforts to minimize production interruptions
  • Coordinate across teams to balance R&D support and production support in the Test Lab
  • Collect, analyze, and improve departmental metrics related to manufacturing objectives
  • Lead and manage projects which drive down the cost of avionics, increase productivity, and improve Test Lab processes and labor efficiency Effectively manage, coach, assess, and mentor technicians, including writing bi-annual reviews and managing corrective or disciplinary actions
  • Monitor labor hours and overtime, work to implement time management improvement plans with staff
  • Initiate and foster a spirit of cooperation within and between departments
  • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement
  • Provide constructive feedback to engineering/design community on manufacturing processes and work instructions
  • Identify training needs and develop training programs for your team
  • Establish and analyze area metrics for trend extrapolation to drive the following:
    • Personnel training and development
    • Development and implementation of efficiency improvement projects
    • Optimization of product flow through the factory
    • Root cause analysis and the implementation of corresponding corrective action plans
    • Identification and elimination of defects within the area value stream


  • Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years of professional experience in a manufacturing and/or testing environment
  • 1+ years in a leadership position or leading a team


  • Experience leading successful teams in rapidly changing, fast paced environmentsLean manufacturing training and experience
  • Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving cost and labor
  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret controlled documentation and processes such as: assembly procedures/work instructions, schematics, engineering drawings, and parts lists
  • Experience working in testing, electronics, and/or avionics
  • Familiarity with design for manufacturability, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Kaizen, and/or failure mode effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed


Pay range:
Production Supervisor: $105,000.00 - $135,000.00/per year
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.