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Head of Manufacturing

Stoke Space

Stoke Space

Quality Assurance
Kent, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2023

A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.


As the Head of Manufacturing you will be responsible for the teams and equipment within machining, welding, manufacturing engineering, assembly, additive manufacturing, and facility operations. You will build and evolve company systems and processes to act in direct support of rocket vehicle construction and testing. Leveraging your previous experience, initiative, and deep manufacturing knowledge you will develop and execute department growth plans that facilitate company expansion into increased production throughputs and fast-cadence design iterations. You will lead manufacturing AS9100 certification efforts with high efficiency and low overhead; targeting a minimum viable product result which acts to advance company quality documentation while preserving a culture of nimble development.

You must stay organized, focused, and clear in order to quickly digest information and delegate out appropriate actions and expectations.

You will have ownership responsibility for budgets and schedule management, while keeping in close communication with internal engineering and testing customers to ensure their current and future needs are met. Successful management and leadership of internal manufacturing teams to achieve company objectives is key to success and achieving Stoke’s goal of seamlessly connecting Earth and space.


  • Manage and lead manufacturing teams across multiple departments
  • Instill Stoke values and company culture throughout organization
  • Assist in the downselection and purchase of capital manufacturing equipment with expert input
  • Maintain close relationships and communications with internal design customers
  • Coordinate labor and equipment support for 1st and 2nd stage rocket vehicle construction
  • Facility expansion planning and coordination
  • Plan and execute department growth initiatives to advance throughput and capabilities, including AS9100 certification planning
  • Deliver efficient operations across all departments; ensuring resources are being applied to priority work


  • Vision for the execution of creating a world class rocket factory
  • Strong leadership positive attitude and personality to drive teams to results
  • 10+ years of experience in relevant manufacturing environments
  • 5+ years of management or team leadership experience
  • Successful execution of simultaneous company growth and process development
  • Strong background in capital equipment selection and procurement
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills and conflict management


  • Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Equity


Target Levels:

  • Level 5 Range: $164,300 - $246,500

Our job posts are intentionally written to attract a wide variety of experience levels, and we make decisions about the right fit on a per-candidate basis.

Your actual level and base salary will be decided based on your specific experience and skill level.

Equal Opportunity

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including with respect to disability and veteran status. It is committed to compliance with all equal opportunity laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Title VII. It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, citizenship, immigration status, or any other protected class when it comes to employment practices, including hiring.

Employment at the Company is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference and background checks, and on your ability to prove your identity and authorization to work in the U.S. for the Company. Employees must comply with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services employment verification requirements, and, therefore, they must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 at the start of employment and re-verify authorization to work periodically.

Separate from this I-9 process, this position entails access to certain technology and technical data that is restricted under U.S. export control laws and regulations. Employment or continued employment may be conditioned on your legal authorization to work with or have access to export control materials as necessary to perform your job.