Manufacturing Project Manager

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Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 100 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise.

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What You'll Do:

As a Project Manager you will be responsible and accountable for the project performance of work package(s) critical to the success of the Archer business and our eVTOL aircraft. You will be deployed to drive progress and execution of various projects within our organization, based on Program need. This is both an internal and external facing cross-functional role that requires close coordination with Archer Engineering, Program Management, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Quality, and Supplier or customer teams.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships across Archer teams, inclusive of suppliers and customers involved in your areas of deployment. Take action as necessary to optimize the customer experience and continually enhance and improve their relationship with Archer.
  • Act as the primary interface between Engineering, Program Management, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain on project deliverables, issues, and resolution for Engineering development and builds. Escalate to commercial or technical partners when required.
  • Develop project task-based schedules and track/report milestone progress against the program management plan.
  • Identify and manage project Risks, Issues and Opportunities to closure in partnership with functional leads and Program Managers.
  • Identify issues, propose solutions and drive recovery plans to closure.
  • Execute within project schedule and budget, tracking expenses and identifying cost-savings opportunities.
  • Relentlessly drive on-time execution both internally and at suppliers, finding creative ways to pull in delivery timing.
  • Communicate regularly with stakeholders, providing updates on project milestones, risks, and issues.
  • Prepare and present project reports, status updates, and performance metrics to senior leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Utilize configuration control and change management to maintain technical discipline of the program.
  • Identify areas of improvement or gaps in current processes and develop strategies to promote efficiency and productivity.
  • Compare actual performance against planned performance to identify variances, and help manage tasks on the Critical Path.
  • Collaborate with program team members and departments to establish plans and schedules that allocate resources to best achieve program requirements and service internal and external client or customer needs.
  • Provide guidance and best practices across the organization for planning and scheduling processes, procedures, tools and systems.

What You Need:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or in a related field or equivalent industry experience.
  • Minimum 4 years related New Product Introduction (NPI) experience in automotive or aerospace field.
  • Project management experience.
  • Analytical capabilities to identify schedule critical paths and optimize engineering / supply chain timelines.
  • Demonstrated skills in supplier operational and relationship management.
  • Familiarization with Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, or other scheduling software.
  • Ability to operate in an ambiguous environment with little direction.
  • Ability to react to resets and constant changes in a demanding, time-sensitive environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of, and experience within, electric powertrain systems or aerospace systems.
  • Thorough understanding of engineering product development including design phases, manufacturing processes and global supply chain management.
  • Familiarization with Atlassian Jira and Confluence for task management and collaborative documentation.
  • Certification experience and/or experience working with ARP4754A.

Please note that this job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and does not include an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications.

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company's business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $134,400 - $168,000. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities, and those with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants who may require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should provide their name and contact information to Archer's People Team at Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Archer is unable to provide work visa sponsorship for this position at the present time.
Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Archer Aviation does not engage with external recruiting agencies/individual recruiters with whom it does not have a prior written agreement. Archer reserves the right to make use of any unsolicited resumes that it receives and bears no responsibility for payment of any fees asserted from the use of unsolicited resumes. If you are a recruiting agency or individual recruiter wishing to do business with Archer, please reach out to All employment processes are managed by the Archer People Team.