Space Quality Engineer

Rome, Italy/Remote
Added: April 12, 2024


• On-site, flexible

• Rome, Italy

About OhmSpace:

Welcome to OhmSpace, a pioneering space startup specializing in propulsion systems for spacecraft! We are developing ground-breaking resistojet products with high specific impulse and thrust that will revolutionize the space industry. We are developing products that employ safe, low-cost, and easily available propellants that offer quicker manoeuvre capability, benefiting large LEO constellations by accelerating revenue generation and reducing the risk of space debris collisions by a factor of ten. Our resistojet technology finds applications both in LEO for nano/micro satellites and in GEO as secondary propulsion for larger telecommunication satellites. We are leading the charge in replacing toxic hydrazine thrusters in GEO platforms, making space transportation cleaner and safer.

Key responsibilities and tasks :

OhmSpace is seeking a highly skilled and dynamic Quality Engineer to join our growing team. As a key player in our mission, you'll be instrumental in shaping the quality system that monitors our cutting-edge projects. Here are the key responsibilities and tasks:

1. Quality System: Develop and implement quality assurance processes and procedures tailored to the unique requirements of space systems, ensuring compliance with space industry standards and regulatory requirements.

2. Process Quality:

  • Monitor manufacturing process readiness and conduct accurate quality assessments throughout the entire process development, from design and integration to validation and start of production.
  • Participate in failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), root cause analysis (RCA), and corrective action/preventive action activities to address quality issues and drive process reliability improvements.
  • Draft Process Control Plans and Inspection Procedures.

3. Product Quality:

  • Conduct accurate quality assessments throughout the entire product lifecycle, from design and development to integration and testing, collaborating closely with cross-functional teams including designers, project managers and suppliers to identify and mitigate quality risks.
  • Contribute to product qualification until final approval, according to the testing plans.

4. Quality Engineering :

  • Establish and maintain quality metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor the effectiveness of quality assessments and drive improvement initiatives.
  • Provide guidance and support to project teams on quality-related matters, including quality planning, verification and validation activities, and milestones management.

5. Supplier Quality :

  • Manage incoming materials quality, including production approval (PPAP)
  • Perform audits and inspections of suppliers, subcontractors, and manufacturing facilities to ensure adherence to quality standards and contractual requirements.

6. Quality Documentation :

  • Develop and maintain the quality documentation, including quality plans, procedures, work instructions, and quality records.
  • Stay updated with industry best practices, emerging technologies, and regulatory requirements related to space systems quality assurance.

7. Startup Environment: Embrace the challenges and excitement of a startup, wearing multiple hats and contributing to a high-impact team.

Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering preferred).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Quality within the space industry.

Requirements :

  • Strong understanding of quality management principles, international standards (e.g., ISO 9001, AS 9100), and regulatory requirements (e.g., ECSS-Q-ST-10, NASA NPR 8735.2).
  • Proven experience with quality tools and methodologies such as statistical process control (SPC), Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, and risk management
  • Proficiency in performing root cause analysis techniques such as 8D Steps, fishbone diagrams, and 5 Whys.
  • Familiarity with Lean Manufacturing, Industry 4.0/5.0 systems.
  • Proficient in redacting technical documentation per quality standards and company procedures.
  • Expertise in risk analysis tools (FMEA/FMECA) and quality KPIs (e.g. PPM, PPAP, Vendor Rating).
  • Ability to contact and manage external suppliers.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving skills, and adaptability in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fluent in English and Italian (both spoken and written).

Nice to Have :

  • Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering discipline.

Culture :

We are a small and fast-growing team, dedicated, smart, and focused on our mission to innovate the space industry at every opportunity. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity. Let's build together a positive and enjoyable work environment!

You’re in the right place if you:

  • Embrace innovation and continuous learning, being open to new ideas and approaches.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • Manage high-stress situations with prolonged mental concentration effectively.
  • Collaborate efficiently with cross-functional teams to achieve project goals and solve problems effectively.
  • Willingness to travel both within Italy and abroad (mainly UK).

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Pay Range: 45,000 €/year
  • Vacancy Type: Permanent, Full Time

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.

In addition, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Stock options program to grow alongside the company.
  • Flexible work hours and work environment that prioritizes well-being and better work-life balance.
  • Professional development opportunities (industry conferences and events, monitoring and coaching, cross-functional training).
  • The ability to work remotely when compatible with your work.
  • Company-sponsored events and activities.