Operations Subcontract Manager

  • Kairos Aerospace
  • Remote (Remote (USA) or Mountain View, CA)
  • Aug 19, 2020
Full Time Operations Project Manager Supply Chain

Job Description

About Kairos Aerospace 

At Kairos Aerospace we combine innovative aerospace systems with advanced data science. Unlike traditional aerospace companies, we sell information, not hardware - we operate our sensors cost-effectively at a continental scale to produce novel data streams about pressing global problems.

First on our list: spotting hard-to-monitor emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change.

As a team, we love science and engineering, we love getting our hands dirty with hardware and software, and we love seeing our work make a difference in the real world.

We’ve created a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and fun environment that is based on integrity and treating people right. So no matter your gender, gender identity, race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, or disabilities, we welcome you and would like to work with you. :-)

It’s never boring, it’s always challenging, and we’re usually laughing.

Operations Subcontract Manager

Kairos partners with aerial subcontractors to provide planes, pilots, and the expertise necessary to collect aerial data safely and efficiently. We are looking for a talented individual to manage our day-to-day relationships with our subcontractors and to serve as the primary point of contact for our flight crews. Whether you are remote or based in Mountain View, you'll be working with remotely deployed crews. When our planes aren't in the air, you'll be assisting with other production tasks, such as data analysis.

The ideal candidate should have 2+ years of management experience, and will be able to manage our flights across the country using our proprietary tracking and planning tools, work with our subcontractors to maintain our flight operations, and develop a sufficient understanding of our production operations to inform how we should work with our subcontractors in the future.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage our remotely deployed planes and crews to collect aerial survey data safely and efficiently
  • Maintain high-level understanding of our operational processes
  • Assist remote crews with basic troubleshooting, and raise more complex issues to our technical team
  • Coordinate schedules and deployment of planes and crews with our subcontractors and our technical team
  • Utilize our tracking and planning tools
  • Provide feedback on tracking and planning tools for our technical team


  • Ability to work a time-shifted schedule - Our collection schedule depends on the local conditions at our remote bases, and can begin as early as 4-5 AM on the west coast. To offset the early start, you'll also be ending your workday early. In addition, we will be shifting to including weekends as potential flight days. When that happens, we will work with you to balance safety and operational needs with your life outside of Kairos. As mentioned below in "Life at Kairos", we expect a schedule approximating a 40-hour work week of all employees and do not track your working hours exactly; this position is no different.
  • Experience managing employees and/or leading projects - This job is first and foremost about leading our day-to-day flight operations and the managing the subcontractors that collect our aerial data. You should have 2 or more years of prior management experience.
  • Technical mindset - You don't have to be a software developer, but you should be eager to understand the technical aspects of our work. You may well have gotten your degree in a technical or scientific field, and might have done some coding or hardware projects as a hobby.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills - You'll be responsible for managing a remotely deployed fleet of aircraft and maximizing their efficiency: there are many moving parts, and it takes a strong organizational mindset to be successful in this role.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills - You'll be working with our remotely deployed crews daily and serving as the primary point of contact between the flight crews and Kairos.

Desirable Qualities

  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Creative problem solver
  • Familiarity with G Suite, Jira and Confluence
  • Familiarity with GIS concepts and tools

Life at Kairos
A few important facts about working at Kairos Aerospace:

- We provide health, dental, and vision insurance, including subsidized coverage for dependents. Our 401k plan does matching based on the amount of methane we removed from the atmosphere in a given year.
- We think death-march hours are a bad way to run a company. We expect something approximating a 40-hour workweek, but mostly we just care that your work gets done. No, really. (Full disclosure: we occasionally put in some extra hours during crunch periods, but that is the exception, not the norm).
- We do not track vacation time, nor do we have set hours to be in the office. Instead, we encourage taking real vacations, mental health days, leaving early to pick up the kids, working from home, time-shifting commutes, staying home when you're sick, ducking out to the gym - we believe work time should be flexible.

In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic we have transitioned to 100% remote work aside from hardware and flight operations and plan to continue having remote positions in perpetuity.
(We love it when kids make a cameo in a video call.)

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