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Cantos Ventures
Cantos Ventures

Supplier Quality Engineer (Mechanical Components and Mechanisms)



Quality Assurance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Supplier Quality Engineer

As a Supplier Quality Engineer, you will be tasked with a unique challenge to drive to ZERO defects and scale Astranis production at suppliers as we build our satellite manufacturing business. The Supplier Quality team is responsible for supplier identification, qualification, ongoing development, and corrective action. The job involves technical communication with internal and external teams, traveling to suppliers in different regions, and on-the-spot critical decision making. This role is critical to expanding our manufacturing capability while ensuring extreme reliability to make Astranis a world-class satellite manufacturing company.


  • Establish phase gates at suppliers for new product introduction and production, and manage the program to success by supporting supplier activities to ramp up to full rate production
  • Spearhead root cause analysis and countermeasures with the supplier by working with a cross-functional team of engineers and supply chain managers
  • Work with design engineers to capture requirements and ensure appropriate inspection processes are in place, at the supplier and at Astranis (incoming quality control)
  • Review vendor documentation such as certifications and end item data packages to approve shipment
  • Perform supplier audits and qualification activities to certify contract manufacturers for flight hardware production
  • Set up procedures for incoming inspection
  • Review Astranis drawings and specifications, give feedback for design-for-manufacturing and inspectability, and approve on behalf of manufacturing
  • Establish processes to ingest process data from suppliers, and analyze quality and delivery metrics to identify trends and drive improvement as needed
  • Work with suppliers to ensure capacity for upcoming programs, and drive make/buy trades and supplier selection to ensure a robust supply and high quality for your product lines
  • Generate quality clauses and statements of work for various products and commodities to ensure clear flowdown of requirements to vendors


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Material Science/Physics or similar technical field
  • 2-6 years experience in a manufacturing engineering, design engineering, quality engineering, or supply chain engineering role
  • Knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and manufacturing principles such as machining, assembly, etc.
  • Understanding of GD&T
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, SCARs etc.)
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed to meet critical deadlines
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time


  • Experience in aerospace manufacturing, including AS9100 quality management system
  • Experience with process capability studies and setting up Statistical Process Control monitoring
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods, e.g., design of experiments, GR&R, process capability studies, statistical process control, etc.
  • Understanding of typical NPI and production ramp process including phase gates and milestones

What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$110,000$145,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.