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Engineering Manager - Product Validation



Software Engineering, Other Engineering, Product
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2024

Apptronik is building robots for the real world to improve human quality of life and to help solve the ever-increasing labor shortage problem. Our team has been building some of the most advanced robots on the planet for years, dating back to the DARPA Robotics Challenge. We apply our expertise across the full robotics stack to some of the most important and impactful problems our society faces, and expect our products and technology to change the world for the better. We value passion, creativity, and collaboration to help us overcome existing technological barriers in the industry to create truly innovative products.

You will join a team developing state-of-the-art general-purpose robots designed to operate in human spaces and with human tools. It is designed to work alongside humans, mobilize to human spaces, and manipulate the world around it.

We are seeking an experienced Engineering Manager to build and lead our team of Product Validation engineers focused on commercialization of our general-purpose robots. This is a unique opportunity to have a large impact at a high growth start-up. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, with a successful track record of leading engineering design verification and product validation of electro-mechanical products, we’d love to speak with you.


  • Lead and validate the performance and reliability of Apptronik’s general purpose robots during product development.
  • Partner with design engineering teams to drive product design to ensure adherence to safety, regulatory and systems engineering requirements for commercial deployment of Apptronik’s robots.
  • Mentor, coach, and foster a culture of excellence within the product validation engineering team.
  • Develop design verification and product validation test plans per systems engineering requirements and lead engineering testing.
  • Build the product validation team to drive the commercialization of Apptronik’s general purpose robots.
  • Lead the development of test methodologies, procedures, and drive traceability to system requirements and ensure that testing processes and procedures comply with industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Build test automation processes to improve efficiency and reduce cycle time.
  • Collaborate with quality assurance teams to establish and maintain robust quality control measures throughout the testing lifecycle.
  • Investigate and resolve any test-related issues or discrepancies, implementing corrective and preventive actions to uphold product quality.
  • Collaborate with 3rd party laboratories to ensure rigorous validation of Apptronik’s products across safety, certification, and product requirements.
  • Build and lead Product Reliability growth strategy and drive engineering issue resolutions in a timely manner.


  • Demonstrated in-depth expertise in engineering design verification & validation of industrial robots or similar electro-mechanical systems.
  • Experience in engineering methodologies including DFMEA, DVP&R, root cause analysis and reliability growth.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Master’s degree in engineering preferred.
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience
  • 5+ years of experience leading engineering teams


  • Competitive base salary with benefits.
  • Highly motivating equity incentive package.
  • Optional hybrid work schedule (i.e. work from home in some capacity).
  • Flexible working hours policy.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Open paid time off (PTO).
  • 401K plan.

*This is a direct hire. Please, no outside Agency solicitations.

Apptronik provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.