Vice President of Operations at Airspace
San Leandro, CA, US

Overview

Airspace Systems, Inc. (“Airspace”), an advanced technology company committed to the safe emergence of the drone economy, is addressing a new dimension in the world of security. Drones have a wide range of life-saving and mission-critical uses, including disaster response, firefighting, supply and medicine delivery, and locating missing persons, to name a few. In order for the drone industry to realize its full economic and social potential, airspace security and safety of critical infrastructure must be assured.

Airspace Systems, in conjunction with the military, has developed a leading airspace security solution with tremendous potential to do real and meaningful good in the commercial and civilian sectors. As of early 2019, the company has been cleared to sell and deploy the solution for commercial use. The Airspace Galaxy security platform uses artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics to provide immediate detection and identification of all drones present in a large airspace, enabling a quick response. The company plans to include drone mitigation – the capture and safe removal of unauthorized drones – as part of a comprehensive solution in the near future.

Today, users for the detection and identification of drone traffic include airports, corporate and academic campuses, entertainment facilities and franchises, utilities, large commercial real estate operators and public safety providers. To capitalize on a window of opportunity to become the leading provider of airspace security in these commercial and civil sectors, venture and strategic investors have just provided substantial additional funding to Airspace Systems. The company is seeking to quickly build a top-notch management team to execute on a succinct vision in a rapidly emerging market.

The Role

Fueled by strong growth and recent capital raise, we’re looking for a VP of Operations to join our senior leadership team for our next phase of growth. You’ll be responsible for leading all of our finance and accounting functions and have responsibility for the back office of the company including HR, staffing, IT and facilities during a time of rapid growth and expansion. You’ll have the opportunity to do both hands-on work in the early stages of growth and build a team as the company scales. Airspace is a high-growth, mission-driven organization and we’re looking for experienced leaders who share our values and desire to make a positive impact on the world!

Responsibilities

  • Establish a metrics-driven organization and maintain ownership of business operations strategy, planning, reporting, and execution for finance, accounting, and operations in taking a complex, technology-enabled solution from “lab to market leader”
  • Be responsible for end-to-end company operations, including ownership of HR, staffing, legal, IT, facilities and office management
  • Finance -- Manage all aspects of FP&A, including AR/AP/Payroll as well as planning and forecasting in partnership with internal resources as well as consultants and vendors
  • People Operations -- Manage internal staff and relationships with outsourced partners to provide quality HR service delivery and build a high-performance, metrics driven staffing organization
  • IT -- Implement and maintain relationships with outsourced partners to provide quality IT service delivery and manage risk from a cybersecurity perspective
  • Legal -- Serve as the primary liaison with best-in-class legal team on internally-facing matters and externally-facing contracts and agreements
  • Facilities -- Manage company facilities including engineering lab, business headquarters and offsite facilities for drone testing and operations
  • Oversee compensation plans across the business, including cash, equity, sales compensation, commission structure and bonus plans maintaining industry benchmarks
  • Enable the fundraising process at every step with budgeting, due diligence and closing processes
  • Start hands-on for business operations strategy and execution, then grow a high performance team as the company scales

Requirements

  • 7+ years of FP&A management experience, preferably in an Enterprise SaaS business
  • Start-up readiness with experience in a VC-funded startup, starting with hands-on work and growing a team as the business scales
  • Ability to lead and influence decisions across all areas of the business
  • A demonstrated ability of identifying risk and managing that risk at the corporate level.
  • A data-driven approach to decision making, including budgeting and forecasting skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance or similar
  • Preferred: MBA or CPA

Why work at Airspace?

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining an inclusive working environment for all employees free of discrimination and harassment. Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative of the people we serve; we do not make employment decisions based off of non-merit characteristics. We have veterans from the tech titans, such as Google, Apple and Autodesk, in our turnkey facility that houses everything from coding to manufacturing and is minutes away from our large, outdoor drone flight testing facility. You will be working from our San Leandro office daily around a friendly and diverse staff. You come to work with a fully stocked kitchen, catered lunches and participate in company events and outings.