Director of Certification

According to John Owen, co-founder of JetBlue and investor at De-Ice,“the best way to save money for an airline is to run a reliable, on-time schedule, and current-state de-icing makes this impossible.” 

De-Ice is an MIT spin-out that’s developed an electric de-icing solution that will solve this problem. This eliminates the need for the aircraft to hold on the ground for 30-45 minutes or more while workers in bucket trucks spray heated toxic fluids on the aircraft.

If you’re passionate about aviation, engineering, and solving difficult problems join our team to take a big step towards making flying sustainable for everyone.


The Director of Certification will be responsible for leading the certification program of De-Ice’s part 25 STC airliner system in the United States, Canada, and the EU. This includes overseeing the certification team and working closely with the engineering, integration, supply chain, and installation teams and partners to ensure program success.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of managing certification programs for complex technical projects in aerospace on the commercial side. The candidate should be a generalist, comfortable with highly cross-functional teams, have good communication skills, and be comfortable taking full ownership of ambiguous projects and decisions.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Lead certification programs for De-Ice’s system in the United States, Canada, and the EU
  • Execute project, resource, and risk management of the certification program
  • Manage external certification partners closely, including DERs and ODAs, establishing schedules and tracking their progress
  • Define and obtain resources required (in-house and external) for certification success
  • Ensure successful delivery of all certification documentation including certification plan, compliance matrix, test plans, drawings, etc.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with engineering, installation, and supply chain teams and partners
  • Work with engineering and leadership teams to quickly resolve complex technical and operational challenges
  • This role reports directly to the founders and top executives at the company


  • 10 years or more of professional experience in aircraft certification
  • Experience with novel and complex technical projects required
  • Proven track record leading aerospace certification programs to on-time and on-budget completion required
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering
  • Experience collaborating and co-coordinating with interdisciplinary teams required
  • Exceptional organizational, project management, and resource management skills required
  • Experience generating and reviewing technical certification documentation required
  • Strong technical communications capability required
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity and a rapid growth environment required
  • Familiarity with FAA Part 25 certification and DO-160G qualification requirements required
  • Specific experience with part 25 STC programs for airliners preferred
  • Energetic, driven, creative, and able to respond to unforeseen challenges and conditions

Our Culture

We’re a flat organization run by engineers and physicists where creative thinking is just as important as analytical prowess. We are looking for people who share our passion for solving hard problems and collaborative invention.

De-Ice is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on ground of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. De-Ice offers competitive compensation, including salary, stock options, and benefits.

Interested candidates should email with a resume enclosed.