Director of Engineering

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 Engineering will be responsible for leading the technical and product development of De-Ice’s power electronics. The role involves technical leadership of the company’s electrical engineering team and working closely with the integration, supply chain, and certification teams and external partners, in order to ensure on-time, on-budget, and on-spec delivery of the power electronics.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of bringing complex technical projects to fruition on-time and on-budget, as well as an electrical engineering background with an emphasis on cutting-edge high-frequency and high-power electronics. 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 the product development effort of De-Ice’s power electronics
  • Lead the effort to coordinate team and supplier interactions including supplier design and program reviews
  • Assist leadership in holding the team and suppliers to schedule to ensure program deliverables, timelines and budgets are met
  • Facilitate communications between the De-Ice technical team and suppliers including review and direct contribution to technical communications
  • Help develop and maintain relationships between engineering, certification, and supply chain stakeholders
  • Work with engineering and leadership to quickly resolve complex technical and operational challenges
  • Support system-level and aircraft-level design and integration across firmware, hardware, software, and electromechanical development efforts and related processes
  • This role reports directly to the founders and top executives at the company


  • 10 years or more of professional experience in a complex technical field required
  • Product development leadership experience with electrical systems and hardware required
  • Experience in an open-ended start-up or NPI environment required
  • Proven track record for driving initiatives cross-functionally within a company required
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering required
  • Experience working with talented engineering teams and co-coordinating with interdisciplinary teams required
  • Strong technical communications capability required
  • Experience interfacing with external partners and coordinating work between internal and external teams required
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity and a rapid growth environment required
  • Experience with state-of-the-art high power and high frequency electronics preferred
  • Experience leading avionics and LRU product development preferred
  • Familiarity with FAA Part 25 certification and DO-160G qualification requirements 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.