VP Engineering

About De-Ice

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


The VP of Engineering will be responsible for leading the engineering organization. They will also be responsible for working closely with operations and supply chain partners in order to ensure certification program success and transition to production.

This role reports directly to the founders and executives at De-Ice.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to take a roll-up-your-sleeve approach to solving urgent and difficult challenges.
  • Work with the current team, top leadership, and advisors to drive engineering work forward in order to complete certification program and ensure successful transition to production.
  • Direct activities across electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering teams to ensure that product designs are ready for field deployment and repeatable manufacturing.
  • Deliver aerospace system conforming to functional specifications and customer requirements.  
  • Maintain and/or manage relationships with the customer’s engineering leadership, supply chain, and operations partners to resolve all questions and problems.
  • Work closely with certification and aircraft integration functions to ensure effective communication between these groups and the engineering organization.
  • Recruit, mentor, and guide a team of highly skilled engineers in a structured aerospace environment.


  • 15 years or more of professional experience in the aerospace industry including at least 5 years in a leadership role with responsibility for bringing a new system or sub-system from early design into full production required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent required.
  • Experience managing engineering teams and co-coordinating with interdisciplinary teams required.
  • High attention to detail and interest in exposure to challenging multidisciplinary engineering required.
  • Proven experience managing and bringing to market complex aerospace programs such as novel avionics LRUs packages and products which integrate multiple aircraft systems preferred.
  • Experience supporting NPI all the way through scaling production preferred.
  • Direct experience developing and negotiating supplier contracts and supplier coordination preferred.
  • Energetic, driven, creative, and able to respond to unforeseen challenges and conditions.
  • Ability to think critically in an ambiguous environment and take end-to-end ownership of work product.

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 careers@deice.com with a resume enclosed.