VP Global Engineering

Psionic - Hampton, VA


Psionic Vice President, Global Engineering

Hiring Manager: CTO

Location: United States, Virginia, Hampton

Job Grade / BU: Executive / Global Engineering

The world is on the cusp of the next great industry technology transition. From Computers to Cell Phones, IoT and Cloud Computing, Autonomous Vehicles will impact society like nothing before.

Psionic, Inc. is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology that allows autonomous vehicles to “see”. Born at NASA and invented in space, we are a startup focused on lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles. We are building a culture of high performance that will change the world for the better. Headquartered in Hampton, Virginia, Psionic also has operations in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. We offer a competitive salary, attractive benefits package and are looking for talented professionals who want to make a positive change in the world with an industry transforming technology. Our team is innovative with a strong work ethic and a passion to make the world better.

Are you curious? Are you an “A” player? Are you a technology junkie? GREAT communication skills? Detailed oriented? Have a high technical aptitude? Love complex challenges? Desiring to move FAST? Then you could be a great fit at Psionic! This is a rare opportunity to enter at the ground floor a market that will change the world. At a company that has the right technology at the right time and in a market segment that is still in the early stages of the Gartner Hype Cycle.

Job Description

The Global Engineering Unit within Psionic has a highly strategic and exciting opportunity for a high energy, proven Engineering executive leader, reporting into our CTO and Co-Founder. You will be part of the executive team building the company from the earliest stages. You and your organization will develop products from concept to manufacture for customers in space, defense and automotive sectors. You will serve as a key advisor to the CEO and the CTO for technology, business development and manufacturing.

You will work closely with the VPs for the primary business units for Automotive, Space and Defense -helping to meet customer needs. Experience in product development is crucial as well as deep understanding of technical sources for electronic and electro-optical components and innovation. We are disrupting several markets and expect to continuously add to our competitive advantages. You will be responsible for building on our strong technical team to create a superior technical organization that meets current commitments and invents new capabilities. Proven, effective written and oral communication skills are essential.

The work involves planning, executing and monitoring analysts, designers, software/hardware developers, simulation tools, testing, and conducting performance validation and verification of optical and photonic elements, electronic data processing, controls, and instrumentation systems. These will be used for detecting, recording, measuring, or controlling physical conditions, phenomena, and environments encountered in automotive (aeronautical and aerospace) development programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build a world class engineering organization focused on innovation throughout the lifecycle
  • Coach and mentor the professional and technical development of your team members, maximizing team productivity and growing their careers by understanding your team’s skill levels, working styles, motivations, and professional goals.
  • Provide technology leadership, inspire your team and proactively bring new ideas, technologies, and methodologies to the table.
  • Understand the foundational technology and engineering disciplines for laser and LIDAR solutions, opto-electronic technology and sensors for guidance, planning, mapping, navigation and control of autonomous vehicles
  • Partner with the executive team and product management on all aspects of the business from strategy to product development to manufacturing
  • Using market, technical, and competitive intelligence to build partnerships with other technical organizations based on company strategy
  • Become a trusted advisor to the executive team, customers, and to your engineering leadership
  • Set and deliver on aggressive, innovative goals


  • You have a history of top performance in engineering management for product development
  • Exhibit Psionic cultural values: Integrity, Quality, Humility, Discipline, Customer Oriented, Results Driven
  • Attributes: Curious, Motivated, Positive, Disciplined, Mature, Transparent, Honest
  • Outstanding communication skills & able to lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Subject matter expertise in one of more of these areas: Optics, Electronics, LIDAR sensors, Autonomous Vehicles, Lasers/Detection
  • Understanding of organization design implications, team dynamics, and project management
  • Maintains a broad knowledge of optics and electronics (analog/digital), vehicle autonomy and mechanical design
  • Driven to WIN and be the BEST, while still EARNING the respect of others

Education and Qualifications:

  • BS degree or higher in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering is required
  • Experience leading engineering product teams
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • History of successful engineering development efforts and leading/building engineering teams
  • Strong teamwork, a desire to learn and driven to improve
  • Experience at a fast-paced and demanding start-up.

Psionic, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. Citizenship is required for the advertised position.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $150,000.00 to $200,000.00 /year


  • Engineering: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Technical Management: 5 years (Preferred)