recruiting for SwissDrones


Aircraft Lead Engineer (a)

buchs, switzerland
Full-time 80% - 100%
5.0 on Glassdoor

We work directly on behalf of SwissDrones and do not charge any agency fees.

What this position has to offer:

  • Become part of the newest development project: SD120
  • An opportunity to shape the future of unmanned aviation 🚁
  • Dynamic and motivated international team 🌍
  • Transparent communication and open feedback culture 🤝
  • Home Office options
  • Worldwide sales in 12 countries

Interested? Then book a call with us now!

Job Summary

Do you want to be part of one of the most advanced companies globally in designing, building, and operating long-range uncrewed helicopters in the most demanding certification category worldwide? The newest development project of SwissDrones, the “SD120”, will have unprecedented range and payload to operate beyond line of sight (BVLOS)! 🚁🇨🇭 

As a recruiting partner of SwissDrones, we are looking for you as a Aircraft Lead Engineer (a) (80 - 100 %) at the location in Buchs, St. Gallen, Switzerland. ✈️🏔️ Become part of and write history in uncrewed aviation by joining your new colleagues in the SD120 development team and look forward to a rapidly growing and international environment where collaboration and entrepreneurial thinking are valued. 🌏🤝

Are you interested? Then arrange an initial interview with us now! 📞

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Work on the future of unmanned aviation at SwissDrones! 🚁

What You Will Be Doing

  • You will take on the technical product development responsibility for the new drone, the 'SD120.'
  • You will lead a multidisciplinary engineering team through the entire aircraft design cycle, which includes concept definition, specification, design, integration, testing, validation, and certification
  • Oversee design processes, including interdisciplinary trade-offs, optimization, and validation
  • Provide expert-level contributions to design processes at all development stages and make cross-disciplinary design decisions
  • Collaborate with the development team to address technical challenges and develop effective solutions
  • Define and draft requirements for all aircraft systems to ensure alignment with specified criteria and standards

What You Bring To The Job

  • Higher education, e.g. in aerospace engineering or systems engineering
  • Advanced experience in product development in the areas such as avionic, electrical, data link and mechanical aircraft design and systems
  • Multiple years of experience in project management 
  • Advanced experience in requirements management
  • High degree of flexibility and working in a dynamic and growing company
  • Willingness to improve company procedures and processes

  • english: C1 – Advanced


  • Work experience in the drone industry and experience with corresponding regulatory requirements
  • Aircraft Certification experience
  • german: B2 – Upper Intermediate


You can expect a friendly & helpful team that always supports each other and maintains a very open, respectful and collegial atmosphere. The corporate culture is characterized by flat hierarchies, direct communication, and transparency at all levels. You will be given plenty of room for individual development, both professionally and personally, in an environment that leaves no room for cut throat competition.

  • Colleagues: 9
  • Team Language: English


An emerging game-changer in uncrewed aviation

Workplace near the famous Swiss ski resorts

Individual work-life balance solutions & flexible working models


Open feedback culture with short communication lines

A transparent career plan & trusting mentorship

Pension Fund

360° insight & 100% involvement development of the drones

25 paid vacation days per year


Well-known, international customers, suppliers & partners

A team of over 30 people from (currently) 12 nations

Good connection to public transport

About SwissDrones

As a leading manufacturer and operator of long-range unmanned helicopter systems, SwissDrones enables safe and cost-effective unmanned aerial intelligence solutions for surveillance, inspection and search & rescue missions beyond visual line of sight.

SwissDrones’ unique twin-rotor unmanned helicopter systems are designed to replace manned helicopters at reduced costs, significantly lower carbon emissions and without putting crews at risk when operating in challenging conditions. The systems allow for integration of high-end sensor payloads and enable long-range, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations both at day and night with a flight endurance of multiple hours. SwissDrones’ aircraft are in operation across Asia, Europe, and North America.

SwissDrones was founded in 2013 and is based out of Switzerland with its headquarters in Zurich and its manufacturing site in Buchs (St. Gallen). It has been named a Top 50 Global UAV Enterprise by the World UAV Federation and a Top 40 Civil Drone Platform Manufacturer by Drone Industry Insights.

  • Industry: Aerospace & defence
  • Founded: 2013
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