Director, Planetary Landers Department

Company Details

Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 6 countries. In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole onboard the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Landers team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology is creating a Department Director for our Planetary Landers Department to supervise and lead a matrix organization of engineers and technicians who design, develop, assemble, test, and operate spacecraft and associated technologies.  This leadership position will ensure that the latest cost-effective engineering processes and methodologies are applied consistently in support of all department projects, and that all employees are hired, mentored and coached to provide optimal support to the projects they are assigned to.  The Department Director also works with the company leadership team and senior department personnel to develop long-term strategies which will position the department for sustained growth.  This position serves on the leadership team of the company and, as a result, has a substantial influence in the company strategic planning.  This position reports to the CEO.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Founded in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • Setting strategic long- and short-term departmental goals and evaluating outcomes
  • Recruiting, interviewing, and orienting new staff members, in coordination with HR
  • Assigning staff to projects, communicating job expectations, monitoring, and evaluating employee performance
  • Managing staffing needs including surge resource management, career planning and counseling, training, mentoring, and rewards/recognition
  • Managing department overall department budget, overhead budget and forecasting budget requirements
  • Coordinating with Business Development to identify new business opportunities and support proposal development
  • Managing the department research and development budget, personnel, and staffing in coordination with the external R&D group
  • Reviewing and evaluating project implementation plans, schedules and budgets developed by Project Managers for overall feasibility
  • Coordinating with other departments to cross-utilize personnel, apply common engineering standards and principles, and collaborate on projects
  • Serving as engineering chair for department review boards
  • Ensuring employee adherence to company regulations
  • Ensuring common engineering processes and methodologies are applied to all projects



  • B.S. in Engineering plus 10 years of relevant aerospace experience
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: structure/thermal design and analysis, avionics, power systems, flight software, mission management, systems engineering, mission operations
  • Demonstrated experience identifying, selecting, and developing top talent
  • Demonstrated experience leading engineering teams (30+ employees) in an administrative and technical capacity
  • Demonstrated experience operating in a matrix organization
  • Demonstrated experience developing strategic plans and implementation plans
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills



  • Demonstrated experience in life cycle development of space systems, including hands-on experience with space systems integration and testing, including clean room operations
  • Demonstrated experience operating in an AS9100 or ISO9000 environment
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant space mission management experience

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the
U.S. Department of State.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample, references, and demonstrate a significant background in space missions.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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