Program Manager

Company Details

Mapping satellites and space debris in low Earth orbit

LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services. LeoLabs was founded in 2016 as a venture-funded spinout of Silicon Valley research pioneer, SRI International, by scientists and space industry veterans committed to securing Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LeoLabs is built on 30+ years of R&D in radar systems and satellite tracking algorithms. The team is rapidly expanding its global radar network and data services platform to help satellite operators deploy their services safely and to empower governmental space agencies with detailed visibility into the LEO ecosystem.

As commercial space ventures and newly-formed space agencies from every corner of the globe compete for their place in the second space race, LeoLabs is here to address a new generation of risks and opportunities to preserve LEO for future generations.

The Opportunity  

You will join our growing Engineering team, which has responsibility for all aspects of LeoLabs’ technical capabilities, including Radar, Data Science, Software, and Platform. You will work with our technical leads and engineers and our product management team to manage the teams’ scope, schedule, and dependencies.

Your responsibilities on the team will include: 

  • Manage the schedule of the technical roadmap
  • Provide realistic accounting for factors affecting radar deployment, hardware manufacturing, software development, and novel algorithm development
  • Manage system-wide technical requirements to ensure compatibility between hardware, software, and algorithm development efforts
  • Coordinate efforts and establish procedures across the technical teams with particular emphasis on cross-team technical dependencies
  • Work with the technical leads and management in identifying and removing roadblocks
  • Drive an iterative approach for providing feedback to technical teams supporting our future capability development
  • Interfacing with executives, product management, and field teams to collaborate on product and feature roadmap and schedule


  • B.S. in Astrodynamics, Aerospace, Physics, or Systems Engineering
  • 5+ years experience in program management for complex systems involving deployed instrumentation, cloud infrastructure, high-performance algorithms, and SaaS products.
  • Thorough understanding of Agile techniques
  • Comfort with ambiguity, and ability to create structure where needed
  • Outstanding leadership, communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with both technical and nontechnical individuals
  • Demonstrable experience with program management tools such as JIRA, Asana, or MS Project

Preferred qualifications 

  • Experience with management or development of remote sensing systems and/or aerospace systems
  • Advanced degree in a relevant area of specialization or an MBA
  • Experience developing and deploying nonlinear algorithms for high reliability systems
  • Experience running Agile development programs

Within 1 month, you’ll: 

  • Complete our onboarding program designed to get you up to speed on our business, vision and team
  • Gain an overall understanding the LeoLabs technology stack and product roadmap
  • Be familiar with our Engineering organization, how the various Engineering teams interface, and how Engineering fits into LeoLabs broader organization

Within 3 months, you’ll: 

  • Be fully up-to-speed on the technical interfaces in the LeoLabs technology stack
  • Own documentation on the technical requirements of LeoLabs sub-systems
  • Be deeply involved in roadmap and scheduling discussions

Within 6 months, you’ll: 

  • Be maintaining the up-to-date technical requirements
  • Own requirements definitions for future LeoLabs radar deployments and technical products
  • Drive our schedule planning based on your tracking of inter- and intra-team technical milestones
  • Be deeply involved in planning for future technical architectures

Within 12 months, you’ll: 

  • Have ushered through to completion several critical technical milestones
  • Own our schedule management across the entire technical stack
  • Be the go-to expert at LeoLabs on our current and future technical requirements and schedule

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