Mission Manager

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Gas Stations in Space™

Currently satellites carry with them one tank of fuel and cannot be refueled. This single-use architecture greatly limits satellite mobility and the development of economic activities in Space. Orbit Fab is working to establish the first Gas Stations in Space. We are developing the refueling technology and the entire fuel supply chain architecture. We supply fuel in space for satellites to refuel and to continue operating without having to worry about running out of fuel.

Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. We work closely with partners and customers in the larger space industry ecosystem to make thriving in-space economy a reality.

As a Mission Manager, you will lead the cross functional team developing spacecraft or customer deliverables, meeting with customers, maintaining schedules and delivering flight hardware. Working within the mission group, this mission manager will be providing leadership and supervision in a team environment, with frequent opportunities for customer engagement, new business development, concept design, mission formulation, system analysis, and detailed design, analysis, integration and test, plus orbit operations. This position will allow you to work independently and exercise your judgment, as well as be part of a cross-specialty team to solve the customers problems that accompany our products in space.


  • Lead team meetings, assign and/or record action items in project management tools and assure follow through
  • Ensure that mission requirements, purposes, objectives, and expectations are communicated and flowed down to the internal team and suppliers
  • Organize and lead customer milestone reviews such as PDRs and CDRs and assign action items, as required
  • Create Work Breakdown Structures, earned value assessments as well as cost estimate to complete tasks and projects (ETC/EAC’s)
  • Develop project plans – responsible for overall mission leadership including appropriate planning, direction, guidance, and budget.
  • Employ proactive risk and opportunity management processes and practices to mitigate or capture potential mission issues and improvements
  • Review and evaluate the mission status on a continuing basis and work unplanned mission issues to a best solution
  • Compile and present project status, schedule and budgetary EVM statistics to customers or company management, as required
  • Lead smaller projects independently and larger projects together with Systems Engineer for teams consisting of Design, Electrical, Software, Manufacturing Engineers, as well as Technicians
  • Identify and ensure required compliance with the government and company regulation, policies/procedures and guidelines; negotiate acceptance/approval of all mission plans with internal interfaces and the customer
  • Lead change proposal efforts for mission including pre-coordination with customer to establish expectations
  • Orbit Fab is relocating to Colorado at the end of 2021 and all roles will be based in CO as of January 2022. You will support a diverse team of talented engineers across multiple projects.


  • B.S. in an aerospace, mechanical, or systems engineering-related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Successfully demonstrated ability of leading small spacecraft missions
  • 6+ years related experience in program management with relevant experience in complex aerospace products
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills
  • An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment
  • Ability to develop, review and negotiate procurement documents (specification, SOW) and manage subcontracts
  • NASA, DOD or commercial spaceflight or aerospace project experience with working experience in all phases of a typical project life-cycle phases is required; this experience is preferably gained through technical or programmatic leadership roles while working at one of these agencies, a prime contractor or lower tier supplier.
  • Proven track record of success working in the IC and with Prime Contractors to deliver operational systems
  • Experience with all phases of the program life-cycle (business development, mission formulation, requirements flow-down, manufacturing, integration and test, and on-orbit operations)
  • Experience working closely with customers to help refine their needs and provide innovative and competitive solutions
  • System design experience, balancing performance, emerging technologies, schedule, risk and cost
  • Ability to perform trade studies and parametric analyses
  • Ability to conceive and develop configurable products across a diverse set of customer needs
  • Ability to execute flight programs that meet technical and cost obligations
  • Work closely with other contractors/teammates in meeting customer needs
  • Collaborate closely with other technical program leads and diverse domain expertise
  • Proven ability to build relationships with customers and other external stakeholders
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, dynamic work environment and ability to travel in support of the program, customer and employee activities

Nice to haves

  • PMP certification
  • Demonstrated program manager responsibility for Space hardware missions for Commercial,
  • Defense, Restricted, or NASA satellites
  • NASA or DoD Flight Project Experience including NASA Life-Cycle Phases
  • Strong systems engineering and technical management skills and demonstrated ability to grow new business opportunities and execute demanding flight programs
  • Ability to work rapidly with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large teams
  • Previous experience and skills in project definition, simulation, implementation, lab integration and test
  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment
  • Current TS/SCI with CI Poly

Tagged as: CI, SCI, nasa satellites, TS, nasa life-cycle phases

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