Senior Program Manager, NASA and Civil Space

Company Details

Secure, continuous space connectivity. ALWAYS IN SIGHT.

We are SpaceLink. Together, we are building Always in Sight™ Connectivity.

Who We Are:

SpaceLink delivers Always in Sight™ advantage. We are designing and building a communications system to allow spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to connect to the ground through our data relay satellites located in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). Our constellation will continuously transmit user data to the ground for immediate access via the cloud or other secure delivery. Intersatellite links between the relay satellites allow data to be sent directly to where the customer wants it, without it “landing” elsewhere.

As the backbone of the information superhighway for the new space economy, our constellation of satellites in MEO ensures that at least one SpaceLink satellite is always visible to spacecraft in LEO. Our customers include anyone operating space assets with a need to communicate with the ground. Our system will change the way earth observation is done and enable different systems to work together.

What You’ll Do:

You will be the primary point of contact between SpaceLink and our customers and responsible for the successful delivery of all contractual requirements including schedule and cost while achieving all technical requirements and creating customer intimacy to support value creation strategies and actions. The individual will lead a cross-functional organization aligned to common program performance goals. Program Managers are responsible for leading all phases of the program life cycle from inception (proposal development) through startup, execution, and completion (contract closeout). Primary responsibilities are the management of technical performance, schedule, and cost of company programs or subsystems and include, but are not limited to:

  • Establishing a program organization that effectively addresses customer requirements and incorporates the necessary internal and external sub-organizations
  • Leading and directing cross-functional teams to meet program cost, schedule, and technical performance objectives by collaboratively working with other SpaceLink team members in Business Development, Engineering, Contracts, and Finance
  • Measuring and reporting program performance
  • Delivering presentations to customers, executive management, and other program stakeholders
  • Participating in the negotiation of contracts, contract changes, specifications, operating budgets, schedule milestones, and key terms and conditions
  • Establishing design concepts, criteria, and engineering efforts for product research, development, integration, and test
  • Creation, review, and finalization of the program Statement of Work
  • Identification, distribution, tracking, and completion of program requirements
  • Establishment and management of the program and subordinate baselines
  • Development and adherence to budget baselines utilizing Earned Value Management (EVM) or similar cost & schedule control methodologies and tools
  • Identifying, allocating, and managing program resources, including workforce planning
  • Managing Government/customer-supplied property or information (GFE, CFE, etc.)
  • Managing suppliers to meet program objectives
  • Adherence to all internal processes, policies, and applicable industry standards
  • Ensuring program team understands and adheres to contract scope, and manages change orders through contracts, legal and leadership
  • Development and adherence to master project plans and schedules
  • Conducting thorough risk & opportunity management practices including identification, mitigation, and realization
  • Cultivating customer relationships and intimacy to develop further opportunities within the customer community
  • Supporting the development of new business opportunities through long term strategic planning, capture planning, and development of proposals and business plans

What It Takes:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field (Computer Science, Aerospace, Physics, etc.). Master of Science or MBA preferred
  • 12+ years of program and technical managing experience
  • Specific Knowledge of NASA TDRSS that includes space systems, ground systems, and network management systems or equivalent
  • Proven ability to coordinate and engage with NASA customers, subcontractors, vendors, other government representatives, and external partners and consultants
  • Planning, Scheduling & Earned Value: The ability to initiate, develop, integrate, execute, direct and control program plans and cost and schedule baselines that meet both program contractual requirements and stakeholder expectations
  • Program Integration: The ability to identify, orchestrate, coordinate and control the management activities and processes that integrate program interdependencies throughout their life cycle to achieve successful program completion
  • Knowledge and experience with project management methodologies and best practices such as a PMP
  • Experience with schedule tracking tools such as MS Project, SmartSheet, and Jira
  • Experience managing various contract types to include CPFF, CPIF, FFP
  • Business Acumen: The ability to apply knowledge, insights, and understanding of business and financial concepts, tools, and processes to the benefit of program decisions, actions, and performance
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with customers, senior management, and peers, and to function as a senior member of the SpaceLink team
  • Experience implementing and supporting quality management in the execution of a program
  • Articulate customer requirements and guide the development and implementation of solutions

What We’d Love:

  • Direct experience managing NASA and other Civil space and ground systems programs
  • Direct program or technical management of satellite communications programs are highly desirable
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for SpaceLink programs supporting NASA and other civil agencies projects requiring space data relay
  • Specific Knowledge of NASA TDRSS that includes, ground systems, launch, and LEO spacecraft communications
  • Detailed and technical knowledge and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with all aspects of the satellite system and ground systems life cycle
  • Strong knowledge of software APIs, IP Sec, Transmission Security (TRANSEC)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Experience with encryption and cybersecurity architectures
  • Active Secret Security Clearance

Where You’ll Be:

  • The position will be remote during the pandemic
  • Our headquarters is in Tyson’s Corner, VA, a short walk from the Greensboro or Tyson’s Corner Metro stops
  • We have offices in Mountain View, CA, and a related company in Huntsville, AL
  • Other major metropolitan locations in the U.S. with relevance to the space industry are also possible
  • Travel may be required (up to 20%)

What we offer:

  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Paid time off with floating holidays
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Tuition assistance, financing, and refinancing
  • Paid parental leave

ITAR Requirements: This position is subject to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Candidates must be a U.S. Person (this includes U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, Protected Individual as defined by law), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

SpaceLink provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

Tagged as: engineering, aerospace, physics, computer science, quality management, PMP, business acumen, program & technical management, nasa tdrss, planning/scheduling & earned value, program integration, cpff/cpif/ffp

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