Engine Program Manager

Company Details

The journey to space starts with the engines. 

Ursa Major Technologies was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.

Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team. A team who will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are comprised of intrinsically motivated individuals who have a passion for solving problems and empower each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

Ursa Major’s team moves fast and does a lot with little. The Engine Program Manager is the leader who provides us direction and ensures our programmatic success. We are looking for the unique individual who thrives when creating order out of chaos, can excel as a technical subject matter expert, and can bring together complex technical inputs into one cohesive program.


  • Manages internal engine program execution, from initial program plan definition through ultimate mission success.
  • Owns the engine program Integrated Master Schedule (IMS). Responsible for pulling inputs from across the company and re-baselining as changes occur.
  • Dotted line manager for program technical objective leads, driving program progress throughout the engine lifecycle.
  • Leads internal status updates and milestone reviews. Responsible for presenting both programmatic and technical material.
  • Collaborates with team members to write, review, and deliver technical deliverables. Includes systems engineering requirements, change requests, risk definitions and mitigation plans, nonconformance reports, and data reviews.
  • Completes a 1 to 3 month onboarding technical training program and can step in to support the technical organization as needed in assembly, test operations, vehicle integration, process and procedure definition, and quality verification.
  • Participates in business strategy discussions. Responsible for understanding and communicating impacts across programs during decision making.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated leadership in an aerospace program
  • Prior experience as project or team lead in a production or manufacturing role, managing schedules and delegating tasks
  • Passion for creatively developing a program plan despite resource constraints and flexibility to adapt as inputs rapidly change
  • Technical expertise in liquid propellant rocket engine manufacturing, design, test, analysis, or integration
  • Comfortable working in fast-paced, startup environment

Desired Experience

  • Master’s degree in engineering
  • Strong understanding of aerospace industry standards and requirements
  • Demonstrated success in complex program definition and management


  • Unlimited PTO – Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance; STD; Life and AD&D
  • Retirement Savings Plan – Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $105,000 – $165,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.


We’re an equal opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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