Software Program Manager, Space Operations

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Position Title: Software Program Manager for Space Operations

About Us:

BlackSky is a geospatial intelligence solutions provider that enables organizations to task, collect, and transform data from earth observation, global sensor networks, mobile devices, and social media to deliver on-demand insights about places, events, and assets that are critical to their operations. Blacksky provides satellite collection, data, and cloud based -processing and analytic solutions to organizations that are capitalizing on the exponential growth of a wide range of sensor and collection platforms for delivering the next generation of GEOINT and location intelligence solutions. BlackSky has extensive expertise and capabilities in commercial remote sensing, multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open-source software development, Amazon Web Services, and big data geospatial analytics. BlackSky provides solutions to commercial and government organizations with relevant programs with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US. Army, and U.S. Air Force Research Labs.

While the job location listed here is ideal, we are open to hiring this position remotely in the following states or our Seattle/Washington DC suburbs officesโ€ (AR, AZ, CO, CA, DC, FL, IN, MA, MD, MN, NC, NM, OR, PA, OH, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV)

You must be comfortable and composed working in a highly technical environment across development, test, and devops, etc., while resolving day-to-day problems with functional and technical subject matter experts. You will be responsible for getting people on the same page and driving towards common goals. You will actively develop and evangelize best practices for ensuring delivery and continual improvement that is informed by tactical, operational and strategic measures. You must be a quick thinker with the ability to make key decisions with multiple simultaneous dimensions in mind.

To be successful you'll need to have a track record of execution, experience partnering with engineering leadership, experience working closely with software development principles, and excellent communication skills.


  • Provide software program management for the space operations team running and developing the BlackSky satellite constellation.
  • Work directly with software and system engineering to provide transparent and accountable project management with clear communication and positive governance through software lifecycle.
  • Manage and own the software development process โ€“ run meetings for demo/retrospectives and requirements gathering. Facilitate decision-making, prioritization and the keep the backlog groomed.
  • Help determine critical milestones and build project & process plans to meet them.
  • Identify program risks and mitigation options then drive to resolution.
  • Provide regular project status report for broad communication and monthly reports to the leadership team.
  • Review and adjust the software development process to maximize business velocity with the quality necessary to operate satellites.
  • Build and maintain excellent relationships and negotiate effectively with internal customers and resource teams to deliver space operations software and help the achievement of all stated program requirements.
  • Clearly communicate goals, roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes to cross-functional project teams.
  • Maintain awareness on delivery of contributing deliverables.

Required Qualifications:

  • Space experience is nice but not required for this position. Great software program management skills are.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated influencer across teams and organizations. Proven success in leading and participating in cross-functional teams to deliver on key projects.
  • A deep understanding of the software development process and a track record of shipping software on time.
  • Working experience with an Agile development process and how to customize it to fit team and business needs.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree or equivalent demonstrated work experience and/or 5+ years of relevant program management experience.
  • Must be a U.S. Person.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Economics or equivalent demonstrated work experience
  • 5+ years of relevant program management experience.
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to lead engineering efforts to meet aggressive timelines with optimal solutions.
  • Basic understanding of radio communications and orbital mechanics would be very helpful in getting started.

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.

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United States, Seattle, Washington

Posted 3 months ago

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