Program Manager - CanadaArm3 Hardware

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Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for a Program Manager to join the Robotics & Space Operations team at our Brampton office.

With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true. As a Program Manager on our team, you will responsible for development programs or sustaining engineering programs, and of a cost-plus and/or firm price nature. Specific programs in the near term are related to hardware design, development, and build on the Canadarm3 system.


  • Support business pursuits of new programs.

  • Lead multi-disciplinary program teams to achieve technical, schedule requirements and budget constraints.

  • Identify and manage customer and program risks and opportunities including prioritization, mitigation, escalation, and resolution.

  • Negotiate, discuss and reach an agreement with the customer with respect to the key requirements and objectives of the program.

  • Maintain hands-on control of the program through a process of regular program reviews, design reviews and audits, staff meetings and other program meetings.

  • Maintain program visibility at the customer level through regular technical, management, and progress meetings. Liaise with customers to maintain effective relationships to instill and enhance the customer’s confidence in MDA’s quality systems and products.

  • Develop/maintain a cadre of capable subcontractors and suppliers in conjunction with the supply chain that will ensure meeting supply requirements throughout the life of the program.


  • Minimum 5 years program management experience is mandatory, including managing multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Minimum 5 years direct experience in design and development of space flight, military or other safety/mission-critical hardware.

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in engineering or technical field.

  • Experience in program planning, design & development, system manufacture, assembly, integration and test, and delivery.

  • Strong knowledge of program management best practices along with experience with earned value methodology, negotiations, risk management, contract management, subcontract management, financials and ITAR regulations.

  • Areas of specific technical knowledge can include safety-critical space, aerospace, military or industrial applications, systems engineering, controls engineering, embedded systems and avionics, robotic systems, electro-optical systems.

  • Self-motivated with good interpersonal skills.

  • Team player demonstrating a high level of integrity.

  • Conflict management skills in a multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Results-oriented and exhibits excellent critical thinking.

  • Strives to provide customers/clients with personalized and efficient service.

  • Ability to cope with significant workload peaks.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

  • Ability to travel as required.

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Comments/Special Considerations:

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process we can assist.

COVID-19 considerations:
Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented individuals, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used.


Canada, Brampton, Ontario

Posted 14d ago

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