Associate Program Manager

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Are you passionate about program budget, schedule, and performance management and looking for your next career move in the exciting world of commercial space? We have a great opportunity for you! As an Associate Program Manager, you will be driving the business operations at Sierra Space through your skills and expertise. You will be responsible for all program, planning, and control aspects of assigned programs and activities with emphasis on cost, schedule, and performance management. You'll be responsible for developing budgets, consolidating estimates to completion, collecting monthly status, performing variance analysis, and IPMR reporting to ensure program performance meet cost and schedule expectations. On a daily basis, the position supports the Program Director, Mission Managers, Control Account Managers, FP&A, and Business Operations in fulfilling their responsibilities. Other duties and responsibilities include resource planning, baseline control, risk management, and ensuring overall program performance objectives are achieved. You will be the driver in ensuring program issues and problems are identified, tracked, and resolved - driving the success of Sierra Spaceโ€™s marquee programs.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, or technical related discipline

  • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to mentor and drive others to success

  • Requires strong analytical skills & capability to meet schedules

  • Requires ability to manage complex situations, delegate authority, lead and inspire your team, drive innovative thinking, instill collaboration, drive for success, challenge status quo, and demonstrate the ability to adapt to dynamic situations


  • 3 years of schedule, budget, earned value, and program management experience as your primary function in aerospace or a related industry.ย  Higher education may be considered in lieu of experience.

  • Ability to manage complex schedules and budgets in support of large development programs in an earned value environment with emphasis on IMS and critical path management, labor and non-labor planning, rolling wave planning, baseline change control, monthly variance analysis and reporting, preparing and conducting monthly performance reviews, and Risk & Opportunity Register management.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; able to develop, articulate and implement program initiatives, document process descriptions, advocate for program requirements, conduct individual and group training, and enforce program and company standards.ย ย ย ย 

  • Proven experience and skills in leadership, team management, and team building.

  • Program Management Professional (PMP) Certification

  • Managing projects requiring Earned Value Management

  • Ability to lead PM process & tool improvement for the Enterprise

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $88,499.72 - $121,687.12

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing.ย 

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption.ย 

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

Sierra Space
Sierra Space

United States, Louisville, CO

Posted 14d ago

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