Sr. Program Manager - Launch Vehicle Integration

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Are you passionate about program management and looking for your next career move into a collaborative and supportive cross-functional environment?

We have a great opportunity for you! As a Sr Program Manager, you will be driving the business operations at Sierra Space through your skills and expertise. Specifically, you will be responsible for all aspects of Launch Systems Integration for your assigned projects with focused responsibility as the primary managerial point of contact for overall execution of the subcontract with Launch Service providers, cost, schedule, technical planning/tracking/reporting, technical execution, and ensuring Launch Systems Integration objectives are achieved.

You will be crucial in resource planning/tracking in coordination with other corporate entities and responsible for your team that can fulfill Launch Systems Integration program responsibilities. You will be the driver, ensuring Launch Systems program issues and non-compliances are identified, tracked, and resolved, the successful mission integration with the launch vehicle, interface requirement verification, and successful launch and delivery on-orbit of Sierra Space's designated Spacecraft. You will be responsible for launch systems related program risk management, ensuring risks are identified, tracked, and mitigated. You'll be responsible for conducting routine subcontractor status and technical meetings, supporting program Customer meetings with Launch Systems status, developing proposals, researching/fact-finding, and negotiating with Launch Service providers to ensure enterprise Launch services meet cost, budget, and schedule constraints. You'll support the program director and Business Operations in fulfilling their responsibilities.

Job Description

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


  • Bachelor's degree in technical related discipline
  • Strong analytical background with experience in the generation and evaluation of requests for proposals and/or quotes, including preparing the associated Statement of Work and accompanying requirement documentation. Experience with preparing, reviewing, and submitting proposals and/or quotes.
  • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Experienced in launch vehicle (LV) mission integration with focus on development, documentation, and verification of LV to Spacecraft (SC) interface requirements.
  • Experienced in coordinating and overseeing the development of LV mission unique hardware/services/operations required to support SC launch, identification and burn-down of LV integration risks, coordination and choreography of integrated operations, and chair LV readiness reviews.ย 
  • Experienced in the planning and coordination of integrated operations such as SC to LV match mate, SC encapsulation, launch site transport, mate to LV, and integrated Systems testing.

Experienced in the following:

  • Chairing various mission integration working groups (Mission Design, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical, Contamination, Thermal, Day-of-Launch, Ground Operations, Launch Operations, โ€ฆetc.)
  • Developing and presenting Launch System status in Customer Program-level reviews (QMRs, SRR, PDR, CDR, FRR, โ€ฆetc.)
  • Assisting in the coordination and participation in launch countdown rehearsals and on-console resolution of integrated anomalies during launch countdown
  • Acting as Spacecraft authority in LV mission unique hardware and system certification reviews
  • Acting as Spacecraft authority at LV readiness reviews
  • Proven leadership abilities, mentoring, career development, training, succession planning, holding people accountable, and conducting yearly reviews
  • Mastery of the 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
  • Proven experience and skills in team building, time management, conflict resolution, communication, briefing, presentation, strategic thinking, marketing, and literacy in the program management disciplines.


  • Managing projects requiring Earned Value Management
  • Ability to reinforce the usage & application of Corporate PM tools.
  • Ability to keep program management informed of function & process changes within project controls.
  • Ability to establish new & further refining existing templates, tools, & guidelines for program documentation & execution
  • 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. ย Please visit www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $154,786.56 - $212,831.52

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 10d ago

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