business development

Company & Mission:

Located in Durango, CO, AGILE Space Industries designs, builds, and tests in-space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft. AGILE uses state of the art 3D metal alloy printing techniques to rapidly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in our purpose-built propulsion test facility. With over a decade of experience testing rocket engines, and engineers who have worked at industry leaders like SpaceX, NASA, and Rocketdyne, AGILE is a rapidly growing company with many exciting Defense, Civil and Commercial programs.

 Description of the Position

AGILE is seeking a results-oriented, talented, and driven Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) to join our team. The CRO is responsible for creating a sustainable pipeline of strategically relevant new business.  To be successful, the CRO will understand, predict, and align the direction and needs of customers and the wider market with the capabilities and offerings of AGILE.  This role will best be fit by a natural collaborator, both externally with customers and industry stakeholders, as well as internally with the business development team (that the CRO will directly oversee) and various operational teams.  Preferred candidates will understand both the competitive tension and positive feedback loop that exists between operations and sales.  This understanding will be reflected in a collaborative approach to aggressively growing revenue hand-in-hand with operations.  Fundamentally, revenue cannot be generated without orders but orders cannot be grown in the long-term without execution success. 

Together with the Executive Team, the CRO will develop a business development strategy before taking ownership and executing. The CRO will lead the AGILE business development team to identify, develop, and close new business opportunities, foster collaborations and partnerships, and oversee robust pipeline projection and reporting processes.  Although a space propulsion background would be an advantage, what is essential is strong experience and networking abilities in the wider space industry.  This person will have a technical engineering background in addition to business development experience to drive growth through product development and sales of new products.

Job Details:

  • Provide a customer focused perspective to the executive team, high integrity leadership to the business development team, and a professional, open and warm communications link to the customer base

  • Take primary responsibility for the identification, negotiation, and capture of new business according to plan

  • Track, prioritize, and report business development activities and progress.  Oversee forecasting activities to aid financial and operational planning

  • Be the eyes and ears of the company with respect to AGILE opportunities and threats in the marketplace

  • Build and interrogate market data to inform and evolve differentiated product and sales strategies together with operational and engineering leadership

  • Manage the Business Development team budgets and assist in forward looking budgeting and planning.

  • Orchestrate the bid and proposal process to close new business opportunities

  • Manage and mentor business development and sales staff

  • B.S. or advanced degree in related engineering or technical field

  • Minimum 15+ Years of aerospace experience

  • Minimum 5+ Years of aerospace industry market analysis, business strategy, and/or sales experience

  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating and closing multi-million sales projects in the space industry within the last 5 years; the ideal candidate will have done so for civil, commercial and defense opportunities

  • Experience building and overseeing a business development or sales team with responsibility for tracking, analyzing and forecasting metrics is key

  • Experience developing value propositions and writing proposals and participating in contracts with government agencies and private companies

  • High energy, self-motivated with a solid work ethic and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.; candidates with a successful track record at high growth startup organizations will be favored

  • Effective communicator with strong oral, public speaking, writing, and PowerPoint skills

  • Collaborative, positive, team player with a willingness to jump in and support our team members as needed

  • Experience managing people through complex bid and proposal processes

  • Remote working is acceptable, though significant travel in the initial months will be required to develop intimate product and operations knowledge

  • Schedule must have flexibility to accommodate the tight deadlines and unexpected high-priority tasks associated with aerospace business development

  • Candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident and able to obtain a security clearance

 Preferred Skills:

  • Technical M.S. degree or greater preferred but not required, as is an MBA. 
  • Experience in US Space Defense, Civil Space, and Commercial Space sectors
  • Experience developing and working with chemical propulsion systems
  • Experience in designing for advanced materials and manufacturing processes

L****ocation: Headquarters located in Durango, CO

Remote: Negotiable on a case-by-case basis

Salary: $150,000 - $200,000+

This compensation range is specific to the State of Colorado and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to candidate's relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and underrepresented minorities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Agile, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

What You'll Love About Us:

  • 100% of monthly premiums paid by employer for Medical, Dental and Vision for you and your dependents
  • Paid Holidays, Unlimited Sick leave, Vacation Pay, Paid Federal Holidays, Sabbatical Leave
  • Company Sponsored Life and AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Maternity/Parental/Adoption Leave, and More…
  • 401K contributions match at 4% of your salary
  • Monthly phone allowance
  • Company stock options
  • Employee referral program
  • Learning & Development - allowing employees to explore development opportunities such as peer learning, trainings, certifications, tuition reimbursement
  • Company get-together and team outings

We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, region, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Reasonable Accommodation

At AGILE, our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request to

The salary ranges provided in this job posting are indicative and may be adjusted for individual candidates commensurate with experience or technical capabilities.  All permanent full time AGILE employees also are eligible to participate in the employee stock option plan as part of a comprehensive remuneration package

AGILE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

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Agile Space Industries
United States, Mount Pleasant, PA
Posted 3 months ago
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