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At Sierra Space, we are seeking leaders to guide our vision of a future where humanity lives and works in space, on moons, and on distant planets. People are married, children are born, families are raised, businesses are built, and new civilizations thrive. Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 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

The Advanced Development organization is a diverse, collaborative team tasked with rapidly creating the next generation of technology, products, and capabilities for Sierra Space. We are hands-on, embrace risk, and move quickly to fly impactful solutions for our customers. The Program Manager provides leadership and management of projects and people in the concept, architecture, design, build, verification and validation, and operation of innovative robotic and manned spacecraft and subsystems for Low Earth Orbit (LEO), lunar, and deep space applications.  The Advanced Development team is looking for both experienced and early-career spacecraft engineers and program managers.

Program Managers are team enablers, passionate about people and program management, who lead through example.  This position guides and enables the development of the project from concept through design, build, test, integration, launch, and orbital operations.

As a Program Manager II, you plan and execute research and development (R&D) initiatives and advanced programs through your skills and expertise. This position works closely with a strategic team that defines the technology roadmap that drives advanced initiatives enhancing Sierra Space product lines. You are responsible for all programmatic aspects of your assigned project ensuring positive customer relationships, cost, schedule and technical planning, tracking and reporting, technical execution, and ensuring overall program performance objectives are achieved. You are crucial in business resource planning/tracking in coordination with other corporate entities and accountable to formulate a team that can fulfill program requirements.  You are responsible for conducting routine meetings, interfacing on project/program status, developing proposals, researching/fact-finding, coordinating audits, and negotiating with project/program stakeholders to ensure enterprise initiatives meet cost, budget, and schedule constraints. In this role, you may be responsible for managing your own programs or supporting senior program managers in larger efforts across multiple Sierra Space locations.

  • Bachelor's degree in business, or technical related discipline and typically 5 years of experience
  • Relevant work experience may substitute for required education 
  • Space industry program management experience, and willing to work in a fast-paced commercial environment
  • Hands-on manager, as a program manager you will lead a team of passionate and capable engineers 
  • Proficient leadership abilities inclusive of successful change management, mentoring, career development, training, succession planning, team accountability, and conducting annual reviews 
  • 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 
  • Strong analytical capability 
  • Experience with preparing, reviewing, and submitting proposals and quotations.
  • Experience in team building, time management, conflict resolution, communication, briefing, presentation, strategic thinking, marketing, and literacy in the program management disciplines.



  • Spaceflight program management experience and technical discipline experience
  • Commercial space industry program management experience
  • Working knowledge of Program Management Institute Program Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Managing projects using Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), agile, and or spiral development models
  • Managing projects requiring Earned Value Management
  • Understanding with application tools and data architectures
  • Ability to reinforce the usage & application of Corporate PM tools
  • Ability to lead PM process & tool improvement for the Enterprise
  • Ability to keep program management informed of function & process changes within project controls
  • General understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARS)
  • Ability to establish centralized, coordinating body for PM concerns, recommendations, & issues; developing recommended process improvements; facilitating opportunities with Enterprise Program Finance
  • Ability to establish new & further refining existing templates, tools, & guidelines for program documentation & execution
  • Experience with JIRA, Atlassian Confluence; Wiki Collaboration sites
  • Experience with ensuring compliance with approved Corporate and ISO 9001:2000 Policies and Processes
  • 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 to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.  

Physical/Mental/Emotional Requirements:

  • Frequently walk, sit, stand, climb stairs and steps
  • Frequently repeat same hand, arm, and finger motion many times to include finger and hand dexterity
  • Rarely lifting or carrying up to 20 lbs.

Working Conditions:

  • Rarely exposed to outdoor elements (high/low temperatures, sun, rain/snow, etc.)
  • Rarely exposed to fumes or hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Rarely exposed to loud noises

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $138,634.92 - $190,623.01

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.

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.

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Sierra Space
United States, Louisville, CO
Posted 10d ago
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