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SpaceX Sr. Mission Manager in Hawthorne, California

Sr. Mission Manager at SpaceX

Hawthorne, CA, United States

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

SR. MISSION MANAGER, SPECIAL PROGRAMS

SpaceX services a diverse range of clients and their payloads. Missions currently on our manifest support a wide variety of customre opportunities. As we expand our satellite mission manifest, we are looking for new systems-minded engineers to join our team.

As a member of our Mission Management team, you will serve as a core point of contact for customers from early capabilities studies through successful launch and on-orbit activation. You’ll support new business proposals from initial requirements verification through mission design, prototype development, and test. You’ll work directly with a small team of subject matter experts from diverse fields to quickly iterate on deployable solutions and ensure they meet all customer needs. Our development timelines are aggressive and you will be asked to rigorously explore solutions for previously unsolved problems. Our ideal candidate has a passion for making things work, is a self-starter, and is hungry to do work that matters.

As a Senior Mission Manager, you will serve as the main technical and programmatic point of contact for a given customer. You’ll coordinate internal SpaceX personnel to support all phases of mission planning, integration, testing, and verification.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead all programmatic aspects of new programs from contract award through integration, test, launch and on-orbit operations.

  • Support proposal efforts to align new efforts with long-term strategic vision and to ensure contract requirements are executable.

  • Be primary point of contact for customer to resolve issues, negotiate requirements, coordinate technical and programmatic changes, and maintain positive customer relationships.

  • Plan and lead customer reviews through cross-company coordination, developing and briefing technical content on complex designs, trade studies, risks, and issues.

  • Collaborate with product engineering groups to understand vehicle readiness and how changes impact requirements, vehicle risk, CONOPs, and launch dates.

  • Lead a small, agile team to ensure all contract requirements are met.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline.

  • 10+ years of experience in program management, project management, or operations.

  • 2+ years of experience with US government projects or acquisitions.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and deliver reliable and expeditious results across multiple parallel priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal communications skills with internal and external entities.

  • Spacecraft mission design and/or development, integration and test experience.

  • Previous management or program leadership experience.

  • Strong penchant for innovation in process improvement and system design.

  • Positive, “can-do” attitude and ability to work in a very high paced and dynamic environment.

  • Strong analytical, verbal, and written skills.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must pass DoD level background checks for entry into various government facilities

  • Ability to Travel 30% of the time: Continental US travel may be frequent with a potential for international travel.

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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. Learn more about the ITAR here (https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/?id=ddtc_kb_article_page&sys_id=24d528fddbfc930044f9ff621f961987) .

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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