Program Manager


Range Operations

This position will manage a complex system development within the larger our Aerospace program.


Establish and manage cost, schedule, and performance for the Mobile range development and operation

  • Initiate the development, implementation, testing and integration of the Mobile range architecture
  • Includes development of the work break down system
  • Includes identification of resources and staffing commensurate with program and company financial objectives
  • Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate

Lead development of the Mobile range safety architecture, including obtaining approval from the applicable government agencies

Develop the communication, tracking, and telemetry design required for Mobile range functionality

Coordinate the engineering and project activities between specialties within the product team and external contractors

Contribute to development of the launch license material

Tailor regulatory requirements to enable the Mobile range architecture

Contribute to interface development between the Mobile carrier aircraft and payloads

Contribute to development of support equipment to enable the Mobile range capability

Provide control room systems engineering support, during real time mission operations, to monitor systems performance and recommend corrective actions on concerns

Coordinate post flight data analysis functions, including continued development of system health monitoring and reliability data for more established systems

Analyze and approve technical data for various projects

  • Includes subsystem and component designs
  • System analyses
  • Test and operations plans
  • Repair manuals. May author portions as appropriate
  • Approve and/or review disposition for component removals and replacements
  • Author and/or approve anomaly troubleshooting dispositions
  • Author and/or approve Work Instructions/Engineering Reports
  • Develop and remain technical authority for assigned Flight Rules, Launch Commit Criteria, and Minimum Equipment List (MEL) items, and how they interact with other aircraft systems

Conduct regular and comprehensive communication to the Executive Director on a weekly and monthly basis

Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, experience, skill, and/or ability


  • Ability to solve complex challenges without significant oversight
  • Experience with communication systems and design, including but not limited to:  radar, satellite communications, telemetry data/streams
  • Experience with avionics and electronic integration
  • Experience with ground networking systems and design
  • Experience with flight safety of orbital launch systems, including flight rules and termination control systems
  • Experience with obtaining a launch license and/or creating the set of materials for range launch approval
  • Knowledge and experience with the Eastern and Western test ranges
  • Experience with government agency safety and regulatory approvals for launch licenses
  • Ability to understand complex challenges and decompose the challenges into smaller subsets for specific focus and/or delegation
  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Complex aerospace system development
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Experience managing contractors
  • Must be motivated to innovate and improve the existing range functionalities by developing effective solutions (technological, architectural, or process)


  • Autonomous flight termination system experience
  • Launch vehicle development experience
  • Experienced working at any of the launch ranges or spaceports
  • Eastern (Kennedy / 45thSW – Patrick AFB)
  • Western (Vandenberg AFB)
  • Wallops Flight Facility
  • Kodiak Alaska Test Range
  • Reagan Test Range (Kwajalein)
  • Space Florida
  • Cecil Spaceport
  • Mojave Spaceport
  • Las Cruces Spaceport
  • Security clearance also preferred

Required computer skills

  • Engineering software tools
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Requirements management tools
  • MS Project
  • Configuration management systems


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from accredited institution and ten plus years relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five plus years of successful aerospace project engineering management experience, managing complex programs
  • Ground and flight testing experience of new aircraft systems is desirable.
  • Experience with weather monitoring or prediction systems is desirable
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 25%
  • Position is based in Seattle, WA