Program Manager at Vector
Huntington Beach, CA, US

With nearly two decades of sub-orbital launch experience and technology development, VECTOR needs your help in taking the next steps to push space boundaries.  

Job Summary

Innovation in space occurs when people have the freedom to imagine and to do. We are looking for other thought leaders in their fields of expertise who also believe in our vision and can work beside us to make this dream a reality. The Program Manager will be responsible for the continuous planning, execution and measurement of the VECTOR-R program plan, through management and direction of assigned resources across Launch Engineering, Manufacturing and Launch Operations. He/she will also serve as leader to a team of other project managers supporting related business areas. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position located at our facility in Huntington Beach, CA, with periodic travel to our Arizona Test Site (ATS) near Tucson, AZ and Manufacturing facility in Tucson, AZ.

A typical day might include the following:

  • Communicate with senior leadership to capture overall VECTOR-R program priorities, business objectives and external requirements that may influence VECTOR-R program execution strategy;
  • Translate program goals into a realizable program plan with clear milestones, measurable deliverables and a recognition of program-level risk mitigation strategies.
  • Collaborate with engineering, scheduling, supply chain, manufacturing, quality and test personnel to prioritize, communicate and maintain execution schedules that meet internal milestones.
  • Produce and present standard reporting for program health metrics (schedule and budget variance to plan, resource issues, performance risk and Voice of the Customer)
  • Work with functional leads to resolve and prioritize personnel assignments against planned and ongoing tasks; communicate resource risks and propose resolution to senior functional leadership.
  • Produce and actively manage a risk and opportunities program; engage both internal and external stakeholders to describe, quantify, track and mitigate risks and exploit opportunities
  • Train and mentor associate staff assigned to program management teams; monitor execution of tasks by other project managers and provide guidance on best practices to employ.
  • VECTOR strongly believes in the power of the individual and seeks people who share our passion for innovating, building and flying

This job might be for you if you have these:

  • B.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical/Industrial Engineering or equivalent is required
  • 5+ Years of directly relevant experience managing technical program teams in Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, maritime, or related fields
  • 3+ years’ experience managing hardware development programs with annual operating budgets exceeding $10MM
  • Experience in program planning, establishment of milestones and associated deliverables, and definition of WBS reporting structures
  • Experience in the development and active management of program risk registers
  • Strong proficiency in MS Project, including interpretation, reporting of and revisions to GANTT, PERTT and networking charts
  • MS Office in a Windows environment
  • Willing to travel <10% annually to Tucson, AZ facility to support program reviews and customer engagement.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25 lbs (unassisted)
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed

It would be impressive if you also have these:

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field within aerospace, aviation or automotive is preferred.
  • PMP or similar certification for professional program management
  • Extensive experience managing, leading and directing large teams (>50) of engineers, operations and other support personnel in an active manufacturing, integration and test environment
  • Demonstrable track record of deliverable complex hardware systems within budget, schedule and performance constraints
  • Prior experience managing a launch vehicle or spacecraft development program
  • BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market
  • Ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team

Personal Requirements

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ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

VECTOR is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Each individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.