Mission Manager

Seattle, Washington /
ABL Space Systems /
Corporate
We build rockets to launch small satellites
 
Our Company 
ABL Space Systems (ABL) was founded in 2017, by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley, to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. ABL is headquartered in El Segundo, California, where it has more than 60,000 square feet of facilities for research, development, and production. ABL is a privately-owned corporation backed by a premier group of investors.
 
Our Team 
We are a tight team with big goals. That means we need all hands on deck. At ABL, every person takes ownership of their work, and understands how it impacts our mission. Accessing space doesn’t need to be expensive, complicated, or difficult, and we’re building the systems, CONOPS, and organization to prove it. Our team has come together to pursue mastery of our domains and build something bigger than ourselves. We are proud to serve the people pushing the frontiers of space technology. Our goals are ambitious. The work is challenging. We take a deep personal responsibility for everything we make. Driven by great people and greater talent, ABL is reimagining the next generation of space launches. 
 
When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

MISSION MANAGER
As a Mission Manager, you will work directly with ABL’s customers and engineering team to successfully deliver payloads to orbit. You will have the opportunity to work across multiple missions on the ABL manifest, including delivery of commercial and government cubesats, smallsats, and other small payloads. Mission managers additionally provide technical support on business proposals, track and deliver on contractual mission requirements, create interface control documentation, plan and oversee payload integration activities, and host customer meetings/reviews. We are looking for team members who enjoy a variety of challenges, can communicate effectively, thrive in a fast-paced environment and share our passion for creating a seamless and premier end-to-end customer integration and launch experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support business development in technical customer interchanges and proposal writing
    • Manage contractual deliverables from contract signing through to successful payload delivery on orbit
    • Serve as a primary point of contact for ABL customers, including reporting, leading reviews, scope negotiation, and operations planning
    • Proactively strive to create a smooth and streamlined mission integration process for both internal and external stakeholders
    • Work across engineering teams on mission design, schedule, and requirements, ensuring proper flow down of requirements between the customer and the internal team
    • Create Interface Control Documentation (ICD) and generate requirements for payload-to-launch vehicle interfaces
    • Lead, perform, and drive requirements verification and validation activities
    • Oversee hands-on payload integration activities
    • Develop operations plans and products for successful payload integration and mission operations
    • Provide mentorship to Mission Integration Engineers

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field
    • 2+ years prior experience in Mission Management, Mission Integration, or Technical Program/Project Management
    • 5+ years prior engineering experience in a related field such as systems engineering, project/program management, payloads, spacecraft subsystems, or launch operations

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Active TS/SCI or DoD Secret clearance, or willingness to pursue a clearance
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail
    • Ability to work extended hours to meet milestones and deadlines
    • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time for launch operations and customer-related activities (such as fit checks or industry conferences)

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Prior project management experience, including work with MS Project or other schedule management tools
    • Experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (such as Solidworks)
    • Prior experience in sales, business development, or other direct experience with external customers
    • Experience using requirements management software such as JAMA, DOORS, Jira, or similar tools
    • Prior experience working with the US Government
    • Prior hands-on experience on a technical project

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

    • Critical thinking:  ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective
    • End-to end ownership:  projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENTS:

    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment
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.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:
ABL Space Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with ABL Space Systems 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.