Program Manager, Alaska Operations

Kodiak/Anchorage, Alaska
Corporate – Sites and Developments /
Full-time /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

Program Manager, Alaska Operations

The Program Manager, Alaska Operations will manage ABL's launch site out of Kodiak, AK. . This individual will be the point person for organizing ABL activities at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska. They will coordinate schedules with Launch and Test and act as the tie between ABL Finance/Legal teams and Spaceport operations. They will also manage large infrastructure projects and upgrades to the Kodiak site in conjunction with the site development team. This role will require coordinating and attending on site meetings, and site surveys as needed across ABL’s facilities and launch sites in Alaska. The program manager should be able to develop a programmatic playbook that the rest of ABL can follow in order to achieve fluid and consistent operations within Alaska. 


    • Lead the Alaska operations program, acting as the point of contact for external partners and spaceports  
    • Work with Shipping/Receiving and spaceport on logistics 
    • Keep internal schedules up to date and communicated across teams and space port 
    • Personnel deployment in conjunction with campaign management with Launch and Test 
    • Hold spaceport and other external vendors responsible for deliverables 
    • Work with Legal team and management to ensure any contractual obligations are being met as part of ABL's deployment 
    • Work with Site Development team to plan and manage large infrastructure upgrades -- including timeline and budgets 
    • Collaborate with ABL internal teams to accurately capture their needs and provide solutions 
    • Work with governing bodies to make sure any permitting is completed and up to date for projects 
    • Maintain an organized workflow to track projects and their status
    • Travel to other ABL sites across the world to support other program operations as needed


    • Bachelor’s degree in facilities management, construction management, business, or another related field from an accredited university (or 7+ years of total experience in the field).
    • +5 years of program management experience running physical sites or logistics for a large operation. 
    • +3 years of experience working with finance and legal teams, tracking spending or KPIs.


    • Previous spaceport, or oil and gas management
    • Experience with contract negotiations
    • Previous experience developing new programs
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Proficient computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite
    • Experience with working and coordinating across multiple teams
    • Able to multi-task, prioritize, and manage time effectively
    • Ability to manage outside vendors and hold them responsible for metrics


    • Effective communication (written, verbal)
    • Self-Management
    • Responsible decision-making
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Computer proficiencies
    • Ability to work with constrained timelines and ambiguous instruction.
    • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Experience with strategic planning, project scoping, budgeting, and scheduling for both a day-to-day tasks as well as overall strategic quarterly plans.   


    • 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, the employee will typically work in an office environment but may be required to work in the felid to update, or maintain drawings.  
$115,000 - $175,000 a year
The salary range for this role is $115,000 - $175,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We mayultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may bemodified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs. 
We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees. 
ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.