Mission Manager

Los Angeles, California /
ABL Space Systems /
ABL's Mission Managers aren't sales people, but rather systems engineers leading programmatic execution to ensure customer payload mission success.

The Mission Management team works with the hardware development teams to create the launch vehicle and launch sites the customers want and need, while also acting as the primary point of contact for the customer and making certain the company fulfills contractual obligations reliably and on time.


    • Work with production leadership to manage and align launch vehicle to customer readiness
    • Report updates to customer at key production and test milestones
    • Create all content and manage effort for launch licensing with regulatory bodies including the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST)
    • Coordinate and run customer integration & operations reviews and manage contract deliverables
    • ‍Negotiate mission or spacecraft specific configuration needs
    • Develop and manage the payload to launch vehicle interface document (e.g. Fluids, Power, Separation Ring, Dynamics)
    • Act as customer liaison, passing all launch site processing requirements to the integration/operations team and ensuring smooth launch processing, launch, and post launch deliverables

Near Term Responsibilities

    • Develop customer relationships and sell launch capacity/services
    • ‍Direct to customer and/or payload aggregation services
    • Launch site selection and development
    • ‍Work with ABL leadership to trade mission capabilities and business objectives to select launch site
    • Negotiate launch site contracts and interface control

Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree
    • 3+ years experience of program management in an aerospace or aviation organization

Preferred Skills and Experience

    • Experience with contracts/legal agreements and program management
    • U.S. Government, NASA, or commercial launch contracts in particular
    • Understanding of applicable export compliance restrictions and technology transfer controls (e.g. ITAR, EAR)
    • Excellent oral and written communications, and presentation skills
    • Familiarity with at least one of:
    • ‍Orbital Mechanics
    • Spacecraft Structural and Dynamic Analysis
    • Thermal Analysis
    • Launch Vehicles, Services and Operations

What We Look For

    • 1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  
    • 2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 
    • 3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 
Additional Requirements
The Mission Manager must be willing to travel to launch sites to support operations, customer locations to nurture relationships and industry conferences to develop new relationships.

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.

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.