Program Manager

Los Angeles, California /
ABL Space Systems /

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

As a Program Manager, you will manage ABL’s multidisciplinary programs by successfully executing contracts for both Government and Commercial customers. You will have the opportunity to regularly work directly with ABL’s customers as well as the internal engineering team to deliver on contractual milestones such as reviews, manufacturing, and testing/operational activities. You will also provide technical support on business proposals, maintain program schedules, and provide risk analysis. 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 producing quality work on-time and to the customer’s satisfaction.


    • Support business development in technical customer interchanges and proposal writing
    • Manage contractual deliverables from contract signing through final product delivery
    • Successfully build and manage customer relationships and communications
    • Develop and maintain program schedules, and continually track progress against target dates
    • Create risk mitigation plans to maintain program schedule
    • Coordinate and conduct internal- and external-facing program reviews
    • Serve as a primary point of contact for ABL customers, including hosting meetings and regular progress reporting
    • Plan and oversee milestone activities
    • Use company tools to manage tasks, reviews, and schedules – for example, JIRA and Confluence


    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field
    • 3+ years prior engineering experience in a related field such as systems engineering or project/program management


    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail
    • Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and collaborate effectively with cross-departmental teams
    • Able to understand and learn a broad range of technical concepts
    • Willingness to work extended hours to meet milestones and deadlines
    • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time for customer-related activities


    • Knowledge in requirements management tools (JAMA, DOORS, Jira, or similar) and best practices
    • Demonstrated track record with space-related projects on rapid development schedules
    • P.M.P certification
    • Experience working with external customers, including the U.S. Government
    • Prior hands-on experience on a technical project
    • Active security clearance, or willingness to obtain one


    • 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


    • 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
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.

 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.