Head Of Technical Planning

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 30,000 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 the Head of Technical Planning (HTP), you will be responsible for the successful execution of high-level technical planning and scheduling at ABL.  This includes three domains:

·       Development Planning: This domain includes planning and prioritization of new features and technologies ABL will develop for current products, as well as when to cut-in those changes and the related cross domain impacts.  This domain also includes planning of engineering support for new product lines.   These development plans created will drive the direction of the ABL engineering team.

·       Production and Demand Planning: Given customer demand for ABL launch vehicles, ABL must plan how many units we must build and when to execute the builds.  This domain includes demand planning for outsourced piece parts, in-house manufactured piece parts, as well as manufacturing assembly and test operations. 

·       Infrastructure Planning: To achieve our development and production goals, infrastructure is often required.  This domain includes planning for what infrastructure we need, when we need it and how we will activate it.


    • The HTP is responsible for gathering technical requirements, priorities, and goals from ABL leadership and the Business Development and Mission Management teams. 
    • The HTP works with the internal technical and manufacturing teams to establish plans to achieve ABL goals. 
    • The HTP generates clear, easy to read and understand plans in visual and written format. 
    • The HTP is responsible for building consensus among all ABL stakeholders in the plans. 
    • Following consensus, the HTP publishes the plan for the ABL team to execute on. 
    • The HTP is responsible for the successful creation of sound plans.  The HTP is not responsible for the successful execution of the plans; execution responsibility lies with individual managers at ABL.


    • B.S. from an accredited university
    • MS Office
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills


    • 2+ years of demand planning, production planning or aerospace program management
    • Experience with launch vehicle development, manufacturing, and operations


    • 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
    • Office with equipment noise
    • Ability to travel to various locations
    • Must be willing to work long hours and occasional weekends when necessary to support critical project timelines

    • Travel required
    • Ability to travel to various locations
    • Anticipated travel rate is less than 10%
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.