Production Manager
Posted on 3/28/2024

201-500 employees

Satellite delivery & rocket launch services
Company Overview
Astra’s mission is to Improve Life on Earth from Space® by creating a healthier and more connected plane. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry’s first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft Engine™.
Food & Agriculture

Company Stage


Total Funding





Alameda, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Alameda, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Research & Development
Space & Rocket Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
  • 5+ years' experience as a production lead or production project manager in medium/low volume manufacturing environments
  • Experience with electromechanical assembly, or spacecraft/spacecraft hardware manufacturing
  • Familiarity with Aerospace Quality standards (ISO9000, AS9100) and space hardware handling practices
  • Highly proficient with MS Office suite, including Word, Excel, JIRA and PowerPoint
  • Skilled in using calipers & micrometers to perform conformance inspection of mechanical structures
  • Capable of using a variety of hand tools, including torque wrenches, crimping tools, epoxy applicators, tap & die sets, deburring tools, rotary tools, drill press, bandsaw, etc.
  • Proficient with a variety of testing equipment, including power supplies, DC loads, DAQs, test harnesses
  • Provide input to production plans capable of identifying accurate component delivery dates across multiple Satellite Programs
  • Demonstrated experience with rapid development projects
  • Familiarization with cleanroom and ESD precautionary measures
  • Demonstrated teamwork both within function and cross function
  • Proven exceptional strategic communication skills, both written, verbal, and presentation, to effectively communicate business cases to all levels of peers, suppliers, as well as program and executive management, with an ability to persuade and motivate action
  • Meticulous attention to detail and documentation
  • Proven ability to deliver on time and on-budget
  • Demonstrate employee management experience and proficiency in task management to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to read & understand mechanical drawings
  • Degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering or similar technical field
  • Lead a world class team of builders, technicians, and engineering technicians by example
  • Partner with engineering leaders and individual contributors who design space craft components and engines to make sure the product can be built and scaled
  • Properly execute production needs within weekly-monthly goals
  • Manage module production schedules
  • Propose and incorporate continuous improvements for product quality, cost, and throughput
  • Identify and create documentation, drive root cause analysis, and corrective action of build and test anomalies
  • Maintain production plan capable of identifying accurate delivery dates across multiple Satellite Programs
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate production metrics
  • Assure maximum lab equipment uptime by identifying issues early on and coordinating calibration, repair, and maintenance
  • Ensure appropriate inventory levels and notify the supply chain when stock needs replenishment to ensure on-time delivery of goods
  • Track and categorize all costs related to production
  • Perform strategic hiring to grow the current team to meet future production goals, and evaluate the teams' skills and talents against Company needs
  • Establish a strong culture of ownership, safety and continuous improvement
  • Perform other duties as assigned