Technical Program Manager
Posted on 2/3/2023
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • 5+ years of experience in program/project management for complex product development programs
  • Thorough understanding of agile and waterfall management techniques
  • Technical background, with demonstrated ability to engage on technical topics whenever needed to understand schedules and drive execution
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with cross-functional stakeholders in order to drive program execution
  • Comfort with ambiguity, and ability to create structure where needed
  • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, for audiences ranging from junior engineers to senior executives
  • Structured and top-down approach to problem solving, together with an ability to engage on technical topics where needed to drive execution
  • Ability to work with common project management tools including Smartsheet and Jira
  • Must have at least a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline, or equivalent technical experience
  • Plan aggressive but achievable schedules for delivering upcoming releases of your product. Coordinate interfaces and integration points with all other development teams. Provide input to the Product Management team to help build a long-term roadmap for Astra's launch system
  • Partner with a full spectrum of cross-functional stakeholders in your program, including Product, Engineering, Manufacturing, Test, and Launch - to help ensure that we are building the right thing, building it right, testing it right, managing interfaces and integration well, and operating it correctly on its path to orbit
  • Provide insight on program status, critical path, risks, and opportunities to de-risk or accelerate our schedule, based on building and maintaining a detailed view of our program schedule with inputs from all teams. Use these insights to prioritize resource, make strategic decisions, and keep us on track to an aggressive but achievable timeline
  • Align teams around complex multi-stakeholder decisions that need to be made along the way, based on understanding the technical and business issues involved
  • Deliver on-time and on-budget product releases by planning, partnering, and driving execution effectively. Surface blockers and resolve them as soon as possible, pulling in stakeholders across the company as needed. Identify important decisions that need to be made and apply a DACI process to convene stakeholders, get the right inputs, make the right decisions, and communicate them clearly to the right people at the right time
  • Inspire our teams to pull together towards our common goals and successfully deliver the next generation of orbital launch vehicles, realizing Astra's vision of daily space delivery one step at a time
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in Aerospace or equivalent industry

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™.
  • Competitive Medical (HMO & PPO)/Dental/Vision plans
  • Company paid Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability plans
  • 401K with company match
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Commuter benefits
  • Caregiving support benefits
  • Company perks, like PetPlan, curated gym/travel/products discounts
  • Free lunch
  • Company events