Technical Program Manager
Updated on 3/30/2024
Astra

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

N/A

Total Funding

$578.4M

Founded

2016

Headquarters

Alameda, California

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

-6%

1 year growth

-10%

2 year growth

-11%
Locations
Alameda, CA, USA
Experience Level
Entry
Junior
Mid
Senior
Expert
Desired Skills
Agile
Communications
Management
JIRA
CategoriesNew
Product Management
Product Operations
Product Strategy
Product
Requirements
  • 5+ years of experience in program/project management for complex product development programs, specifically within spacecraft engine development
  • Profound understanding of both agile and waterfall management techniques
  • Technical background with the ability to engage on technical topics when necessary to comprehend schedules and drive execution
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with cross-functional stakeholders to facilitate program execution, including a strong focus on customer satisfaction
  • Comfort with ambiguity, coupled with the ability to create structure when required
  • Exceptional leadership and organizational skills
  • Outstanding communication skills, catering to audiences ranging from junior engineers to senior executives and customers
  • A structured and top-down approach to problem-solving, complemented by the ability to engage on technical topics when necessary to drive execution
  • Proficiency with common project management tools, including Smartsheet and Jira
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline or equivalent technical experience
Responsibilities
  • Develop ambitious yet achievable schedules for delivering spacecraft engines, coordinating interfaces and integration points across all development teams within the Spacecraft Engine Program.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional stakeholders, spanning Engineering, Analysis, Manufacturing, and Test, to ensure precise development, rigorous testing, seamless integration, and accurate operation of our spacecraft engines, while maintaining a strong customer focus.
  • Provide valuable insights on program status, the critical path, risks, and opportunities, using a comprehensive view of the Spacecraft Engine Program schedule sourced from all teams. Use these insights to optimize resource allocation, make strategic decisions, and maintain progress toward an aggressive yet attainable timeline, all while keeping our customers informed.
  • Unify teams in addressing complex multi-stakeholder decisions within the Spacecraft Engine Program, leveraging your understanding of technical and business aspects, while ensuring that customer requirements are met.
  • Inspire our teams within the Spacecraft Engine Program to collaborate harmoniously, working towards common goals and successfully advancing the next generation of propulsion technology and ensuring our customers' needs are met.