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Director of Program Management

Agile Space

Agile Space

Durango, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Company & Mission:

Located in Durango, CO, (Headquarters) and Mount Pleasant, PA (Additive Manufacturing Center) Agile Space Industries, Inc. (AGILE) designs, builds, and tests in-space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft. AGILE uses state of the art 3D metal alloy printing techniques to rapidly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in our purpose-built propulsion test facility. With over a decade of experience testing rocket engines, and engineers who have worked at industry leaders like Blue Origin, SpaceX, NASA, and Rocketdyne, AGILE is a rapidly growing company with many exciting Defense, Civil and Commercial programs.

Position Overview: We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Director of Program Management to join our team and lead the management of our growing portfolio of rocket engine development programs. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully managing complex aerospace programs, driving project execution, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality products on time and within budget. This position reports to the Chief Operations Officer and manages a team of Project Management professionals.

Responsibilities:

Program Leadership:

  • Provide strategic direction and vision for the overall program portfolio, aligning with the company's mission and objectives.
  • Champion a culture of accountability, empowerment, ingenuity and pride within the program management team and across program teams.
  • Foster collaboration and cross-functional communication to ensure seamless coordination and integration of program activities.

Team Management:

  • Recruit, develop, and retain top talent within the program management team, fostering a culture of learning and professional growth.
  • Provide mentorship, coaching, and guidance to program managers and project teams, empowering them to achieve their full potential.
  • Promote a positive work environment characterized by trust, respect, and accountability.

Program Planning and Execution:

  • Develop and maintain a framework for comprehensive program plans, defining clear objectives, milestones, and deliverables for each phase of the program lifecycle.
  • Establish robust processes and systems for program execution, monitoring progress against plans, and taking corrective actions as needed.
  • Implement best practices and lessons learned from previous programs to optimize efficiency and effectiveness.

Risk Management:

  • Conduct thorough risk assessments for each program, identifying potential threats and developing mitigation strategies to address them.
  • Foster a proactive approach to risk management, encouraging team members to identify and escalate issues early for timely resolution.
  • Monitor risk mitigation measures and adjust strategies as necessary to ensure program success and minimize impact on schedule and budget.

Stakeholder Communication:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for program stakeholders, including customers, executives, partners, and regulatory agencies.
  • Communicate program status, key milestones, and performance metrics in a clear and concise manner, tailored to the needs of each audience.
  • Facilitate regular meetings and reviews to provide updates, gather feedback, and address concerns or issues raised by stakeholders.

Resource Management:

  • Optimize resource allocation across programs to maximize efficiency and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Collaborate with functional leaders to ensure adequate staffing levels and skill sets are available to support program needs.
  • Monitor resource utilization and identify opportunities to reallocate or reprioritize resources as needed to address emerging priorities or challenges.

Quality Assurance:

  • Establish and enforce rigorous quality standards and processes throughout the program lifecycle, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and customer requirements.
  • Conduct regular reviews and audits to assess program performance against quality metrics and identify areas for improvement.
  • Champion a culture of quality excellence, encouraging continuous learning and innovation to drive continuous improvement initiatives.

Contract Management:

  • Lead contract negotiations and ensure alignment with program objectives, scope, and deliverables.
  • Monitor contract performance and compliance, proactively addressing any deviations or issues that may impact program execution or customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with legal and procurement teams to resolve contract disputes and implement contract modifications as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in program management within the aerospace industry, with a focus on rocket engine development.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing a portfolio of programs from concept to delivery.
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience with program management tools and methodologies, such as Earned Value Management (EVM) and Agile.
  • Knowledge of aerospace quality standards, regulations, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive results in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • PMP or similar certification is a plus.

Salary Range: $150,000 - $180,000

Eligibility for bonuses and company equity depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or temporary status. Contact HR for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Durango, CO

Relocation: Negotiable

Closing Date: March 15, 2024

What You'll Love About Us:

100% of monthly premiums paid by employer for Medical, Dental and Vision for you and your dependents.

Paid Holidays, Paid Flexible Time Off, Sabbatical Leave, Company Sponsored Life and AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Maternity/Parental/Adoption Leave

401K contributions match at 4% of your salary, Employee referral program, Learning & Development - allowing employees to explore development opportunities such as peer learning, trainings, certifications, tuition reimbursement, Company get-together and team outings and best of all, working with amazing humans!

We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, region, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and underrepresented minorities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Agile, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Reasonable Accommodation

At AGILE, our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request to hr@agilespaceindustries.com.

The salary ranges provided in this job posting are indicative and may be adjusted for individual candidates commensurate with experience or technical capabilities. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

AGILE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

  • Please note that if the position is covered by federal international trade regulations, it is a requirement of the position that the individual be eligible to obtain any required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.