Technical Program Manager III - Systems Engineering, Integration, & Test Integrated Product Team Leader at Sierra Space (Greater Boulder Area, CO)

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Are you ready to use your leadership and skills in a program management position? This is your opportunity!
As a Technical Program Manager III, you will lead an integrated product team for the Dream Chaser Cargo System (DCCS) organization. You will be responsible for all programmatic aspects of your assigned product team with specifically focused responsibility for customer relationship, cost, schedule and technical planning, tracking and reporting, technical execution, procurement, production, and deployment to ensure overall program performance objectives are achieved.
You will participate in business resource planning/tracking in coordination with other corporate entities and responsible to formulate a team that can fulfill program requirements. You will be responsible for ensuring program risks, issues and opportunities are identified, tracked, and resolved.
You will be responsible for the system level architecture, design, development, decomposition, and verification of the Dream Chaser Cargo System, the requirements to fulfill the CRS-2 contract, as well as any subsequent modifications. These activities are executed by Systems Engineering, Flight Sciences, Test & Certification, and program support personnel as a cross functional team and coordinated with both the Dream Chaser, Cargo Module, Ground Support Systems, and Launch Vehicle IPTs.
You will be responsible for program risk & opportunity management, ensuring risks are identified, mitigated, tracked, and managed and opportunities are identified, pursued and captured. You'll be responsible for interfacing on project/program status, developing proposals, researching/fact-finding, coordinating audits, and negotiating with project/program stakeholders to ensure enterprise initiatives meet cost, budget, and schedule constraints. You will support the VP of Dream Chaser Cargo System directly in fulfilling their responsibilities to the Space Transportation sector of Sierra Space.
Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space
Must Haves:
  • Bachelor's degree in STEM related discipline with minimum 10 years of experience
  • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Demonstrated experience with systems engineering, system architecture development, requirements specification, verification & validation, systems analysis, and system modeling.
  • Leadership abilities inclusive of successful change and risk management, life cycle program or product management, multi-disciplinary decision making and leading from within a team.
  • Requires ability to manage complex situations, delegate and empower authority, lead and inspire, drive innovative thinking for success, instill collaboration and transparency, challenge the status quo, and demonstrate the ability to adapt to dynamic situations.
  • Requires skills in time management, cost accounting, schedule reconciliation, team building, conflict resolution, communication and strategic thinking.

  • Master's degree in STEM related discipline or business administration
  • Experience leading integrated product teams or multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience with ensuring compliance with approved Corporate and ISO 9001:2000 Policies and Processes.
  • Working knowledge of Program Management Institute Program Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  • Program Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances

To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.
With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.
Physical/Mental/Emotional Requirements:
  • Frequently walk, sit, stand, climb stairs and steps
  • Frequently repeat same hand, arm, and finger motion many times to include finger and hand dexterity
  • Rarely lifting or carrying up to 20 lbs.

Working Conditions:
  • Rarely exposed to outdoor elements (high/low temperatures, sun, rain/snow, etc.)
  • Rarely exposed to fumes or hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Rarely exposed to loud noises

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $159,430.15 - $219,216.46
Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.
Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.
At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.
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