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Stratolaunch, LLC Avionics Program Manager in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs an Avionics Program Manager to support the development and integration of avionics, instrumentation, and electrical systems into the Talon vehicle. This position may include developing and maintaining the avionics schedule; managing dozens of supplier relationships; contracts, and schedules; managing the avionics system supply chain to support the integration schedule, developing, and coordinating manufacturing plans; and communicating avionics status to the Talon Avionics Lead.


  • Create and maintain avionics system schedules for the design, build, and test of both the flight avionics system and the Systems Integration Lab (SIL)

  • Manage all avionics supplier relationships

  • Interface with major suppliers to coordinate and track action items, ICD deliverable dates and content, and major programmatic decisions that need to be made

  • Manage and track individual component delivery schedules and communicate status to support the Talon build schedule

  • Flex and adjust to a high paced dynamic environment on a regular basis

  • Support the development and sustainment of all avionics supplier contracts

  • Develop tools, as needed, to complete tasking

  • Evaluate risks and contribute to risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Talon Avionics Lead on a weekly and monthly basis

  • Travel, as needed, to support projects

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Experience with developing and tracking a program’s progress using schedule management tools

  • Experience and understanding of various tools and techniques associated with cost/schedule management to include Earned Value Management tools and processes

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with subcontractors

  • Experience with program risk management tools and methodologies

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns

  • Experience with supplier management

  • Experience with SOW creation and contracts support

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and documentation skills

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to obtain a US Government security clearance

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, managing multiple priorities in a dynamic and changing environment

  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills and ability to implement sound critical thinking skills

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals


  • Engineering software tools

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, Powerpoint)

  • Configuration management systems


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 10-plus years of relevant experience, OR Business Administration degree and 15-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • Travel estimated to be approximately <20%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Benefits and our location:

  • $147,200-$195,5000

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Program Management