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Stratolaunch, LLC Program Manager in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing hypersonic vehicles to support various Department of Defense and commercial applications. Stratolaunch seeks a Program Manager with at least twelve (12) years of experience to lead a Stratolaunch hypersonics testbed development team through vehicle design, manufacturing, and test. You will manage the program cost, schedule, safety, and security performance of the hypersonic test vehicles. You must also develop and implement program management metrics for efficiently managing the program while providing rapid information on current program status. Position will provide program leadership for Stratolaunch. Candidates must have experience in project management; government contracts; and prototype vehicle design, manufacturing, and test.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the hypersonic testbed team through the development lifecycle

  • Develop budget and schedules for managing the program

  • Responsible for cost, schedule, safety, and security of the hypersonic testbed program

  • Make final decisions for any hypersonic program area that affects cost and/or schedule constraints

  • Work closely with our customer interface to ensure routine and appropriate communications and timely delivery of contract deliverables

  • Implement program management tools, as needed, to facilitate program execution

  • Contribute to developing statements of work, establishing program review gates, setting milestones with applicable entry and exit criteria, and evaluating subcontractor capabilities

  • Work with the procurement team to ensure subcontractors are delivering products on deadline and within budget

  • Evaluate risks and mitigation plans to determine adequacy and effectiveness

  • Assist with the coordination and integration of payloads with hypersonic vehicle customers

  • Lead the creation of proposals for later phases on hypersonic testbed vehicle production

  • Assist in the process to construct or acquire additional facilities to support vehicle production

  • Contribute material for proposals to a variety of external customers

  • Contribute to the company business plan with forecasts of schedule, budget, and personnel

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Sr. Director, Programs

  • Travel, as needed, to support the company and program

  • 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.


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: aerospace program management, subcontracts and procurement, government contracts, personnel management, aircraft systems, aircraft operations, launch vehicle integration, ground systems

  • Experience with technical aerospace leadership, including working with subcontractors and government customers

  • Experience with prototype manufacturing or low-rate production

  • Experience with risk management tools and tracking techniques

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

  • 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

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance at the TS level

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Ability to operate in a dynamic, fast-paced environment


  • Experience with government agencies (customers and regulatory)

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Launch vehicle and/or aircraft integration experience

  • Experience with classified programs and working in a classified environment

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

  • MS Project

  • Project management tools


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BS) or higher in a Business Management/Business Administration and/or Engineering discipline from an accredited institution and Twelve-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be approximately <20%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

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