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Stratolaunch, LLC Propulsion 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 a Propulsion Program Manager to support the development and integration of a liquid rocket engine into the Talon-A vehicle. This position may include developing and maintaining the propulsion schedule, managing dozens of supplier relationships, contracts, and schedules, managing the propulsion system supply chain to support the integration schedule, developing, and coordinating manufacturing plans, and communicating propulsion status to the Talon-A Propulsion Lead and beyond.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain propulsion system schedules for the design, build, and test of both the flight propulsion system and the propulsion test stand

  • Manage all propulsion supplier relationships, with special emphasis on the liquid rocket engine supplier(s)

  • 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-A build schedule

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

  • Support the development and sustainment of all propulsion 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-A Propulsion Lead on a weekly and monthly basis

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • 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.


  • Aerospace program management experience

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project

  • Experience with supplier management

  • Experience with SOW creation and contracts support

  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and provide interface guidance to varied audiences to develop airborne and ground support systems. Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Complex aerospace system development

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities


  • Engineering or technical degree

  • Experience with liquid rocket engine development

  • Aircraft and/or launch vehicle development experience

  • Experience with government agencies

  • Security clearance

Required Computer Skills

  • 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

  • Travel estimated to be approximately <10%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Benefits and our location:

  • 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.

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