Space Systems Program Manager

US - CA - Carlsbad, US - CA - Los Angeles, US - CA - San Diego, US - CO - Englewood Ref #8392 15-Mar-2021

Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. We fearlessly pursue new ideas in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today!

In this role, work on complex space programs. Be responsible for the project and program execution through leadership, planning, scheduling, financial reporting and budgeting, and managing deliverables. Identify and mitigate risks, and collaborate with project and program customers (internal and external). Leadership, problem-solving, performance analysis and metrics, making trade decisions, utilizing formal program management techniques (i.e. EVMS), and achieving the goals of the program and business area are key for your success. Are you ready to take your entrepreneurial spirit and program management expertise to the next level? Keep reading!


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Space Systems Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, EE, ME, or Robotics Engineering) or equivalent.
  • 8+ years of extensive experience leading the development of space systems, spacecraft, components, and complex electromechanical systems
  • Superior organization and communication skills
  • Strong competency in project and/or team management.
  • Experience developing, tracking, and maintaining project plans, schedules, budgets
  • Experience with government programs and products including government contract requirements, flow downs, and FARS/DFARS
  • Proficient in using MS Project and Excel
  • Knowledge of EVMS practices
  • Know at least one spacecraft major subsystem (controls, electrical, TT&C etc) in terms of requirements analysis, design, and operations
  • Understand cleanroom facilities, ESD compliance, and safe working practices
  • Detailed and technical knowledge and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with all aspects of the satellite system life cycle.
  • Proven experience in organization, planning, and technical leadership, including risk identification, assessment, and mitigation.
  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables
  • US Government position.  US Citizenship required
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance with ability to obtain TS/SCI
  • Ability to travel up to 10%


  • Engineering Master’s Degree or MBA
  • Knowledge and experience with project management methodologies and best practices such as a PMP
  • Familiarity with Space Systems, mission, and system design, and major spacecraft subsystems (GN&C, TT&C, power, propulsion, etc.)
  • Experience with leading and writing Government proposals including the leadership of proposal preparation, the review of the technical response to bids, presentation materials, and reports
  • Experience in satellite systems & communications
  • Experience with encryption and security architectures
  • Secret clearance preferred and current or ability to obtain a TS/SCI
  • Satellite system/subsystem development and integration planning, organization, and leadership
  • Ability to collaborate closely with all levels of program and engineering staff on design, integration, and test matters and support other teams and disciplines
  • Experience implementing and supporting quality management in the execution of a program
  • Coordinate and engage with customer and supplier staff, government representatives, and external partners and consultants
  • Active TS/SCI Clearance 

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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:


Years of experience:

8-15 years


Up to 10%


US Citizenship Required


Must be able to obtain a United States Secret Clearance

Worker Classification:

At Viasat, we consider many factors when it comes to compensation, including the scope of the position as well as your background and experience. The starting salary for this position is $149,925 annually, but an offered salary may be higher depending on your skills, qualifications, and experience. This position may also be eligible for other cash or stock incentives, including Viasat’s Employee Stock Purchase Program, which allows Viasat employees to purchase Viasat stock at a discount. Learn more about Viasat’s comprehensive benefit offerings that are focused on your holistic health and wellness.

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