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Senior Technical Program Manager - R&D Programs



IT, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

As an Astranis Senior Technical Program Manage you will own programmatics for a portfolio/program from concept to completion. This will include the program schedules, risk management, cost, and key technical budgets along with customer interactions. Your strong technical background will be leveraged to work with multiple engineering teams developing a variety of systems for our spacecrafts to ensure deliverables.

Must have prior technical leadership and space program management experience is preferred.


  • 7+ years of engineering and/or technical program management experience
  • Assist in programatics from concept to completion for projects dealing with internal R&D of components and systems
  • Maintain program schedule to inform resource allocation necessary for program success
  • Run risk management process for projects including encouraging generation of risk documentation when needed, tracking of burndown plans, and approval of risk closure
  • Deliver a final product meeting program requirements by tracking key measurables like cost and mass
  • Drive periodic internal program reviews including trending schedule, risk, and key program requirements
  • Consult with Astranis technical leadership and Astranis advisors for major technical decisions and trades
  • Drive the development and improvement of process as necessary to achieve a scalable culture of program success
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team


  • Bachelor of Science (or similar) degree in an Engineering or Aerospace discipline
  • Program/project management or leadership experience with spacecrafts or rockets
  • Prior experience managing a portfolio or multiple programs simultaneously
  • Previous hands on engineering experience
  • Strong communication skills, both internal and external facing
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment, overcome obstacles with creative solutions, and clearly document/communicate tactical plans
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize
  • US Citizen or Green Card Holder


  • Familiarity with Smartsheet, Jira, and Confluence
What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$150,000$195,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.