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The Motiv team is passionate about what we do. We pride ourselves on being a partner for our customers, capable of executing the full spectrum of engineering with rapid response and on-time delivery. We’re searching for equally passionate, creative people to help us create the building blocks of space with our high-quality, innovative robotic systems.

Advanced Projects Program Manager

Standard Benefits

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Company Bonus Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Health Insurance (100% of all premiums for individual and family covered)
  • Paid Holidays and Vacation/Sick Accruals

Job Description

The Advanced Projects Program Manager will:

  • Lead and manage one or more advanced system design and development projects from concept through advancing technology readiness levels
  • Direct, lead, and manage early initiative, white paper, proposal, project, studies, and/or program development activities
  • Lead internally and externally funded Research and Development projects
  • Plan and progress programs for transition to flight development and/or production.


Classification: At-will; Exempt; Salaried
Reports To: Vice President, Programs
Location: Pasadena, CA
Work Environment: Office/Lab
Citizenship Requirement: Motiv Space Systems, Inc. positions require access to defense articles, equipment, technical information or service that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be a “U.S. Person” as defined by ITAR, 22 CFR 120.15, 8 USC 1101(a)(20), and 8 USC 1324b(a)(3).
Work Schedule: Standard 40-hour work week (some overtime may be required)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead, direct, and manage proposal, project, and/or program teams
  • Lead and manage systemic and detailed technical solution development
  • Prepare and update project plans and status reports
  • Execute proposal, project, and/or program activities
  • Allocate resources to ensure projects are completed within schedule and budget
  • Regularly track projects, manage project risks and impact of changes, provide mitigation plans, proactively manage escalation of issues to appropriate stakeholders, and manage mission creep
  • Actively manage and report cost, schedule, risk and performance status
  • Manage changes to project scope, cost and schedule of work
  • Review project team deliverables to ensure quality and adherence to internal and customer standards
  • Develop strong relationships with customers to understand their needs, to anticipate obstacles to success, and to advocate internally on their behalf
  • Participate in corporate business development activities

Note: Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, modified or changed at any time at the Company’s discretion. Changes may be made formally, informally either verbally or in writing.

Education, Experience, and Training

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Five (plus) years of work-related experience
  • Strong Program Management and Systems Engineering Skills
  • Experience in space systems research, design, and development
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to develop executive-level briefings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher: Advanced degree in a technical or business/economics domain
  • Nine (plus) years of work-related experience
  • Ability to navigate uncertainty while maintaining objectivity and transparency
  • Experience with NASA, DoD Source Selection and Government R&D programs
  • Experience in space motion control systems and robotics

Motiv Space Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. As we work to build the future of space and space robotics, it is our mission to create an inclusive environment for all employees. Driving pioneering space missions and designing robotic infrastructure require the best talent possible, so we encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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