Astrobotic is hiring a

Mission Director

Pittsburgh, United States

Astrobotic Technology is seeking a Mission Director to manage and lead the development of the company’s next lunar lander mission.  This highly autonomous position will lead the engineering team through design, build, test and mission operations.  This position serves on the leadership team of the company and, as a result, has a substantial influence in the company strategic planning.  This position reports to the CEO.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals for $1.2 million per kilogram.  Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver payloads to the Moon in 2021.  The company also has more than 30 prior and ongoing NASA and commercial technology contracts, a commercial partnership with Airbus DS, a corporate sponsorship with DHL, and 28 payloads signed on for Peregrine’s first mission to the Moon.  The company is also an official partner with NASA through the Lunar CATALYST Program.  Astrobotic was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Full accountability for program life cycle planning and execution
  • Development and management of program budget, integrated master schedule, and program risk posture
  • Coordination of partner engineering support with the lander team
  • Establishment and management of key technical and supplier relationships
  • Leadership of the project engineering team: assigning and evaluating work, providing performance feedback, professional development, and connecting with resources to facilitate growth
  • Planning, preparation, delivery and closeout of program milestone reviews
  • Support to the development of technical proposals for mission opportunities
  • Preparation and delivery of technical documentation and reporting
  • Ensuring program compliance with licensing and regulatory requirements
  • Coordinating with Business Development on new business opportunities

 Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: structure/thermal design and analysis, avionics, power systems, flight software, mission management, systems engineering, mission operations
  • Demonstrated experience leading engineering teams (20+ employees)
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing large budgets
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing integrated master schedules
  • Demonstrated experience in life cycle development of space systems
  • Demonstrated experience supporting proposal development
  • Demonstrated experience operating in an AS9100 or ISO9000 environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem solving skills
  • B.S. degree in Engineering, Systems Engineering or other related fields.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant space mission experience with management experience

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience as project manager for Earth-orbiting or interplanetary spacecraft missions 

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample, references, and demonstrate a significant background in space missions.

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