Senior Technical Program Manager, Avionics

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

IT, Operations
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2023

Company Overview:

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.


We are hiring a Senior Technical Program Manager to help coordinate and drive the Avionics Hardware and Manufacturing product and engineering roadmap for Terran R. The Avionics team is responsible for all aspects of the electrical design of the rocket, from electronics, interconnects, associated mechanical design, to testing and production. This team’s scope includes the flight computers, power systems, RF systems, PCB design, autonomous flight safety systems, and telemetry. The complex electrical systems that this team works on require modularity and flexibility, and are critical to the successful launch of our next rocket, Terran R. Therefore, a high visibility leader is needed to own the coordination and execution across multiple workstreams. Successful candidates in this role will be asked to analyze and drive recommendations for trade-off decisions that balance the needs of the technical teams as well as the business overall. Where there are multiple paths to choose, this individual will align the team on a common pursuit. Where there are points of impasse, this individual will build a bridge. High judgment, strong leadership, and strategic influence are foundational elements for this role.

What you’ll do:

  • Timeline/Schedule: Analyze requirements, resources, and dependencies, to create and distribute to the team around a reliable timeline and schedule.
  • Status Reporting: Represent the program by reporting status of goals and work-streams to a broad team of stakeholders.
  • Dependency Mapping: Work with cross-functional teams to determine and evangelize dependencies that are critical to program deliverables.
  • Risks & Mitigations: Identify risks to the program across all variables (time, requirements, resources, dependencies, etc.) and work with cross-functional stakeholders to propose go-forward options.
  • Delivery Model: Own the avionics delivery model to ensure all requirements are documented, discoverable, and tracked for broad consumption by stakeholder teams.
  • Planning: Use data to drive and participate in planning exercises, not only in-service to timeline/schedule building, but also to ensure the avionics delivery team commits to an aggressive but achievable scope of work from sprint-to-sprint.
  • Rhythm of Business: Own and drive the updates and team alignment cadence and other recurring mechanisms to ensure team alignment.
  • Growth Mindset: Live and breathe a growth mindset by learning various technical aspects of our business, including non-avionics and product skills (e.g., software, propulsion, etc.).

What you need to know:

  • Experience managing programs across matrix organizations, building sustainable processes, and coordinating hardware deliveries
  • Proven ability to solve complex technical problems and design robust, scalable solutions
  • 7+ years of experience working directly with engineering cross-functional teams
  • 7+ years of technical program management experience in hardware design and delivery
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to navigate both technical and strategic discussions
  • Background leading program related Rhythms-of-Business, including sprint planning, monthly/quarterly reviews, and yearly strategic planning
  • Strong executive presence, including ability to drive clarity and action across all levels within the company
  • Robust communication skills, leading through influence across numerous stakeholders and dependent teams
  • History of leading multiple successful avionics or hardware deliveries from start to finish within matrixed organizations
  • Experience and measurable evidence of solving ambiguous problems, including the introduction of new tools and processes
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or related fields; aerospace, electrical, or mechanical engineering degree preferred

Nice to haves but not required:

  • MBA, Master’s in engineering, science, mathematics or related fields, or equivalent experience preferred
  • Experience in industrial manufacturing or avionics hardware manufacturing at-scale
  • Experience with integrated software and hardware product development

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

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Hiring Range:
$127,000$163,000 USD