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Sr Technical Program Manager, Technology Development

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

IT, Operations
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024

Company Overview:

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team

The additive technology team leads research and development of Relativity’s Stargate 3D-printing platform and factory operating system to produce large-scale metal structures for the industrial base. The team works with robotics engineers, data scientists, systems engineers, and welders to advance Relativity’s innovative tech stack, which leverages autonomy, advanced simulation, machine learning, and robotics. Working at the intersection of hardware and software, the team is creating a unified platform that can perform additive manufacturing, in-situ monitoring, NDE, and subtraction capabilities in a single print cell. Progressing in parallel to Terran R development, Relativity’s breakthroughs in large-scale additive manufacturing have the potential to revolutionize the defense industrial base.

About the Role

  • Project Planning: Develop and maintain detailed project plans including scope, schedules, budgets, and resource allocation. Ensure all projects are aligned with program requirements and execute required milestones through program completion. Participate in the solicitation, scope development, and proposal process.
  • Project Execution: Through demonstrated project management skills, you will bridge the gap between customer programs, weld engineering, material science, production, post-processing, and supply chain functions to coordinate initiatives, define and verify requirements, and push progress across an array of technical challenges spanning development, prototyping, and production efforts. Where others often add complexity, your primary role is to simplify design, analysis, strategy, requirements and assumptions, system architectures, supply chain and sourcing.
  • Stakeholder management: Establish and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, ensuring effective communication and satisfaction with project progress.
  • Cross-Functional Team Leadership: Lead and motivate cross-functional teams, fostering a collaborative environment that encourages innovation and high performance.
  • Requirements Management: Establish, translate, trace, and verify requirements in accordance with internal and external program needs
  • Compliance: Ensure all projects adhere to regulations, guidelines, security requirements. Implement necessary compliance measures.
  • Risk Management: Identify potential risks and issues related programs and contracts, and work proactively to mitigate them.
  • Resource Allocation: Manage and optimize project resources, including personnel, equipment, and budgets to meet project objectives and contractual obligations.

About You

  • Bachelors degree in relevant STEM field (Engineering, Computer Science, Physics)
  • 5+ years experience in managing technical hardware projects with internal and external facing customers
  • Substantial program management experience working on or leading fast-paced, collaborative teams including managing project dashboards, scoping, structuring, creating, and reviewing deliverables)
  • Strong knowledge of government contract mechanisms, regulations, compliance, export, and security requirements
  • Exposure to metallic materials selection criteria, and experience in evaluating candidate materials for challenging applications
  • Excellent command of metallurgical non-destructive evaluation, testing and characterization methods including design of experiments and robust understanding of statistical methods
  • Experience with MES, ERP systems and working in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing related to engineering drawing interpretation and review
  • Exceptional leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in project management tools (e.g. Smartsheet, JIRA)
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

Nice to have but not required:

  • Masters or Doctorate degree in relevant STEM field (Engineering, Computer Science, Physics)
  • TS/SCI Clearance
  • 3+ years experience development welding or additive manufacturing processes
  • Proficiency in metallurgy, material science, non-destructive evaluation methods
  • Engineering experience in an Aerospace, Energy, or Maritime Industry

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:
$130,000$166,000 USD