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Manager, Construction, Starbase Development (Starship)



Texas, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2023

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


As the leader of the construction projects team you will with a group of elite engineers across multiple disciplines and lead a team of project managers to design, build, and commission infrastructure, housing, amenities, and community spaces at the Starbase Rocket Production and Launch Facility. This role is responsible for decisive management of project managers and communications of subcontractors, build, and commissioning operations. You will have the opportunity to drive positive change and own projects from start to finish, with the goal of making Starbase a world-class city.


  • Write and manage construction contracts with project managers and subcontractors across multiple disciplines through contract close-out
  • Review and perform project control tasks, including project scheduling, budgeting, and cost control
  • Manage all aspects of multi-discipline construction projects in the field
  • Lead project managers, interact with contractors, fabricators, and internal customers
  • Rapidly resolve design and construction conflicts in the field in real time
  • Oversee and own full lifecycle of projects to achieve on-time and under budget delivery with customer satisfaction. The following project management responsibilities are applicable:
    • Review and manage tools and folder systems relating to the organization of our construction projects
    • Presents budgetary cost based upon the preliminary scope of the project to internal stakeholders
    • Lead communications with and gather proposals from architects, engineers and contractors; award contracts upon receipt of all proposals
    • Develop and present the final cost and schedule for the project to internal stakeholders, and implement controls as needed to manage cost, schedule and scope
    • Lead acquisition of city, county, and governmental approvals
    • Manage project implementation and track project status
    • Work with the facilities team and end user in order to operationalize the post-construction building operations and maintenance functions
    • Inform end user and facilities team for building operations and maintenance
    • Manage night shift contractors as project work requires
    • Take on new projects ad-hoc as the business needs


  • 10+ years of professional experience in architecture, engineering, construction management, or facilities management
  • 5+ years of professional experience managing project managers, superintendents, or facilities technicians


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, construction management, or an engineering discipline
  • Previous experience with project management and scheduling software
  • Design experience in a technical field
  • Basic proficiency with AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of processes of jurisdictional permitting and/or environmental agencies
  • Understanding of multiple disciplines such as civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, piping, geotechnical, and surveying
  • Experience with project management of major construction projects including estimating, cost control, schedule, and contractor management
  • Experience reading, reviewing, and approving shop and fabrication drawings, blueprints, and technical manuals
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while maintaining a high sense of urgency in a high-paced, challenging work environment
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, and communicate effectively
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license
  • Manufacturing facility experience


  • Ability to work at elevated heights (200+ feet)
  • Physical effort with lifting and carrying materials or equipment (up to 25 lbs.)
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends when needed based on site operational needs; flexibility required
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Occasional travel may be required to support vehicle operations at production and launch sites


Pay range:
Manager, Construction: $135,000.00 - $185,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.