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Lead Production Operations Manager

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Orbit Fab's mission is to create the foundational infrastructure that will fuel a bustling in-space economy, capable of sustaining permanent jobs in space.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled, which severely constrains their mobility and inhibits the development of economic activities in space.

Orbit Fab breaks the single-use paradigm, pioneering our Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure and RAFTI™ technology to deliver propellant in space, enabling lower-cost satellite construction, increased maneuverability, precise control, and extended lifespans. The possibilities are unprecedented, opening the doors to unimagined operational strategies and business models.

Since our establishment in 2018, we have already achieved the successful launch of three tankers to space. With offices in both the US and UK, we are working in close collaboration with partners and customers across the space industry. Orbit Fab is rapidly ramping up capabilities and requires exceptional talent to tackle important challenges. Our roles offer wide ranging opportunities to have a demonstrable impact and enable a bustling in space economy.


  • Direct and coordinate production operations; oversee creation of and review production schedules; coordinate closely with the Chief Operating Officer on all aspects of the process: demand, scheduling/forecasting, product quality, supplies, processes, equipment/machinery, staffing etc.

  • Collaborate closely with Chief Engineer to create and maintain products

  • Oversee purchasing with Supply Chain Manager

  • Manage and work through all concerns and issues with vendors, suppliers, customers to satisfactory resolution

  • Supports costing and pricing initiatives

  • Establish and direct operations policies and procedures

  • Oversight of Facilities Safety Program

  • Lead short and long term facilities planning

  • Coordinate sub-lessors with tenant management company

  • Establish quality improvements and zero-defect strategies

  • Lead the organization in the development and implementation of next-generation, long-range operating philosophies, and business strategies.

  • Develop, implement, and sustain success metrics, incorporating best practices, and effectively communicating improvements

  • Establish and embolden a climate encouraging open communications of information, issues, and opinions

  • Create an environment that inspires and motivates employees in achieving business goals and objectives, and for continuous improvement

  • Develop courses of action by gathering data from multiple, often disparate, qualitative and quantitative sources and synthesizing it into meaningful reports and presentations

  • Leverage broad and deep manufacturing experience and matrixed team to identify and resolve manufacturing problems before they affect delivery dates or quality

  • Analyze market and delivery pathways in order to assess and report on present and future material availability

  • Resolve component availability issues and supplier issues while carefully balancing profitability

Required Qualifications

  • US Person (US Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Supply Chain or a related field of study

  • Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience in manufacturing is preferred

  • Experience with MRP and ERP systems implementation

  • Knowledge of production/manufacturing principles, techniques, and warehousing best practices

  • Proven leadership abilities inclusive of successful change management, mentoring, career development, training, succession planning, holding people accountable, and conducting yearly reviews

  • Proven long-term and strategic perspective that extends beyond the immediate initiatives; visualizes and articulates a clear direction

  • Demonstrated passion for ideation, intellectual curiosity, and innovation, as well as motivating others to act by creating a shared sense of vision or purpose

  • Ability to navigate change and uncertainty, make defensible decisions in ambiguity and own those decisions

Nice to Haves

  • Experienced in quality management including ISO 9001 and AS 9100 experience

  • Program management experience

  • Sub-contract management

  • Lean Six-Sigma training (Green/Black Belt certification)

  • Production Planner experience

The estimated salary range for this position is $160,000-185,000

If you feel you would succeed in the role above, we encourage you to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all of the requirements listed.

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits, discretionary time off and flexible work hours.


Some job roles may be limited to US Persons (22 CFR 120.62 “U.S. person”).

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.