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Program Manager

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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.


As a Program Manager at Orbit Fab, you will be responsible and accountable for all cost, schedule, technical, and risk management activities associated with the programs' scope. You will be responsible for building and managing external supplier partnerships as well as collaborating cross functionally with internal business units for hardware and technical deliverables. A successful candidate has demonstrated experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies such as the Air Force, Space Force and/or NASA, managing supplier subcontracts, and leading a team in accordance with the program budget and schedule.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and execute on all activities of the program to meet financial and schedule commitments to the team and business.
  • Identification, contract negotiations, and management of multiple subcontractors in accordance with the top-level program budget and schedule
  • Work with all stakeholders to manage overall program schedules, budgets, risks, and opportunities.
  • Facilitate the risk management process with the engineering team.
  • Collaborate with the engineering and operations leads to plan for future resource needs
  • Act as a role model through personal excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout the business
  • Support business development in capturing new business as well as increasing the value of contracts currently under management.
  • Support the technical roadmap of the next generation hardware, its development cost and schedule, as well as establishing how to onramp new hardware with the operations team
  • Travel associated with supplier management and/or customer visits may be required.
  • Provide program management type support to the program management office as required


  • At least 2y of relevant experience in a hardware program management function
  • Demonstrated expertise and application of program management practices including: planning and budgeting, schedule development, change control, risk and opportunity management
  • Experience managing contracts of greater than $1M
  • Experience managing subcontractors with contract values greater than $1M
  • Experience executing through various phases of a program life cycle (SRR, PDR, CDR, MRR, TRR, PSR)
  • Strong problem-solving skills and financial acumen
  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with emphasis in rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Project to generate and maintain an integrated master schedule
  • Willingness to jump into and out of the fray as needed to support the team to achieve established goals
  • Preferred: Experience managing payload development and/or spacecraft manufacturing and test
  • Preferred: Knowledge associated with the aerospace industry, the primary customers, and supplier base

The estimated salary range for this position is $96,000 - $188,000.

Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Orbit Fab, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions. We strongly encourage you to apply if you feel you would succeed in the role above.

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.