Vice President, Landers & Spacecraft

Pittsburgh, PA

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world.  The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications.  Astrobotic operated its first space mission in early 2024 flying Peregrine in space for 10 days proving many of the core flight systems needed for a successful lunar lander. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic’s headquarters is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a second location in Mojave, California.

Astrobotic Technology is seeking a Vice President of our Landers & Spacecraft department to supervise and lead a matrix organization of engineers and technicians who design, develop, assemble, test, and operate lunar landers and associated technologies.  The flagship program under this leadership role is the Griffin lunar lander, which is the largest and most important program at the company.  As part of Astrobotic’s Landers and Spacecraft team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond. 

 

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Building and leading a world class team that can execute lunar lander missions on fixed price contracts.
  • Responsible for execution of the department’s portfolio of projects, management of department P&L, integrated schedules, and personnel resource planning. 
  • Managing department profit and loss, including budgets, indirect rates, and cash flow.
  • Making judgement calls on complex decisions involving multiple technical disciplines, budget and schedule constraints that will ensure mission success. 
  • Building and improving processes to support the spacecraft development program.
  • Setting strategic long- and short-term departmental goals and evaluating outcomes. 
  • Coordinating with Business Development to pursue new business opportunities and support proposal development. 
  • Reviewing and evaluating project implementation plans, schedules and budgets developed by Project Managers for overall mission success.
  • Coordinating with other departments to cross-utilize personnel, apply common engineering standards and principles, and collaborate on projects. 
  • Influence and steer programmatic and technical development to meet existing and future contract objectives. 
  • Oversee new technical projects from proposal through completion. 
  • Ensure compliance with spaceflight regulatory requirements such as FAA and FCC. 
  • Interfacing with NASA and government customers to set and manage expectations. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • B.S. in Engineering plus 10 years of relevant aerospace experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more spaceflight disciplines such as: structure/thermal design and analysis, avionics, power systems, flight software, mission management, systems engineering, mission operations. 
  • Demonstrated experience identifying, selecting, and developing top talent. 
  • Demonstrated experience leading engineering teams of 50+ employees.
  • Demonstrated experience developing strategic plans and implementation plans.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated experience with spacecraft, launch vehicles or other space systems.
  • 15+ years of experience working with NASA, government, or commercial space   programs.
  • Excellent negotiation, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.
  • Highly detail oriented, diligent, and hard working.
  • Passion for space and the development of the Moon. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, autonomously driven environment. 

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Astrobotic Technology, 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to contact@astrobotic.com.