Mission Manager at Relativity Space

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Team and Role Overview:

From our large format 3D printing to our mission ‘Command Center’, Relativity leverages automation and intelligent design across the company to execute smarter to scale with tomorrow’s challenges.  To execute the increasing number of launches on our manifest, Relativity is seeking a rockstar mission manager to join our Operations team to manage commercial and government missions.  With aspects of project management, product management, and systems engineering, this position requires extreme ownership to ensure missions are executed successfully using a breadth of knowledge across program management, mechanical and electrical satellite interfaces, and regulatory processes. If you are skilled program manager with hands-on engineering experience, a bias for action and are savvy with discerning customers in dynamic, technically challenging environments, please inquire further!   

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives:

The mission manager is responsible for coordinating successful execution of our missions across all technical, programmatic, and financial milestones.  Serving as the primary point of contact for our customers, the mission manager owns the customer relationship, mission requirements and verifications, and is responsible for seamless planning and execution of integration and launch for individual customer satellites on dedicated and multi-manifest missions.  The mission manager transitions effortlessly between discussions with government and international customers about interface requirements, vehicle engineers about mission specific hardware development, and executives about program status, issues, and risks.  Supporting our Business Development team, mission managers also perform sales engineering and mission architect functions for future missions, and are responsible for mission execution from time of contract signing through deployment on orbit. 

Candidate Profile:

An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/MBA/PhD) in engineering or related field and 10+ years relevant experience in program management.  Adept at both establishing interface requirements and integration plans, as well as interfacing with executive and customer engineering teams.  Skilled at identifying priorities and risks, establishing and executing complex integrated schedules, and coordinating work across a cross-functional organization.  A high degree of autonomy and leadership is required.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies:  

  • 10+ years of experience in complex engineering services and program management.
  • Demonstrated success managing government customers
  • Exceptional leadership, organizational, cross-functional communication, and time management skills
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity while maintaining relentless ownership and thinking critically
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international locations to support customers, launch campaign operations, vendors, and conferences.
  • Excellent oral, technical writing, and presentation skills

Preferred Skills and Competencies:  

  • Experience with CubeSats, space payloads, and separation systems.
  • Previous mission management or mission Integration experience, with U.S. Government, NASA, or commercial launch contracts in particular
  • Experience with legal contracts, export compliance and licensing (e.g. ITAR, EAR, TAA)
  • Familiarity with orbital mechanics, launch vehicle systems, and satellite systems.
  • Previous sales engineering or technical consulting experience including management of customer expectations in a startup or agile development environment.
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance preferred but not required.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

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.

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Relativity is located near LAX in an industrial complex where we take up 4 buildings. We are easily accessible from the 405, near Randy's Donuts!

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.


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What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.


CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!


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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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