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Sr. Program Manager

Varda Space Industries

Varda Space Industries

Software Engineering, Operations
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2022

About Varda

There are many products that improve the quality of life on Earth that can only be manufactured in space. Our job at Varda is to make those products and bring them back down. We at Varda are proud to expand the economic bounds of humankind.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work at the intersection of ambition and experience. Our team has deep experience in aerospace and tech. They have honed their crafts in the trenches of major companies. Your work will be valued and evaluated by proven leaders who have chosen to apply their talents to manufacturing in space.

While our vision is big, the steps to get there are technically reasonable and operationally feasible. Our conops are clear and use cases have been proven out over decades of ISS-based research and development.

Join Varda to help leverage space for business.

About This Role

As a Varda Program Manager, you will have the opportunity to lead the development engineering effort of our flight program in support of our mission to enable on-orbit manufacturing. You will be a part of the larger engineering organization and as a member of our team you will serve as a core point of contact for all internal engineering disciplines along with external subcontractors and regulators. Members of the team excel across a breadth of functions including systems engineering, requirements verification and project management.

This role is full-time and on-site in Los Angeles, CA.


  • Lead customer mission execution
  • Execute contracts within cost, schedule, and quality requirements
  • Lead program reviews, organize technical reviews
  • Maintain a consistent interface with Varda engineering and operations teams
  • Maintain customers positive outlook on Varda as a service provider
  • Keep team aware of new opportunities during contract execution
  • Travel as needed for customer meetings and industry events (~25%)

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ experience as a project or program manager
  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export-controlled data.
  • Experience interfacing with customers
  • Familiarity with program/project management best practices
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Desire to work in a technically complex and fast-moving environment

Preferred Skills And Experience

  • Program management experience in Aerospace
  • An understanding of DoD contracting
  • Security Clearance
  • Technical experience or STEM degree

ITAR Requirements

  • 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. Learn more about the ITAR here.


  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup with potential for significant growth
  • 401(k) matching
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Health insurance, including Vision and Dental
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site every day. Dinners provided twice a week.
  • Maternity / Paternity leave

Varda Space Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance. We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.