Technical Program Manager

Xona Space Systems

San Mateo, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Aug 28

GNSS (GPS) creates upwards of $500B in economic value in the US every year, supporting everything from consumer applications, to transportation systems, to time sync for critical infrastructure. As these industries progress towards autonomy the performance and security demands of their navigation systems are increasing beyond what GNSS can support, leaving a need for a cost-effective global solution.

Using lessons we've learned at places like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Xona is constructing a modern satellite network at the rapid pace of the new space industry leveraging the recent wave of technology and regulatory advancements. Building on our patent pending small satellite architecture, we are developing a robust and accurate service that is an independent alternative to GNSS rather than a correction, solving the longstanding challenge of obtaining a reliable high accuracy solution from the very fragile GNSS signals. Our satellite system will provide the first ever high-accuracy global navigation and timing services with the security and resilience modern applications need to operate safely at scale.

At Xona you will develop state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions to solve real problems that can have a massive world impact. Xona is driven by the mission to enable modern devices to operate safely in any environment, anywhere on Earth, and unlock the true potential of the age of autonomy.

The Role

Xona is looking for a technical program manager to join our engineering team and help run cross-functional groups on fast-paced schedules as we scale our technology.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with engineering leads to develop and manage schedules and tasks throughout the entire product lifecycle.
  • Interface with external vendors and contractors to track and coordinate deliverables.
  • Communicate effectively to management on schedule, status, and critical issues. Drive urgent issues to closure in a timely manager
  • Organize regular project and team meetings, leading the tasks to complete milestones on schedule and on budget

Desired Qualifications (not all are expected):

  • Experience managing small to medium teams
  • Experience with interdisciplinary spacecraft development engineering projects
  • Prior experience as a systems engineer

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering), physics, or a similar field
  • Prior experience in an engineering-focused program management role
  • Proficiency with schedule tracking and project management tools
  • Ability to execute across a wide variety of tasks and aggressive timelines
  • Experience working with vendors and external partners
  • Exceptional communication skills to influence, collaborate, and deliver solutions
  • To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card holder), or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

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