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Group Manager - Technical Program Management



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Group Manager - Technical Program Management

As our Technical Program Management Team Lead, you will be responsible for leading and growing the Technical Program Management Team that drives all aspects of the development, production, launching, and operation of our satellites.

Our ideal candidate possesses expertise in managing a portfolio of diverse programs that are cross-functional throughout an organization. You have a proven record of ensuring deliverables and scaling processes to improve your team’s productivity and collaboration.You will require a breadth of technical knowledge to manage programs from the start of hardware, software, and operational life cycles.

You will also coach, mentor, and develop a team of Technical Program Managers that will drive success from the development, launch, and operation of our satellites.


  • Lead our team of technical program managers including hiring, internal structure, standard operating procedures, and career development.
  • Mentor and coach team members to improve their effectiveness.
  • Scale process and operations to optimize our success in terms of performance, schedule, and cost.
  • Scope and implement the tools and technologies that will support your team and related processes.
  • Own and develop the vision for programs and roadmaps for leadership and company wide alignment.
  • Drive risk management across Astranis programs.
  • Work with engineering and operational teams to set milestones, communicate program status, and preemptively identify/address any potential blockers.
  • Understand, communicate, and balance trade offs amongst resources such as: time, cost, risk, and performance.
  • Represent Astranis as a team lead and serve as an escalation point for team members when appropriate.
  • Develop necessary and trackable key metrics to ensure continuous improvement of program management for the team.
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team.


  • Bachelor of Science (or similar) degree in a technical discipline
  • 3+ years of people management experience
  • Program Management or leadership experience in satellite telecommunications industry
  • Previous hands on engineering experience
  • Strong communication skills, both internal and external facing
  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment, overcome obstacles with creative solutions, and clearly document/communicate tactical plans
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize
  • US Citizen or Green Card Holder


  • Familiarity with Smartsheet, Jira, and Confluence
  • System engineering skills including requirements management
  • Experience in aerospace
What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$170,000$200,000 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.